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Altered (Altered #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  17,554 Ratings  ·  2,143 Reviews
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 has stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to
Hardcover, First Edition, 323 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Heather Powell
Aug 09, 2012 marked it as to-read
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Apr 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, own
Altered is one of those books that are highly addicting, with action that engrosses you until you become quite satisfied with the read. But, there are particulars that nagged at me which, individually, are irrelevant, but together, they become a little too bothersome to simply forgive and forget.

The whole story in Altered consists of a chase. These modified humans have escaped their prison, and, bringing Anna with them, are on the run from her father's employers. Throughout this run we get clues
4.5 Stars

Four years ago, Anna discovered a secret her father was keeping in their basement…


Four of them.

Every teenage girl’s dream, right?

Except these boys are different. Genetically Altered and suffering from apparent amnesia. They’re all part of a puzzle Anna’s only been given small pieces to.

Dad wouldn’t tell me what the program tested for, despite my repeated questioning. When I’d first found the lab, it was all I could think about. What were four boys doing in our basement? Where were
Miss H

I had no idea I'd enjoy this book so much. As such, this review will probably be a rambling mess, so you’ll have to excuse me. I’m still fangirling.

Okay, moving on.

Anna, our protagonist, lives with her dad in a small New York town called Treger Creek. Her father, Arthur, works for the 'Branch' and is in charge of a secret project that is located underneath their farmhouse. The project consists of four genetically altered boys (men?): Sam, Cas, Nick, and Trev. Each of them differ in personality,
Wendy Higgins
Awesome. Such a cool premise. And an unexpected twist halfway through the book, which I loved.
And four hot guys.
Four of them!

Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013, ya
I don't really know what to say about this book in a way that might make it clear that I both enjoyed and didn't care for it. The plot is one I've heard a million times and while it was entertaining for the time I was reading it, it wasn't very memorable.

The beginning didn't start out so well, I have to say. Anna, the main character, had a voice that blended with all the voices of typical YA heroines. I wasn't really impressed by her. At all. She seemed a bit dull and not very well characterized
Nima Kohandani

داستان عجیب و جالبی بود

به عنوان یه کار چی ازش یاد کنم؟ بیشتر از اینکه دیستوپیا یاپساآخرالزمانی باشه، ماجراجویانه و معمایی بود با رگه هایی از یک کار ساینس فیکشن و مسئله ی سلاح های بیولوژیکی به صورت خیلی کمرنگ

کار عجیبی بود. خط داستانی جالبی داشت، برام واقعاً در این نوع جالب و جدید بود. تمرکز نویسنده روی روابط انسانی بود و واکنش ها و کنش های انسان ها اما نه انسان های عادی. یه انسان های یه پروژه خیلی خیلی خاص و دقیقاً همین کار رو خاص میکنه

مشتاقانه منتظرم ببینم خانم راش در جلدهای بعدی چی میخواد رو
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Some people have weaknesses for sparkly vampires, intense longing gazes, and obnoxious bickering bantering. Mine are high octane chase sequences, shoot em up fight scenes, and actually, conspiracy thrillers of any kind - so to say Altered is right up my alley is kinda an understandment. This isn't the best I've ever read, these are not entirely competent characters and there are scenes that had me muttering 'no no no why the heck would you do that?', but overall I'm still quite satisfied by the ...more
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
İnanılmaz akıcılığıyla inanılmaz keyifle okuduğum bir kitap oldu.
Kitaptaki tempo hiç düşmedi ve bu beni çok tatmin etti açıkçası. Çünkü bazen olaylar arasındaki gereksiz detaylar beni kitaptan soğutuyor. Ama bu kitapta bu olmadı. Sadece daha uzun olmasını isterdim. Allahtan ikinci kitap elimde var yakın zamanda okuyacağım :')
shady boots | #ShangelaWasRobbed
Generic/predictable plot, eyeroll-inducing romance and bland characters. I felt as if all of the four guys in this book each had the personality of a Ninja Turtle.

Sam - Leonardo
Nick - Raphael
Cas - Michaelangelo
Trev - Donatello

But, that's just me. Anywho, the ending was a tad too HEA for my taste, and I don't think it warrants a sequel, let alone it being a trilogy. All in all I thought this book was bad in an unmemorable kind of way.

