Published by HarperTeen on January 28, 2014
Genres: Dystopian, YA
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.
What I Thought…
• The concept behind Uninvited is amazing and frightening all at the same time. In theory it would be nice to be able to stop killers before they killed, but the reality is that you can’t really do that. Or if you could, it would spiral out of control like it did in Uninvited. There is no way that the ability to detect a “killing gene” would not cause widespread panic and mayhem.
• One of the things I liked about Uninvited is that Jordan goes into some of the crazy things that result in the identifying of HTS (the killing gene). There are threats and bad actions and crazy non HTS reactions. She went into detail with these things as far as they concerned Davy, but it would have been nice to see more of it.
• You first meet Davy before she knows that she is an HTS character, and I think that in order to understand her later in the book, you needed this glimpse of her pre-HTS. She has A LOT of HTS prejudices (and you can’t even blame her as she’s getting that from all around her) and even after she is identified she still has a lot of HTS carriers are bad prejudices, which mostly stays the same throughout the book. Even though she recognizes herself as not being bad she still feels that she should be afraid of HTS carriers because of the things they could do.
• Uninvited is fast paced and was hard to put down. Davy’s experience as an HTS carrier moves pretty fast due to some of her actions as well as outside (government) actions. Some things moved a bit too fast. View Spoiler »How Davy got her neck tattoo baffled me. Seems silly to me that she would get that for just a slap, though I know that the country was hell bent on “fixing” these problems. Also it was weird that she got to go to a special military camp because she was a musician, but whatever. « Hide Spoiler As an HTS carrier Davy’s life goes from heaven to hell. She gets such little support and society just keeps getting worse. She has essentially lost all rights as a human being, which sucks.
• Davy’s best friend Tori needs to be slapped. Hard. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt that way about a character but her actions were awful and inexcusable.
• There’s not a lot of romance in Uninvited, which is fine as it doesn’t really need it. Zac (her before boyfriend) breaks up with her after she is identified and then she meets Sean. There’s a bit of spark.. and then nothing… and then bam! While I liked Sean a lot as a character, I’m pretty indifferent to the romance between Sean and Davy. View Spoiler »I saw in a blurb for Unleashed that there is another guy and while I’m indifferent to the romance, I do not want a love triangle. « Hide Spoiler
• Davy’s new friend Gil is pretty awesome. He is nerdy and a carrier.
• Davy’s brother is one of the best brothers ever. Davy’s parents, not so much.
Overall Uninvited is an intense read that will play on your emotions and I would recommend it to anyone who likes fast paced, make-you-think books!