by Sophie Jordan
Published By: Harper Teen
Release Date: 01/28/14
Narrator: Rebecca Gibel
Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
Genres: Dystopia, YA
Source: ARC received for review purposes
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 ARC received for review purposes in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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When I first saw this cover, my first reaction was ‘another cover with a girl with pretty hair.’ But then I noticed her hair and was like ‘whoa!’ Dystopias are not my favorite read (although I do like them more these days then I used to) but the unique concept made me immediately put this in my ‘killer’ shelf and my ‘I want it now’ shelf. I’m kind of obsessed with books about killers and the concept of being able to know if you carry the ‘killer gene’ completely fascinates me…and scares me.
Davy has the perfect life. She is a musical prodigy, she attends a really good school and she has a hot boyfriend. But when her test come back positive for HTS ‘aka the kill gene’ her whole life is turned upside down. She’s uninvited from her school, her friends (including her best friend) no longer talk to her, she’s entered into the system where she will be closely monitored for her behavior. Since she is no longer able to attend her school, she must go to the only school in town that accepts HTS-positive carrying kids. This ‘school’ is such a joke. They’re not allowed to interact with other students and are kept in a cage and are supervised by a creepy (and pervy) ‘teacher.’ I don’t like perfect characters, they annoy me and bore me. So while it was a…relief to see that Davy’s life isn’t all hearts and rainbows anymore, it was harsh to see her lose everything while she tries to desperately cling to any part of her old life. No matter how small it may be.
Her boyfriend hasn’t abandoned her though…at least not yet. When it’s clear that he’s only with her out of pity or some hope to still get in Davy’s pants, he breaks things off with her. One more thing Davy has lost. At her new school, Davy quickly finds out how dangerous her new world is. When other people are constantly looking at you for fear of you killing them any second or when they treat you like garbage for having the kill gene, it’s hard to not lash out at them. But doing so only makes things hard for the HTS carriers. Davy learns this the hard way. Luckily, she has Sean, one of her new cassmates and fellow HTS carrier, who has taken an interest in Davy. Although he has no reason to want to help her, I loved that he was always there for her. Fear not insta-love haters because this relationship actually starts off on the slow side. Davy fights her attraction to him at first. He’s a future killer after all, how can she possibly like him!? But wait, so is she. And while there are others that show no signs of being dangerous, there are also those who clearly have no problem in proving society they’re right.
When a group of HTS positive kids decide to carry out a mass shooting, the people panic and are on high alert. The government passes a law to detain all HTS carriers and contain them in camps. This is where the story took a fascinating turn in unexpected-ville and I was hooked! Although I liked the slow growing romance between Davy and Sean, I do wish we would have gotten a little bit more romance. I hope we get to see more of it in the next book because they have great chemistry. From what I see on GR, this is a duology which makes me a little nervous. On one hand, I’m happy I don’t have to wait two more years for the conclusion of this story, but on the other hand, there’s still SOOOOO much I want to know! I worry how it will all be resolved in one more book. I want to applaud Sophie Jordan for proving that just because a book is part of a series (or duology in this case) the book does not have to end in a fucking cliffhanger! Uninvited was proof that you can have a satisfying ending while still leaving you with that ‘I need the next book now!’ urge. With a Nikita-like vibe (the last half anyway), Uninvited was such a fascinating and brilliant story. It also kind of freaked me out to think this sort of thing could happen one day. Even if this isn’t your usual kind of story, Uninvited is not to be missed! The audiobook sounds great and they picked a great narrator. I’ve heard two books narrated by her and she nailed them. I have the audiobook for this on my wish list to listen it again later
Some of my favorite quotes from Uninvited:
I’m not a killer. Although I’m going to become one. It’s just a matter of time. That’s what being an HTS carrier means. At least that’s what everyone says.
Ironically, being labeled a dangerous individual has left me a target for violence. How messed up is that?
Who is this girl? The well-bred girl who sang opera and carefully styled her hair every morning so that it looked carefully messy is gone. As good as dead. Stragely enough, she has to be if I want to survive.
Our lips fuse hotter, more urgent. I throw my whole weight against him. Off balance, he staggers, arm looping around my waist. We fall back on the bed, me sprawled over him.
I kiss him like it’s the last time. Because who knows? It could be. If we’re caught, we’ll at least have this.
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