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Uninvited

by Sophie Jordan

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | December 26, 2013 | Hardcover

Uninvited is rated 3.6667 out of 5 by 3.

You can''t change your DNA . . . even when it says you''re a murderer.

When Davy tests positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, aka "the kill gene," she loses everything. Once the perfect high school senior, she is uninvited from her prep school and abandoned by her friends and boyfriend. Even her parents are now afraid of her-although she''s never hurt a fly. Davy doesn''t feel any different, but genes don''t lie. One day she will kill someone.

Without any say in the matter, Davy is thrown into a special class for HTS carriers. She has no doubt the predictions are right about them, especially Sean, who already bears the "H" tattoo as proof of his violence. Yet when the world turns on the carriers, Sean is the only one she can trust. Maybe he''s not as dangerous as he seems.

Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8.63 × 6 × 1.21 in

Published: December 26, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062233653

ISBN - 13: 9780062233653

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good dystopian Davy is a musical genius. She's a popular girl with a cute boyfriend, gets good grades and is overall a perfect daughter. When she tests positive for HTS, her entire world is ripped upside down. Facing a society where she is branded as a killer is no easy task. Will Davy keep denying who she really is or will she succumb to the violence within? The entire concept behind a pre-mediated murder is nothing new. I've seen it in Minority Report. But what happens when a good girl is now marked as a killer? Davy's character goes through such a transformation that I hardly recognized her as the musical genius she really was all her life. I loved that aspect of the book. She struggles so hard with trying to be someone she's not and that part alone grabbed my attention. The romance was slow and the attraction was instantaneous but I liked it nonetheless. Sean is your bad boy with a good heart and I really wanted to know more about him. We get bits and pieces but not a whole lot was given. The story develops slowly and when I mean slow, I mean painstakingly slow that I wanted to stop reading altogether. It didn't gather my attention as I hoped it would, but I did end up finishing it anyway. I hated how the females were treated in the book. Like they were only there for a man's pleasure as an object and not as a human being. It frustrated me to no end. I also wanted to know more behind the Wainwright agency but that was only sectioned to mini glances between chapters. Overall, an interesting premise and world but the story needed something more to grab my interest.
Date published: 2014-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Dystopian! Before anyone reads this review, have you read the synopsis? It sounds amazing doesn't it? I'm so happy to say that the book was not a let down and I really enjoyed every part of it! It really felt like I was reading an authentic dystopian, and I was really fascinated by the "world building". The main protagonist, Davy, used to have the perfect life. She had the boyfriend everyone wanted, she went to this amazing private school, and was very rich. Davy also had a very unique talent. She basically excels at anything that has to do with music. She plays the piano, violin, guitar, flute, and can even sing. That all collapses when her HTS test comes back positive. HTS stands for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, and it is a test every single person does. People with the HTS gene are known to be "monstrous", and Davy couldn't believe she was a carrier. I don't want to say more about this book, because it would be much more interesting to into it knowing as little as possible. Therefore, I will talk about how Sophie Jordan was able to move so many of my emotions. I remember tweeting at how ANGRY I was at some of the characters in this book, and for a legit reason. I can't explain why exactly, but it was the expected reaction and I was just so mad and angry and why isn't there any hope for humanity! *sigh* Anyways, you can see how I was frustrated while reading the beginning of the book. As I read on, I'm going to admit the middle dragged on for a tiny teeny bit. It wasn't bad, but compared to the rest of the book, I'm going to say it was the least fun part of the book. It is so shocking and so amazing, and it was not expected AT ALL. This book was able to shock me countless of times, which is a first I say. The dystopian world was great! I loved the feel to it, and I really just enjoyed the plot very much! Things go crazy as you read on, and I was just so excited! I have so many questions I need to be answered, which means I will be *non-patiently* waiting for the next book in this series. I haven't read Sophie Jordan's Firelight trilogy, but if it's as good as this, then I need to get to them fast. I really really think all dystopian fans should buy a copy of this book, because it screams DYSTOPIAN! I'm such a fan, and I'm glad I was able to get a copy!
