Series: Alienated #2
Genre: Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Published by Disney Hyperion (2.3.2015)
Hardcover, 356 pages
Cara always knew life on planet L’eihr would be an adjustment. With Aelyx, her L’eihr boyfriend, back on Earth, working to mend the broken alliance between their two planets, Cara is left to fend for herself at a new school, surrounded by hostile alien clones. Even the weird dorm pet hates her.
Things look up when Cara is appointed as human representative to a panel preparing for a human colony on L’eihr. A society melding their two cultures is a place where Cara and Aelyx could one day make a life together. But with L’eihr leaders balking at granting even the most basic freedoms, Cara begins to wonder if she could ever be happy on this planet, even with Aelyx by her side.
Meanwhile, on Earth, Aelyx, finds himself thrown into a full-scale PR campaign to improve human-L’eihr relations. Humans don’t know that their very survival depends on this alliance: only Aelyx’s people have the technology to fix the deadly contamination in the global water supply that human governments are hiding. Yet despite their upper hand, the leaders of his world suddenly seem desperate to get humans on their side, and hardly bat an eye at extremists’ multiple attempts on Aelyx’s life.
The Way clearly needs humans’ help . . . but with what? And what will they ask for in return?
Oh how I missed Cara’s snark and Aelyx’s banter! I had forgotten how much I enjoyed this world. I really like the L’eihr and their culture! It was awesome to finally see the planet.
I found it interesting that Cara and Aelyx were struggling with the same things, despite being on two totally different worlds. Fitting in, being homesick, missing each other. It kinda showed that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
I totally loved Aelyx’s cat (cat thingy??) Vero!! I kind of love that he was a jerk to Cara at first and slowly warmed up to her :D Cats will be cats, no matter what planet they’re on…
Jaxen creeped me the hell out! I knew there was something fishy going on with him. And his sister. I so did not like her!
I really loved the side romance between David and Syrine. That was unexpected, but totally adorable! I love that Syrine pretty much hated him, like all humans, and he slowly broke through her ice cold exterior. They were so cute together! View Spoiler »Thus, it breaks my heart that he died, even though he was working for the enemy. :( « Hide Spoiler I also love the idea of a l’ihan!View Spoiler »I’m so glad that Cara finally decided to go to L’eihr with Aelyx! Also, it’s totally awesome that she became Chief Human Consultant for the L’eihr government! « Hide Spoiler
I don’t have much else to say about this book except that I liked it. If you haven’t read this series, I definitely recommend it!
“He said humans are savage. Do you really eat your young?”
Cara was tempted to say yes, that each freckle on her nose represented an obnoxious kid she’d devoured, but she took the high road.
“And when we’re together, you know…alone…I feel like I’m a living puzzle, and she takes a piece of me every time. The more I’m with her, the more I lose of myself. It’s like I only feel whole when we’re together because she’s got all of me.”
Writing style: 4/5
Overall rating: 4/5