Series: Uninvited #1
Published by HarperCollins on 2014-01-28
Genres: Action & Adventure, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: ARC borrowed thru Around the World ARC Tours
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 can’t remember the last time I connected so emotionally to a book. I read most of this in one day, and I was at work and my client was happily sleeping most of the day away and I had to stop reading so that I wouldn’t break out into sobs and wake her up! I got a stuffy nose reading this book, that’s how much I cried. And they were hot tears, the kind you cry for injustice.
~ The book opens with a news release, from the year 2021, announcing newer restrictions on those carrying the “kill gene”.
~ * I previously had a note here with a joke about how maybe I had the gene, and how people should use their turn signals because you never know when I’ll be driving behind you, but after that retired cop shot a man for texting in a movie theater (which I admit is a pet peeve of mine), I decided that maybe I just need to chill out and not make jokes about going crazy on someone for a rather petty annoyance.
~ Davy is a musical prodigy, and she’s a type A kind of girl. We get to see her perfect life, at her perfect school (Everton), and her perfect boyfriend, Zac. They are so cute together, and Davy is the darling of her school, the apple of her parent’s eyes, and oh crap it’s going to hurt to see her lose all this!
~ So, Davy gets the news fairly early on, and is told that she’s lucky that Texas is one of the few states that allows Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS) carriers to go to school, only it’s not going to be the wonderful private school she currently goes to since they kick her out. And that knot of anxiety begins to grow in size in my belly.
~ Mr. Pollack, Davy’s douchey caseworker, thinks that people with HTS shouldn’t be allowed to attend school at all. Because that’s going to solve all the problems. Let’s keep potentially violent people ignorant, with little social skills and job opportunity, because that will keep them from becoming resentful and rage-filled.
~ So, if you’re an HTS carrier, if you screw up once, no matter how minor the infraction, you will be branded for life with a tattoo around your entire neck. This book began to freak me out so much that if I hadn’t been at work, I would have had to pour myself a Scandal size glass of wine.
~Okay, so we meet Sean and he’s hot and bad boyish and he has the tattoo brand and mostly goes by his last name, O’Rourke, which is hot. But the way his hair is described sounds bit too much like a mullet for my tastes.
~Davy’s all “this must be a mistake, I don’t belong with these people”, which honestly is probably how I’d feel at first. Davy is a nice girl, but she’s led a very privileged life, she never saw anything like this coming at her. I’m glad that she didn’t immediately assimilate, because it makes sense that she would have some prejudices given the media’s portrayal of HTS carriers.
~ Before each chapter of the book we get some extra bit of information- news articles, emails, texts, memos, etc. My inner nerd loves this! Also it allows us readers to know things that poor Davy can’t because the story is from her perspective.
~ If you were told that you would kill in the future, and once your friends, family, and society found out they watched you constantly, waiting for you to snap, wouldn’t that cause you to snap?!
~ There is a lot that happens in this book, but I don’t want to get spoilerish. But I will say this- Davy’s life becomes almost unbearable, as the hate and fear of HTS grows. It’s a very emotional book.
~ I couldn’t help thinking, when they began to signal out HTS carriers, of how the Jewish people of Europe felt when Hitler began to rise to power, or the Japanese Americans felt during WW2. How many failed to realize the danger they were in, and how easy it was for the rest of society to ignore what was happening to their neighbors and slowly began to believe the propaganda. Because don’t you have to? Don’t you have to believe that your country is imprisoning and persecuting people for a good reason and that if you just keep your head down then you’ll be okay? It’s awful, what we can convince ourselves is okay, as long as it doesn’t touch our lives personally.
~ My only complaint with the book is just the ending. I just felt it should have ended a tiny bit sooner or a tiny bit later than it did, just because, for me, it was a weird place to end book one. But that’s the only thing I can think of that I can possible criticize.
~ I think what really made me connect with this story is the profound sense of injustice I felt. I can accept that life isn’t fair. In fact, I’m okay that life isn’t fair, that I wasn’t blessed with perfect skin, or silky hair, or a super fast metabolism. I’m okay that there are people out there that have lots more money than me, more books than me, and are more intelligent than I am. There are always people who have it worse, or better. That’s just life. But I can’t handle true injustice, especially when it’s man-made. The thought of the government testing people for a gene that says they might kill someday and using that information to strip away your freedoms is unjust. Being marked permanently for life because some bitchy girl doesn’t like you? Unjust. Being forced to do things by your own government, or by a person in power, because the alternative is death or worse, is unjust. Not reading this book? Unjust! 😉
Davy Hamilton- our heroine, future murderer. 😉
Sean O’Rourke- bad boy love interest. I could practically hear Taylor Swift singing Trouble in his first few scenes.
Zac- Davy’s perfect boyfriend.
Tori- Davy’s best friend who doesn’t get the whole “friends to the end” motto.
Mitchell- Davy’s older brother, a bit of a screw-up, but the kind of brother any girl would be lucky to have.
Carlton- Zac’s bff, very flirty.
Mr. Pollack- Davy’s small minded caseworker.
Mr. Brockman- not the man you want teaching your daughter.
Gil- Nerd boy, in the same boat as Davy.
Dr. Wainwright- the man behind the curtains, only he is so not the Wizard of Oz. More like Satan’s Imp.
There are a lot more characters, but I can’t list them all here. I mean, I could, but would you still be reading?
There were a bunch that stand out, but they all have spoilers, so please understand that you won’t understand but that you should still read this book. Midnight Moment #1- the party where Davy realizes that her life is truly not what it used to be. Midnight Moment #2- the ultimate result of what happened at the party (this is where the hot, angry tears began to fall in earnest). Midnight Moment #3- what Davy has to do to save a friend. I totally did not see that coming!
Stop The Clock:
Wow, just yes to this book! Despite the roller coaster of emotions, I loved Davy, and I’m rooting for her. This is the first Sophie Jordan book I’ve read because I didn’t think I’d be into her dragon series, but now I’m thinking that I need to read her previous books. The writing was amazing and the author surprised me. That’s hard to do with YA dystopian. I loved it!
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