Series: Uninvited Book One
Author: Sophie Jordan
Publication Date: January 28, 2014
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.
A copy was provided through Edelweiss and HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review
Sigh...This book...The only good thing this has going for it is Jordan's addictive wirting, as for the rest of the book? Nothing. The only way to read this and fully enjoy it is if you take everything at face value and just go along with all the cliches.
My main issue with Uninvited is the premise. They have isolated a gene that marks you as a killer. Great idea, now prove it. How did they come up with this, cause I honestly don't see how you can isolate the one gene that will tell you that you are capable of killing. It's not something like eye color that you can easily manipulate and prove that yes that gene does change that precise trait. Now, if they had said brain scans, brain waves, etc. I would have been more inclined to buy it, as it stands, it's just too unlikely to make it believable for me.
There was one data table that they showed in between chapters pointing out the correlation between the total US population, the carrier gene population and how many of these where in prisons. If that was their way of proving that all carriers are, therefore, violent then their logic is incredibly flawed. So how did noone notice this? Why is there no mention of an organized opposition? So many important aspects left completely untouched.
Anyway, assuming this all can happen, we move onto the age old dilemma of Nature vs. Nurture. These people have the gene that means that they are capable of killing, so what do you do? You put them in positions where they have to defend themselves, most of the time physically. Their logic is mind-boggling stupid. I just can't wrap my head around it. In other words, while the premise was promising it failed to deliver. Everything was left at the surface, apply minimal force and it will come tumbling down.
Let's talk about the characters now. I didn't like most of them. I think the only saving grace was Gil and we don't even see that much of him anyway. My problem centered on Davy being a huge hypocrite and thoroughly spineless. When she tried having a backbone she would start freaking out saying this wasn't her and she would have never acted like this before and she was turning into a monster *rolls eyes*. Her hypocrisy though was astounding! She gets singled out as a carrier and keeps judging all the carriers she meets and immediately labeling them monsters because of course she is the only special snowflake and they only made a mistake with her, while everyone else deserves it... I really wanted to strangle her. Not to mention how she tries turning all tough, but she ends up being saved my Sean, the love interest, every. single. time. But hey! She doesn't need Sean to save her, she is tough, she can take care of herself, it's not like she asked for Sean specifically when they were taking her to the training camp... oh wait, she did! Seriously. She gets into this super special training camp for the most gifted carriers (50 out of thousands from all over the country), but she has the audacity to ask them to take Sean as well, and guess what! There is a spot for him too! Even though he wasn't even in the running to start with...
One last thing that I have to mention is the constant resurgence of the rape theme. Apparently Davy is super hot, and all the guys are falling all over themselves for a piece of her. There were SO many threats of rape both against Davy and any other female around. They were either already selling themselves or getting propositioned to. It was disgusting.
There were too many things wrong with the plot, and too many things left unsaid and undone for me to like this whether from a character or plot standpoint.
Would I Recommend it?
Other books in the Uninvited Series:Tweet