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The aliens crash-landed on Earth eleven years ago. And now, sixteen-year-old Victoria Hale feeds them. With her emotions.
Victoria is an EVE - an Emotion Vesicle Engraft - and one of few humans who are genetically capable of producing emotions for the Gutters to feed on. She's doing it for the money - her sister Alisa needs a good doctor, and fast. But what she didn't count on was being sent to the world's first desegregated high school for Gutters and humans. She didn't count on the paparazzi, the protestors, or the insane Gutter politics and government secrets. She didn't count on the crimson-eyed Gutter prince with an intriguing heart of cold iron, either.
She especially didn't count on murder.
But it's counting on her.
I didn’t even know about this book until one of my favorite author rated it on Goodreads, imagined my surprised that Ms Sara Wolf published a Young Adult book about Aliens! Since I am both fans of boarding school novels and Ms Wolf’s writing, I had a rather high expectation for this book. It didn’t disappoint.
This book was solid, and the plot twist was just fantastic. At first glance Fear Me Not may seem like another typical Young Adult boarding school story, just replace the Paranormal aspect with Sci-Fi. But trust me it was anything but typical. I cannot begin to tell you how much I like this book and how it was constructed. It has a variety of elements from different genre, and it’s full of surprises and conspiracies. Once I begin to read, I didn’t want the book to end.
I thought the concept of this book was quite unique, in Fear Me Not the food sources of the Aliens were human’s emotions. So the Alien doctor/scientist created a foreign organ that can be planted in a human and proceed to gather a human’s emotions. Each emotion has a different flavor as well, I believe the book said Fear was the Alien’s favorite. Though not everyone is genetically compatible with this foreign organ, for those who were they were called EVE.
Many teenagers signed up to become an EVE, and then they were all sent off to this boarding school for both Aliens and Humans. In return, every EVE will receive a good amount of money for their experience. When Victoria started her boarding school life with the Aliens, she did not expect to find herself befriended with the Aliens, let alone fallen for one, nor she was to find out the hidden purpose for the creation of EVE.
It was interesting to read how the Humans interact with the Aliens, and through Victoria we learned intimately about the Aliens masked their differences and abilities to appear similar to Humans.
I definitely enjoy reading about Victoria and the red-eye Alien prince Shadus. This was not an instant-love situation, and no love-triangle either. Victoria and Shadus weren’t even on a friendly term at the beginning, throughout the book their relationship continue progress in a steady pace. There were plenty of awkward moments between these two, some were pretty funny to read. Since this was a Young Adult genre, the intimacy level was pretty tame.
I though the secondary characters have clear distinctions as were the main characters, they were just as entertaining to read and each has contribution to the plot.
My only issue is this book ended with cliff-hanger (@#$%), and there is no update on when will the second book be released.
I think Fear Me Not has everything I am looking for in a boarding school novel, and the Sci-Fi aspect was fresh and makes this book quite appealing. Overall I had a pleasant time to read this book. I highly recommend this book to Young Adult Sci-Fi/Urban Fantasy fans, and fans of boarding school elements with a sci-fi twist.