This week I read the book ALIENATED by Melissa Landers. If you’ve read my reviews before you know I am sort of a fiction nut and this book was definitely in the genre. You can clearly see by the title “Alienated” that this book is about *gasp* ALIENS!! The storyline is simple but gets complicated as the book goes on. In a nutshell its about a girl named Cara who gets to host one of the aliens who came to earth two years before as an integration program. Surprise surprise, the alien boy she gets to host, Aelyx, is hot and detached. But disaster strikes when the people in Cara’s hometown start protesting the new species and making threats to Cara and her family about the “abomination” in their town. In the midst of the trouble, will interspecies love occur? I guess you’ll have to read to find out!
Okay so first I wanted to tell you guys my reaction to the book. When I saw it on the shelf at Barnes and Noble I thought “Wow, that is such a cool cover,” and it is! At the bottom we have the green and colorful world of Cara and on the top we have the dry and grey world of Aelyx. So without even reading the book I was able to get a sense on their characters. Judging a book by its cover isn’t always a good idea but after reading the back, I knew this was a good plot. First of all, it hits the ground running by telling us about the main character as soon as we read the first word. The book does have its slow parts, but when the action comes, you can’t keep your eyes off of it. I, personally being the fast reader I am, finished this book in about 3 hours. I could not put it down. This was true for me because compelling and well written fiction and fantasy books are my drug (figure of speech, I am totally against drug usage).
I really liked how the concept of acceptance was stressed in this book. We all feel that the eyes of the world are watching, judging, and laughing at us, hoping we fail and in this book, they made that fear into a scenario. A literal alien having to go through high school knowing he and his friend are hated by all. But there is strength in knowing that there is someone who supports you as Aelyx and Cara supported each other. Cara’s friend and boyfriend abandoned her at the beginning when things were tough and only Aelyx helped her through that. Being accepted by one person means more than 30 people saying you’re their friend and not meaning. That is an extremely powerful message.
This book was one of the best books I’ve read in a long time and I recommend to everyone trying something new!
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