By: Melanie | January 16, 2014 | (38) Comments

Review: Uninvited by Sophie JordanUninvited by Sophie Jordan
Series: Uninvited, #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Genres: Action, Dystopia, YA
Pages: 384
Source: Received in exchange for review
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The Scarlet Letter meets Minority Report in bestselling author Sophie Jordan's chilling new novel about a teenage girl who is ostracized when her genetic test proves she's destined to become a murderer.

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.

Wow. I’ll be honest; I was not expecting Uninvited to be this good. Sophie Jordan’s first YA series, Firelight, was not exactly what I had hoped for so I went into this one cautiously, a little worried that I would not enjoy it as much as everyone else. Anyway, perhaps ‘good’ is an understatement, even. Uninvited is a refreshingly fun dystopian that made it difficult for me to put down; within just hours I managed to fly through this.

Davy had the life everyone else at school wanted. She is a music prodigy, able to play piano, guitar, flute etc. and even can sing with a voice like no other—damn, even I was jealous of her amazing musical abilities. I’ve been playing piano since I was eight and only about to finish my grades. I’ve also played guitar and flute but I gave up on those since piano was enough for me. And my ability to sing? Let’s just not go there. Not only is Davy exceedingly brilliant with her musical abilities, but also she had a bright future. She was going to go to Julliard; she was going to get married to her boyfriend that she loves so dearly, all the girls were envious. But when she gets home one day, something is off. There’s a man in her house that she’s never seen before. Her parents have worry draped on their shoulders. Soon, Davy discovers that her DNA shot that she did earlier that year had come back positive. She has the Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS), also commonly known as the kill gene. And this kill gene, turns her once perfect life upside down.

Carriers are like a cancer to this once great nation. And like any disease, sometimes the only way to battle it is with poison.

I know many people felt that Davy’s character was unlikable, whiny and naïve. Nevertheless, I ended up loving her personality. When Davy is told that she has the kill gene, she is in complete denial. She doesn’t have urges or ideas of killing people. She’s still the Davy that she was at the start of this year. But no one listens to her, her best friend strands her, and other girls are no longer jealous of her. What’s to be jealous of when her boyfriend her left as well? To be frank, I was sympathetic towards Davy. And I hated everyone else. Especially the company that decided to be searching for people who could be holders of this disease. Only 17% in and I wanted to smash her best friend’s face, her boyfriend’s face, everyone’s face. Sophie Jordan certainly does well at creating a character that we can understand, fend and feel for. My only complaint with Davy’s character is that she felt too weak at times. I didn’t mind her weakness in general, it was intriguing to have a weak character in a dystopian world—however the amount of times someone rescue her (namely Sean) was annoying. I wanted her to grow tougher in this book. Hopefully I will see some of that in the sequel.

Uninvited really makes you wonder what our world would be like if the kill gene existed. Personally, I think Sophie Jordan did a spectacular at painting the scenario of a realistic world with people living with the kill gene. There would be real fear. Terror. Prejudice among citizens. I like how Jordan also adds short excerpts of interrogations, interviews, letters, information booklets and transcripts between each chapter to give us readers a better grasp on the world and additional world building with some facts about HTS. One of my larger complaints with Jordan’s latest is that I wanted more world building, a little bit more history of the world and other main characters.

Uninvited follows a teenage girl who struggles to believe her new identity, as we read about her day by day life that is tough and entwined with lingering terror and fantastic action; it also brings attention to more hypothetical questions about our Earth’s future. A fun and engaging read. I recommend.

~Thank you HarperTeen for sending me this copy!~

4 Stars
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Melanie

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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38 Responses to Review: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

  1. Ella says:

    Ooooh, this sounds right up my street! I’m going right off to put a hold on it at my library! 🙂

    Great review, Mel!
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  2. Paij Slater says:

    Great review. Sounds like a great book!
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  3. I really want to read this! It sounds fantastic and I reeeally like the premise. (Unique, I think yes.) I do a lot of stuff with music myself, so I think I’d be able to relate well to the musical side. Plus, books with music in them are usually awesome. Great review! And I’m not sure if I’ve commented here before…I’ve been following for a little while. 🙂 So, hello, anyway! If I haven’t said it officially yet. 🙂
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  4. Nara says:

    I thought that Davy was an okay character. A bit typical, you know? And I definitely agree that she was annoyingly weak at times…
    Good point about the world building! A bit more background about the HTS and such would have been nice 🙂
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  5. It’s good to hear some positive things from this book, the things I’ve heard have been middle ground at best, so I’m really glad you enjoyed it 😀
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  6. Aimee says:

    Since we have (sort of) similar tastes and you really enjoyed this one, I have to pick it up when it comes out! Based on your review, I’m not all too sure about the characters, but the plot sounds intriguing and I’m very excited for it! Great review Melanie! 😉
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  7. I read “Firelight” and although I really liked it, the second instalment put me down so much that I have yet to read the final instalment… So I know what you mean by going cautiously with the new book. But happy to hear you found it pretty good! As a matter of fact, you got me really intrigued and I’ll be sure to check it out, thanks for the suggestion 🙂

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  8. Annie says:

    This definitely sounds like an intriguing concept although I tend to be drawn to stronger characters. Was the romance part (Sean) to your liking? Lovely review honey, I’m glad this one was such a surprise!
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  9. I’ve heard that this is much better than her FIRELIGHT series, and that excites me a lot! I can’t wait to finally read this one. Wonderful review, Melanie…I’m glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  10. Pili says:

    Great review!
    I’m very excited about this one cause it sounds so different! I’m also very glad that it is part of a duology, so we get to expand the world a bit, but we won’t deal with middle book syndrome possibility!
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  11. Stephanie B says:

    I’m so excited to read this book! It’s been on my must-read list since I heard of it. Seriously, this is going to be so different and cool! Fantastic review, Mel.
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  12. Jenni says:

    the reviews for this one seem to be so good. I have to say I am jealous that Giselle reviewed this one instead of me. I am going to have to get ahead in my scheduled posts so that I can give it a read when I want to. I love that you mention the author managed to make the story pretty realistic. Those are the best dystopian reads, when you can see it happening in real life!
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  13. Celine says:

    I’m so glad you liked this! Although I HATED Firelight, I LOVED this one, so it makes me happy to see that you enjoyed it too 🙂

    I agree that it really makes you think; I think this book might even be interesting for a philosophy class or something. What with the nature-nurture debate, but also because of the way everyone reacts to carriers and how this is ingrained in society.

