Uninvited (Uninvited #1), by Sophie Jordan
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Mystery/Thriller/Murder
Rating: 4/5 stars
Goodreads Summary: 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 has done it again, just like her "Firelight" trilogy.
I find that books like this give you a low expectation, but then end up surprising you and end up amazing. That's basically what happened in this situation.
I really wanted to read this, I always have, but I had a feeling that it wouldn't please me. Turns out, it was the complete opposite and I really enjoyed it. So here we go with the summary and what it's all about- Davy Hamilton is living an ordinary life. She has a super-hot boyfriend that every girl at school envies her about and wish that they could be in her place, she is smart, is a music-prodigy and soon is going to be heading to Julliard. She has everything she's ever wanted, until the day she gets a phone call from her mom, announcing that Davy's HTS test results came back in- positive. HTS is the Homicidal Tendency Syndrome and is known as the kill gene, which means that Davy has a possibility to kill someone. Soon enough, her future is ruined, and the people she's ever loved are ditching her and are scared of her. When she meets Sean, her whole world is turned upside down, and everything might be for the good.
So this was basically Davy's feelings to Zac, eventually. I felt so bad that their romance just got ruined because of the stupid freakin' HTS. GRRRRRR. But that was the main point of this book, so without this, we'll just be reading an ordinary lifestyle of Davy Hamilton. I loved Zac, especially in the beginning, and then BOOM! Sophie Jordan just wrecked their romance and bond. Poof! Zac disappeared, and Davy went to Kellar High School.
Ahah, so this was a fun part of the book. We met the "main characters," Sean, Coco, Gil, and everyone else in between, and the Brock teacher (what was his full last name haha) who made me pee my pants because his personality and threats are just so hilarious.
Then, the government gave Davy a chance to choose to go to detention camp or a training based centre, which is definitely for the elite. Davy obviously chooses the training centre place, and off she goes to rebel against HTS and the government. So much happened all in one book, I'm definitely shocked on how well this went!
So this book was a mix of Divergent, Matched, and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. In some ways, trying to make that clear. It's a fresh new idea which was gorgeous, and it really was a thrill-ride.
Come on, a few more drops than that. =_=
The only flaw that this book was that it was slow-paced. I felt that it took a LOOOONNNGGGG time for the book to get to the action, and the main point. I know that this is the first book out of two, and that this was basically an introductory, but I needed action, not time for Davy to find "who she is" and about her dreams. That affected 1/5 of the rating, unfortunately.
These characters were absolutely great. Davy was a good heroine, but not the most kick-ass one, I would say. She was weak at times and was annoying with not knowing her dreams and her complaints about Zac and who she is, blah blah blah, but of course, she was likeable.
The romance wasn't the best either. I didn't feel a strong connection between Davy and Sean. Is that wrong? Am I not feeling it or am I weird or something? Not that Sean was a bad character, it's just, they should be friends. I just wanted to rip them apart.
Okay, I know, I know, cheesiness is getting the best of me. I can't help it. :')
So overall, this was a very enjoyable read. It was my cup of tea, and I recommend it to any dystopian book lover. It was more on the chill side and not too hardcore, which is great from time to time.