Date published: 2014-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Disturbing dystopian Davy Hamilton was looking forward to her future. She was going to Julliard, her boyfriend would be nearby, things would be perfect. Until she learns that she tested positive for HTS (homicidal tendency syndrome), always known as the kill gene. Suddenly she’s thrown out of her private school, has a caseworker assigned to her, her boyfriend and friends leave her, and her parents are having a hard time being around her. What I enjoyed most about this book was that, out of all the dystopians I’ve read, this one seems the most plausible. The world is forever finding out more information about genetics and how certain chromosomes affect a person(and there’s been TV episodes, movies, and real theories based off the XYY chromosome). I also liked how we got to see the society start becoming dystopian and how people’s fears of HTS made them act toward known carriers and how carriers rights were slowly getting more affected. I found Davy to be an interesting character, even when she was annoying me with her actions. She lost so much when she tested positive that it was hard not to feel for her. Her reactions were pretty typical to how I would imagine anyone reacting to such news. Disbelief that it happened, denial that she could become like other HTS carriers, fear. She has a few weak, ready to give up, moments that I found completely understandable. Every little action she does is watched and when everyone seems to be against you, it’s hard to find the will to fight. I do hope we get to see her becoming stronger and less reliant on Sean in the next book. The other characters that weren’t carriers did a great job in showing different reactions. Davy’s brother Mitchell was awesome and I really wish we’d gotten to see more of him. Her father seemed to be in denial and her mother was caught between fear of a potential killer and loving her baby girl. Her so-called friends and boyfriend’s reactions were the worse though, but were still realistic. The carriers also showed a wide variety of reactions to their diagnosis. Some accepted it, some were in denial, some refused to let it beat them. Out of the carriers, Sean and Gil got the most focus and I really liked both of them. Sean was all protective and mysterious, trying not to care but failing, and Gil was just adorable. The action really starts picking up in the second part of the book when some of the carriers, including Davy, are sent to a training facility to teach them to become useful to society. There’s fighting and planning and trying to impress to prove they all deserve to be there instead of a detention camp. The contrast between the first part and the second was very noticeable, but in a good way. It was like the second part started and announced playtime was done, things were getting serious now. This is the kind of book that would lend itself well for a discussion group. So many topics could be raised, like: Is it fair to screen for HTS? Could being treated like a killer waiting to happen have an effect on a person actually snapping? Should potential killers be allowed to associate with people not expected to become killers? How do you think you’d react to a friend having HTS? So many questions. I love when books raise issues like this. Last thing, I love that the cover seems simple until you look closer and see the gold strands in her hair making DNA. So cool. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Date published: 2014-02-24

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Uninvited

by Sophie Jordan

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8.63 × 6 × 1.21 in

Published: December 26, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062233653

ISBN - 13: 9780062233653

From the Publisher

You can''t change your DNA . . . even when it says you''re a murderer.

When Davy tests positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, aka "the kill gene," she loses everything. Once the perfect high school senior, she is uninvited from her prep school and abandoned by her friends and boyfriend. Even her parents are now afraid of her-although she''s never hurt a fly. Davy doesn''t feel any different, but genes don''t lie. One day she will kill someone.

Without any say in the matter, Davy is thrown into a special class for HTS carriers. She has no doubt the predictions are right about them, especially Sean, who already bears the "H" tattoo as proof of his violence. Yet when the world turns on the carriers, Sean is the only one she can trust. Maybe he''s not as dangerous as he seems.

Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

About the Author

Sophie Jordan grew up on a pecan farm in the Texas hill country, where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she''s also theNew York Timesbestselling author of Avon historical romances and the Firelight series. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she''s not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows..

Editorial Reviews

UNINVITED asks the question: will you let the world define who you are or will you choose to define yourself? Put simply: I loved this book! (Carrie Ryan, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth series)