Untamed (Untamed Series, #1)

Untamed (Untamed Series, #1)

by Madeline Dyer

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Untamed (Untamed Series, #1) by Madeline Dyer

Winner of the 2017 SIBA award for Best Dystopian Novel

A fantastic dystopian tale. Highly recommended for fans of strong heroines and intriguing sci-fi worlds.
Pintip Dunn, New York Times bestselling author of the Forget Tomorrow Series

In a world where addiction is encouraged, one girl must fight to stay clean... 

As one of the last Untamed humans left in the world, Seven's life has always been controlled by tight rules. Stay away from the Enhanced. Don't question your leader. And, most importantly, never switch sides--because once you're Enhanced there's no going back. Even if you have become the perfect human being.

But after a disastrous raid on an Enhanced city, Seven soon finds herself in her enemy's power. Realizing it's only a matter of time before she too develops a taste for the chemical augmenters responsible for the erosion of humanity, Seven knows she must act quickly if she's to escape and save her family from the same fate.

Yet, as one of the most powerful Seers that the Untamed and Enhanced have ever known, Seven quickly discovers that she alone holds the key to the survival of only one race. But things aren't clear-cut anymore, and with Seven now questioning the very beliefs she was raised on, she knows she has an important choice to make. One that has two very different outcomes.

Seven must choose wisely whose side she joins, for the War of Humanity is underway, and Death never takes kindly to traitors.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940154160817
Publisher: Ineja Press
Publication date: 01/10/2017
Series: Untamed Series , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 114
File size: 1 MB

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Untamed 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
cts827 23 days ago
Untamed by Madeline Dyer is a fascinating book that reminds of of the book, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. It also seems to be a message for the current population that are addicted to drugs. In this story, there is a group of people who are "Enhanced", that is, they are using chemicals that take away their free will and give them a false sense of security and superiority. This group feel that they know what is best for humans, or Untamed, as they are called. It seems that they are the only ones who know what is best, like big government taking over the free will of people. This is similar to the story line in Brave New World. Fortunately for mankind, there are people out there who resist losing their free will and fight back. Will they overcome? Will humanity survive? This is a well written story. The plot and characters are well developed. This story will keep you guessing about the outcome of the Untamed people with free wills. I received this book as part of a Quirky Blind Date with an author. I always review every book that I read. I am glad that I was given this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"We have to be raw human beings--embracing the positives and the negatives--to really live, to really be ourselves, who we are, not who they want us to be." On the surface, Untamed is a story about survival. It feels bleak and hopeless from the opening. Seven has just lost her mother to a group known as the Enhanced, augmented human beings who use drugs called augmenters to make themselves more perfect. But that perfection comes at a price. The Enhanced don't feel negative emotions. That means they don't feel guilt or sorrow and so both life and death hold no meaning except to become more enhanced. They're also fanatics, convinced they must convert the whole world to their ideology and way of life--at any cost. However, like any good dystopia, the true message sits below the surface if you're willing to dig deep enough. It's a message of hope for humanity. We're flawed creatures by nature and, in an age when we can change almost anything about ourselves with the right surgery, the right medication, the right mask, Untamed encourages readers to embrace all the ugliness that is human life. Without adversity, there can be no growth. Feelings are what keep us human and give us a sense of direction. Untamed makes that clear by pitting hopelessness against love in a landscape where almost anything can and does happen. It's written in first person present, which is usually a turn off for me. I've never made it through The Hunger Games for this reason. I found it easy to get lost in Dyer's world and, indeed as I write this, it's inching toward 3am and I've read over half the book in one night. I will be picking up the next one in the series because I'm dying to know what becomes of Seven and Corin, and to learn more about the strange spirits and Seven's abilities as a Seer.
Kimmiepoppins More than 1 year ago
I connected with UNTAMED in a slightly different way than most of the reviewers. Like them, I was really excited by this new dystopian series. I love a good dystopian! But as I read it, I couldn't help but see the connection between the escapism found in consuming augmenters and the current heroine crisis in many many schools, particularly in my own community. Additionally, the Enhanced in Dryer's book, use the augmenters as a way to also avoid feeling unpleasant of difficult emotions. It's an opportunity to circumvent physical "imperfections." This is a relatable concept in a world where photoshop messes with the minds and often the health of a great portion of the population. Dryer does a great job touching on these challenging issues without ever speaking of them directly or being preachy. I'm interested to see what happens in book two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay, this book was crazy good. I'm a sucker for a good dystopian and I felt like the world-building here was incredibly well-thought out and inventive. I loved Seven and her struggle to remain an Untamed even while she was being transformed into an Enhanced. But my favorite parts were the sweet, believable romantic ones, something that's difficult to write considering their world is falling apart. The twist at the end left me speechless! I'm psyched to read book two.
jessiev More than 1 year ago
Every so often, a book comes along that beautifully, powerfully reminds you of humanity. One such book is the first in a series (YAY!), entitled Untamed. Written by Madeline Dyer, this YA novel takes a look at a world that is changed - and who the changemakers are. This is one of the rare books that doesn't gloss over the different aspects of being human - of succeeding, failing, wanting things, struggling, and trying your best - and is why it is such a stellar read. I fell into Seven's world, and was right there with her the entirety of the book (and then I started it again, because I didn't want it to end!). Highly recommended.
ADropOfInkReviews More than 1 year ago
This book was fascinating. I have to give Madeline Dyer a hand on creating such an intriguing story. She captured what it would be like to live moment from moment when you’re forced to live by strict rules. She also captured what it would be like to have a constant desire for a drug you can’t quite shake from your system. For once you’re Enhanced, there’s no way back. However, there is something about the way the book is written that might throw people. Rarely is a book written in active present tense because it can be difficult to pull off. However, Ms. Dyer does a magnificent job of it. It did leave the book feeling a little jumpy and jerky since we see everything through Seven’s eyes and through her thoughts and actions. While I find myself wishing it had been written in a different style, I can’t say how it would have been. It definitely presented a powerful story written the way it was and it might not have had the power or the urgency had it been written any other way. If you decide to give it a try, just remember it won’t be like any other book you’ve read. Or if you do have experience with active present tense, you’re in for a treat if you like the style. I know that I’m glad I had the opportunity to read it. It held my attention from beginning to end. It will be interesting to see the other books in this series and if she continues with active present tense voice and how the story ends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book proves Dystopian is not dead. Not dead at all. Seven is a rock solid, super cool female heroine that I could root for. Dyer creates a captivating dystopian world that I can't wait to dive into again when the series continues in book two. Supporting characters were richly drawn and the pacing was spot on. Loved it! Bring on the sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exciting tale, strong writing -- From the first line, Untamed pulled me in. This is the sort of book that is incredibly difficult to put down, the kind of book you can fall into and forget the world, forget you’re reading words on a page. Our narrator is a true heroine in a tumultuous futuristic world in which the Enchanted Ones are “better, faster and stronger than you.” The premise is unique and engrossing, and by the end of the book I was left wanting more (good thing – it’s a series). As a person who rarely reads fantasy/sci-fi but grew up with it always on the nightstand, Dyer’s book reawakened in me a buried love for the genre.