Uninvited (Uninvited Series #1)

Uninvited (Uninvited Series #1)

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by Sophie Jordan

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You can't change your DNA . . . even when it says you're a murderer.

When Davy tests positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, aka "the kill gene," she loses everything. Once the perfect high school senior, she is uninvited from her prep school and abandoned by her friends and boyfriend. Even her parents are now afraid of her—although


You can't change your DNA . . . even when it says you're a murderer.

When Davy tests positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, aka "the kill gene," she loses everything. Once the perfect high school senior, she is uninvited from her prep school and abandoned by her friends and boyfriend. Even her parents are now afraid of her—although she's never hurt a fly. Davy doesn't feel any different, but genes don't lie. One day she will kill someone.

Without any say in the matter, Davy is thrown into a special class for HTS carriers. She has no doubt the predictions are right about them, especially Sean, who already bears the "H" tattoo as proof of his violence. Yet when the world turns on the carriers, Sean is the only one she can trust. Maybe he's not as dangerous as he seems.

Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

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Publishers Weekly
Merging a contemporary setting with a believable speculative premise, Jordan (the Firelight series) introduces Davy Hamilton, who appears to have it all—a gorgeous boyfriend, a future at Julliard—until she is diagnosed with "Homicidal Tendency Syndrome," a genetic predisposition toward violence. She is "uninvited" from her private high school, assigned an unsympathetic caseworker, and forced to attend school in a "Cage" with other HTS kids. Among them are the sweet, smart Gil, and Sean, a lifetime "carrier" who's more protective than violent. Jordan skillfully hints at a rapidly disintegrating, near-future America, using chilling chapter interstitials—texts, fragments of interviews, lists—that illustrate a society prepared to sacrifice civil rights for an illusion of safety. Are those diagnosed with the HTS gene really destined to kill, or is their behavior the outcome of being treated like criminals? The first half is slow, as Davy feels the impact that the HTS label has on her privileged life, but the action becomes more immediate when Davy, Sean, and Gil are recruited for an elite government school designed to exploit their violent instincts. Ages 13–up. Agent: Maura Kye-Casella, Don Congdon Associates. (Feb.)
Voya Reviews, April 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 1) - Lona Trulove
Uninvited is a wonderfully fast-paced, gripping novel that hooks the reader from the very beginning. Davy Hamilton, a talented senior at a promising prep school, finds herself “uninvited” from her school when she tests positive for HTS, otherwise known as the “kill gene.” Her life turns upside down based on the test results. One day she is loved and adored by her friends and boyfriend, and the next she is feared and shunned. The real action begins when Davy is sent to another school and meets other carriers, one of whom is Sean, who has been marked with the “H” tattoo, proving his violent nature. Together, they find romance, adventure, and danger as they try to survive as marked individuals. Jordan’s Davy is a believable character. She is a regular teenage girl who gets thrown into a very scary situation. She does not have unique powers or traits to get her through it; instead she shows the characteristics of any young woman, making her easily relatable. This novel lends itself to some interesting discussion topics including nature versus nurture, fear and group mentality, as well as government involvement in social issues. Uninvited is a quick read filled with romance, action, and danger that will appeal to both boys and girls. This is a page-turner. Reviewer: Lona Trulove; Ages 12 to 15.
Kirkus Reviews
