This is the second book of the Alienated Series, for the review of the first book, click here. Now on to what this one is about:
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?
As before, I liked it but not so much that there was a book hangover or real nail biting. The character development was good, the plot was good, the twists and turns were good, the writing was good, I like the dual first person POV. I don’t have any complaints, I just wasn’t over the moon for it. It’s also among the YA that was really written for teens to read it, in my opinion. And that’s not because it’s angsty or any other derogatory way that people sometimes allude to this. It’s just really about the development of these teens and their real and complex emotions about this stage of life and the way it leads into the next one. While they are trying to change the world, the boundaries with which normal teens operate are stretched but not in the way that they are in books like The Hunger Games or Cinder. I don’t want to spoil anything with exactly the difference there, but I hope you all get what I mean anyway.
It makes for an interesting story and a good read when I’m in the mood for something a little intriguing but that won’t monopolize my mind until I’m done with it. I was left with about the same feeling as the first one, kind of like a show that I’ll watch on Netflix if I have a free afternoon but don’t feel the need to binge on once I’m in it. I’ll definitely pick up the third one when I get the opportunity.
Have you read it yet? Tell me what you thought about it below. If you’re interested in reading it, it can probably be found at your local library (as mine was), and is definitely at both Amazon and the Book Depository.