Thursday, January 23, 2014

Review: Uninvited

Title: Uninvited
Author: Sophie Jordan
ISBN: 0062233661
Book Genre: YA Dystopian
Release Date: January 28th 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
Book Source: Edelweiss

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.


I think the major problem I had with this book was the fact that it was too short. There wasn't enough of it for my liking. It felt like the second I was so immersed into it, bam, it was over. On the bright side, it's a dualogy which means I won't be frustrated and waiting impatiently for that long. In other news look at how beautiful the cover is! See the cool way her hair turns into DNA strands? I think that's part of the reason I decided I was going to love this book.

This book talks about Davy, a musical prodigy who has the perfect life as well as the perfect future planned out, until one day she goes home to realize she was "Uninvited" from school. Aka she was expelled. Why? Well, it's 2021 and the amount of homicides in the country has increased exponentially.  The government decided to appease the public, or maybe out of actual evidence, they decided to blame the majority of homicides on people with HTS (Homicidal Tendency Syndrome), which people refer to as the Kill gene. Davy was a normal girl until the mandatory test results claim she has HTS, she's a carrier, and her entire life is flipped upside down. Her father avoids her, her mother looks at her differently, her friends as well as her boyfriend ostracize her and her only supporter is her brother. She's still forced to go to school, but not the Private one she was in, a public one that had a protocol for carriers where she would do all her schoolwork inside the 'cage'. Now things in the country aren't stable and things with people with HTS keep getting worse and Davy's life is a roller coaster of uncertainties.

The first thing that came to mind whilst reading most of this story was that it reminded me of The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, which was a book I obviously loved to no end. Except with this book, the explanation and world building occurred in minor snippets between chapters, which I found was a very interesting idea, but it wasn't enough for me. I feel like there should have been more world building, and the pace was way quicker than it should have been. It was a bit condensed I guess? Had it been longer with more descriptions and explanations, I would have at least been satisfied about the length of the story. Davy wasn't exactly a very relatable character, but she did definitely show some growth throughout the book, something that I'm eternally grateful for, because I really hate weak and feeble female protagonists.

I seriously loved/hated the emotional turmoil I was dragged through during the entire book, the feeling of helplessness, injustice, anger and uncertainty. You're trying to understand the character's new bleak and desolate look on the future, because carriers are treated like worse than scum. The second they test positive to the kill gene, it's as if they lost their rights as living and breathing human beings, they're no longer treated as such and have no rights whatsoever. The pathetic thing about the way they are treated, is that it felt like they were driving them to be homicidal, and that despite this treatment they should work hard to prove to them they were normal. How on earth do they expect that to happen when they take normal kids, wreck them, destroy them and then make them work very hard on being what they already were? Except that this time they've stripped them from every hope of having a good future. No wonder they act out and do kill people, why prove the government wrong when they treated them like monsters? Why comply when they could at least get a form of justice from all the prejudiced jerks that support the government's claim on HTS carriers? Kill them? Destroy their futures and happiness?

I was so frustrated, angry and devastated whilst reading this book, for the poor carriers and this grim outlook on their lives as well as the treatment they get and how they break them and turn them into the monsters they fear they'd turn into eventually. I found myself crying on numerous occasions and I can't wait to read what happens next, this is definitely a story I'll be looking out for.

Rating: 3.5/5.

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