She's tagged as a killer. But that's not so bad. Beautiful, blonde, wealthy 17-year-old Davy Hamilton attends a posh private school in her Texas hometown and spends page after page mooning over her rugby-playing, Zac Ephron–esque boyfriend, Zac. All goes awry, however, when it's discovered that she has Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, which means she could grow up to be a serial killer (!!!!!). She's then whisked away from her school and social life and forced to attend a special juvielike school for students with the same diagnosis. At this point, readers might think that terrible things happen to Davy—that she could be put into terrifying danger or might struggle against her own genetic code. But no—she goes to class, slaps her ex-boyfriend, gets tattooed as punishment for acting out and pines after another hot boy in her new school. This nonthriller is packed with more overwrought, lusty musings than a Harlequin romance. Some of the sentences actually work, while others are so preposterous they'll have readers giggling: "Closing my eyes, I savor the sensation of Zac's lips on my throat." But there's no vampire here, and there's not that much action. And Davy comes off as a weak, whiny, boy-chasing protagonist who makes Bella look like Lara Croft. A schlocky bodice-ripper disguised as a dystopian romance. (Dystopian romance. 14 & up)
“this fast-paced story is a solid addition to the dystopian genre.”
Kerrelyn Sparks
“Magnificent and masterful! A world so captivating, you’ll never want to leave!”
Carrie Ryan
UNINVITED asks the question: will you let the world define who you are or will you choose to define yourself? Put simply: I loved this book!
Kiersten White
“Firelight soars to dizzying heights, combining forbidden love, scorching romance, and thrilling danger.”
Colleen Houck
Praise for the Firelight series:“The Firelight series is a rare sparkling gem. I delved into the mystical world and discovered a fast–paced, gripping story. …Anytime my readers ask for a book recommendation, I always say, ‘Read Sophie Jordan!’”
BooklistBooklist on FIRELIGHT
“Jordan’s compelling addition to the supernatural star–crossed lovers theme is equal parts taut suspense and sensuous romance.”
Rachel Vincent
A riveting, disconcerting vision of a near–future corrupted by genetic profiling. Thoroughly unputdownable.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—High school senior Davy has her future all planned out until genetic testing determines that she has Homicidal Tendency Syndrome. In this near-future dystopia, people with this "kill gene" are more likely to commit murder and are isolated from the rest of the population. Essentially, those who possess the "kill gene" are treated in a manner that would inspire thoughts of murder in even the most mild mannered teens. Davy is expelled from her prep school and sent to a public school that is equipped to handle her condition. Her relationship with her boyfriend disintegrates slowly, and her relationship with her family changes. There is also a dangerous but attractive bad boy in her new school. The stakes are raised when those who have the kill gene are institutionalized, and Davy must, yet again, adjust to a very different life than she had planned. The inevitable sequel will no doubt uncover government corruption at the highest levels. While the author relies too heavily on telling rather than showing, this is an entertaining read once disbelief has been suspended. Jarringly, the romantic scenes, while not explicit, use the vocabulary of more adult romance. Teens hungry for this genre will not mind and, in fact, will eagerly await the sequel. Uninvited will be appreciated by fans of Suzanne Young's The Program (S. & S., 2013) and similar romantic dystopian titles.—Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Uninvited Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Sophie Jordan grew up on a pecan farm in the Texas hill country, where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times bestselling author of Avon historical romances and the Firelight series. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows.