Oh and P.S., this is barely a dystopian. It kinda annoys me tha
Filiz Şakar
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bu temiz bir hikaye değil. Sadece bir aşk romanı değil. Kolay hazmedilebilir gerçekler de yok zaten. Bu kirli bir roman. Kirli bir yaşam tarzının mükemmel bir anlatımı vardı bu romanda. Ve gerçekten bu kitabı okurken stresten başınıza ağrılar girecek.
Serinin devamını okumak için çatlıyorum.
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gerade gegen Ende gab es so viele "WHAT THE FXCK" und "OH MEIN GOTT" Momente, dass ich 5 Sterne geben muss! Total geil!
Cait (Paper Fury)
Ahhh?!!! How do I review this book! It's like a guilty pleasure read. It was totally ludicrous at times buuuut, I can't deny that I ENJOYED it. I kind of had to switch off my logical brain (geesh, I need chocolate for that effort) and there was so much wrong with the romance. BUT IT WAS ACTION-Y AND EXCITING. And very very shirtless. Like, seriously. There was a lot of shirtless-ness in this book. Usually for no better reason than a pause to talk about supernatural abs.
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Now THAT was good and original with a hint of Maximum Ride (by James Patterson) to give it some good measure. And when I mention Maximum Ride I am talking about the series' glory days and not about the last few horrid adds.

Anyways, I dived into Altered with no expectations what so ever. I mean, the summary seemed cool but the cover made my stomach turn over on itself. It is just not pleasant. UPDATE They updated the cover and now it looks much much bett
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I didn’t want to read this book because of the cover…. But then again I'm a girl and anything with tattooed hotties is my kryptonite so I became weak and caved into reading Altered. When I first started this book I was like “ok so these boys are being locked up in some guy’s basement and his daughter is just ok with this because she has some kind of special friend bond with them, but doesn’t see what the problem is with having PEOPLE LOCKED UP IN YOUR BASEMENT! This book is probably going to blo ...more
Mar 24, 2012 added it
I'll review it when it's closer to release. The hot boys are NOT disappointing. :-D
Wow! Altered is an amazing sci-fi mystery thriller that I didn't expect to like as much as I did. Jennifer Rush took such a different approach to this concept and totally made it her own. This was an intense and surprisingly powerful story that had me consumed the entire ride!

Anna Mason has been helping out her dad for years by collecting data from the four boys that have occupied their farmhouse basement for the last five years. They are some kind of experiments or units that the Branch has pla
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
I'm actually speechless! It's the second time I read this book and it was as good as it was the first time!

First of all, Altered has everything I need for a good book: a good plot, interesting and different characters, a lovestory and shocking plottwists.
What makes this book so good are the action scenes and the plottwists. You know as much as the characters and this book just forces you to think with them, to solve their codes and their secrets. It's barely possible to stop reading, because the
Kitapla ilgili düşüncelerim biraz karışık. Beğenmedim değil beğendim. Ama nedense okurken bir eksiklik hissettim yada fazlalık ? Normalde olay olmamasından, yazarların gereksiz uzatmalarına isyan ederim ama Amnezi kısacık bir kitap ve bir dünya olay oluyor. Zamanlar, olaylar çok üst üste geldi. Diğer yandan kurguyu, karakterleri sevdim. Özellikle Nick... Biliyorum çok aksi ve gıcık davranıyor ama gönül işte, ne yaparsın jksdjgska Bu arada Anna sonlara doğru acayip bir değişim geçirdi :O

Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kaç puan vereceğime bir türlü karar veremedim, büyük ihtimalle sonradan fikrim de değişir. Ben bu kitabı çoook sevdim. Anna gittikçe daha güçlü bir karakter oldu ve bu benim çok hoşuma gitti. İpuçları, hainlikler vb. de çok ilgi çekiciydi. Umarım Pegasus bir an önce serinin devamını çevirir.
Am Anfang hätte ich die Prota vor die Wand klatschen können, aber die Entwicklung war wirklich gut. ich lese definitiv weiter!
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
I want to give a big THANK YOU to Around The World ARC Tours. I have been blessed to be a part of this wonderful touring group. We all share ARC's with other bloggers and we get a chance to read books we would have to wait for. I have read a lot of ARC books from this tour and Altered is one of those ARC's I could not put down. It was everything i hoped for and more. This is Jennifer Rush's debut novel and what a way to come into the reading world!

