Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Books I Love - UNINVITED by Sophie Jordan

Uninvited (Uninvited, #1)
 

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.


Recommended for fans of: YA Sci-fi, contemporary, dystopian, romance...really there's something for everyone!

From the very first page I was hooked on Sophie Jordan's latest YA novel, UNINVITED. The sci-fi is subtle...the world that Davy lives in is very much like our own. Jordan doesn't bog the reader down with a lot of technical terms and strange futuristic gadgets, really the only sci-fi addition is the identification of the "kill gene." This allows the reader to focus on what being found to have the HTS gene really means for Davy and her family. Davy herself is sheltered and na├»ve...and suddenly everyone looks at her like she's a killer. Davy must face her new life, where she is treated as a second class citizen and a murderer, even though she has done nothing wrong. While keeping Davy's story the focus, Jordan does an amazing job of reaching the bigger issues, such as fear and prejudice. Jordan also makes you wonder if HTS creates a violent individual, or if how people with HTS are treated makes them more prone to violence. If you are told everyday of your life that you are a killer, wouldn't you become one?


 

3 comments:

  1. I've heard of this one somewhere along the line...

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  2. Book Review Request

    “What a delightful book. I will almost certainly revisit this endearing book, and I suspect I shall also remember it well in years to some.”
    ~Lynette Sofras, Smashwords

    Not a good idea to read this in bed when people are sleeping. It is so funny that I was choking down my giggles. It did not take me long to finish this wonderful book. There were no spy stories, magic dragons, werewolves or vampires. There is just Willie growing up during World War 2 with his family.
    I loved this book due to the fact that I could relate to it. As Willie grows up, his viewpoint changes and life changes. The book relates many good stories with moral and family values everyone will appreciate.
    I Don’t Wanna Be an Orange was funny yet touching. I would recommend it to anyone.
    ~ Ailyn Koay bgtell.blogspot.com.au

    I Don’t Wanna Be an Orange Anymore
    by
    Hank Kellner

    Growing up in the fictional town of Meadowview, young Willie Watson objects to being required to play the part of an orange in the school play when he is nine and in the fourth grade. But that's just the beginning of his problems. As he continues through elementary school and into junior high school, Willie has to deal with the town bully; Christmas with his relatives; the death of a schoolmate; the loss of his girlfriend; the theft of a fountain pen, and his broken eyeglasses.
    But that’s not all. Willie doesn’t want to eat his peas; take the garbage out; deal with his troublesome kid sister; try to climb the ropes in gym class while his gym teacher harasses him, or have to stay after school until he’s “…old enough to grow a beard.”
    Readers will discover how Willy becomes a member of Brucie’s gang; what happens in the old movie house on Main Street; how feisty old Grandma inspires Willie, and much, much more.
    Included in this book are such chapters as "There Is No Santa Claus," "Oh Captain, My Captain," "The Dog in the Rhinestone Collar," "A Bird's Just a Bird," and "Hey Brucie, Your Sister Wears Long Underwear."
    I Don’t Wanna Be an Orange Anymore contains a wealth of humorous and often touching descriptions of a young boy's fantasies and life experiences as he grows up in a small town many years ago. This coming of age book is suitable not only for young adults, but also for older readers.
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    About the Author

    Hank Kellner is a veteran of the Korean War and a retired associate professor of English. He is the author of 125 Photos for English Composition Classes (J. Weston Walch, 1978), How to Be a Better Photographer (J. Weston Walch, 1980), Write What You See (Prufrock Press, 2010), and, with Elizabeth Guy Reflect and Write: 300 Poems and Photographs to Inspire Writing Prufrock Press, 2013). His other writings and photographs have appeared in hundreds of publications and journals nationwide
    Kellner’s most recent writings include twelve E-books. Included in this collection are: Terror at Mirror Lake, a psychological thriller; I Don’t Wanna Be an Orange Anymore, a coming of age novel; The Lucky Star House of Celestial Pleasures, a satire in the style of Voltaire; The Pokerbury Tales, a satire in the style of Chaucer; several works of illustrated poetry; two cookbooks, and two other works of non fiction. To discover more about these works, please visit https://www.smashwords.com.

    Thank you for your consideration,
    Hank Kellner
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