Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Alienated-Melissa Landers

Alienated-Melissa Landers

the facts
satisfaction: up
pages: 354
gender: F
nationality: USA
year: 2014
Novel, YA series

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.

I really enjoyed this well written YA with a fairly unusual premise-pitting a dystopian (alien) world against our imperfect world. Gripping in that it answers the question what we'd be offering a 'higher' species but it is a bit slower than other YA series in the same genre. Nevertheless, I read it essentially in one go, almost resenting interruptions since it is easy to be drawn into the all too realistic worry that bigots or xenophobes would win the day and ruin it for the rest of us.

As usual, for YA, the romance is a bit iffy (because it is so foreshadowed) mainly because it creates a few unnecessary plotholes about the nature of the alien society. It kind of irks me that such plotholes happened but I hope the next in the series will plug them back up. Cara, the main human protagonist, is a bit too mature with the almost mythic strength one almost expects from YA. Another minor nitpick is that she was part of her public school's debate society as I was once and there are incorrect details about the form of debate but that is minor. In short, I am looking forward to the next in the series.

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