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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 n
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by HarperTeen
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
I groaned out loud as I read the very first sentence of the narrative.

Davy is the picture perfect spoiled, pampered princess who is firmly ensconced in her fluffy, warm cocoon of a life. It took no less than the jaws of life to knock her off the fucking pedestal on which she has planted her throne.

This book suffers from two main things: one of the most unconvincing premises I have ever read in a book that aspires to be a dystopia, and a heroine with wh
First glance: boring cover but awesome concept.

Then: OH MY GOSH! Her hair is DNA...shaped like DNA. As a science major this is blowing my mind! -- Obviously I'm a nerd.

Now: I love this cover.


A really entertaining book that you can devour in one sitting. An average female protagonist fighting for her life in a not-so-average world. If you're a fan of Amy Tintera's Reboot, Suzanne Young's The Program, or Kristen Simmons' Article 5, then you'll want to get your hands on a c
Emily May
Dec 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Maybe I'm being generous. Or unfair. I can't decide exactly how I feel about Jordan's latest young adult novel - Uninvited. I recently had my low expectations trampled on by her impressive contribution to the new adult craze - Foreplay - and couldn't wait to see what more she had to offer. But Uninvited was a disappointment. It suffered from flaws in the very foundation of the story and the characters, even though the author's writing was compulsively readable enough to make me sail through it i ...more
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Lately I'm in mood for YA :))Wow it was amazing!!!The kill Gene was an interesting concept to me and unique!From the beginning till the end the plot keep me captivate!Uninvited blends together romance, action and science fiction!With fantastic characters and an ending that keeps your interesting for the next book!!

Davy Hamilton has the perfect life....
She has her friends, a boyfriend that loves her and she has many talents..She only has a few months left of her senior year and
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars Fast, enjoyable read--the Minority Report-like premise is intriguing, and the action-oriented plot keeps the pages turning.

Weird that there's a bit of revisionism in the story, though. At one point Davy slaps her ex-boyfriend and gets into trouble for it, but she explains the reason for the slap as something totally different to two separate people. I also wish that some of the plotting/dialogue was more subtle and more complex, that it wasn't so easy for Davy to get out of different
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1.5 stars

Not long ago, I picked up Firelight by this author, and even though I thought Jordan was a skilled author when it came to her writing, her plotting was formulaic, Twilight-esque and a huge waste of what was one of the first modern paranormal YA romance with dragons. In spite of all that, I didn't hate it. So I decided to give Uninvited a try.

Uninvited brings to the table a very interesting concept, thought-provoking even. It takes root in the endless debate of
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook
A quick read that leads us into a dystopian society where future killers can be identified with a gene test. The last thing Davy expected was to be found positive - her perfect life as a popular, smart, future Julliard student down the drain.

What I found very interesting about this dystopian story, and also one that makes it stand out from the others, is how it doesn't completely start out as one. We get to see the actual developments of a very scary dystopian society where people's rights beco
Valeria Andrea
May 05, 2013 marked it as to-read
I hope she kills EVERYONE around her in the book.
That would be awesome.
Trina (Between Chapters)
---Reread in 2019---
Feels more like 3 stars to me now. I think it was a bit inappropriate to center a very privileged white girl in this story and make it dystopian because the type of discrimination that Davy faces is very real in the current world*. (Although the story IS about her recognizing her privilege so IDK.) There are detainment centers and refugee cities, and lots of talks about building a wall on the US/Mexico border. This just doesn't feel so fictional right now*, so you know, this
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Carriers are like a cancer to this once great nation. And like any disease, sometimes the only way to battle it is with poison.

Wow. I’ll be honest; I was not expecting Uninvited to be this good. Sophie Jordan’s first YA series, Firelight, was not exactly what I had hoped for so I went into this one cautiously, a little worried that I would not enjoy it as much as everyone else. Anyway, perhaps ‘good’ is an understatement, even. Uninvited is a refreshingly fun
Aug 25, 2014 rated it did not like it

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This book wasn't bad it was just okay. The second half of the book is definitely better and stronger than the first half.

This book is an easy and a fast read. But sadly a bit predictable. I knew what was coming WAY before it would happen. I also felt a lack of "bonding" with any of the characters.

