Friday, August 30, 2013

Review: Altered (Altered #1) by Jennifer Rush

Title: Altered (Altered #1)
Author: Jennifer Rush
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Published: Jan 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover; 323pg
ISBN: 0316197084
Source: Library
Barnes and Noble
The Book Depository

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.

The story centers around Anna. Anna is the daughter of a scientist for the Branch. The Branch is a sort of secret government agency that is, of course, pure evil. Anyways, the project Anna and her father have been working on involves daily "studies" of the four boys locked in the basement behind glass walls. Anna found them when she was young and has been there ever since. The boys are Cas, Trev, Nick and Sam. Sam is the love interest of Anna. Now, although Sam sounds super hot and protective and bad ass, I am interested to see how his relationship with Anna will play out.

I thought this story was original and very interesting. It kept my rapt attention throughout which is extremely difficult to do. The characters were well written. They all had distinct personalities and voices to be heard. I loved the whole mystery of the past of the boys. And I loved how the clues were presented. There are twists and turns at all the right places in this book. It really makes it hard to put down! I will most definitely be trying to keep up with this series.

4 stars to Altered by Jennifer Rush.

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