In Altered we get to meet Anna who lives with he
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-sterne
Ganz anders als erwartet.
Es ist nicht nur eine 08/15 Liebesgeschichte. Das Buch ist richtig spannend und alles andere als kitschig. Ein paar Hintergrundinformationen hätte ich gerne noch, aber die gibt es ja vielleicht im zweiten Teil :)
Mehrshad Zarei
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
آنا روایت کننده ی این داستانِ پر شور و هیجان است دختری که به همراه پدرش
در طبقه ی زیرین خانگی شان وظیفه نگهداری از چهار پسر رو بر عهده دارن، پسرانی که گذشته ی اونها ازشون گرفته شده و حافظشون رو پاک کردن و با آزمایش های فراوان تغییرات ژنتیکی در آن ها به وجود آوردن تغییراتی که اونها رو برای ارتش انسانی آماده میکنه
ولی آیا با پاک کردن حافظه میشه غریزه آزادی خواه انسان را از بین برد؟
آنا در پی فرار پسرها، آن ها را در سفر پیش رو همراهی میکند و با واقعیتی تلخ روبرو میشود
که آیا گذشته اش متعلق به خودش اس
Gonca Soydaş
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ocak-2016
Kitap gerek kurgusuyla, gerekse karakterleriyle beni benden aldı. Şaşırtmayı bilen kitaplar benim için her daim üç adım öndedir. Amnezi de böyle bir kitap oldu.

Cas'in şapşallıkları, Nick'in aksiliği, Trev'in zekâsı ve tabii ki Sam'in o lider, her şeyi kontrol altında tutma havası çok güzeldi. Anna da benim için güçlü kadın karakterler arasında yerini aldı bile. Tamam bazen tam bir aptal âşık havalarına giriyordu ama sadece birkaç cümleye kendini toparlıyordu. Yani her şey dozunda verilmişti kit
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Originally reviewed on A Reader of Fictions.

Despite the slightly more boy-friendly cover (maybe? I'm guessing. It seems like it holds more boy appeal than some, but I'm not sure about the shirtless guy), Altered is definitely what we generally quantify as a girl book. The main subject of the book, it's driving force, is romance, with all of the science-fiction-y aspects coming second. If you're in the mood for a really hardcore dystopian novel, this is not the one I would recommend.

We'll start w
Altered was definitely a very pleasant surprise for me. It's always such a lovely treat whenever I encounter a paranormal book with a fantastic, unpredictable plot yet with very likable characters. Not to mention, a number of hot, hot, hot boys. Altered was such an amazing and fantastic read. I enjoyed almost every part of it (especially Cas!).

And yes, I do think the Merrick brothers have finally found their competition. I remember Brigid Kemmerer saying something about the boys here too...


Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think the fact that I read this book in only 2 days, which is something I very rarely do, already shows how much I loved it.
There was so much action, tension and mystery in it, so that I could not put this book down because I always wanted to know what would happen next. And the hot boys made this even more enjoyable <3
What happened near the end was so unexpected and I still cannot believe it actually happened :O
There was no bad cliffhanger at the end, so I think this book also works well a
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wieder einmal habeich das Buch nur wegen des schönes Covers gekauft; habe es allerdings auf keine Fall bereut !
Die Geschichte ist durchweg spannend und der Schreibstil von Frau Rush sehr einfach gehalten.
Dieses Buch ist voll mit Action und man kann es kaum aus der Hand legen. Allerdings hätte ich von dem ein oder anderen Charakter gerne mehr erfahren. Ich kann nicht ganz nachvollziehen, dass Anna in Sam verliebt ist.. klar da gibt es diese ganz bestimmte Verbindung .. aber das wars dann auch sc
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
Altered has so many good things going for it!!!It’s fast-paced and action packed!There’s enough adventure, mystery, and surprises to keep you guessing!!!Also there’s sexy alpha-male leader Sam with the sexy tree tattoo on his back.Trev, the lit nerd and best friend boy. Cas is the snotty, but hilarious brother type and Nick who is so so cranky but somehow sexy in his own cranky way. Four boys who are like brothers, but aren’t, and the girl Anna who’s cared for them set off on a fast-paced race t ...more
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Jennifer Rush lives in a little town on the shoreline of Lake Michigan with her husband and two children. She grew up wanting to be an Egyptologist, but realized she hated the desert and declared herself a writer instead. She won her first writing award in the fourth grade (a Mickey Mouse pencil was the prize) and has been crafting stories ever since. In her free time, she likes to read, Photoshop ...more
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