ARC Review + Giveaway (PH, US/CANADA and INT’L): Alienated by Melissa Landers

13574417Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Number of pages: 352
Source: Physical ARC from publisher
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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.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

REVIEW

To be completely honest, Alienated was a very surprising read. I was expecting hardcore science fiction that was mildly altered to suit young adult tastes with a bit of romance here and there, but it turned out to be the opposite. It’s a fluffy read of two students from two different worlds, one from Earth and one from another galaxy hundreds, probably thousands of light years away, as they learn from each other’s cultures and endure the widening protest and violence against the two civilization’s mingling of each other. So it has a lot of fluff, a lot of politics, and a lot of science fiction. And you know what else? I LOVED IT!

The plot is actually pretty simple. Aelyx (pronounced A-licks) and two of his friends, Syrine and Eron, are to be sent to Earth in a sort of student exchange, a move that hopes to strengthen the relationship of the two planets. However, the trio has other plans, as they don’t want their home to be influenced by the violence and discord human societies have showcased in their history, so they plan to sabotage everything.  He later meets Cara, a human with a passionate and gentle heart and a fiery spirit, and she could just be the key to weakening Aelyx’s resolve.

It may seem really cliché and worn-out due to the premise being written a hundred times in other novels, but reading this book, you’ll find yourself grinning to yourself anyway, because the book’s strongest point isn’t the plot – it’s the development between Cara and Aelyx as they learn more about each other. I swear, I laughed, I cried, and I grinned like a mad lunatic. It was so funny to read the alien guy being wary of human customs, of their food, of their sexual advances, of his OWN sexual reactions (to which he would try to recite the human periodic table afterwards… haha!!)… it felt like a learning experience for me, too. Aelyx was an adorable character, and even though as a reader you know he has other agendas, you kind of understand the reasons why he was willing to do what he planned (and honestly, if I were an alien from outer space, I wouldn’t bother with humans, too. We’re complicated beings =P).

As much as it was heartwarming, there were heartrending scenes too, in which I couldn’t help but tear up a bit. There is a political backdrop here as many people are not keen on having aliens in their midst, and it results to a lot of betrayal and violence, and these take a toll on Cara. My heart swelled and my throat tightened whenever she would put her head up high despite all the bad things happening to her, and even more when Aelyx saw all of these and blamed himself for it. Sigh. If there’s anything this book was, it was one hell of a roller coaster ride. I felt so connected to the characters that I could feel the emotions overflowing from the pages. Such a spectacular novel, this one.

All in all, this was a great read, and would be an excellent introduction to the science fiction genre to others out there who are hesitant to try it. It’s full of heart and emotions, and a lot of scenes that would make you laugh, cry, and sweat (that making out scene was HOT, BABY!). 2014 will be a great year if all books are of this calibre!

GIVEAWAY

Giveaway Rules:

* You must be 13 years or older to enter.
* Once a winner has been announced, an e-mail will be sent. No reply within 48 hours will disqualify that entry and a new winner will be announced.
* The Social Potato is not responsible for any losses or damaged goods.
* No cheating allowed.

The Social Potato will be giving away a beautiful ARC of Alienated by Melissa Landers to ONE lucky reader living in the PHILIPPINES. Yes, my dears, you will get a chance to read this book early! All you need to do is fill up the Rafflecopter form below and hope you’ll win! If you don’t win, that’s all right, there’s a second prize – a Php300.00 Fully Booked gift card! To be eligible to receive this prize, you must make sure you have access to a Fully Booked bookstore, as you will be picking up the Gift Card at the branch of your choice. :)

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That doesn’t mean we’re leaving out the rest of our readers! I am also going to pre-order this book to one lucky reader situated anywhere in the world (as long as the The Book Depository ships to your country). That means once it is available for shipping, you won’t have to worry about anything – it will be delivered to your doorstep! Or to your post office. Either way, you’ll get it.

