Review: Uninvited by Sophie Jordon

Uninvited - Sophie JordonPublisher: Harper Teen (January 28th 2014)
Hardcover: 384 pages
Source: Edelweiss
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Rating: 3/3.5 of 5 stars

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.


What can I say about Uninvited? It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. It was simply good.

Uninvited plays out exactly the way you would expect any dystopia story to go. First, the premise. We are in a society that can determine the Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, also known as the killer-gene, in people, which implies those with these genes will be violent killers. This leads to the question of nature vs nurture, and how far should and can society control or take precaution to these considered killers. Than, we bring in our some-what-overly perfect heroine, who despite it all, will rise above it. Davy is the musical prodigy who was living the perfect life until her test’s come back  positive for HTS. Add one brooding hero. Sean, the bad boy who’s also a marked  HTS carrier, is the reluctant hero to Davy. Okay, I admit, I like Sean, a lot. I think I have a weak spot for brooding bad boys who actually are big hearted, strong and protective. You just want to like him. And add a dash of government conspiracy/planning and [slight spoiler alert, though if you’ve read any dystopian novel, you’ll know this is coming) a revolution in the making and we’ve got ourselves one dysoptian novel!

It was a bit formulaic, but  the flow of the story was good. It definitely forces some questions about humanity and how we should act. Jordon kind of gives us both sides of the coin. There are those HTS carrier characters who you realize are pretty terrible human beings, the ones that are and can be the psychopaths, the murders, which than are contrasted by the heroes, Davy and Sean (and Gil) who show us that all HTS-carriers are not necessarily prone to violent etc etc. At the same time, there’s a mob mentality that just frustrates me (which I think the book is suppose do, so point to the book). It shows how people sometimes can be just as terrible as the monsters they’re trying to stop.

Unfortunately, for me, Uninvited sort of lacks the pajazz that makes it stands out among the 83293jiqj dystopian novels out there. The science geek in me kind of questions that actual application/implication of the HTS. It’s the main premise, yet we don’t really get enough information about. Being a carrier doesn’t mean the gene is expressive. Why not spend your time figuring out how to keep the gene dormant, rather than marking and destroying lives simply because there’s potential. (Or maybe that’s just me.)

Overall, it was still an enjoyable sci-fi/dystopian read. Jordon writes an intriguing face-paced story that easy to immerse yourself it. Even though I could predict what was going to happen,  it was still an entertaining read for the part of me that loves dystopians.

{*Thank to Harper Teen & Edelweiss for the ARC in exchange for the an honest review.

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0 Replies to “Review: Uninvited by Sophie Jordon”

  1. I am really excited to read Uninvited, it will be the next book I’ll pick up but yeah, some of it does sound kind of run of the mill dystopian I guess, with the revolution and stuff. But I love the concept behind it with the kill gene and some deeper exploration of issues. Lovely review!

    1. It wasn’t a bad read, just yeah.. a bit run of the mill. I hope you still enjoy it though!

  2. I really enjoyed Uninvited and was surprised how much I ended up liking Davy and Sean. The tension and emotional depth was much more than I had anticipated. This Dystopian surprise me in a good way. Great review!

    1. I’m glad you really enjoyed it! It’s nice when the surprise is good 😉 I liked Davy, but I adored Sean haha.

  3. I am sorry to hear that you didn’t love this book as much as everyone else. I guess we are all different in our book tastes. 🙂

    1. Yeah, it didn’t quite live up to my expectations, though it was still a good read (:

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