Uninvited (Uninvited #1)
By Sophie Jordan
Expected Release Date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: Harper Teen through Edelweiss
Reviewed by: Jenn
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My rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars
*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher but it did not influence this review in any way.*
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 someone.
Without any say in the matter, Davy is thrown into a special class for HTS carriers. She has no dout 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.
The concept of this story really attracted me. The premise of being deemed a killer even though the person hasn't done anything is very intriguing, especially once we get to know Davy Hamilton. She seems to have the perfect life: she has a great family life, an attentive boyfriend and great friends and she's also a musical prodigy. Then she gets the news that changes her life. She has the kill gene that says that at some point she will kill someone. The book follows her with how her life changes.
Davy's life is turned upside down and I felt sympathetic towards her and wondered how I would react in her position. I think her confusion and want for everything to go back to the way it was before is very normal and understandable. Sophie Jordan did a great job in presenting Davy's feelings of helplessness. I found myself feeling like that as well and I also wondered what would happen to her and how she was going to be able to get out of any trouble that came her way.
I do have to say that the way people treat the carrier, those with the kill gene, is really horrible. And I could be sympathetic because the main character is a carrier and I understand their fear, especially because we are seeing many school shootings in real life as well. But I'm not sure that the way they're isolated and treated as killers already is a good idea. In Davy's case, it very dangerous for her. She is being threatened left and right by carriers as well as non-carriers. Some of the carriers in the book decided that they'll just go right ahead and do what they're being accused of and go on a killing spree. So I feel like in that sense, isolating them is just making it worse.
I really liked this book and the concept but I just couldn't absolutely love it. I am, however, totally curious to see what happens in the next book and what will happen to the rest of these characters.