Uninvited By Sophie Jordan A Review

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Uninvited #1
Sophie Jordan
Dystopian, Young Adult
Harper Teen
January 28, 2014

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.


  1. I enjoyed Uninvited, too and I completely agree that the beginning dragged. I felt like we spent so much time in “the cage.” I really liked the last part, though, especially what Davy was forced to do, and I’m excited to see what happens next.

    Somehow I missed The Darkest Minds, but it sounds great. I added it to my TBR list so thank you!
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    • Hmm, I was hoping to see a higher rating for this one – the concept is great. Glad to hear that it was an enjoyable read even if it was a bit of a slow starter.

      Oh my gosh, could not love the font I’m typing in right now ANY MORE. haha.

      • This is the case where the concept was better than the execution. I did still enjoy it despite the flaws and would pick up another book by Sophie Jordan.

        Glad you like the font! 🙂

    • Yes, we did not need to spend as much time in the cage. I would have enjoyed the book more if the focus had been more on the last third, that’s where the story really was.

      Please read The Darkest Minds! It is amazing and I promise you will love it.

  2. I wish she would’ve fleshed that out better too. At least a little more insight to the agency. Maybe that’ll be in the next book, but I would’ve been more interested had it been in this one.
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    • I understand leaving some things for book two but world building, especially in a dystopian, is a big deal. Oh well, they can’t all be winners.

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