Thursday, February 13, 2014

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

ARC, 366 pages
Release Date: January  28, 2014
Published by: HarperTeen
Uninvited, #1
For fans of: Sci-fi, Thriller, Romance, YA

     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.


     This book has left me with mixed emotions. In some ways I didn't really like the main character, but in other ways, I understood her. In other ways I hated that this was about something like a homicidal gene and nothing was really happening in the beginning, but then when the end came I hated the people that were doing these things. Because this was by Sophie Jordan I was expecting to love it, but that's not exactly what I got. And honestly, I know I'm the black sheep with this one, but I'm ok with that. 
"So you're telling me to trust no one" I cross my arms over my chest. "Remember that and you might survive."
pg. 133 (ARC)
     At first I didn't really like the main character Davy because she was such a goodie goodie. Now of course that's a great trait to have, but when presented with things and people like those she was dealing with, something's got to give. I felt like she was making life harder on herself by not adapting to the world around her. But at the same time, I understood why she did it. She wanted to stay as true to herself as possible. And that's what I liked about her the most. She was true to herself and her personality the entire book.
"I could stop simply allowing everything to happen to me. It's time I decide what happens next."
pg. 177 (ARC)
     I also didn't like the slow pacing of the book. Up until page 232 (ARC), I was a bit bored and threatening to DNF it. Why? Because it seemed like most of the drama that she was facing was petty high school drama, like "ooooh I want your boyfriend so I'm going to make your life hell." And for this to be about carriers of a gene that make murderers, I was NOT impressed by that. But I trudged on and I'm glad I did. After that, the book started getting interesting. That's when it became a true thriller. At this point I truly was biting all my nails off and trying to talk some sense into Davy as she let down her guard so many countless times. I even found myself putting down the book and like talking out loud to Davy like she could hear me smh To go along with the writing style, I also liked the chapter dividers. They went along with the story so well and they made each thing that happened with in the next chapter so much more amped. It really helped make the story for me. 
"Some wounds are deeper than death."
pg. 336 (ARC)
     I also liked the romance. It was a slow build and rightfully so. Clearly, a love life at a time like this isn't what matters the most. But I loved that. (Which is strange because I am a HUGE lover of the swoonage.) But with this it just worked. They knew that there were a thousand other important things that they could be doing and that being together could hurt them, but in the end their love got to be too great. 
"I am a killer, after all."
pg. 362 (ARC)
     Sophie Jordan delivers a gripping novel about an HTS gene that will tear your soul into pieces. So much so that you won't recognize yourself. I was proud that Davy was able to hold onto her sense of self during this super crazy time. But, with that being said, I expected more action and suspense. Maybe there will be more in the sequel.
Overall, I give this

1 comment:

  1. Oh nice review! Hearing a bit about how the opening is a tad slow. That worries me, but I still look forward to reading it eventually! Great review!