Roswell High

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This article is about the novel series. For the TV series, see Roswell (TV series). For actual high schools, see Roswell High School (disambiguation).
Roswell High
Original cover for The Outsider
TheShades, Skeletons in the Closet, Dreamwalk, Roswell: A New Beginning, Nightscape, Pursuit, Turnabout
Author Melinda Metz
Country Roswell,New Mexico,United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction, young adult
Publisher Pocket Books
Published 1998–2000
Media type Print (paperback)

Roswell High is a young adults book series written by Melinda Metz and published by Pocket Books. The 10-book series chronicles the adventures of three teen aliens and their human friends, who attend the fictional Ulysses F. Roswell High in Roswell, New Mexico. The Roswell High books served as inspiration for the American science fiction television series Roswell (1999–2002), also known as Roswell High in some countries, which in turn spawned eleven spin-off books of its own.


Max Evans, his sister Isabel and their friend Michael Guerin appear to be human, but are in reality the survivors of the 1947 UFO crash known as the Roswell UFO incident. They are from the planet Antar. Upon emerging from stasis pods, they appeared to be 7-year-old orphaned humans. Max and Isabel are adopted by a loving pair of attorneys, the Evanses. Michael, who was not so lucky, entered the foster care system, bouncing from household to household with lots of families rejecting him.

The aliens have special powers, including the ability to:

  • rearrange molecules (change objects, heal injuries).
  • "dreamwalk" (observe, participate in, and manipulate others' dreams).
  • sense each other's emotions from afar.
  • create psychic connections that allow the alien to see into another's mind.
  • perceive colorful halos or auras around humans that indicate emotional state.

Max, Isabel and Michael have successfully kept their true nature a secret for a decade. The series begins with the accidental shooting of Liz Ortecho, a human friend of Max's. He cannot bear to see her die and risks bringing attention to himself when he uses his powers to save her life. Liz is soon let in on the secret, as are her friends Maria DeLuca and Alex Manes. The six teens quickly bond and learn to trust one another, and Max and Liz fall deeply in love, and Michael and Maria fall in love. Together the group fends off the suspicions of law enforcement, alien hunters, while seeking clues about the aliens' origins.

Roswell High characters[edit]


  • Max Evans: A senior; mysterious, tall, blond haired and blue eyed; in love with Liz since he was just a boy.
  • Isabel Evans: A senior; tall, blonde, blue eyed; Max's sister. Romantically connected to Alex.
  • Michael Guerin: jet black hair, gray eyes. Romantically connected to Maria.
  • Ray Iburg: Owned the UFO Museum. Deceased
  • Nikolas Branson: Dark brown hair, light brown eyes. Romantically connected to Isabel. Deceased.
  • Adam: Romantically connected to Liz. Deceased.
  • Trevor: Michael's brother. Romantically connected to Isabel.


  • Liz Ortecho: a senior and Max's biology class lab partner; of Spanish descent; long black hair, dark brown eyes. Romantically connected to Max
  • Maria DeLuca: Liz's best friend since childhood, curly blond hair and blue eyes. Romantically connected to Michael.
  • Alex Manes: Liz and Maria's best friend, red hair and green eyes. Romantically connected to Isabel.
  • Kyle Valenti: Went to high-school with the other main characters. Son of the Sheriff in Roswell. Black haired.
  • Jim Valenti: Father of Kyle Valenti, Sheriff of Roswell and agent of Project Clean Slate who hunts and studies aliens.

Aura colors[edit]

  • Max – Emerald green
  • Isabel – Royal purple
  • Michael – Brick red
  • Liz – Amber
  • Maria – Ocean blue
  • Alex – Bright orange
  • Nikolas – Gold
  • Adam – Bright Yellow
  • Cameron – Olive green
  • Ray – Creamy white
  • Trevor – Magenta


Pocket Books created the core idea for the Roswell High series. Metz and her writing partner Laura J. Burns created the basic story arc for the first six books, after which several writers wrote the sample scene in which Max saves Liz's life. Metz was chosen to write the books, and she and Burns worked together to further develop the series.[1]


The Outsider (1998)[edit]

When Liz Ortecho is shot in a freak accident at the Crashdown Cafe owned by her family, her friend Max Evans leaps in to heal her without regard for the secret that he keeps about his sister Isabel, friend Michael Guerin and himself. He loves Liz and can't let her die. Though Liz withdraws from Max when she finds out that they are aliens, she slowly realizes that Max loves her and poses no danger to her. Liz keeps his secret from Sheriff Valenti and the publisher of the local tabloid DuPris, despite their suspicions. But she tells her best friend Maria DeLuca. Maria couldn't handle this by herself so she had to tell Alex. The six of them figure out a way to put aside their fears and trust each other. At the end, Liz realizes that she returns Max's love. But he pushes her away because he believes that he is endangering her by being in her life.

