Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Altered by Jennifer Rush [Review]

Altered (Altered, #1)4.5 out of 5 Robots!

Altered by Jennifer Rush
Series: Altered #1
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Release: January 1, 2013
Hardcover: 323 Pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?

Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them.

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.

Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Altered was a lot of fun.  Well, actually, I don't know if "fun" is quite right.  More like it was really exciting.  I did not want to put it down. It was a quick paced and action packed on-the-run adventure almost from the start.  I say almost because I felt it started off a little slow.  We get a lot of Anna longing after Sam.  I was really hoping that this "romance" wasn't going to be the focal point of the novel, but luckily my fears were mostly unfounded.  Most of the focus stays on action, which really picks up after the boys make their dramatic escape and all five of them are on the run.  The action doesn't really stop from there as they try to stay one step ahead of The Branch and try to figure out their pasts.

I also really liked each of their characters, including surly Nick, who offers a counterpoint to the other boys.  I love that Anna has a unique relationship with each of them.  I think Cas was probably my favorite.  He is the "funny one" and he definitely lightened up the story.

 I will also say that Jennifer Rush definitely lays down some twists that I didn't see coming.  The story took some turns I wasn't expecting and I liked never really knowing what was going to happen. Overall, I really enjoyed this book.  There are probably some parts that will bother some readers, but I think books like this are best read at face value.  Just sit back and enjoy the show.  I will definitely be back for the sequel!

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
.5 Forged
1. Altered
2. Erased
3. Untitled #3 (expected publication 2015)

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