I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Uninvited by Sophie Jordan
Published by HarperTeen on January 28
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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 have read this authors romance books but I haven’t tried any of her YA novels until now. I have heard great things about her YA books but I just wasn’t a big fan of this one.
Uninvited is about the future and how they have a test that can prove if you will have homicidal tendencies. They call it HTS and if your a carrier it’s like you pretty much become nothing. Any hopes and dreams you had for a future are pretty much squashed. This is what Davy finds out when she is tested and finds out she is a carrier for HTS. Davy is a prodigy, started playing the piano at three years old, had has been accepted into Julliard. It’s her last year of school and she only has a few months left when she finds out that she is a carrier. She loses her boyfriend, her best friend, her dreams.
Davy is uninvited to attend the fancy school she was going to so now she has to register and go to a public school. She thinks that even public school will be better than anything but she finds out real quick it’s not. She is taken to a place that is called ‘the cage’ by the students that are carriers. There are five other students besides her and only one of those is a girl.
Davy comes from a wealthy home and she isn’t prepared for what is happening to her life. Sean is one of the guys in her class and he seems to always be around to protect her, but he keeps telling her he won’t always be there. She needs to wise up or she is going to die. She is sort of scared of him at first because he has been imprinted which means that he has acted out and proved to be a bad seed. They brand them with a H on their necks for all to see. Davy soon finds out that it doesn’t really take much to get a H on your neck.
After an incident happens all the carriers are rounded up and going to be sent to detention centers, but a few are selected for special training. Davy is one of those and she is sent to Mount Haven where Sean and Gil have also been sent. So at least she knows a couple of people, but she soon finds out that being sent to Mount Haven might not be much better than a detention center. They are being trained to work with their HTS and how to control it. They are training them to be what they are and be good at it.
Uninvited is the first book in a series and even though I am sort of curious enough to read the next one I just really didn’t think this was a great book. I just didn’t think the story line was all that great and sort of wanted to smack Davy around a bit. Davy is really naive and Sean is right she is going to end up dead if she doesn’t wise up. She can’t wrap her mind around the fact that her life is different and that she is no more than scum to others. Even while she is at Mount Haven it seems to take her a little while to wise up, but she still seems naive. Most of the story is about how bad Davy has it now that she is a carrier and to me it just wasn’t that interesting.
My favorite character is Sean, he is tough and people are intimidated by him, but he is also a good guy who tries real hard to keep Davy safe. He doesn’t talk much and he just has that bad boy image going for him. He comes from a rough background and knows how to take care of himself and I am really surprised that he hasn’t ended up in jail.
To me most of the book was a little bit boring and I think the best part was probably the last 30 percent of the book. I am hoping the next one will have a faster pace.
Overall I understand it’s a book about not letting others define you but defining yourself and becoming what you want to be, but it was just lacking. It’s sort of a new take on The Scarlet Letter but about DNA branding instead of adultery. It does sort of cut off at the end leaving it hanging but it’s not like a major cliffhanger. I can’t say that I would recommend it but if it sound interesting you should give it a try and see for yourself if you like it.