by Melissa Landers
Hyperion, 2015. Young Adult 356 pgs.
In this sequel to Alienated, Cara has been shipped off to be an exchange student on Aelyx’s home planet, L’eihr, but Aelyx must remain on Earth to try to improve human-L’eihr relations. Like in the first book where we get to see what humans customs are like through the austere eyes of alien Aelyx, now we get to see what L’eihr is like through human eyes. As if the strict school curriculum and social isolation in her new home weren’t enough to deal with, Cara begins to notice odd things happening on L’eihr and a possible cover-up some of the members of the Way that leaves her suspicious of their true motives. Meanwhile, on Earth, Aelyx narrowly escapes several attempts on his life as he too becomes begins to suspect something is amiss with his superiors.
The mystery as to why the L’eihr are determined to form an alliance with Earth who are their inferiors in every way keeps the plot moving and the chemistry between Aelyx and Cara smolders from a distance. This is a fun read with spunky characters and a creative take on extraterrestrials.