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Friday, 31 January 2014

REVIEW: Uninvited - Sophie Jordan

Uninvited - Sophie Jordan
Uninvited (Uninvited, #1)
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.
*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you, Harper Teen*

I was incredibly excited to get this book on my Kindle. I really couldn't wait to sink my teeth into more gritty YA by Harper Teen and once again, I was not disappointed. Before I start talking about the book content, I want to draw your attention to the cover. How amazing is it? I love that she's sideways and I absolutely adore the fact that her hair ends in strands of DNA. It's so creative and absolutely perfect for this book. This book delves into the darker side of humanity, with science now allowing people to test for those with the Kill Gene - the gene which confirms whether someone is going to become violent/ murderous.

The book certainly has a dystopian feel to it, with the singling out of all that have the Kill gene. Those members of society are uprooted from their old lives and placed with others of 'their kind'. This all happens to our protagonist Davy. The thing that struck me about this book was how horrific the gene carriers were treated. The contrasting behaviour between those that are violent and those that believe they're wrongly accused is huge. It's impossible to believe that some of these characters are capable of anything of that severity. I loved how Ms. Jordan gave those in charge of certain facilities much more violent personalities than those that are considered to be future killers. It just shows how warped the system in this world is and I'm really looking forward to seeing how things unfold in the next book.

Uninvited is a brilliant, thrilling read with plenty of action to keep you turning the pages. I'm really looking forward to reading more of Sophie Jordan's work. She writes beautifully and emotionally. I really felt for the characters and I loved to hate others. It was great that none of the characters irritated me at all. They all played their part well and none of their actions annoyed me without meaning to. This is such a great book and I can't wait for the next one! 


  1. I know some people have had issues with it, but I really enjoyed it. Especially because it was gritty, and it's not an escapism type of book, it's a thinker. The kill gene aspect, and the reactions of the person who has it, and how everybody treats them. And the whole psychology end of it was definitely what made the book, for me. So can't wait for the sequel either!

  2. OOoh nice! Have heard lots of good things on this one! Have to go to the store this weekend and buy quite a few books that came out! Plus I had a BAM giftcard that needs to get used up! Hence the reason why I'd buy a book at the store vs the cheaper online way! Oh well! This sounds awesome! Great review!


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