Uninvited (Uninvited 1) By Sophie Jordan
Published by HarperTeen
4.5 out of 5 stars
Format: EGally (out 28th January, 2014)
Davy (Davina) has a perfect life, loving parents, great school and education, she’s a music prodigy and has a place a Juilliard ready to go. Her boyfriend is about to tell her he loves her, she’s popular and has an awesome best friend. Then she’s called from school – somethings wrong.
Davy is a carrier of Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS), carriers are being identified and separated from society, as they are likely to be the ones the turn violent. HTS is also known as the Kill gene. Within an instant her life is torn apart, she is uninvited from school, sent to a local comp which has a basement for carriers, aptly named the cage, Juilliard reject her, her best friend and boyfriend disappear quickly and worst is that her mother can’t look at her. But life is about to get worse for Davy, she has to watch every step she takes, one false move and she is branded with an ‘H’ for all to see, just like the mysterious Sean whom she can’t take her eyes off.
As society becomes more and more hostile towards carriers, Davy is offered an opportunity to change her path, but it comes at a price – and its higher than she realises.
I was overly mean about firelight, it hated it, it was awful. So it was with some trepidation that i picked up Uninvited but I raise my hat to Jordan, she’s raised the bar. It was a non-stop action read, the plot sounds a bit silly, but it works well. Davy is a nice, unassuming character that learns about herself as well as her prejudices through out, she is someone you can root for. The whole Davy/Sean thing was predictable but the reader does not care, you want them to make it, whereas in firelight there was cheesy dialog and cringe worthy romances, Uninvited was more realistic and relatable for the reader.
The pace of the story was expertly managed, there was plenty of action, but also time to digest what has happened, Davy’s progress was fascinating to follow, both emotionally and within her role as a carrier. The divergence of the story worked well, and provided a good base for book two, which I’m really looking forward to.
Don’t be put off by Jordan’s name on the cover, especially if you didn’t like firelight, this is in a different league and it seems Jordan has learnt from her mistakes in previous books and taken a step into the the credible authors club.
ARC/Egally kindly provided by the publisher via edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.