Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: Uninvited, #1
The United States is in a state of desperation. The number of murders across the nation has grown exponentially. With no real solution in sight, society turns to its scientists who believe they have isolated the gene found in those who commit murder. Testing is now the norm, those with Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS) are driven to the outskirts of society–shunned by their peers and in more extreme cases, imprisoned in camps.
Davy Hamilton has everything going for her: a promising college career in music, doting parents, and a loving boyfriend. When the results for Davy’s HTS test come back positive, Davy can hardly believe it. Her once bright future begins to crumble before her eyes. When her friends and family begin to pull away, Davy is left feeling abandoned. Her only anchor is a fellow carrier, Sean O’Rouke, who becomes the only person she can turn to.
“I back away, horrified. I gave them a scene. I gave them the evidence they wanted that I was someone dangerous and violent. That I don’t belong with them. It didn’t matter that I was justified. Any other girl could have reacted the same way. Any girl but me.”
Uninvited is another case of a book’s plot being more interesting than its characters. Fearing the worst, society has taken to openly condemning those who haven’t committed a crime. The problem with this sort of thinking is equating two very different truths: having the potential to commit a murder is not the same thing as committing said murder. And there are other crimes that I consider more horrendous than murder and those who might not have HTS can commit crimes just as evil and sometimes more evil.
Society believes that those with HTS are ticking time bombs, but don’t seem to see the problem with isolating and mistreating these people. I’m not saying they should wine and dine them in hopes that they won’t turn on them, but they must see that beating them and sticking them in camps can aggravate these ‘dangerous’ people. It doesn’t seem too smart to me.
Sophie Jordan’s Uninvited is filled with too many static characters and cliché relationships. No one in Davy’s life steps up to the plate when she tests positive for HTS except her older brother, who we are told is kind of a screw-up. The problem is his reaction to her situation is a tad violent, making him look a little unhinged for which we are given no explanation. Davy’s social circle is comprised of undeveloped characters who are only a means to isolate her without contributing anything else to the storyline. Davy and Sean’s relationship is…well, let’s just say that I’ve read it before. Privileged girl, dangerous boy, brooding looks, silent stares. I’m pretty sure they have only a handful of conversations before Davy is suddenly worried what Sean thinks of her, maybe even less. There isn’t enough depth to either character, but especially Sean.