You’ll definitely be wanting to check out Uninvited, a Minority-Report-ish YA dystopia that is absolutely fantastic!
Book Review: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan
Title & Author: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction – Dystopia
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Series: Uninvited #1
How I Got the Book: ARC via NetGalley
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.”
Remembering these crazy books, I was hesitant to read Uninvited. I didn’t know if it would be too “high school.” That isn’t bad but not something I get a lot of in YA fantasy/sci-fi. Also, I was worried because I thought the title was “The Uninvited,” which sounded too much like a horror story (possession?).
So, once I realized it wasn’t a scary story (all wimps like me, you are SAFE!) I definitely wanted to find out more about the book.
Let me tell you, Uninvited did not disappoint. It. was. fantastic. I was on the edge of my seat the WHOLE TIME, and I literally could not wait to find out what happened next.
The setting is only a couple decades into the future – maybe 2050-ish? – and the government has finally figured out what makes a killer kill: the homicidal tendency syndrome gene. And those three little letters, HTS, are about to change Davy Hamilton’s life forever.
Nature vs Nuture
What I found the most fascinating about Uninvited was question of nature vs. nurture. The government (and science) had clearly found a genetic reason that proved nature is why people kill. But Davy, a straight-A, musical prodigy, can’t possibly be capable of violence….can she??
That’s what she asks herself the entire book, often feeling threatened by the other HTS-diagnosed kids despite her own diagnosis. So, throughout the novel, the reader is forced to wonder the same thing.
Are those found with the kill gene automatically murderers? Even when they’ve never shown violent tendencies before? What if they’re pushed to the very edge??
Ah, genius. The suspense and the tension were truly delicious, and I devoured Uninvited.
I do have concerns about the second and final book. How can Jordan possibly maintain her standard of shocking revelations and heart-breaking choices when so much is revealed in the first book?
I’m not sure, but you can be REST ASSURED I’ll be reading it.
I absolutely loved this hardcore YA dystopia. The concepts introduced are reminiscent of the movie The Minority Report, but this story adds its own tantalizing twists. I highly recommend Uninvited as a strong debut – and with only one sequel!