Friday, November 6, 2015

Close Encounters of the Teenage Kind

Alienated by Melissa Landers
: February 4, 2014 by Disney Hyperion
Series: Alienated #1
I remember being really excited when I heard this book was coming out. After all, YA books had gone through all the monster phases, it only made sense that aliens were next. Except by the time it finally came out I had moved on, and never picked it up. At least not until someone suggested it for our book club.

The story actually takes place a few years after aliens have made contact, which surprised me. Although now that I finished the book I think it makes sense. By doing this you didn't have to explain the whole situation or get into the politics of it, but they were still new enough that not everyone had accepted them yet.

The main character is a blogger which I thought I'd love. Except it didn't quite work for me. After all, I couldn't see someone, the only someone in the U.S., who gets to have an alien live with them have free reign on blogging about it. There's no way the government, or some other organization, wouldn't completely regulate it, which clearly bothered me, although I'll admit maybe more than it needed to.

This book isn't very long, and yet it took me a while to get through. It wasn't that I disliked it, but more that I had things I'd rather do than read it. The ending is quite a cliffhanger which has me curious, but even so I'm guessing it will be a while before I make time to read it.



  1. It is interesting to hear about a book about aliens rather than the all the usual monsters (especially vampires). It's too bad that this book didn't engage you more.

  2. I loved the cover when it first came out. I still might read it sometime but I'm not rushing to get it.