    Lovely review, hun! <3
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  14. I wouldn’t know what to do if I were to have a kill gene. Would I become a recluse? The story is very intriguing and I think that I am most likely to follow this series. Another great review, Mel!
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  15. Kat says:

    Wow! Love the cover and the premise. (Also the fact that it’s a duology—I hope we start seeing more of these on the market!)

  16. I have this scheduled for the end of the month and so far I am reading some great reviews on it. I think the whole kill gene sounds interesting. I also like that there are some good hypothetical questions. looking forward to this!
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  17. I totally agree with what you said. The kill gene was so fascinating and it was really great with the direction that Sophie chose to take the story in. I agree with you, at first Davy was kind of iffy for me but eventually I ended up loving her character and how realistically she was portrayed. Any kind of book where there’s singing is something that I’m automatically going to love just a little bit more because I love seeing what other people portray music and singing as, which is so fun.

    Fantastic review, Mel! <33
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  18. Zoe N. says:

    I’m a huge fan of medical thrillers – especially medical thrillers that involve genetics in particular – so this looks like it would be right up my alley! I’m really glad to hear you enjoyed it! It definitely sounds like an original dystopian (who knew those two words could go together in a sentence?!? ;)); and I’m liking how realistic and plausible the society sounds – it definitely seems like an eerily realistic and thought-provoking world. I’m also into music/theater, so it seems like that will definitely help me to relate to Davy on a more personal level.

    Thanks for yet another brilliant and informative review Melanie! 😀
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  19. Giselle says:

    Yay so happy you enjoyed it too! I was also surprised considering dystopians have been a failure for me lately and I didn’t expect this one to stand out. I didn’t know there was that much complaint about Davy but I really liked her characters. I found her easy to relate to and realistic. Not everyone is Katniss, you know >.< I also hated her school friends and her ex URGH!!! I'm excited for book 2. I felt the climax was over too quickly but I loved where it ended!
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  20. Joanna V says:

    I’ve been seeing this a bit, but other than reading the summary a few times, I haven’t read what people are saying about it, you know? Personally, the idea intrigues me. Because how much do genes really control a person? It’s certainly an interesting topic. And I see how world-building would be key here. So learning that there’s extra info like interrogations and letters? I love stuff like that. It’s a way to gather information without being bored by the MC telling you “this and this and this”. So now I’m super excited to read this!
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  21. I loved this one too, Melanie, so I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed it. I didn’t know people weren’t enjoying Davey’s character. I loved her and really felt for her. I wanted to protect her throughout the book and give her a huge hug. And ugh. Yes. Her friends were terrible and definitely punch-worthy.
    Lovely review, Mel!
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  22. Ah well, I am happy to know that enjoyed this one more than I did. TBH, I actually have a hard time liking Davy. I agree with you that her will is strong in terms of maintaining her original self. But what really irked me was that she was so judgmental with the other killers. Most of the time, she always has the yearning to prove to the others that she’s not a killer and she always end up getting frustrated when others judged her. Yet, she also do a lot of judging with the others.

    And I 100% agree with this statement however the amount of times someone rescue her (namely Sean) was annoying. I wanted her to grow tougher in this book. Hahahaha. It was like Sean was a plot device to save her in a lot of tight situations.

    Anyway, great review, Mel! 😀
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  23. Having just finished Allegient, I’m definitely a little wary about this one. I’m really glad you liked it though! Apparently scientists are actually trying to figure out whether this kill-gene does exist, so this book would be an interesting read. Hopefully the future never becomes like this!
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  24. Great review! I was interested in this book mildly, but I’ve been seeing lots of positive reviews for it and now I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Thanks for sharing.
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  25. Rashika says:

    Ahh I am so glad you enjoyed this, Mel! I did NOT like Firelight and only read the first book before giving up on the series as a whole so I was slightly vary before diving in but the idea of a kill gene was intriguing enough (and some of the positive reviews) that I still decided to give this a go. I LOVED it. It was so refreshing original in some ways with a female lead who isn’t meant to be a ‘hero’. Her weaknesses are realistic because after living a privileged life, she is thrust into a world where nothing really makes sense to her, her parents don’t treat her right, her friends and boyfriend think she is a monster, only her brother is there for her.
    I think my only complain was the ending, it was too rushed 😛

    Great review, Mel!! 🙂

  26. EEEEE, so excited. I am relieved to hear this was good. I love books that make you think.
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  27. Wow Mel, brilliant review as always! I just loved how you said you could really emphasise with the character but yet hated everyone else for that sort of prejudice. You know the author is talented at what she does when she can affect your thoughts like that. This book really sounds amazing and I can’t wait to pick it up soon!
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  28. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one, Mel! I really liked it too, though perhaps not as much as you. I thought the second-half of this book faltered a bit and I found myself wishing for more insight into the politics during this time. I’m hoping we get a more thorough sense of the world-building in the sequel. Fantastic review! 🙂
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