Thursday, July 31, 2014

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

Genre:  YA Dsytopian/Science Fiction/ummm...  kind of contemporary too
Uninvited Series, Book 1

Description (taken from Sophie Jordan's website):
You can’t change your DNA… even when it says you’re a murderer.

When Davy tests positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, aka “the kill gene,” she loses everything. Once the perfect high school senior, she is uninvited from her prep school and abandoned by her friends and boyfriend. Even her parents are now afraid of her—although she’s never hurt a fly. Davy doesn’t feel any differently, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.

Without any say in the matter, Davy is thrown into a special class for HTS carriers. She has no doubt the predictions are right about them, especially Sean, who already bears the “H” tattoo as proof of his violence. Yet when the world turns on the carriers, Sean is the only one she can trust. Maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

Davy lives in a world where we know why people do terrible things and this kill gene has been detected.  As people apply for prestigious positions in the world, testing for this gene has become mandatory.  And once people know you have the tendency to harm people, you become a pariah in society.  This world Davy lives in sounds eerily similar to our own (or what we might one day see)...

Davy is a musical prodigy who has the perfect life.  She's almost done with high school, she's been accepted to Julliard, and she's setting up her future with her boyfriend.  But when news of her HTS status surfaces, everyone refuses to see her as the individual she is.  Instead, she's suddenly the person genetics says she'll become.  And Davy's life goes down the toilet.

Oh my goodness, the injustice of this world maddens me.  Can you believe a scene in this book made me cry?  I stayed up late every night trying to finish this one.  Watching Davy struggle with the world's label of herself while trying to be her own person was nerve-wrecking to read about.  If I were in her shoes, there's plenty of people I would have murdered.  I mean if people want to label me as a murderer, why should I have to be the one to prove them wrong?  This book is so unfair.  Gah, that's what I'm left with.  And yet, I loved it.

I believe Sophie Jordan's writing is on the rise for me.  I enjoyed her Firelight series, and I believe this one is even better.  I want to say fans of The Program by Suzanne Young will enjoy this one.

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