Review

Unleashed

Unleashed

Unleashed

by Sophie Jordan

Series: "Uninvited" #2
Genre: YA Dystopian
Published: February 24th 2015
by HarperTeen

one-star

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Summary:

Davy has spent the last few months trying to come to terms with the fact that she tested positive for the kill gene HTS (Homicidal Tendency Syndrome). She swore she would not let it change her, and that her DNA did not define her . . . but then she killed a man.

Now on the run, Davy must decide whether she'll be ruled by the kill gene or if she'll follow her heart and fight for her right to live free. But with her own potential for violence lying right beneath the surface, Davy doesn't even know if she can trust herself.

Review:

I’m going to say this straight out: I’m a bit disappointed with Unleashed. It felt almost unnecessary, and there were so many times when I found myself wondering why it was necessary for this to be a duology.

I absolutely loved Uninvited with its unique look on a dystopian society based on science. To someone who is intrigued by genetics, it was utterly plausible in the most eerie way possible. Yet, in Unleashed, I didn’t feel that same fearful and plausible atmosphere. The sense of fear and unfairness towards the government that our protagonist Davy felt in Uninvited was gone, replaced by simply a sense of indifference, something I felt a little odd about. Surely after all the horrible things she went through in the first book she’d be a little hungry for justice against the government?

While I adored the romance in Uninvited, I can’t say I support it as much here. At the end of Uninvited, we witness Davy, Sean, Gil and Sabine escaping from the brutal imprisonment where they were held. At about 100 pages into Unleashed, they end up getting separated. Davy is picked up by a man named Caden, who is the leader of the resistance against the government.

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Embracing every single possible cliche known to the young adult genre, Davy ends up falling for Caden, but then she remembers she loves Sean too.

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I just could not support the romance. Adding a second love interest in the final book of a series is a risky and skeptical choice that I bet very, very, very few authors would be able to pull off, and Sophie Jordan was not one of them.

I wasn’t the biggest fan of the romance between Sean and Davy in Uninvited, but I tolerated it well enough. Also, I definitely believe that if you’re going to have an entire cliffhanger devoted to two characters, the second installment should definitely follow those two characters. And having Davy end up with Caden was just completely ridiculous.

The worst part though? We still have no idea how the damn disease was formed / discovered in the first place.

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one-star

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