Saturday, March 1, 2014

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan Review

"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."

Sophie Jordan does a really good job of evoking emotions. I really wanted to choke someone after reading this book. I felt really sad for Davy. Like the main character in the Scarlet Letter, she's wrongly accused of having something (HTS) she does have. In the Scarlet Letter, the main character has a baby, which is something the main character does have. Anyway, you can't help, but feel pity for the main character.

I love Sophie Jordan with her dragon books. But Sophie Jordan with Science Fiction plots and stories? That is a whole new level. I really do enjoy how Sophie Jordan tells us the eventual enlightenment of Davy Hamilton. Hamilton, a soft girl with HTS (the kill gene; I'll explain even further), doesn't seem to have the power to kill. It seems that once society deems her as an carrier, she's threatening to snap. 

HTS is a kill gene. It's not terminal, actually. It's a gene found in murders and killers. Doing a scan for HTS can prevent "future killers" from taking certain jobs and certain roles. (Uninvited totally reminds me of Gattaca. It's a perfect movie example for Uninvited. The difference is that Gattaca is nicer while Uninvited is more cruel to the unwanted parts of society). HTS is basically a gene which forces its person to kill other people. 

A society separated. The US is no longer being nice to HTS carriers. In Uninvited, HTS carriers are sent to detention camps (aka concentration camps). It's one of the nastiest places. There's the plague and sickness, not to mention the lack of food. That's one of Davy's goals. To avoid the camps, if possible. 

Killed or be killed. To survive, Davy has to be stronger than ever. And with all of the pressure crashing down on her, you'll ask this question: Will she ever kill? I can give you the answer, but I doubt you want spoilers. 

Her protector (Sean) is a great character. I'm not going to say very much, so I'm going to use an adjective to describe him. Mysterious. How is that? Mysterious. Not much is known about him other than his family. 

And smart Davy. I have so many questions. Will she break out? Will she snap and become a mass murderer? Will she get her happy ending? Is this book going to be in a series of more than the promised two books? Ahhh! I just can't wait for the next book. I really want to know what's going to happen. 

Rating: Four out of Five

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