Uninvited By Sophie Jordan A Review

Uninvited Book Cover Uninvited
Uninvited #1
Sophie Jordan
Dystopian, Young Adult
Harper Teen
January 28, 2014
eGalley
384
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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.

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.

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan reminded me of The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. Although the work by Bracken is much darker and grittier. In both, people are identified as having a dangerous mutation and eventually isolated from society. In Uninvited, they are identified by a genetic marker that identifies them as dangerous and prone to violence.

Davy Hamilton is ripped from her charmed life and sent to a new school where she is segregated from the rest of the students and literally left to learn in a cage. Eventually her friends and boyfriend turn on her and she has to accept her new normal. A normal that excludes any chance of a real future. 

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan has a slow start. We spend a lot of time learning about how awesome Davy is and how great her life was. The second half of the book, where they actually start rounding up the carriers and placing them in camps, is by much more interesting than the first half.

Davy, because of her musical ability and economic status, is placed in a special training camp. There is a small group that is being trained for some kind of government service (teen spies? military?) This is where Uninvited starts to get good.

We also finally get to the inevitable love entanglement between Davy and the uber bad boy with the heart of gold, Sean. The romance was obvious from the moment he was introduced but is done pretty well.This half of the book shows a few government documents on the origins of the group that runs the camps. I wish Sophie Jordan had fleshed that information out more but I assume we will get it in book two.

Overall, Uninvited by Sophie Jordan is an enjoyable, if at times predictable, story that takes place in a world I would be interested in learning more about. It ended in a definite cliffhanger and my assumption is we will see much more of this world in book two.

Starters By Lissa Price A Review

Starters Book Cover Starters
Starters #1
Lissa Price
Dystopian, Science Fiction
Delacorte Books For Young Readers
March 13, 2012
Hardcover
352
Library

HER WORLD IS CHANGED FOREVER
Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie's only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.
He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie's head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator's grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations' plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . .

Starters by Lissa Price is a fast-paced Science Fiction dystopian that takes place in a world where everyone is either young or old. The Starters, like the main character Callie, are often forced to live a life of squatting and scrounging for scraps, while being on the run. The Enders are wealthy, or at least quite comfortable, and live comfortable and often extended lives.

To earn money to help her little brother, Callie signs up to be a body rental for an Ender. She ends up being caught-up up in a complex plot involving missing teens and a politician. When people are literally not who they seem, it is difficult to know who to trust but Callie wants to do the right thing. There is a lot of action, car chases, shooting, and running from the bad guys. There is a little bit of romance, but that takes a back seat when the seriousness of the situation really starts to hit home.

Starters by Lissa Price has great pacing and a story complex enough to keep the reader guessing. It definitely left me wanting more and wanting to dive right into book two (Enders, which comes out on January 7, 2014). If you like your dystopian with Science Fiction that includes interesting technology, you will love Starters by Lissa Price.  

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The Farm By Emily McKay A Review

The Farm Book Cover The Farm
The Farm #1
Emily McKay
Dystopian, Paranormal
Berkely Trade
December 4, 2012
Paperback
420
Library

Life was different in the Before: before vampires began devouring humans in a swarm across America; before the surviving young people were rounded up and quarantined. These days, we know what those quarantines are—holding pens where human blood is turned into more food for the undead monsters, known as Ticks. Surrounded by electrical fences, most kids try to survive the Farms by turning on each other…

And when trust is a thing of the past, escape is nearly impossible.

Lily and her twin sister Mel have a plan. Though Mel can barely communicate, her autism helps her notice things no one else notices—like the portion of electrical fence that gets turned off every night. Getting across won’t be easy, but as Lily gathers what they need to escape, a familiar face appears out of nowhere, offering to help…

Carter was a schoolmate of Lily’s in the Before. Managing to evade capture until now, he has valuable knowledge of the outside world. But like everyone on the Farm, Carter has his own agenda, and he knows that behind the Ticks is an even more dangerous threat to the human race...

The Farm by Emily McKay is one of those books that I missed when it first came out. Luckily, my local library is excellent and I found it on the New Book shelf. I am very glad I decided to pick it up.

The Farm uses alternative points-of-view of Lily and Mel, twin sisters who are being held on a work camp of sorts, after an illness that turns people into monsters is released. The monsters, called Ticks because of their propensity for blood, are particularly attracted to the young and thus they are being held for their own safety. Lily and Mel are getting close to their 18th birthday and Lily is certain they have to leave before then.

Mel is autistic and Lily feels responsible for her. I truly enjoyed the chapters written from Mel’s point-of-view because diversity is always good and she tended to think in riddles. Very interesting to see inside the head of a character who thinks in such a different way than most.

Carter showing up changes everything. He helps both girls escape and they are eventually pulled in to a greater plot of what is really going on in this world. We are also treated to a little mystery about who to trust and what people are willing to do to survive.

I love how action packed The Farm is. There are a lot of fight scenes and a touch of gore. The Farm is a great twist on the dystopian genre, mixing in some horror with a bit of a love story. It is definitely a book that you can read in a sitting.

