From New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan, Uninvited is a chilling and suspenseful story about a girl whose DNA brands her a killer, perfect for fans of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and Confessions of a Murder Suspect.
Davy had everything—a terrific boyfriend, the homecoming crown, a bright future at Juilliard—but when her genetic tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, she loses it all. Uninvited from her prestigious school, avoided by her friends and family, she is placed in a special class with other "carriers" who are treated like the murderers they someday might become.
Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life and tells her that she alone controls her actions—not the code embedded into her DNA. But even if she can learn to trust him, can Davy trust herself?
Merging a contemporary setting with a believable speculative premise, Jordan (the Firelight series) introduces Davy Hamilton, who appears to have it all a gorgeous boyfriend, a future at Julliard until she is diagnosed with "Homicidal Tendency Syndrome," a genetic predisposition toward violence. She is "uninvited" from her private high school, assigned an unsympathetic caseworker, and forced to attend school in a "Cage" with other HTS kids. Among them are the sweet, smart Gil, and Sean, a lifetime "carrier" who's more protective than violent. Jordan skillfully hints at a rapidly disintegrating, near-future America, using chilling chapter interstitials texts, fragments of interviews, lists that illustrate a society prepared to sacrifice civil rights for an illusion of safety. Are those diagnosed with the HTS gene really destined to kill, or is their behavior the outcome of being treated like criminals? The first half is slow, as Davy feels the impact that the HTS label has on her privileged life, but the action becomes more immediate when Davy, Sean, and Gil are recruited for an elite government school designed to exploit their violent instincts. Ages 13 up.
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Davy had everything going for her. Sean had nothing to loose. Both so different so opposite but what brought them together was their DNA, the kill gene. What made them even more similar was their tattoo which labeled them as killers. What brought them even closer was the hated society, the Cage, the camp. What didn't break them? Their needs for one another, the attraction, the opposite of what labeled them. Ordinary young adults.
Davy was everything any girl would of wanted. She was smart and talented. She had the perfect BF. Even a jealous BFF. What she did lack was reality. She couldn't see beyond her perfect bubble of a life until she was uninvited. The best of her wasn't her bright mind and her talent, to me it's the people who surrounded her, who loved her, supported her and cared for her. I knew Zac was too good to be true. All he wanted was what all guys ever want eventually. She was lost in love of herself from the people around her but she couldn't see the true intentions and the facade that bubbled her in. Her protective mother who seemed so helpless but strong. Any mom could react the same way she did, especially if they find out their perfect daughter is doomed and flawed that even society turns their back. Her dad was her pillar, her support system but when that pillar is chipped it crumbled no matter how much money he had . Her brother, not so much the other prodigy child but a best friend. Sean was the opposite of her, everything was different about him. His lack of family, his upbringing. There were times where her mind got the best of her. She wasn't strong mentally, very naive at first which turned into doubtful. As her dream world shattered, she slowly tried to adapt. Although her family was there, she felt alone. Bad DNA doesn't always mean a bad life, especially when she had Gil and Sean. Gil who understood where she came from, so high n going somewhere to isolated, hated with no control of their future. Sean was this protective bubble, scary but gentle. The way their world was turning out, how these people were labeled, that can be anyone. Even without the kill code in their DNA. Anyone can snap, it takes self control n common sense. Some of these killers are just plain psychopaths. Tattoos don't make you a killer. A hard life doesn't break you. Money doesn't buy everything, not even freedom. Power has the upper hand and sometimes all you got is faith and the people who love you. Self control, inner strength, physical stamina and a big heart. Screw the government!
Great book. The concept was intriguing and I couldn't put it down. Can't wait for the next book
Stood up until 3:00 in the morning reading. Was great beyond words, can't wait to see another installment