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Skip This Sequel | Book Review: Unleashed by Sophie Jordan

Save yourself some heartache and skip reading Unleashed.

Book Review: Unleashed by Sophie Jordan

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Title & Author: Unleashed (Uninvited) by Sophie Jordan

Genre: Young Adult – Science Fiction, Dystopia

Release Date: February 24, 2015

Series: #2 Uninvited – Duology

Publisher: HarperTeen

How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher

Description:

Davy has spent the last few months trying to come to terms with the fact that she tested positive for the kill gene HTS (also known as Homicidal Tendency Syndrome). She swore she would not let it change her, and that her DNA did not define her . . . but then she killed a man.

Now on the run, Davy must decide whether she’ll be ruled by the kill gene or if she’ll follow her heart and fight for her right to live free. But with her own potential for violence lying right beneath the surface, Davy doesn’t even know if she can trust herself.”

(Don’t) Want Your Bad Romance

WARNING: This review contains spoilers for Uninvited and Unleashed! Read at your own risk.

Unleashed represents my worst fears about sequels. Uninvited, the first book totally sucked me in.

I loved the concept of the story (a sort of teen Minority Report), and I was a huge fan of the futuristic dystopian setting. I was READY for this second and final story – plus I was thankful it was a duology.

But, now I am sad, very VERY sad. Things were certainly “unleashed” immediately upon opening the book. Like “all hell.”

Ya’ll I’m not one for spoilers, but I need to tell fans of Uninvited the sitch. Get ready because this is spoiler territory…

Ready?

So, in the first 10 pages, one thing becomes abundantly clear: Davy and Sean are on the rocks. How can this be, you may rightly wonder? The relationship that took the ENTIRE first book to develop? The one that got us super invested in the dangerous but soft-hearted Sean?

YES – that’s the one. In 10 pages, I learned that Davy wasn’t feeling Sean anymore because of something that happened at the end of the first book. Which was a big deal at the time, but is emphasized a lot more in Unleashed. How convenient…

In that moment, Jordan lost me as a reader. It was such a easy way out to create action where there clearly was none, i.e. a new boy is on the scene.

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, the world-building is COMPLETELY on pause in the book. Davy joins a group of rebels, unwillingly, and resides on a sort of makeshift compound. Because all there is for her to do is think about her new boy and cause trouble there, all the excitement and details of being a HTS carrier is pushed to the side.

Which is exactly what made me love the book in the first place.

Unleashed was a huge disappointment. The only reason I’m glad I read it is because now I really know what to expect from any future books by this author. I’ll expect cheap tricks and fantasy books that are less fantasy and more about a new back and forth romance.

OVERALL:

I feel disappointed and annoyed. After such a stunning first book, this sequel was a HUGE letdown. The author let the world-building go in order to focus on a new romance that pulled the rug out from under readers (a while ago, the book description mentioned the new boy by name but has since been removed…). I strongly recommend not wasting your money on this sad sequel. If you really want to know what happens in Unleashed, email me and I’ll tell you.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • http://mybookishlife.com/ Ramona Wray

    Some books are planned by authors as standalones. But the publishing house wants a series, so the author says, “Yeah, sure, I can draw it out for another two books…” And some do it brilliantly. But not all. I am all too familiar with your frustration, it has happened to me too, with a few books I will refrain from quoting… What can you do? Life sucks sometimes :(

  • Stephanie

    I stopped reading Sophie Jordan’s Firelight halfway through because I couldn’t take her storytelling style (I remember WAY too many descriptions of how the MC’s body would react when she was near the guy…we get, she’s attracted to him!) and I haven’t read anything else by her since. Sounds like I did the right thing! I hate when a great concept gets lost to spotlight a boring romance. I LOVE romance, but you gotta let it build naturally, in and amongst the rest of the plot that is hopefully there.

  • Anne

    I was getting ready to purchase this for my Kindle as I loved the first book but then the book summary mentioned the separation plot point. Now I can’t bring myself to read the sequel. Davy really moves on to a completely different story from the other chracters?