Publication Date: February 3rd, 2015
Genre: YA, Romance, Aliens
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Synopsis: The romantic sequel to Alienated takes long-distance relationships to a new level as Cara and Aelyx long for each other from opposite ends of the universe...until a threat to both their worlds reunites them.
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?
“When you preach hatred, how do you expect your followers to respond?”
Cara is trying to mend the alliance between Earth and L'ehir, while she's on planet L'ehir and her boyfriend Aelyx is doing the same on Earth. Adjusting to life on L'ehir is already difficult enough with their bland food, crazy exercise routine, and advanced science classes. Whats worse is that someone is trying to frame Cara, and kill Aelyx to ensure that the alliance doesn't go through.
If planet L'ehir was real, I would be first to volunteer to go and live there (maybe not on the colony tho). Reading from Cara's point of view, I fell in love with the lifestyle of the L'ehir people. They are so focused on science, and trying to better oneself and their community, rather than gossiping or watching tv, its definitely a type of lifestyle I wish I could be a part of.
Just like the first book in the series, this one was very well written. The characters are amazing, the world-building is outstanding, and theres a thought out plot with a little bit of mystery.
I fell in love with Cara's character in the first book, but she really took me by surprise in this one. I knew she was brave and smart but this kinda took her to a new level. I get scared to leave the country alone without my parents, and this girl went to a different galaxy, without getting overly scared. Once again we get to see how smart Cara is, while she's not a genius at school anymore, she's shows her smarts in other ways, more human ways that the L'ehir couldn't always understand.
On the other hand, I found the storyline with Aelyx to be quite boring. I had a feeling on who was secretly planning the attacks on Aelyx, and I happened to guess right, which was a huge bummer because I love to be surprised. Most of his storyline in this book was just at the hotel, or parts talking about politics.
I definitely recommend this series, its tied for first place with the Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout on my Favourite Alien story list. Definitely give book one a try first.
I can't wait to read the final book in the series, although I really don't want it to end.