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Uninvited 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up just to read the first page or two so I would know which shelf to put it on (read now or can wait) as I am in the middle of another book. Needless to say I could not and would not put it down! Can not wait until Feb. to read book 2 I will have to pick it up on a Friday hoping it will be as good as Uninvited and keep me up all night reading!
Tween_2_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
One often thinks that an author's second series can never outdo an author's first. That theory is DEAD wrong! Uninvited blew the Firelight trilogy out of the water! It was so good and so much fun. I read it in 24 hours tops, on a school day no less. Let me tell you, when this book comes out, drop everything and read it! It is so good and so amazing. It made me feel for the characters, I just wanted to slap so many of them silly! It shows prejudices in a new light, and almost feels like how Divergent might have started off before the Purity War. “@Tween2TeenBooks: Wanna know how amazing Uninvited by @SoVerySophie is? It's SUPERCALLAFRAGALISTICEXPIALADOCIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!” LOL — Sophie Jordan (@SoVerySophie) January 17, 2014 The main character is Davy Hamilton. She is so cool. She's a musical genius, who, when she is notified of being a Carrier of the 'kill gene' loses everything. Yet Davy, for the most part, takes it in stride. Things get continually worse for her, and she has to deal with it every day. There were two characters she had to deal with who made her life miserable more so than anyone else and I have to say, I wish more had been done/said about them, like, you know, they were killed or something. :) Davy meets Sean right off the bat and is scared to death of him. Why? He's a Carrier, like her, but already has the mark of someone who has committed violence. And yet somehow, the two of them end up caring and protecting each other. Depending on how the rest of the series goes, I could see a love triangle coming up, but at the moment, the second guy is too small of a character. Also, Davy has an older brother who is the bestest of best sibling/family character EVER! He cares about her so much and sees beyond the label she's been given. The ending of this book. Holy bleep, the end of this book. The last fourth of the book or so was NOT what I was expecting. A huge turnaround that pushed the plot into a whole other universe! The book only takes place seven years in the future, but that suddenly made it feel truly dystopian. As far as the end end goes, I need more! See: I need the sequel to Uninvited by @SoVerySophie RIGHT NOW!!!!!!! So good! *whimpers* — Tween 2 Teen Books (@Tween2TeenBooks) January 18, 2014 So yes, when this book releases on January 28, read it! Read it until you're near tears and yelling in the middle of the night at characters that exist on the beautiful pages of the book in your hands. Read it so that your friends give you crazy looks and you feel like you can't read anything ever again. The plot was fast, the romance was hot, the book was tense, and most importantly, the love ran deep. Davy has been told that she doesn't need to be this bad person they've made her out to be, and now she's out to prove it. A complete and utter five star review!
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
This book has left me with mixed emotions. In some ways I didn't really like the main character, but in other ways, I understood her. In other ways I hated that this was about something like a homicidal gene and nothing was really happening in the beginning, but then when the end came I hated the people that were doing these things. Because this was by Sophie Jordan I was expecting to love it, but that's not exactly what I got. And honestly, I know I'm the black sheep with this one, but I'm ok with that.       At first I didn't really like the main character Davy because she was such a goodie goodie. Now of course that's a great trait to have, but when presented with things and people like those she was dealing with, something's got to give. I felt like she was making life harder on herself by not adapting to the world around her. But at the same time, I understood why she did it. She wanted to stay as true to herself as possible. And that's what I liked about her the most. She was true to herself and her personality the entire book.      I also didn't like the slow pacing of the book. Up until page 232 (ARC), I was a bit bored and threatening to DNF it. Why? Because it seemed like most of the drama that she was facing was petty high school drama, like "ooooh I want your boyfriend so I'm going to make your life hell." And for this to be about carriers of a gene that make murderers, I was NOT impressed by that. But I trudged on and I'm glad I did. After that, the book started getting interesting. That's when it became a true thriller. At this point I truly was biting all my nails off and trying to talk some sense into Davy as she let down her guard so many countless times. I even found myself putting down the book and like talking out loud to Davy like she could hear me smh To go along with the writing style, I also liked the chapter dividers. They went along with the story so well and they made each thing that happened with in the next chapter so much more amped. It really helped make the story for me.       I also liked the romance. It was a slow build and rightfully so. Clearly, a love life at a time like this isn't what matters the most. But I loved that. (Which is strange because I am a HUGE lover of the swoonage.) But with this it just worked. They knew that there were a thousand other important things that they could be doing and that being together could hurt them, but in the end their love got to be too great.       Sophie Jordan delivers a gripping novel about an HTS gene that will tear your soul into pieces. So much so that you won't recognize yourself. I was proud that Davy was able to hold onto her sense of self during this super crazy time. But, with that being said, I expected more action and suspense. Maybe there will be more in the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is defiantly worth reading. I can't wait to see where the story goes... I have high expectations for the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not stop reading! Story keeps you hooked. Great characters. Can't wait for the next one.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
