When Davy Hamilton's tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn't feel any different, but genes don't lie. One day she will kill someone.
Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he's not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.
Carriers are like a cancer to this once great nation. And like any disease, sometimes the only way to battle it is with poison.
I have a confession to make: I’m a sucker for anything related to medical thrillers – especially if the medical aspect has anything to do with genetics. Uninvited is no different as I found myself devouring this action-packed novel.
Uninvited is set in a futuristic United States not too far from our own in which the government has discovered a gene that determines the predictability of you becoming a murderer. Named the Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (“HTS”), government officials are soon dragged across the county, instructed to test every citizen for the gene.
17-year-old music prodigy Davy Hamilton is arguably the last person you’d expect to get tested positive for the gene. Yet somehow she does. Forced into a world of prejudice and labeling, Davy must learn to adapt to an entire new world – one where she is considered a culprit.
Before the diagnosis, Davy had a loving family, the perfect boyfriend, a supportive best friend, and a scholarship to Julliard. Her future seemed bright; until it’s all ruined when she tests positive. Now her parents are afraid of her and her boyfriend and best friend have abandoned her. She would have been an easy character to sympathize with – if only she wasn’t so judgmental. Throughout the story, Davy constantly judges and looks down upon other people with HTS, when she has the syndrome herself. I found it hard to care much about her because of that.
I’ll hand it to Mrs. Jordan – the world she has created is so very plausible – almost eerily so. It doesn’t take much imagination to visualize how discovering a gene like the HTS could to do to society; and I feel like Mrs. Jordan portrayed that aspect of the story really well. People’s reactions were just so realistic and I could really see something like that happening in the future if such a scenario played out. The thing is, there were just errors in the science of the story she created that left me with quite a few questions.
So, every human is born with 46 chromosomes – 23 from each parent. On each chromosome are thousands of thousands of genes, which are made up of DNA. Genes and DNA determine everything about us – from our hair color to our eye color and our height.
When chromosomes or genes are altered or “mutated,” that’s what causes a genetic disorder. However, in Uninvited we hardly learn anything about HTS. We don’t know which of the 46 chromosomes was altered to create this syndrome. We don’t know what the cause of this disorder is. Is it hereditary or is it simply something that just happens? And we never learn how this one mutated gene genetically turns people into so called “killers.”
While the world-building and characterization aren’t flawless, I did find myself engrossed in the action of the plotline and am looking forward to seeing what the sequel has in store.