Synopsis: 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.
Review: I really expected a lot with Uninvited by Sophie Jordan because it shares the same basic idea with the novel that I absolutely adore. I guess I should have tamed the expectations a little bit so I wouldn’t end up rather disappointed. I just wish that the overall structure meshes well with the strong concept. Nevertheless, it was still quite an interesting read.
Davy had already planned her future along with her gorgeous boyfriend, Zac. She will attend Julliard while Zac will go to NYU. But one call from her parent changed everything. She learned she carries HTS gene (Homicidal Tendency Syndrome) or in layman’s term, kill gene. And because of the test result she was uninvited by the prestigious Everton Academy. And things were getting worst by the minute; everything seemed to be falling apart. Her friends turned their back on her, even her boyfriend. And then she met other carriers like her who also had their futures determined by some test result.
These sorts of story are really a hit or miss with me since I don’t believe that one particular test can identify such tendencies; particularly if it isn’t really that convincing. I know it is fiction and therefore liberties are endless but I would’ve liked if the approach to the test was realistically possible. I really didn’t get that impression from this DNA test they have. And the back-up information wasn’t solid enough to support the total idea.
But that aside, I did enjoy the story. I really felt sorry for Davy when her future went crumbling down in an instant. She had it all figured out then in a snap of the fingers the course of her life changed. It was really cruel of her friends to treat her that way, but I do get the worries they have especially how the society in the story sensationalizes carriers like Davy. I’m just glad for her that there were still people who stood by her through this rough time of her life.
The romance was predictable to me though. All I need to do is read the summary and I will know that Zac isn’t the right guy for her. But there’s one incident in there that I thought I misread Zac but it turned he’s not. I’m just so sad that character like him was just a tool to give way to the real love interest. Sean, on the other hand, took a while for me to settle in with his character. I liked that they weren’t instantly attracted to each other—that they saw worst from each other. I, at least saw development there as opposed to conveniently putting them together because they were in the same situation.
The ending was really something I wasn’t fully convinced. On the other hand, I liked that the reason they’re doing it is that it is personally benefiting to them instead of they were given such responsibility. If they were going to initiate something wide scale, I would’ve preferred if it was naturally handed to them. I guess the story was ok and I’m still interested to find out more so I will read the sequel.
I received an advance copy from Harper Teen via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review . Thank you.
Preview Quote: “It had all been an illusion. None of it real. Just as I hadn’t been real. If my life had been real, if it amounted to anything, it would have survived a DNA test that declared me potentially dangerous.
…I have to make my own way now, figure out a new future.” — Davy (from Uncorrected Digital Galley)