The Farm by Emily McKay is an action-packed, creepy dystopian book that has great pacing. I could not put it down and am so glad that there is a sequel. I highly recommend The Farm by Emily McKay.

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The Eternity Cure By Julie Kagawa

The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Eternity Cure (Blood Of Eden #2)

Author: Julie Kagawa

Series: The Immortal Rules (Blood Of Eden #1)

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Publication Date: April 30, 2013

Source: Netgalley

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Summary

Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.

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Review

The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa starts where The Immortal Rules leaves off. Allie is forced to leave Eden and she knows she has to help her maker Kanin. Allie has dreams of the torture being inflicted on Kanin and follows the pull that will lead her to him. With a slight twist, Allie is lead to Jackal, the raider king who killed her friends. Allie is forced to work with Jackal in tracking down Kanin and ultimately fighting the old and powerful Sarren to save those she loves.

Allison Sekemoto is as conflicted in The Eternity Cure as she was in The Immortal Rules. She believes that there is a demon deep inside of her but wants to do the right thing. Allie has a strict moral code which she lives by and seeing her struggle to do the right thing, is an important part of The Eternity Cure.

The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa is fast-paced, full of action, and difficult to put down. Julie Kagawa keeps things interesting by having characters that were previously evil, do some good. The shades of gray is such an important part of The Eternity Cure because in this society, where it is kill or be killed, you have to make difficult decisions. Watching Allie struggle to do the right thing even in the face of tremendous obstacles, shows how strong she is. I do love that Allie is forced to work with Jackal. While he may be evil and quite self-centered, his constant barbed speech adds levity to what is a dark book. It is impossible not to be glad that Jackal is around.

The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa is immensely entertaining and does a great job of moving the story of Allison Sekemoto forward. This book is not filler but a fully fleshed story that would be interesting on its own. I highly recommend The Eternity Cure for those who like their vampires a little dark and their world a little bleak.

What You Will Find

  • Romance
  • Kick Ass Female Lead
  • Vampires
  • Experiments

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The Darkest Minds By Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken

 

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Title: The Darkest Minds

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Publication Date: December 18, 2012

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Series: The Darkest Minds

Source: Library

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Summary

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.
When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

I loved everything about The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken and found the book impossible to put down. It starts off on Ruby’s tenth birthday. Her parents decide a party would be in poor taste because of the few children who remain. A terrible accident occurs and Ruby finds herself being taken away from the life she knew and placed in a rehabilitation camp with other children like her.

At sixteen, Ruby is able to escape and learns about the outside world. A world where adults are frightened of children and the US society is on the brink. Ruby eventually finds a group of kids who also escaped and joins in their search for a safe place.

So many amazing things about The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. The world building is very strong, it is easy to imagine this version of the US where poverty is rampant and the government is lying to the people. The group that Ruby travels with for most of the book is full of fully fleshed out characters who are all damaged in some way but learning to function in this insane world. The love story is quite swoon-worthy. I do not want to give anything away, but the ending will make you want to read book two right now.

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken is a standout dystopian in a sea of mediocre books. Her take is unique and it is a strong start to what I can only hope will be an excellent series (trilogy?). I highly recommend The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken and think you should move it to the very top of your to-be-read pile.

What You Will Find Here

    • Swoon worthy love story
    • Kick ass female lead
    • Lots of heart
    • Action and violence

 

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Waiting On Wednesday – Proxy By Alex London

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights new releases that you are eagerly anticipating. This week I am waiting on Proxy by Alex London.

Proxy by Alex London

Title: Proxy

Author: Alex London

Publisher: Philomel

Expected Publishing Date: June 18, 2013

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Summary

Knox was born into one of the City’s wealthiest families. A Patron, he has everything a boy could possibly want—the latest tech, the coolest clothes, and a Proxy to take all his punishments. When Knox breaks a vase, Syd is beaten. When Knox plays a practical joke, Syd is forced to haul rocks. And when Knox crashes a car, killing one of his friends, Syd is branded and sentenced to death.

Syd is a Proxy. His life is not his own.

Then again, neither is Knox’s. Knox and Syd have more in common than either would guess. So when Knox and Syd realize that the only way to beat the system is to save each other, they flee. Yet Knox’s father is no ordinary Patron, and Syd is no ordinary Proxy. The ensuing cross-country chase will uncover a secret society of rebels, test both boys’ resolve, and shine a blinding light onto a world of those who owe and those who pay. Some debts, it turns out, cannot be repaid.

What are you waiting on?

 

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Waiting On Wednesday (7)

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights new releases that you are eagerly anticipating. This week I am waiting on Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi.

 

Throught The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Title: Through The Ever Night (Under The Never Sky #2)

Author: Veronica Rossi

Publisher: HarperCollins

Publishing Date: January 8th, 2013

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Summary 

It’s been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don’t take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe’s precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.

Threatened by false friends, hidden enemies, and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and dystopian elements to create a captivating love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.

