Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: Book One in the Uninvited Duology
Published By: Harper Teen (January 28, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Dystopian/Fantasy
My Rating: 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.
I was so looking for something different when I picked this up. Something fun and maybe a little dangerous and just truly unique. I was craving something out of the ordinary, something that stood out in the genre. Something intriguing. Honestly, I was just looking for something unlike all the others. Something that beat to it's own drum.
I got exactly what I was hoping I would get and so much more. In fact, I don't really even know where to begin to tell you how much this book rocked, how much I loved it and how very much I am glad that I picked it up when I did. It was like a breath of fresh air after being stifled under the same ole' same ole' for so long. This completely restored my faith not only in the genre but in knowing that something original is still being made and is still out there. Jordan did an amazing job with this book, the characters, the plot, the setting, all of it.
I read a lot of books and I hate to say it but sometimes those books and characters start to blend together and become one, especially in this genre. It is so hard to find something that stands out and is still well written with characters you can relate to and eventually grow to care about and love so when you find that author that succeeded in doing all of that, you want to shout it out on the roof tops and get the word out. You want everyone to pick it up because you know they are going to devour it and love it just as much as I did.
The whole concept of this story, the murder gene, brilliant and so darn believable. What if what we were set out to be was written in our DNA and there was nothing we could do about it? What if our choices and wishes didn't matter because what our DNA said, is what the outcome would be anyways?
Crazy right? It was. This had me captured after the very first chapter and I couldn't put it down. It held me captive, made me curious and most of all, made me think.
This was my first Sophie Jordan book but I can promise you, it won't be my last. I am already anxious for the sequel and I can't wait until I get it into my hot little hands. My only regret is that I didn't start this one earlier, that I didn't try this author earlier.
Now I need to check out everything she has ever written and buy it all up. Yep, it was, That. Good.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*