Review – Uninvited
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  • January 19, 2014

Uninvited

Uninvited is the first in a new duology by Sophie Jordan. The series touches upon science fiction elements, genetics, and morality. For me it was a middling read. Part of me wanted to like it much more than I did.

Davina (Davy) Hamilton is months away from graduation. She is dating Zac, a popular boy, and very content with her life. Since she was a child Davy has been a musical prodigy and is looking forward to honing her skills at Julliard post-graduation. The future looks bright.

One day Davy discovers that she has tested positive for HTS (Homicidal Tendency Syndrome), a gene that says to everyone else that Davy is dangerous. Suddenly Davy’s world is in complete upheaval. She is forced into another school where she is watched along with a few other HTS carriers in a room called the cage. Her friends and Zac back off from her and even her family is wary about her actions. The only HTS Carriers that they know are the psychotic animals who end up on television after a killing spree. Everyone looks differently at Davy now, like she could hurt them.

During her journey she meets Sean O’Rourke, another carrier with a branding around his neck. This marks him as another type of HTS carrier, one who has proven himself to be dangerous. Davy is wary but Sean keeps proving himself to be above the mark, even as Davy proves herself to be deserving of one.

Uninvited is fast paced and intense. It’s a great book for a reader who prefers action intense plot as opposed to character driven novels. For me  the lack of character development drug me down. I never connected with Davy or Sean, or many of the other side characters. There was a distinct flatness to them when I wanted depth. I could have been pulled into this so much faster if the characters were more well-rounded.

What I did appreciate from this book was the look at “normal” people through a narrowed perspective. Only a handful of the HTS carriers were violent and aggressive until provoked. Most of them rose above everyone’s expectations. Who I found to be more deserving of the label were the people surrounding them; Davy’s so-called “friends” and her teacher in the cage. Everyone shows their true colours once Davy get tested. The complex morality that Jordan captures, the double standards that she implies, are the biggest reasons that I kept reading this. Everything else was flat by comparison and I’m ambivalent if I will read book two.

3.5 out of 5 stars.

– BP

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2 Comments

Kelly

2014-01-19 15:58:44 Reply

I often find I can enjoy an action packed book, with little character development. As long as there’s something else to grab my attention, I’m not usually bothered. Here’s hoping that’s the case for me with Uninvited!

Skye @ Skye's Scribblings

2014-01-19 21:12:53 Reply

I had a feeling this might not fully live up to its awesome premise. But it still sounds like it has a lot going for it, so I’ll definitely give it a try. Glad to know ahead not to expect brilliance, though – if I go in with lower expectations, I’ll enjoy it more. Thanks for the review!