Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: Uninvited #1
Published by: HarperTeen
Publication Date: January 28, 2014
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
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.
This is ridiculous! No, not the book. My attempt at writing this review is ridiculous. I have rewrote it so many times, that I’m ready to just wash my hands of it. It should not be this difficult, but Uninvited gave me so many mixed feelings and had me all over the place. I was immediately drawn to the premise of this book, especially because of my psychology background in violence. The idea of having the ability to identify a ‘kill gene’ in people is fascinating. More importantly, what people do with that information is the big question.
Davy is the ultimate good girl living a privileged life. She has the hottest boyfriend in school, friends, and plans to go to Julliard. Until she tests positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS) and her life is turned upside down. I thought Davy was an okay character. She was hypocritical throughout the book, but I understood why she felt the way she did. She’s been pretty sheltered all her life, so she’s a bit naïve about people. At the same time she is still in the “us vs them” mentality, and really, that’s the world she was forced to be in. I didn’t love her or anything, but she wasn’t terrible. When it came to the secondary characters, I didn’t find any of them all that interesting. With maybe the exception of Mitchell, Davy’s brother. His love and loyalty for his sister made me choke up, and was really the only time I truly felt anything for any of them. I probably would’ve liked the book a lot more had I cared for the characters.
As more and more people test positive for HTC, more restrictions are put on them. They are treated like criminals before they even do anything. Davy has to go to a public school with other HTC carriers, where they are segregated away from the rest of the students. And it gets worse from there. This is where I had issues. The biggest problem I had with Uninvited was the lack of answers to my many questions, and the logic behind certain situations didn’t mesh well. Plus, the scientist in me needed more than what this book gave me. I constantly had to remind myself that this was fiction, and not to take it too seriously. I was at war with myself and this book the entire time. I did like it, but would’ve preferred more answers. Sometimes it’s difficult to turn off the analytical part of my brain and just enjoy something.
Fear is an interesting thing. It has to ability to manipulate and control people so easily. A big part of me thought how unrealistic this was, in how quickly things escalated. But then at the same time, stuff like this does happen. Fear plays a huge role in how people behave and react. We see it all the time even though people may not realize it, especially when they don’t use critical thinking and automatically believe what is fed to them – how easily it can turn into mass hysteria. I really liked this aspect of the book. I also liked how it showed the hypocrisy of the people who were supposed to be the good non-carriers, because that kind of thing has been happening throughout history since the beginning of time.
There are so many other things that I went back-and-forth on with the Uninvited, but I can’t get into them all or this will go on forever and be majorly spoiler-ish. I’m sure there will be those who love it and those who hate it, but my feelings for it fluctuate a lot. Overall, though, I can appreciate what the author did. I would like to read the next book in the series, but I don’t know if it will be a top priority.