    I wanted to read Uninvited because the synopsis appealed to me. I can't imagine isolating a gene like that and then all of the sudden being told that you have the killer gene. The ramifications as well as the fallout, friends and possibly family isolating you, jobs, school, and how you're viewed all changed in an instant intrigues me and I like the premise. I've also been wanting to read something by Sophie Jordan because I know her other series was popular but I just haven't had a chance to get caught up, so with a new series, I have a new chance.      I connected with Davy, she is smart and good at music, something I admire in others but have no talent for myself. Her reactions to finding out she had the gene was emotional, and lived up to what I was expecting. I can't imagine myself in her shoes, but I imagine that I would react similarly. She is naive at times, but I love how her world view is forced to shift as she fights against being labeled. But she discovers others that she sympathizes, connects with, wonders why they are marked, or are they like her and feel they are there by mistake. She is a rich white female, so she doesn't fit the profile of a violent person, someone capable of murder, and that leaves her with less in common with others in the Cage, the other carriers at her new school. But as she gets to know some of them, they have more in common than she'd once thought, even if only their future has been jerked from them and they have limited options for college, jobs, and the rest of their lives.     As for as romance, at the very beginning, I had to keep telling myself not to like Zac, the above mentioned boyfriend in the synopsis, because I knew that regardless of the chemistry they had, that he was going to be a douche. Sure enough, even though he wasn't as bad as her other friends, he still proved himself unworthy.      The mystery of Sean was great. He was an enigma in the HTS world, people seemed to fear him, and I wanted to know why. Because each encounter he had with Davy was intense, but he showed kindness to her. There is some incredible tension between the two, and it was easy to start rooting for a romance between them instead of silly old Zac. He showed up at just the right time to help her and get her out of tough situations, or just to help her pick herself up off the floor when she's down.     The pacing was great, as well as easing us into the changes in the world, while at the same time providing the details we need to know in a unique format. At the beginning of some chapters, there are short government fyi's or convos between senators and those leading the program in charge of those with HTS, or even between Zac and her friend Tori. It kept my attention at all times, whether its character development and change of Davy, mystery with Sean, building the relationship between Davy and her troublemaker but non-HTS carrier Mitchell, to other action that moved the plot along.      Thinking back though, the world building didn't make sense in a few areas, especially New Haven. Their abilities and why they were chosen if they were just to be trained for fighting kinda puzzled me, but this may be revealed in the next book. That aside, that doesn't take away any of my enjoyment of the series, it is one that I didn't want to put down.      The ending wrapped up the threads of this book pretty well, and I am excited to get into the next book of the series to see what happened after the exciting ending.      Bottom Line: Action packed with a likable main character who gets tougher as she's trust into a whole new and intriguing to me world. 
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WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty intriguing and interesting story about a world where you are labeled as dangerous and murderous based on whether you have a certain gene or not. Davy has lead a pretty pampered life up until now, when she finds out she has the killer gene. She has friends turn on her, family treats her different, and she's thrown into some pretty hostile situations. She handles herself about as well as I'd expect someone to handle these situations, plus the reactions people have to her is basically how I would have expected them to act in real life. I could easily envision this as reality as I read. The author's writing captured the nature of people, both good and bad. I was pretty impressed with Uninvited, and I'm anxious to get started on the next book.
ReesesSH More than 1 year ago
Uninvited was not what I expected. Devy is a privileged prodigy child. She’s always done the right thing, dates the right guy, and has the right friends. Then one day she’s told she has the kill gene and now she’s kicked out of her school, she’s been dumped by her boyfriend and best friends, she’s branded, and almost raped. She has no rights as someone with the kill gene. Then she meets Sean and everything she thought about HTS people changes. The world of Uninvited is a world where the government after having so many mass shootings, and murders have decided to take action and start testing children at a young age for the “kill-gene.” They want to get in front of the killings by labeling the murderers early on so they can get they “help.” If you couldn’t tell there’s a terrible stigma against all who have the HTS gene and are basically treated worse than lower-class citizens. This kind of pushes people over the edge and as you’ll read in the book the label does more harm than good. Now we have Devy who I could have cared less about. I felt bad for her, but she was so weak it made me want to shake her. She never wanted to change her circumstances, or look at the bigger picture to see what was really going on and just took everything at face value. I guess after reading Sophie Jordan’s Firelight Trilogy I was expecting a feistier more resilient character and that’s not what I got. The romance part of this story is lame-sauce. Supposedly Sean and Devy have feelings for each other, but it’s not really made clear how or why as they have no similar interests. They rarely speak, and most of the time Devy’s stuck in her own little world of misery. Plus Sean is a man of few words so there isn’t much communication. The story was interesting, but it lacked a certain something I like in my books. The action was predictable, and the characters that had the most “screen-time” were the characters that lacked the most depth. All in all, I was disappointed, but intrigued by the story, but will not be reading the second book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good read! I couldn't put it down! Can't wait to see what Unleashed has in store.
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This book from the very beginning had me interested. The development of the main character through out the book is wonderful to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel showed how people aren't the label they are supposed to be entitled to and can have any personality even if genetics say otherwise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not stop reading. With the action and romance, it makes the reader even more hooked. The male characters made me wish they were real.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is perfect for a summer book list! At first I didn't think I was going to like it because it starts off cheesy, but it gets good and I couldn't put it down. Davy and Sean are a pretty good story to keep up with. I'm glad there is another book :)
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really interesting plot, really bad execution 
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I was hooked after the 1st chapter...couldn't stop reading it
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I absolutely loved this book! The near-future dystopia gives it a heightened sense of reality and just the plot in general was phenomenal. I found it impossible to put down! I'm already counting down to the release of Book #2, and I would definitely recommend this book.
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