Altered by Jennifer Rush
January 1, 2013
Little, Brown & Co.
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.(goodreads)
My thoughts...If you are looking for a fresh storyline in YA fiction, Altered my be just the book you need.
In the beginning we meet Anna and her father, who have a lab in their basement. They are not testing animals or undead zombies, but humans, four boys to be exact. They each have their own personality and Anna reacts to each of them differently. This makes the story interesting because once the glass walls are removed, these characters must rewrite their relationships. While it is no secret that Anna has a crush on Sam, does he feel the same way? Nick, while in his lab room, seemed to hate Anna. I was worried for her once he was free. All the characters had an interesting dynamic.
The real action starts when Anna and the boys escape from the lab. They are being hunted and must survive without their memories or any resources. Using clues, they have to decode their lives and find safety. Altered incorporated mystery,blossoming romance, action, violence and edge-of-your seat suspense into one book. Readers will find themselves second guessing the characters motives.
The ending left plenty of room for a sequel or two. I enjoyed Altered and will be watching for more from Jennifer Rush!
*e-arc provided by publisher for an honest review
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