Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

January 31, 2014 Young Adult Book Reviews 3

uninvitedTitle: Uninvited [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author:Sophie Jordan
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: eARC
Pages: 384
Release Date: January 28, 2014
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
One Line: A cool story about a seemingly perfect girl whose life gets turned upside down.

About the Book: 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.

Uninvited was a pretty decent book with a very interesting plot. This is my first Jordan book and I have to say I really like her writing and her characters. While I was hoping for more character-building, especially from Davy, I think that will come as the series progresses. I like how Jordan took this girl who was living a seemingly perfect life and just threw her to the wolves basically. How people react to her having the HTS gene is pretty predictable, but it was interesting to see it all play out. Even though there wasn’t a lot of action or excitement, I felt compelled to read the story and see what Davy goes through.

As far as characters go, I didn’t really see anything special about Davy, but I didn’t mind being in her head. She’s not annoying, but she’s also not lovable. She’s a bit naive, which is understandable given how she was raised, but I liked that she doesn’t get overly irritating when the world turns against her and then when she joins the training camp, Mount Haven. Sean was your typical brooding, mysterious type who Davy can’t help but feel connected to. I liked how their relationship progressed, and even though this book was light on the romance, I didn’t mind it at all. The secondary characters added their flair to the story, too. I really liked Davy’s brother and I wanted to punch her best friend.

I definitely want to know more about this agency and the motives behind the training camp. A lot of the background for this world wasn’t thoroughly explained in Uninvited, which turned me off from it a bit, but overall, it was a good start to the series. I felt like this book had a Divergent or Crewel type of feel to it, except it was shorter and not as involved, but that worked for me because too much detail bores me most of the time. I’ll be checking out the sequel, for sure.

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