The Wild One (1998)[edit]

Max, Michael and Isabel had agreed not to use their powers any more. It was too dangerous because somebody could catch them. But after a new guy, Nikolas, comes to town, strange events start happening. Michael soon realizes Nikolas is one of them, the fourth alien who had also come out of the pods. They had never met before because Nikolas managed to leave his pod first, and moved to California after being adopted. The problem was that Nikolas didn't understand why Max, Michael and Isabel didn't use their powers, and instead, were afraid of the alien hunters. Max gets hired at the UFO Museum. Sheriff Valenti is suspicious about the recent strange occurrences. Therefore, he interrogates Liz. A few moments later, Liz takes Max and go after Nikolas, who was accompanied by Isabel. They start a fight. Isabel keeps defending her new boyfriend. Angry, Nikolas touches and seriously hurts Liz. While Max is healing her, Nikolas and Isabel take off. Max, Michael, Liz, Maria and Alex are led by sheriff Valenti to the mall. Isabel and Nikolas must be there. Isabel has just knocked the guard down with her power when they arrive. Max and Liz stick together. Almost caught by the sheriff, they share a passionate kiss that proves they can't be just friends. Valenti finds the couple first and fires a shot at Nikolas. Before getting to Isabel, Liz distracts him. Isabel, Max and the others are now alright, but Valenti has just caught Liz. Then Ray Iburg appears from nowhere and sends Valenti a kiss good night. Liz is free. Max is relieved. Ray admits he's also an alien.

The Seeker (1999)[edit]

After Nikolas was killed in the mall, Isabel suffered an emotional breakdown. Alex was the one that stood by her and brought her back. As a result she started appreciating her life and promised she'd never use her powers. Max told Liz their kiss from the mall meant nothing and he wished he stayed away from her. Liz was completely hurt and started dating a guy from the school. Ray began teaching Max and Michael how to do things with their power. He also explained them that their ship was crashed by a stowaway who had stolen a powerful ring. Maria and Michael start doing things together. At first, they thought they were just friends, but then they realize it was much more than that. They kiss. Maria thinks she has psychic abilities because she gets flashes of certain things. In the end, after Maria is almost killed but Michael risks his life for her, Ray tells them it was just a manipulation of some alien bounty hunters who were looking for the alien ring Maria had taken from the mall. Finally Ray takes the ring and hides it.

The Watcher (1999)[edit]

Max is hit by an alien phase. Ray explains to him that it is called akino and is usual back on their home planet. Every teenager contacts it when reaches maturity. The problem is, Max will die unless he is healed by some crystals from their planet, crystals that are situated on their spaceship. Max soon starts to feel really bad, he loses weight, strength and finally his powers. Michael, Alex, Isabel, Maria and Liz help Max to find the ship. They find out that Valenti and his Project Clean Slate have it. So, they plan a dangerous escape in order to recover the crystals. Liz is the one that supports Max until the last moment and they decide if Max survives that they can become more than friends. Michael, Isabel and Ray go to the secret location of the spaceship. Ray is killed, Michael is captured. Only Isabel comes back with the crystals.

The Intruder (1999)[edit]

Max is saved. But Ray was dead and Michael was Valenti's prisoner. After three days, a boy comes to the Evanses. He proves to be the fifth alien from the pods and was raised in captivity by Valenti. His name was Adam. He related them how Michael helped him get out. Adam seems to be acting like an 8-year old boy but in fact his power was stronger because it had been developed by the sheriff's Clean Slate Project. He also forms a crush on Liz. A few days later, Max, Liz, Isabel, Maria, Alex and Adam go to the compound to rescue Michael. Even if Adam promises to help the others get Michael, he instead leads them straight to Valenti's office. Adam kills the sheriff and then tries, unsuccessfully, to kill Max too. Then, he starts a huge fire. Max, Liz, Isabel, Alex and Maria manage to take Michael and his prison companion, Cameron, out of the compound in the last second. Valenti was dead. They were all safe now. Adam was there too.

The Stowaway (2000)[edit]

In this one the gang tries to figure out Adam, whether he's evil or not, and to decide what to do about him. Michael has fallen for Cameron and she for him (Maria is upset over it), they fight when he discovers the truth about her. Cameron leaves town but comes back to the gang just in time to rescue them at one point.

