Friday, May 2, 2014

Review: Uninvited by (Uninvited #1 by Sophie Jordan)

Title: Uninvited (Uninvited #1)
Author: Sophie Jordan
Source: Amazon Vine
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

The Scarlet Letter meets Minority Report in bestselling author Sophie Jordan's chilling new novel about a teenage girl who is ostracized when her genetic test proves she's destined to become a murderer.

When Davy Hamilton's tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn't feel any different, but genes don't lie. One day she will kill someone.

Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he's not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

The first in a two-book series, Uninvited tackles intriguing questions about free will, identity, and human nature. Steeped in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan's trademark mix of gripping action and breathless romance, this suspenseful tale is perfect for fans of James Patterson, Michelle Hodkin, and Lisa McMann.

Comparing this book to The Scarlet Letter and Minority Report was spot on.  As the government begins testing for HTS (Homicidal Tendency Syndrome) and branding people with the syndrome that have reported done anything even slightly violent, Davy finds herself caught up in the net.  Kicked our of her private school because here DNA has tested positive, she is sent to "the cage" - along with 5 other carriers.

Davy's story was brilliantly written.  Her shock, shame, and confusion of her suddenly changed circumstances.  As she meets new carriers and discovers that there are others that are just like her - branded without reason - and others that have embraced their status letting their baser insticts take over.  Sean seems to straddle the line between the two.  A seemingly violent person, yet different than the others in his reasons for letting it out.

I was amazed at how quickly this book took over my day and I had a very difficult time stopping.  At the end we have a semblence of a resolution, but I can tell there is so much more to be told still.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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