by Jennifer Rush
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (January 1, 2013)
They were made to forget. But they'll never forgive.At a Glance:
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, solemn and brooding; Cas, light-hearted and playful; Trev, smart and caring; and Sam... who's stolen Anna's heart.
When the Branch decides it's time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape. Anna's father pushes her to go with them, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs.
On the run, with her father's warning in her head, Anna begins to doubt everything she thought she knew about herself. She 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.
Altered was a Jason Bourne x 4, action-packed, shoot 'em-up adventure. It keeps you on your toes throughout with danger around every corner, and people you never know if you can trust. If you're looking for a quick-moving, thrill-ride, with a little romance and a whole lot of bloodshed, you've found your book.
I have to admit, I felt a little awkward carrying this one around. I mean......
So. Much. Action. If you are squeamish at all, this is not the book for you. I'm not sure I've ever read a book that just had the blatant blowing-people's-heads-off-blood-splattering-brain-matter-flying that this book had. It's preeeety gruesome.
Not my favorite romance, but it was ok. Anna begins the book obsessed with Sam, she goes through the book obsessed with Sam, and she ends the book obsessed with Sam. It was a little needy for my taste, and I never had the feeling that Sam was as passionate about her, but it was still a nice addition to the main storyline. And am I nuts, or what? I kind of wanted her to like Nick. Yeah, of course he's the bad boy.
I liked Anna because she was strong, loyal, and intelligent. She got on my nerves a little from the above mentioned. Mostly, she was just a great character to read. I liked that there was more to her that what meets the eye.
Sam was completely likable, though slightly boring. He was definitely tough and protective, but he just didn't seem to be too complex or interesting. All was not lost, though. The combination of all four boys, and the dynamic between them was just awesome. I loved the banter between them! Especially Trev, Cass and Nick. There were times I just busted out laughing from their antics.
Favorite Supporting Character:
This is a complex question......
Something I loved:
The boys. They were so fun! Also, the plot twists and blind-sides.
Something(s) I hated:
Some of the big "puzzles" they had to figure out were just a little too easy. There was one part in particular, where the boys couldn't figure something out and Anna finally had a big "AHA!" moment, and it seemed obvious, and it should have been obvious to those super intelligent guys.
Not too bad. This is the first in the series, but it comes to a nice resolution.
Would I recommend it?
Yes, if you like Jason Bourne type books with lots of action!
Will I buy/keep it?
Yeah, I'll keep my ARC.
False Memory by Dan Krokos
4 out of 5
- Profanity: Heavy
- Sexual Content: Mild
- Violence: Very Heavy