Alienated by Melissa Landers

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Pages: 344
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fi, Romance

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I enjoyed Alienated in the beginning. Cara was fiery and fierce. She really spoke her mind and stuck with her personal beliefs. Aelyx was cute and funny. His ways are so different than ours. His people are very formal, bland and unemotional. It was great following his explorations and budding emotions. I was really digging the slow building relationship between him and Cara.

Unfortunately, halfway through this book the storyline took a nosedive. It just really dragged and I found myself steadily losing interest.

Also, I appreciated that there was no insta-love but when the feelings were finally expressed between the two leads it was extreme (to say the least). They were ready to forget everyone else for each other. Cara is bitter and constantly remarking on the fact that her older brother, barely takes interest in her, or their parents. The moment that Cara falls in love with Aelyx she’s ready to ditch Earth and hop on a ship with him. She herself, quickly forgets her parents and sees only Aelyx. That was a huge 360 for Cara’s character. And a letdown.

I don’t know what else to really say. This book just ended somewhere completely different than it started. I’ve easily become bored with the Cara and Aelyx relationship. Given hints towards the end of Alienated, a love triangle might be on the horizon for book two. If anything, I might read the sequel to see what this new guy is like and if he can re-spark this story for me again.

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I give Alienated 2 stakes for a dash of enjoyment and a lot of disappointment.


  1. Ah, sorry you didn't enjoy this. I really liked this one. And actually, it doesn't really become a love triangle in the sense of the triangles that everyone hates. Although there is someone else interested in Cara. I loved this series, especially the first book.:-(

  2. Sad. I understand why you didn't enjoy it. It's not my favorite alien series (*cough* Lux *cough*), but I think I would have given it a 3.5 if I had rated it at the time. I agree though, the ending is just off from the beginning of the story.

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