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In a small college town in northern California, a lonely young man is working himself to the bone to solve a sixty-year-old problem ... a stranger with a will of iron and eyes the color of ice is searching for someone he can't identify ... and a girl who loves plants is about to grow roots of her own.Overall Thoughts:
When Cara Gallagher's parents are transferred overseas again, she's off to spend her senior year of high school living with her sister, a graduate student at the famed McNair University. Cara, a girl with a passion for science and an indifference to people, hopes this move will be her first step in claiming the independence she craves. Cara has her future planned down to the letter: her college, her major, her career.
Then she saves Will Mallory's life, and both of their futures are completely rewritten.
The last years of Will's life have been spent shifting from one identity to the next, dodging the FBI, and trying desperately to find a way home. But Will's home is forty-four light years away, and to reach it he'll have to outwit the man who's hunting him--and leave behind the only love he's ever known.
I've never read an alien story in Young Adult before so I definitely appreciate the unique plot!
Caterpillar is about a 17 year old girl named Cara Gallagher who is a foreign service brat, meaning she's always moving around and never has any constant friends. When she's forced to live with her beloved older sister for her senior year in high school, she not looking to find any attachments to anything or anyone. All of that is soon forgotten when she ends up saving the life of a college boy named Will Mallory. But what happens when this young boy who's shown Cara more love and kindness than she's used to, is exposed for who he really is? Not a warm-blooded human, but an intergalactic alien...
What I liked about this book:
Like I said before, I've never read a young adult book about aliens and I'm a huge supporter of creativity and trying new things. I also liked how, even though Will and Cara were created completely differently, they're feelings and personalities are so similar.
What I disliked about this book:
I wish there were more supernatural elements added into this book. It would've been nice if Will had laid out all of his abilities on the table and presented it in some epic or climatic way. He does show Cara some of his cool skills but because this was an alien story, I felt like there should have been more metaphysical, space, and/or ghostly related ideas in the story.
This was definitely a refreshing story to read, and I'm surprised that this was the author's very first book!