Uninvited by Sophie Jordan
Published HarperTeen 2014
Genre: Young Adult Dystopia
Format: Hardback from the library
Other books in this series: Unleashed
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.
Now, this book is marketed as being like “The Scarlet Letter,” which is one of my favorite stories of all time. Therefore, I was very interested to see how this would translate over to a dystopian book. The good old dystopian genre that we have all grown to love. And after finishing this book, that’s exactly what it was. Another dystopia. Another plot setting, sure, the idea was unique. But what happened after that has been done numerous amounts of times. It felt like just another one that could easily get lumped into the rest of the genre. Of course, my standards are higher because I have read so many dystopian books over the past two years, and maybe that was a little bit of the problem. If this book had come out sooner, it would probably be original and unique. It just depends on how much young adult dystopian worlds you have read and I just so happened to have read a lot. Seriously, I’m probably a future expert by now.
This HTS gene was really cool. I liked the concept – finding the gene that shows people who kill, but I feel like that should be expanded to maybe just violence. But the thing I did not understand the entire freaking book was why does Davy not have such harsh reactions to violence than everyone else does? Yes, she grew up in a fancy house with a nice family and lots of priveleges. But that shouldn’t stop her from having the same feeling for violence as everyone else with this gene does. There are mall shootings and fights and Davy is repulsed by it all. Which doesn’t make any sense because she has the gene. She doesn’t fit in with the rest of the HTS carriers. I will give this book points for not making her the chosen one or the exception or any of that. Of course, there is always book two.
Davy was an okay character. She was likable enough to lead this story. The only problem I really had with her was mentioned in the above paragraph. Then, there is Sean. First of all, it took maybe a chapter or two for them to fall totally and deeply in love. Now, I get that this is a short book in a duology and all of that. Even because there were a couple of times later in the book that showed maybe some other feelings for each other than just looks and Davy did recognize that she was maybe using him (but kept doing it anyway). So…instalove alert. Other than that, Sean was probably my favorite character because he made the most sense. He dealt with his issues reasonably. Maybe a little too brash at times but that’s the whole point of the HTS gene. Our other side characters, Gil and Sabine, were barely even in the story. Gil was nice from what we saw of him, but to be honest, I kept forgetting who Sabine even was.
This book was lots of fun to read. It had a really cool concept for the first little bit of the book when it was going in a “Scarlet Letter,” segregated kind of feel. And I would really have enjoyed this book a lot more without the part two. That’s when everything got really cliche and it went downhill from there. I will pick up the second book in this duology to see how the story finishes up. I hope this one turns out better.