Series: Uninvited #1
Publication Date: January 28th 2014
Source: Publisher [Edelweiss]
Uninvited was one of those books that I was dying to get my hands on last year, so when I saw I could download a copy from Edelweiss I kind of started jumping around because I was so happy! Ever since I read the synopsis for this book I knew I just had to read it. A world where they test for a kill gene? Why would I not want to read it.
Uninvited definitely didn't let me down. In fact, it completely surpassed my expectations! I was blown away by this book! The world that Sophie Jordan created in this book was so fucked up (there is literally no other way to explain it), but that's why I loved it so much. I love these dark, and screwed up worlds. What made this one for me was the fact that I can actually imagine something like this happening. It's not that far-fetched of an idea, so that makes it slightly terrifying.
Davy is the girl who had it all. She was super smart (except from when it came to calculus, but it's calculus... it's hard), she could play like 4 or 5 different instruments perfectly from the second she picked them up and she had the perfect popular boyfriend. But Davy's perfect life is ripped away when she finds out she tested positive for HTS - the kill gene. I felt so bad for Davy when she found out she had the kill gene. Davy is one of the sweetest and kindest characters. She didn't deserve to be treated the way she was. At first, Davy didn't want to deal with it. She didn't want to accept her label (then again, who would?). But gradually, Davy learned to cope with it and realised that she couldn't hide who she was. But she was determined not to let the kill gene rule her life and she started getting stronger and more courageous throughout the book, which I loved.
Sean was a major part of helping Davy come to terms with her label. He was the one who helped her understand that she couldn't let it rule her life and she had to start living again. Sean is such a sweetheart. Sure, he got into some fights, but that's just the type of guy he is. Although we're told some things about Sean's background, we're never told what he did to get his tattoo. I'm really curious about it because I'm sure it had to have been something he did in self defense, or to protect someone, but you can never tell. Sean is such a strong and powerful character. He's got a presence that makes people afraid of him, but it also makes his friends feel safe and it's often useful.
There was a bit of romance in this book, but it was needed. It such a dark world, a bit of light was required and that came from Davy and Sean. They would both do anything to protect each other. Although it took a while for them to become friends, their friendship/romance was perfect. There wasn't even a mention of the word love (which made me cheer!) and I just lost myself in their moments together because it was the only bright spot in this book.
The way the HTS carriers are treated in this world was horrendous. The were basically treated like rabid animals: locked away in cages and people could do anything they wanted to them because they had no rights anymore. Some of the things the carriers would do to gain protection made my stomach churn. Throughout the book the Government were constantly calling for tighter measures for the carriers and what they eventually agreed on was even worse than before. Sophie Jordan created such a dark and cruel world where carriers are basically labeled as murderers before they've even done anything. There were some truly twisted people in this book that made me sick. They had no remorse when it came to murdering or hurting others, and even got off on other people's pain. So I was glad that they'd been tested and locked up to stop them from hurting people, but there were probably a lot of people locked up that would never even think of hurting/killing someone, so the system is definitely faulty. Also, the lengths the people in control went to to control the carriers was sickening. What they made Davy do was horrific and I hope they all burn for it.
This dark and cruel world is what I've been craving from a dystopian novel. It was so fresh and different, and I loved every single second of it even if parts of it were horrific.
The ending gave me hope and I'm dying to see what's going to happen in the second book, because I seriously doubt things are going to run smoothly. It's going to be a bumpy road and I can't wait to read it!
Overall, Uninvited has possibly been one of the best books I have ever read. Ever. And it's quite possibly going to end up on my favourite books of 2014 list because it was that damn awesome. I've already pre-ordered myself a finished copy of this book because I just have to own it. It's definitely one of the best dystopian novels I've ever read. I highly recommend this book to everyone because it was so damn amazing and everyone NEEDS to read it.