Eventually the teens discover that the local UFO newspaper publisher isn't just some weird guy, he's the evil stowaway that they were told crashed the ship all those years ago and that he was remote controlling Adam when Clean Slate was destroyed. This guy can teleport himself, and Max learns to do so as well. DuPris (the bad alien) has searched for 50 years for one of the three Stones of Midnight the homeworld has as a sort of power source, he gets the ring (containing one) the gang has. Working with/through the consciousness Max and the gang try to send DuPris back home to his enemies through a wormhole, adopting his appearance as part of their efforts. They manage to send him through with the bounty hunters but discover to their dismay that it was Alex they sent through, the real DuPris escapes with the ring.

The Vanished (2000)[edit]

Cameron has left town, Michael has found that Ray (the friendly alien)left him the ownership of the museum in his will so he's got a place of his own now.

The gang does some investigation of DuPris' office and discovers a photograph of Alex's father with Valenti showing that he's also in Clean Slate (which Isabel later confirms by finding related files on Mr. Manes laptop when she visits Mrs. Manes). They make an effort to recover the ship form the Clean Slate ruins but must flee when they see someone coming, later it's gone.

It isn't really explained but Maria is inspired to suggest that DuPris may have hidden the ship in Carlsbad Caverns (she gets the idea from a tourist's T shirt), Meanwhile Max gets mixed signals from the consciousness about Alex (he's afraid, some are curious about him, some want him dead).

During their trip to the Caverns the teens do find the ship hidden in the cave and run into a chemical weapon trap set by Mr. Manes, deadly to aliens- Liz and Maria must drag their friends to safety. They have a confrontation with DuPris, discovering that Mr. Manes isn't an enemy as he is able to save them with more gas after being trapped in the ship with them. DuPris teleports the ship away and an attempt by Mr. Manes to bring Alex home using a Clean Slate device that absorbed Stone energy fails, not enough power.

The Rebel (2000)[edit]

Alex has returned to Earth through a wormhole, and thinks someone/something evil followed him. He looks a lot better, more confident than he used to (I don't think that is ever really explained). Michael meets a stranger outside the museum, it turns out to be his unknown brother who slipped through with Alex.

Most of the book is spent with everyone trying to decide who should be trusted, mostly thinking that Trevor (Michael's brother) might be a danger. Alex thinks he might want the Stone that he used to get home, he does act like it. Kyle Valenti seems like a real villain as he kidnaps Maria's brother Kevin.

The Dark One (2000)[edit]

Starts off right where #8 left us with Kyle confronting the gang and Michael's brother Trevor appearing to join up with the evil alien DuPris.

They get Maria's brother Kevin back and spend much of the rest of the book dealing both with DuPris and the fact that Isabel has now also developed the dangerous akino condition.

Max wants her to join the collective consciousness while Michael and Isabel herself do not. Supposedly DuPris is the leader of the rebel faction wanting to destroy the consciousness with the Stones of Midnight. Trevor claims that the condition is survivable without merging, it does turn out that he is telling the truth although it takes the use of a Stone to do it.

DuPris is killed in a battle near the end of the book, Trevor couldn't stand the way his "leader" was such a cold blooded killer.

As I understand it the Stones are necessary to survive akino, and to destroy the collective consciousness, and the gang now has two of the three stones their world had.

Now they've got to save Max- he's now so caught up in the consciousness that he can no longer get out.

The Salvation (2000)[edit]

The Salvation opens with Adam's funeral. Max is completely lost to the consciousness in a comatose state. Michael has two of the three Stones of Midnight. Alex, Isabel and Liz keep trying to reach out to Max, while trying to hide the true aim of the group from the consciousness. Michael, Trevor and Maria attempt to find a way to shatter the consciousness without hurting Max. Michael and Trevor begin to bond as brothers. Isabel and Trevor discover an attraction for each other. Michael realized he loves Maria - but as he believes that he will be leaving earth with his brother he goes into operation 'Cold Turkey' to prevent Maria from going through a withdrawal stage as he did with Cameron. And Liz keeps trying to find a way to get through to Max. The group finally figure out a way to shatter the consciousness. They use the Stones of Midnight in their possession to open a wormhole to the alien planet. The consciousness has the third Stone of Midnight in its possession. Using a device that they get from Kyle Valenti (who is now in a mental asylum for saying that aliens killed his father), they neutralize that Stone. This disperses all the auras, including those of Michael's parents and Ray Iburg. Max is dispersed into his molecules too - but Liz finds a way to connect with him and bring him back. Trevor returns to his home planet through the wormhole to rebuild a new world order. Isabel decides not to go with him because her family is on Earth. Michael also, finds that he can't leave Maria behind and confesses his love to her. The group is reunited happily at the end.


  1. ^ Melina Metz. Retrieved September 7, 2008.

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