Book Review: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

December 14, 2016 Book review 6 ★★★

I bought Uninvited by Sophie Jordan just because I loved the DNA strands in the hair on the cover.  Yes I’m fickle when it comes to choosing books.  But somehow I was never in the mood to actually read it, so I choose it as one my Save A Book Soul reads, in an attempt to inspire myself to read it.  A busy bookworm’s gotta do what a bookworm’s gotta do.

Book Review: Uninvited by Sophie JordanUninvited (Uninvited, #1) by Sophie Jordan
Published by HarperTeen on January 28th 2014
Genres: Dystopia, YA, Young Adult
Pages: 279
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

The Scarlet Letter meets Minority Report in bestselling author Sophie Jordan's chilling new novel about a teenage girl who is ostracized when her genetic test proves she's destined to become a murderer.
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.

dystopian From the TBR pile SciFi Young Adult

First Line of Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

“I always knew I was different.”

My thoughts on Uninvited by Sophie Jordan:

I feel like I’m going to damn Uninvited by Sophie Jordan with faint praise. I enjoyed it BUT. It’s samey. I’m starting to think that once you’ve read a few young adult dystopian books, then you’ve basically read them all.

Sophie might have known she was different, but I don’t feel anything differentiates this book from so many others out there.

If I had read this book before I read hoards of ya dystopia books, then I think I’d be writing a very different review. The theme of nature versus nurture is always a thought-provoking theme. And this book takes it to a whole new level, as all students are tested for a ‘killer’ gene. If identified, they are then subject to all kinds of horribleness.

I did really enjoy the plot and pace of the book. We get the inside view on just how confused, alienated and conflicted a carrier feels. Sophie is horrified to be ‘one of them’, and it changes everything that she thinks she knows about herself. Gradually it dawns on her that maybe it’s not all as cut and dry as society seems to think.

However there were a few low points which lowered my enjoyment

  • The romance. I didn’t hate the couple together but it was full of clichés and it was glaringly obvious from first eye contact just how this was going to go down. They are cute but boringly predictable
  • The development of the world lacks sufficient explanation. Just how did all of society believe that a killer DNA gene exists? What does that mean for family members? What is the evidence behind this killer gene? Why does no-one question this? So many questions, so few answers.
  • The lack of science. When I saw the DNA strands on the cover, I thought we’d get a lot more science lingo than we actually did. I would have loved more/any scientific explanation (as they saw it anyway), as that way I might have bought into the premise more.

Overall it’s not a bad book; it’s not a stunning book. I don’t know if I’ll read the sequel. Maybe someday, but I’m not flying over to Amazon to go clickety click.

Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: three-stars

Who should read Uninvited by Sophie Jordan?

I’d recommend this if are not burnt out on Young Adult Dystopia books, if you like the nature versus nurture theme and good girl/kind-of-bad-boy romances. Fans of The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau or Flawed by Cecelia Ahern should enjoy.



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6 Responses to “Book Review: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan”

  1. Rita @ View From My Books

    Ah, when you put up the blurb, I started to get excited. Sounded so interesting and creative! But then it doesn’t live up to the hype… I too would get bummed by the obvious relationship between the young couple and there really should’ve been some sort of explanation of why they took these tests, why they felt she was a killer, etc. More science, less angst. Oh well, it sounds like an idea in which the author could make a great run with it, if she wrote it in a different way. Or is book 2 going to change up and also explain things?
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  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I’ve seen this cover probably 100 times and somehow never noticed the DNA strands! I’m glad you saved this one’s soul and that you enjoyed it even if it was with faint praise! Definitely weird on the lack of science when science seems to be super crucial for the plot itself. This one doesn’t’ sound like one I’d enjoy.
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