by Sophie Jordan
Series: Uninvited #1
Published by HarperTeen Release date : January 28th 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Young Adult
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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.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Uninvited is a very emotional book. Not just sad. I was angry, happy, devastated, hopeful. I mean, you name it, I probably felt it. For a book to bring so many conflicting emotions for a reader, is a good book. No, a fantastically amazing book. Not only were my emotions all over the place, my mind was spinning from overload. It really makes you think. I’ll be honest, some of the thoughts I had probably would have marked me as a carrier, if that’s how it worked.
In a futuristic world where everyone is tested for HTS ( Homicidal Tendency Syndrome), Davy’s life is thrown upside down when she tests positive for the gene. Shunned, bullied and treated like animals, there really isn’t ANY hope for a future for these people. Davy, being a good girl and musical prodigy, learns first hand the obstacles, pain and horrifying future that lays ahead of her. In the course of two days, her life changes drastically from a good school, a future, friends and a boyfriend; to having only her brother and fellow carriers as allies– and even that’s a stretch.
Could you even imagine? Being treated so shitty because of something you MIGHT do? To be arrested on site for being outside after curfew. One HINT at violence and you are literally branded? Being put in a cage with others like you, just in case you might snap at school.. To have everyone you love, turn on you in matter of HOURS? Having your life turned upside down in a matter of days. This, is Uninvited.
What I loved most about this book, aside from the feels and such, was that it touches on the subject of Nature VS Nurture. Are we born into what we become? Or does our experience in life, the way we are treated mold is into who we are? The thing is; fear and anger are real monsters. After a few carriers do something horrifying, there are protesters, attacks and changes to where the carriers are located, resulting in several carriers being harmed and killed. You see where I am going with this? These people are TOLD they will snap, hurt and kill one day; yet THEY are the ones being hurt and killed by those WITHOUT the gene. Example;
“Ironically, being labeled a dangerous individual has left me a target for violence. How messed up is that?” quote at 16% of eARC
“Because last week I was functioning in the real word. I was better than functioning. But now I have to prove it?” quote at 18% of eARC
It’s mind-boggling. I also really loved the small chapter breaks. We get to see more this way and I looked forward to reading those.
As much as my heart went out to Davy, she is really hard to like. She is the BIGGEST hypocrite. Granted she, like everyone else, thought all carriers were dangerous and deserved how they were treated. Until she was one. She was constantly going on about how it was a mistake, they were wrong and she vowed to prove everyone wrong; that she wasn’t a killer. Yet, she was terrified of other carriers, made comments about those who were marked and generally thought of them as the bad guy(s). It was SO FRUSTRATING. However; it felt real. No one changes their beliefs and values over night. Over time, she started to realize that there were carriers were good people. That there were BAD people out there that, supposedly, did not have the gene. She was a very strong girl though. She adapted, changed and it was so inspiring to see her break out of her mold. What she went threw was just so sad, especially something that happened towards the end with Sean and another carrier.
There is a slow brewing romance too. Sean. It took me a long time to warm up to him. He was so difficult to READ. But his actions, in a way, spoke for him. He was generally a good guy. Yes, he was quick to fly off the handle, especially where Davy was concerned but that is just a protective instinct, not a KILLER instinct. I can’t tell you how many times this guy got in a fight. Although Davy had Gil (a fellow carrier), Sean was the one that was really there for her. He gave her the tough love that she needed to realize that THIS was her life now. That there were worse things than death and that she had to own and deal with the cards she was dealt. My only qualm about their relationship? It took something DRASTIC for Sean to wake the hell up. It was just so obvious that she really cared for him and it kind of pissed me off that it took THAT for him too see it.
My Peeve- Well, I felt like we didn’t get much history/backstory on the start of the testing. Sure, increase of violence was obviously the trigger but what made them test for THAT? When did it start? Also, the book is split into two parts, CLEARLY, but I couldn’t get over how.. different it all seemed. It felt like a completely different book. Maybe if it had been a longer period of time between the two parts? I don’t know.
Overall- I loved it. Was it perfect? No. But any book can that make me think and bring about every single emotion deserves love. This book will stay with you long after you finish. I highly recommend it. I can’t wait for the next book!