Series: Uninvited, #1
Author: Sophie Jordan
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Release Date: 28th January 2014
Rating: (2.5 stars)
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Review Copy: Edelweiss
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.
*Received an ARC in exchange of an honest review*
After thinking it through... I rounded it down. Still 2.5 stars though.
There are so many things I could say for this book. It was one of those books that I have a lot to say because it's either bad or it's either I'm loving it. Sadly it's the former.
"I ALWAYS KNEW I WAS DIFFERENT."
From the first sentence of this book, I know that the girl is conceited because she thinks she is special. Well, she was called a prodigy. She's a genius. She played the piano when she was three years old without formal training whatsoever. She can sing really well, play other instruments like guitar, violin, etc. And surprise surprise... She's also a geek. A certified geek. She's also Miss Popular in her own perfect world. Oh yes, she's perfect. *insert sarcasm here*
I'm not against that she's oh-so-perfect. That's the privilege of being a writer. You write whatever you want. If only she is written as a humble human being, it might not be that difficult to like her. Please go down a bit and please make sure your feet were still in the ground, Davy.
Anyway, since we already established that our heroine is such a special girl and that she won the Hypocrite Award (for thinking so bad of her fellow carriers) for this month... Let's move on to the plot.
I repeat this. I told this already to the comment section below of this review that I have something against the story lines where the authors make the women or people in general, a livestock. A cattle. An animal. In my other review of another book, Defy by Sara B. Larson, she made the women like animals who doesn't know better or useless for anything besides breeding. Yes. They are breeders. Soldiers go to this breeding house (yes, it's actually called like that) and have sex with the girls in there.
For this book... I don't like how it was not explained fully. The setting is actually pretty near. Like 7 years from now. HTC... Homicidal Tendency Carrier... What is it exactly? How did it get into the DNA? What's it look like in the molecular level? Is there an extra chromosomes? Like lots of extras? There is no concrete explanation. Actually, no explanation at all. They just said Davy got HTC, that people has it tends to be violent and become a murderer, etc.
Move on, sooooo... She got a boyfriend and a bestfriend. She was positive that they'll understand. ME? I was thinking...
And the book is actually predictable. I've read so many books with romance that once she saw that guy, Sean, in the clinic I know that she'll be attracted to the guy and vice versa. It came from her, she said he's hot, mysterious and dangerous. Based from the books I have read, chicks dig dark, hot, mysterious and dangerous boys. Surprise surprise.
And I hate how they treat the carriers. It's like ALL of them.. As in ALL OF THE CARRIERS are bad. I mean, don't they thought of that maybe, just maybe they commit those mistakes because they are abused? That they are just misunderstood? That maybe if the parents supported them enough and guide them, it wouldn't lead to the carriers killing someone? That if they didn't treat those people like dogs or whatever animal you could think of, then maybe they could contain it? I just don't like the idea of making the people look like savages. By that I mean that there's someone (this group Wainwright or something and other normal people) thinks they are so high and mighty than the ones with HTC that they are all for killing them too. Honestly? Aren't they the one who got the HTC if they want to kill those are actually the carriers? Stupid.
And that ending? Isn't it TOO EASY? I expect that they'll have a hard time. But just one person who was easily subdued and then they're gone? HUH?
For all of that... I can say that it has some good parts. I enjoyed the fighting scenes in Mount Haven or whatever it was called. It was thrilling. And yes it frustrate the hell out of me but I commend Sophie Jordan for her writing skills. I'm not being sarcastic here. I truly respect her and am praising her writing capabilities. The prose was so good and simple. It's the saving grace for this book in my opinion.
Will I recommend it? Not really. But yeah, most of the people here likes it. You might like it. I wouldn't know.