Author: Alexandria Blogier.
Raised among them.>
Li has a father and a sister who love her. A best friend, Mirabae, to share things with. She goes to school and hangs out at the beach and carefully follows the rules. She has to. Everyone she knows–her family, her teachers, her friends–is an alien. And she is the only human left on Earth.
A secret that could end her life.
The Abdoloreans hijacked the planet sixteen years ago, destroying all human life. Li’s human-sympathizer father took her in as a baby and has trained her to pass as one of them. The Abdoloreans appear human. But they don’t think with human minds or feel with human hearts. And they have special abilities no human could ever have.
Fit in or die.
When Li meets Ryn, she’s swept up in a relationship that could have disastrous consequences. How far will Li go to stay alive? Will she save herself–and in turn, the human race–or will she be the final witness to humanity’s destruction?
I have no idea how Li survived all seventeen years before the book opens. None.
So she’s the last human, surrounded by aliens who’d kill her in an instant if they knew the truth. These aliens are faster, stronger, and better at studying. Oh, and they can breath underwater. Nobody’s sure why they have this random collection of advantages in a completely humanoid body, but that’s not the point right now. In the first couple of chapters Li manages to: nearly die climbing a cliff with her friends; nearly drown while swimming with her friends; fall head-over-heels for the first handsome guy she sees; almost give away her secret half a dozen times.
Sadly for Li, the handsome guy she falls for has no personality, but by the time she realizes that (oh wait she doesn’t) she’s too deeply mired in his glamour. Ryn seems like a nice guy. He’s nicer than a lot of love interests. Just… completely forgettable.
And then stuff happens.
Just kidding. Nothing much happens, just Li doing school and competing for officership straight out of highschool, as you do. We get some nice flashbacks that explain how she is faster and stronger than the genetically superior aliens: when she was just a tot her alien-adoptive-father was already teaching her to climb giant redwoods and swing/leap/run from branch to branch, and then when she was a bit older she kept doing that but with a blindfold on, and wow how did she not die. There was that one time she got a concussion. That may explain a lot of things, actually.
There’s a burst of action at the end – obviously I’m not going to tell you what happens – but it felt like all the conflict building through the story exploded and then was resolved in a matter of pages, which was a letdown.
Sexual Content: Several instances of kissing.
Violence: Implication of historical slaughter – the aliens “decided humanity was not fit to survive”. Character remembers falling from a tree and getting a concussion. Girl dies in a simulation: fake, but there’s blood.
Other: Brief instances/mentions of two girls kissing each other.
I received a free e-copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.