Kaila Guidry has always known she is different. When she meets Jordyn Stryker one day at school, she finds out just how different.
Jordyn was born and raised far from Earth, a starseed, one of six new students sent to Louisiana's Bush High to learn human ways. But Jordyn did not count on meeting a girl like Kaila.
When Kaila is pushed to her limit by high school bullying and cruelty, Jordyn awakens her to a new reality—and to love. But to prove herself, Kaila must look the other way as the real purposes of the starseed unfold.
As the horrific plan behind the starseed visit to Earth moves inexorably forward, Kaila and Jordan, caught in an impossible love, must determine where their true loyalties lie.
This was an interesting read. It felt a lot like Roswell, but different. There are alien hybrids at high school and a romance. After that it diverges from the Roswell theme. These hybrids have a darker purpose for the earth. It takes Kaila a while to remember who she is and what's really important to her.
What worked--Gruder does a great job building the dark mystery of what the aliens are really up to on earth. You can guess, but you're not quite sure. She hints and then shows the growing division among the hybrids. I also liked her look at school life. The cliche characters are all present, but Gruder shows that everyone has a side of themselves that they hide from the public view.
What didn't work--I had a hard time relating or getting inside Kaila's head. Maybe that plastic wrap really worked. I knew I was reading a story, not living it with the characters.
I give Starseed by Liz Gruder a 3.5. I liked it, but didn't love it but I'm not sure why.
1-5 scale and what it means:
1: I couldn’t even finish it / just plain bad
2: I hope I didn’t pay for this / disappointing
3: I didn’t hate it, but it was still missing something / forgettable but inoffensive
3.5: On the line between good and ok / like, not love
4: Solid mind candy / worth reading
4.5: So very close to perfection! / must read
5: I could not put it down and I’m still thinking about it! / a true treasure