February 9, 2014

Review: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

Title: Uninvited (Uninvited #1)
Author: Sophie Jordan
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: January 28th 2014
Source: Edelweiss
Format: egalley

Rating: 4/5

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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.

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.

As a good fan of dystopian novels I could not miss reading this novel, Uninvited is a very good first book in a series, as the plot has good pacing, it is easy to read and the idea of this world is very interesting.

In the near future, America has become more violent and the number of murders is increasing, that why people are leaving the cities to live in suburbs or away from the major cities, so looking for a solution to such violence the government developed a genetic test to determine if a person has the "killer" gene known as  Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS). Which everybody sees it as something positive, as this can identify a murderer before he strikes ..... and in some states such carriers are taken to special camps and other states such carriers are added to a bank of information and constantly monitored by a social worker (but the treatment of this carriers seems more like they´re on probation or parole).

This is the world in which Davy Hamilton lives, she´s a seventeen- year-old prodigy and she thinks that everyone with the killer gene, are violent and that´s okay what the government is doing to them or at least she thinks that until she receives her positive results and is informed that she´s a carrier of the killer gene and all her world is changed because she suddenly becomes an outcast, everyone sees her with fear and as a potential killer and there are times when she´s in the receiving end of violence just because she´s a carrier.

The book is told from the point of view of Davy, but something that I really liked is that at the beginning of each chapter there are news, conversations, government reports and text messages between Davy 's friends that let us see a little more of what is going and allow us to see a little more of the situation with the carriers.

I really liked Uninvited, and like most dystopian novels the world where the story takes place is scary and violent, the story caught me from the beginning, it´s a fast and entertaining read, has action and the romance is not an insta-love, but develops gradually as they get to know each other and Sean despite being really intimidating, sometimes ends up helping and protecting her.
I recommend it to fans of dystopian novels.

I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review.

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  1. I love when there are snippets of other media sources in books. It makes the story way more fun. Davy also sounds pretty interesting. The world sounds so fascinating too. I'll definitely give this one a try.

    -P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex

  2. Glad you enjoyed this one. It definitely sounds good and I'd love to read it when I have some time.

  3. I'm curious how this dystopian will be different from the rest. I'm glad you enjoyed it. ;)

  4. I've heard a lot of good things about this book! I can't wait to read it! Great review :)

  5. I'm super excited to read the book, heard so many good feedback. Great review! :)

  6. I love dystopian so this is definitely something I'm looking forward to reading! :D and the kill gene concept sounds really interesting and hopefully I'll like this book as much as you did :) oh and I love that this will only be a two book series :))

  7. I used to love Dystopian's, but early last year I honestly got tired of them. I felt like I was reading the same stories over and over again. At the end of last year, I decided to lift the ban and I am glad that I did. I cannot wait for Uninvited. It sounds like a very different, interesting story. I really hope that I enjoy it as much as I think I will!

  8. I also read this one as an e-galley and I loved it! I agree that it was a great start to a series. It is one idea that I can almost see happening, and like the little blurb said, it totally reminded me of Minority Report. Great review!

  9. The premise reminds me of what happened to the Americans of German, Italian, and Japanese descent living here during WWII. Scary thoughts. It's also some of what we've seen post 9/11 where people with brown skin regardless of whether they are extremist or not are being grouped in and treated as terrorists. Scary.

  10. I'm really excited to read this book, I love the premise and so far I've only read great things. Thanks for the review!

  11. Love your review, made me add the book to my TBR :)