After reading the LUX series a few years ago, when I saw a book with aliens involved, I was interested. Alienated was one of these books. Jennifer L. Armentrout is even blurbed on the cover and seeing how she wrote the LUX series, I needed to check this out!
I’m sad to say Alienated has been on my shelf for quite awhile, but I finally got around to reading it! Did it meet my expectations? Keep reading to find out!
Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.
Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.
Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.
But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.
Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.
There are a lot of stories out there these days where aliens come to Earth. Like any story, when the L’eihrs will come to live with humans, not everyone is very happy. I thought in many ways that this seemed similar to some protests these days. People get so wrapped up in not wanting something, that they won’t stop and listen. That becomes so dangerous.
Let’s get back to the story. Cara is a star student and chosen as a host for one of the L’eirh students. I loved her though. She’s sarcastic and I love that she wanted to keep a blog. Even though once feelings started developing, I think that took over a lot of how she was reacting.
“Most humans expressed affection by pressing their lips together, a simple act, so why would anyone feel the need to research the process?”
Aelyx isn’t really happy about this whole exchange program and is willing to do anything to stop it with the two other students being sent to Earth. He was a lot of fun though. Just trying to find him something to eat created some hilarious moments. I loved how smart he was. It was fun seeing that play out in different situations, especially once he started realizing things weren’t all black and white.
Near the end there are a lot of discoveries and different plot twists. Some of them really surprised me, but I kind of wish this started playing out sooner instead of concentrating so much on Aelyx and Cara together. Of course, I’m all for the romance, but this was pretty much insta-love and took over too much of the story at times.
“How can we understand what we’ve never experienced and adapt without making mistakes?”
I have to say I love how the author started to make the characters realize there is more to everything than they know. Humans aren’t evil, but the L’eihrs aren’t all innocent either. I am definitely curious to see how the rest of this trilogy plays out! Especially after that ending!
Even though this wasn’t as good as LUX, I’m looking forward to reading the second book! Has anybody read Alienated? What did you think?