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Hyperion has graciously and generously offered to give away THREE copies of Alienated to THREE lucky readers in the US/Canada! Awesomesauce, everyone! If you’re from the US/Canada, please only join this form if you can, so as to give chances to people outside the US/Canada to win a book, too!

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A 21 years old Filipina who loves books, games, languages, and most especially, food. Secretly wishes to be an astronaut so she can explore the stars. Has a love-hate relationship with Philippine politics. To get in her good graces, offer her Foie Gras, Or shrimp. Or a JRPG. A YA sci-fi book works, too. You can follow her on twitter here: @kawaiileena

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  1. says

    Honestly, it all depends on my family. For example, I really like the guy, but my parents don’t for some reason, I wouldn’t be willing to give my family up for him. It might just be me, but I do believe that family is more important than any sort of romance. (I feel so odd right now just saying this lol.)

    Thanks for the giveaway ate Faye :D
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  2. Levanne Resullar says

    as long as he loves me the way i do, definitely. qualities? i think those qualities would soon fade away as you love someone. you’ll begin to love him as he is. so, im not looking for specific qualitites

  3. says

    In my mind, if it’s love, it’s love. As long as we love and care for each other, I would do it. I don’t think there would be too many racial difference issues; I think the roadblock would be cultural differences.

  4. Anonymous says

    This book seems really interesting and I think you did a superb job in reviewing it. Thank you for the giveaway :D

  5. Miss. Lucinda Fountain says

    Yes, true love trancends everything! I would look for a common understanding, where his heart understood mine ~ regardless of race etc. this is possible.

  6. says

    I think the difficulty in having/maintaining a relationship with someone from a different race lies in the differences within cultures. If two people from different races can meet in the middle by learning the ‘universal’ language, they would still not always understand each other because of the differences in practices, beliefs and even jokes. Being with someone from a different race is not easy as there are sacrifices and compromises that are required from both sides. Both should try hard to learn, embrace and live with these differences.

    That said, I’m willing to have a relationship with someone not in my race if he/she is willing to sacrifice as much as I am. :)

  7. Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor says

    Yes, I would be willing to have a relationship with someone not my race (Chinese) if that person is patient, kind, and have all the awesome qualities we look for in guys HAHA :))

  8. HollyB says

    I absolutely would be willing to have a romantuc relationship with someone of another race — and in fact I have! I’m now married (been with the same (white) guy 17 years, married for 12 1/2), so I won’t be doing it anytime soon… but when I was in junior high/high school I dated several African-American guys. Race/color has never been an issue for me — it’s more important to me how I feel about them and how they treat me. The qualities I looked for in them are the same I looked for and found in my husband: funny/great sense of humor/makes me laugh, respectful to me and my family and friends, loving, kind, generous….all the great things you want in a life partner! Great question, I like it :)

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’ve been wanting to read this for so long!

  9. Darith L. says

    I believe that if I love the person because of everything that makes him who he is, then race doesn’t matter.

  10. says

    It’s not impossible. But I don’t know. Maybe I can answer easily right now coz I’m not yet on the situation but if it works the way it has (we fall in love and all) then I guess there’s nothing more I can do about it. All we need to do is just accept each other… and story goes…

    Thanks for this wonderful review. :)

  11. says

    I think anything’s possible as long as I love the person, having different race will not be a problem. You can’t really choose who to love so I’m thinking more of the personality other than physical appearance. Any good qualities like respect and being faithful will on my standard.
    Thanks for the review and giveaway! I’ve been wanting to read this book since last year!

  12. _Sandra_ says

    I have no problem being with the person of different race or nationality, love is love no matter what. :) As for qualities I look for in a guy – for him to respect me and my family/friends, fun, with a good sense of humor, charming, adventurous..
    Thanks for an amazing giveaway! :)

  13. Neira says

    Well,I’m not sure but I’d definitely love to be a friend of an alien. To get to know them better. And then,well, who knows…