***I was granted permission to read this by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to HarperCollins!***
Pub date:28 January 2014
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Sci-Fi, Romance, Thriller
Format:eARC provided by publisher
Status:Book one of the Uninvited duology
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
I was so excited to read Uninvited. I thought Minority Report was an interesting premise and a variation further was even more intriguing. I jumped into Uninvited when I hit a lull in Cruel Beauty. I was in such a funk and I wanted to pull myself out of it. Uninvited definitely didn’t disappoint. I blew through in one evening. Luckily, my hubby was home so I didn’t have as many kiddo interruptions as usual.
Sophie did an incredible job creating this modern/slightly futuristic bridging world. She did such a great job that it felt like a world that you could just step into. The transition from our world to Sophie’s is seamless. The genetic testing was brilliant. The testing for the kill gene is another play on you never really know what someone could be capable of doing. I hope she goes into more detail on how the kill gene is inherited! Genetics fascinate me! Since the testing IS fiction, it doesn’t have to be perfect genetics, but even if it could be considered faulty, it doesn’t seem like a forced idea. Especially with the recent released news of potential genetic testing for Alzheimer’s disease. We’re well on our way to be able to test genetics for various things. Why not eventually a kill gene?
Davy was beautifully done. Though she could’ve been more whiny or go completely off the deep end in violence, she comes to terms with her fate in her own way and I believe it shows her strength in her ability to hold herself together. I’m not sure what I would do if I were in her shoes. I know with the Alzheimer’s test, I won’t be having it done. Some things are better left unknown.
As a parent, I am struggling with how Davy’s parents reacted. My kiddos are my babies. I carried them. I delivered them. I cuddled them. I’ve bathed them. I’ve fed them. I love them. It doesn’t compute how her parents flip out and push away from her. I don’t think I could do that. I can’t pass judgment though. I’ve never been in that situation and I pray I never will be. I like to think that I would stand by my child’s side. Again, I hope that’s a situation I’m never in.
Though it’s on the contemporary side more than pure science fiction, I like that it didn’t completely dwell on the romance. Sure a little spice is nice, but YA seems to be drowning a bit in must be full of romance books. A kickass heroine or any female lead DOES NOT have to have a man by her side for EVERYTHING. I think Dayv does well on her own AND with Sean by her side. Having a strong leading lady that doesn’t focus on having a boyfriend is refreshing.
Sophie did a really incredible job keeping me glued to every page. I definitely recommend Uninvited and I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel. It really sucks that I have to wait almost a year for it!
About the author
Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first historical romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.
A brief stint in law school taught her that case law was not nearly as interesting as literature – teaching English seemed the natural recourse. After several years teaching high school students to love Antigone, Sophie resigned with the birth of her first child and decided it was time to pursue the long-held dream of writing.
In less than three years, her first book, Once Upon A Wedding Night, a 2006 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Nominee for Best First Historical, hit book shelves. Her second novel, Too Wicked To Tame, released in March 2007 with a bang, landing on the USA Today Bestseller’s List.