Monday, March 30, 2015

Review: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen

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.

This story has been aptly described as The Scarlet Letter meets The Minority Report, and I think that description is completely accurate.  Imagine being tested and labeled as a future murderer when you've done nothing wrong, and then having to wear a badge or brand that effectively ostracizes you from the rest of society.  This is exactly the story in Sophie Jordan's Uninvited.

While the concept for this story itself has been done in at least one other book that I've read in the past couple years (that of DNA testing a person's pre-disposition to violent crime), I have to say that Sophie Jordan took her story to an entirely new level, and there were plot directions and twists that made her take on this idea completely fresh and new.

Part of that fresh quality was the originality and sympathetic quality of the characters.  I loved Davy immediately.  Although she had a certain level of "I can't believe this is happening to me," she didn't spend the majority of the story feeling sorry for herself.  She stepped it up and did what she had to do to survive.  She was smart, brave, and strong.  She pushes herself to overcome this stigma, and is fiercely loyal to the others she befriends in her circumstances, such as Sean.

Ahh, Sean.  What can I say except that this guy was exactly what I like to read.  He's a fellow "carrier" like her, has a touch, a big touch, of the bad boy in him, the strong silent type, but is also extremely caring and honorable.  You couldn't help but love him.

What these two characters go through to survive had me on the edge of my seat rooting for them.  The romance was slow-building with plenty of sexual tension that just curled my toes...which I think is an element that Sophie Jordan is uniquely talented with, going on all the books of hers I've read before.

This one was a big hit for me and I'll definitely be looking for the sequel.

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