Thursday, October 30, 2014

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

By Sophie Jordan
Published: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
384 pages
4.5 stars

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.

When I first heard about the concept of this book ages ago, I was so intrigued.  As a total science nerd, a killing gene fascinated me.  And then I saw the cover, and OMG HER HAIR IS DNA!

I really loved that Davy wasn't a super badass chick, because in reality, not everyone is like that, and it's nice to see privileged people get knocked off their pedestal.  Not to say that Davy is obnoxious or anything, because she's totally not, even if her (ex)friends are.  At the beginning, she judges people for having HTC, but then is shocked when someone judges her.  It's an inner journey, though, and she does grow a ton from the beginning to the end of the book.  

Absolutely, the most wonderful part of this book was the writing.  Sophie Jordan has this magical writing that sucks you in and doesn't let you go until the very last page.  I would say that her writing is only slightly below Jennifer L. Armentrout's on my scale, and we all know how much I love her.  And of course, this isn't really a surprise, because JLA and Sophie are close friends.  

The 'love interest' was wonderful.  Let me say that I use the term love interest very loosely in this situation, because their romance is barely developing at the end of this book.  However, he was the broody, closed-off personality type, but he wasn't a douche-bag, and he was really respectful of Davy, which I really appreciated.  As a side note, I find that all of Sophie Jordan's love interests are really respectful toward their significant other, which is rare, especially in NA, which are the only other books of hers that I have read.  They are like, the role model for how guys should be.

Overall, this was a really enjoyable read.  There were definitely a few things that could be improved upon, but I am highly anticipating the sequel.  I would recommend it for fans of Jennifer L. Armentrout, and Richelle Mead, as well as anyone that enjoys dystopian/sci-fi.

So, have you read this book?  Do you think that there are too many dystopian books now?

Thanks for reading!

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