Friday, March 28, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: ALIENATED by Melissa Landers


ALIENATED (Alienated #1)
BY: Melissa Landers

PUBLISHED: February 4, 2014 by Disney Hyperion
GENRES: YA, Science Fiction, Aliens, Romance, Fantasy, Mystery, Social Issues, Political Intrigue


OVERVIEW: 
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.

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Get excited everybody… and I mean everybody. Even if you don't think you like Science Fiction. You will get giddy over this book.


After reading ALIENATED, I had to do my happy dance. Yes, I did it in the privacy of my home with the blinds shut, as not to permanently blind my neighbors. 


You all know I love science fiction. I love social issues and romance. ALIENATED was spectacular. Epic. Refreshing. Mind blowing. It quite possibly shifted the rotational access of Earth.


It was the perfect blend of plot, character development, issues, pacing and pitch. Think of the best steak, chocolate cake, iced mocha … whatever your favorite food or drink and think 20 times better. Yeah. I devoured it. Then I sat floundering around in my living room hoping the sequel would magically appear in front of me so I could tuck into that too. 


This was the first book I had read by Melissa Landers and I was overwhelmingly impressed. Character development and tone are huge issues with me. Mammoth. I was overjoyed with how well thought out the personalities were. She incorporated detailed mythology / sociological elements seamlessly. Writing about aliens is like a double edged sword. You have the liberty to create them to be anything you want, but for the book to succeed they can't be so far out that people can't connect. Melissa scored big time. Aelyx and his fellow L'eihr students were fan-flipping-tastic. They were organic, rich, vibrant, and tangible. They showed emotions that had unbreakable pull for the reader. Melissa did us another favor… she made them vulnerable.


As for Aelyx. Ah…. Aelyx. Let me count the ways I love you. He joins my little alien boyfriend league (cough.. Daemon is President..) with his intelligence, tenacity and overall deliciousness.


There was social unrest and psychological torture to go around. Melissa recreated  historical events to illustrate the issues that were brewing. I thought frequently of the 1950s and 60s with the racial tension, only this time it was a larger race… the human race against an off world one. Standard high school drama mixed with general life issues peppered the book. Who's telling the truth, who's lying? It made for a very arresting and engrossing read.


I don't want to spoil it for you, so I all I can say is that no matter what genre you prefer, you will fall in love with this book. Well crafted, solidly delivered and packed with punch… ALIENATED is one book you have to read. ENJOY!