Author: Sophie Jordan
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Source: HarperCollins via Edelweiss
Goodreads rating: 3.93 out of 5.00 (360+ ratings)
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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.Review by Nara
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.
On the whole, I feel like Uninvited was a bit cliched. It certainly didn't contain any fresh ideas apart from the premise (which I personally didn't think was actually that new- anyone seen the anime Psycho-Pass?) and the whole plotline seemed to follow a fairly predictable path. That being said, I did enjoy the book. The romance was fairly good, the characters interesting and the writing was of high quality.
I think Uninvited reminded me a lot of The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. The romance was completely different, and the basic premise was obviously different, but in terms of pacing and plot- the similarities were there. Being taken to lock-down facilities, having to break out of that facility, rebellion etc etc. Has anyone read both of them? Anyone agree?
The genetics terminology used in the book was very iffy. Honestly, if you're going to use a term like "carrier" you should at least look up what it means so that science nerds aren't attacking you. Every time I read "[person] is a carrier of the gene" when that person was actually someone who was affected, I was like *giant squid of anger*.
You know what I hate? When a love interest does the whole "you must stay away from me for your own good. I'm too dangerous blah blah blah". FREAKING HELL. It's so stupid and so pointless and so effing frustrating. SERIOUSLY. STAHP IT. Every freaking time Sean was all "I'm not good for you" I was like KJALHSKJFDLWQKJL RAGE. I guess I did enjoy the romance to a certain extent, but this sort of cliche stopped me from really being able to wholeheartedly ship Davy and Sean.
I think overall, I'd say that if you've read a lot of similar books, this one really isn't anything new. It's one of those classic rebellion against the authorities type dystopians. However, it is still enjoyable, and if you like dystopians, this isn't a bad one to go for.