I just finished Under The Never Sky (like today) and it may be one of my favorite books of the year. That being said, I need book two like I need oxygen. The cover of Through The Ever Night does not disappoint. It will look awesome on my shelf and I will probably need to preorder it to read on the day it comes out. 

 

What are you waiting on?

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Pandemonium By Lauren Oliver A Review

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Title: Pandemonium (Delirium #2)

Author: Lauren Oliver

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books

Publishing Date: February 28, 2012

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Summary

I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare,

pushing aside thoughts of Alex,

pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,

push,

push,

push,

like Raven taught me to do.

The old life is dead.

But the old Lena is dead too.

I buried her.

I left her beyond a fence,

behind a wall of smoke and flame.

Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

Review

If I had to pick my favorite new-to-me author of 2012, I would pick Lauren Oliver. I was first introduced to Lauren Oliver through her first book Before I Fall (my review can be found on my other blog here). I loved it so much, I had to pick-up Delirium which is amazing and let me to read book two in the series, Pandemonium.

Lena is now in the Wilds, having made it over the fence alone, at the end of Delirium. The chapters are broken up into Now and Ten which depicts Lena when she is first found in the Wilds and the present, where she is working for the resistance. The concept of dual personas, remains throughout Pandemonium. Lena is a broken shell when she is first found, weak, heartbroken over all that she has lost. She starts to build up walls against feeling the pain and tries to put the past behind her.

On her first mission for the resistance, she is forced to confront the two Lena’s and decide if she wants to continue not to feel. If she wants to let society, either the zombie society of the cured or even that of the resistance, to tell her how she should feel. Through Oliver’s deft writing, the choices Lena makes begin to unfold until she decides to take a stand for what she knows is right.

I really enjoyed the many shades of gray throughout Pandemonium. The lines blur between the good guys and the bad guys. Lena is forced to make her own path, even if she has to do it alone. The passion and feeling of young love is written beautifully. You get just a taste to feel some of what the characters are feeling. That fleeting hint of young love and passion.

Pandemonium is a great follow-up to Delirium. The progress that Lena makes leads us effortlessly into book three without Pandemonium feeling like filler. I am anxiously awaiting the conclusion to this wonderful series.

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Waiting On Wednesday (2)

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights new releases that you are eagerly anticipating.

Linked by Imogen Howson

Linked by Imogen Howson

Expected Publishing Date: June 11th 2013

Summary

Elissa used to have it all: looks, popularity, and a bright future. But for the last three years, she’s been struggling with terrifying visions, phantom pains, and mysterious bruises that appear out of nowhere. Finally, she’s promised a cure: minor surgery to burn out the overactive area of her brain. But on the eve of the procedure, she discovers the shocking truth behind her hallucinations: she’s been seeing the world through another girl’s eyes. Elissa follows her visions, and finds a battered, broken girl on the run. A girl—Lin—who looks exactly like Elissa, down to the matching bruises. The twin sister she never knew existed. Now, Elissa and Lin are on the run from a government who will stop at nothing to reclaim Lin and protect the dangerous secrets she could expose—secrets that would shake the very foundation of their world. Riveting, thought-provoking and utterly compelling, Linked will make you question what it really means to be human.

Oh how I love the cover of this book. It has so much movement.

I love a good the government is covering up something and we have to get the information out to save the world story line.

 

What books are you waiting on?

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The Age Of Miracles By Karen Thompson Walker A Review

The Age Of Miracles A Novel By Karen Thompson Walker

Title: The Age Of Miracles

Author: Karen Thompson Walker

Publisher: Random House

Published Date: June 26th, 2012

 

Summary

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the Earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with normal disasters of everyday life- the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.

The Age Of Miracles Review

What would you do if everything was changing and there was nothing you could do to stop it? The Age Of Miracles forces you to wonder just that.  Would you leave town or keep on living as you always did until you are forced to deal with the world around you?

Julia is a great narrator, she is twelve but old beyond her years. As the world around her is literally falling apart she starts to see the cracks in those around her. She catches her father in lies and sees the horrible things that are done to those who are different. She takes stands in ways that someone so young could, but soon realizes there is nothing she can do to stop these injustices.

The issues with Julia’s parents shows how everything in her world is breaking down. Time no longer means anything and there is an inevitable catastrophe coming. How long can society continue to function when days stretch to weeks and nights last months? I do like that nothing major happens here (like the government ceasing to function for example). It makes it much more interesting to read the before. Before we really start to run out of food and fuel. Before the whole world goes to hell.  

The love story is really sweet. It starts out as a crush and starts to blossom as Julia and Seth spend time together. The comparison of such a normal relationship with the fact that gravity is changing, is compelling. They cling to each other when everything else is in a constant state of flux.

The ending is really heartbreaking. I got a little teary but thought it was a solid ending. There is hope and the world still turns. 

Karen Thompson Walker is a talented writer and creates a world that is literally falling apart but still continues on. I really enjoyed this book and would definitely read other books written by Karen Thompson Walker.

 

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