Faith in Books: Alienated

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Alienated

By Melissa Landers

Alienated is a refreshing teen romance novel that deals with prejudice, fitting in and doing what is best for more people than yourself. From Lander’s website:

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.

I found the book refreshing in that it put the aliens on earth and showed what might happen if aliens that seemed like us were here on earth. I also liked the tension between Cara and Aelyx. They did not just fall into each other’s arms and even when they realized they liked one another their differences made the sensual tension even richer.I did have to suspend my belief in how Cara is chosen for this task and I could not fathom that there weren’t more contacts between aliens and humans. Some of the science was hard to grasp at first (I never did figure out what was wrong with the water) but as a long-time science fiction fan, I was able to suspend my judgment.

What did this book have to do with my faith? Landers seems very open to the idea that God could create more than just us here on earth. In fact, the idea that God is the creator of all creation — including in space — is one belief that I hold. Do I believe that there are other life forms out there on other planets? Okay, call me crazy but I do. If God is so powerful, why not? I wonder how my own faith would be changed if we found proof of such life. Does your faith allow you believe that there are life forms on other planets?

I highly recommend Alienated.

Happy reading — and star gazing!

Amelia

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