Publisher’s Summary: 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?
Review: I very much anticipated this sequel and I wasn’t let down. It was so good. Even though I didn’t agree with the fitness regimen that Cara underwent on L’eihr, it showcased how determined Cara is as a heroine. She refused to be cowed, to give up, or to give in.
I do wish it was explained more how she can share her thoughts. Simply telling me she had to practice a lot wasn’t enough. Yes, sometimes it was shared what she did in practice, but why can she, a human do it at all? I did like it however because it was important to the story in several ways. It showed that the two species share commonalities and it showed that humans weren’t as backward as the L’eihr’s thought.
I also thought it was clever to perpetuate the romance but keep both Cara and Aelyx separate. They both were prone to jealousy over another nearby party.
The ending – OMG. Okay. Okay. Breathe. I need the next book like pronto. Don’t make me wait!