I just really got tired of hearing Davy complain about how shes nothing now and has nothing...

I finished this book in 3 hours. 3 HOURS! I wanted to savor it. I swear I did! But this book, this story! It was meant to be devoured! Review to come soon!


Ms. Sophie Jordan, I am going to take a moment to be über creepy and say, you are the most evil, twisted, brilliant, amazing and absolutely FABULOUS woman ever. I may be a genius and I sort of love hate you right now, in the best way possible.....

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Erm....sorry about that guys but it needed to be said!

If you follow me on twi

Montzalee Wittmann
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Uninvited by Sophie Jordan is a book that is a good possibility of what it would be like if we had a way to check for the "kill gene". Sure the debate between nature and nurture is going now but it would be out the window if we had the gene finder and people would be forced to be tested for it. This shows what happens to a few of these people and even if they weren't disposed to kill, the way they are treated some just might turn to killing for self defense. Great social commentary book. ...more
"A world so afraid of carriers, it makes killers out of the innocent."

2 stars, but only because it was an audiobook and the reader was doing a very good job. Otherwise it would have been 1 star.

Ugh. UGH! Why is it that I so often start out reading a new book all enthusiastic and optimistic and interested, but then get utterly disappointed? I honestly thought I was liking this book, I did, but after the initial world building was done and the characters were introduced, it all started to fal
Jay G
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it
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Davey Hamilton has the perfect life, so when she discovers she is a carrier for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS), she is more than surprised. Having HTS means that she will one day kill someone simply because of her genetic predisposition. Her life is completely flipped upside down when her friends and boyfriend desert her and she is uninvited from her fancy private school. That's when
Muse-ic ♬
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, dystopian
If only it were that simple: blaming people's murderous and violent tendencies on a gene that can be discovered through a DNA test.

Honestly had a bit of a rough time reading this. Not because it was a bad book, but because it was rather dark. I've read dark and violent books before, but this particular book reminded me all too well of all the shit through which our world is suffering. It left a bad taste in my mouth. I had goosebumps and the works.
For example, all the carriers were rounded up
Rashika (is tired)
This book. Is just. It’s hard to form words because it is just so damn good. I am stunned. I was a little wary going into this because I had NOT enjoyed Jordan’s Firelight. Maja’s review did re-assure me to a certain degree and gave me the push I needed to finally read the book.

Which I am really glad I did because otherwise I would have been missing out on a lot of awesome.

The book reels you in right from the start. It has a powerful opening that makes you want to read more. You have the main ch
Debbie Narh
Uninvited isn't a story about survival and murder. It's a fucking love story. Despite all of the lovey-dovey bullshit, nothing about this makes sense. The romance mostly drives the story with the typical bad boy falls for the good girl theme and the characters are beyond pathetic. I thought this book would be more exciting, more action packed, but I didn't get what I wanted. If I paid for this, I would be demanding for my money back.

Davy is a mess. All she does is whine and complain. I don't und
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it

This is an interesting and enjoyable read! This future would is very intriguing and it was interesting to think about what it would be like if we discovered a gene that predicts violence.
There are dark themes and this book brings up many topics about teen violence and the issues of the world we live in today.
I liked the main character Davy, she has her head on straight and even though she had terrible things happen to her, she kept going. She did complain at times, but I think it's unders
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
4.5 stars
Considering my horrid experience with Firelight, Sophie Jordan’s YA paranormal project, I started Uninvited a bit wearily, honestly not expecting much. And yet, not even 50 pages in, I found myself wound so tightly I could barely breathe.

Jordan did an excellent job of building this mistrustful, terrified society. Parents turning on their children, boyfriends turning on their girlfriends, best friends turning on each other, for no reason other than two recessive genes combined. Fear and
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fast-paced read that leaves you wanting to read the sequel--
I appreciated that the voice of Davy was not too young, and not dumbed down to appear young. The action kept me on the edge, and it was difficult to put down. Major chemistry between Davy and Sean...And non-stop action scenes that keep the pages turning very quickly...will definitely read Unleashed ASAP!
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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Lured in by a cool concept of a kill gene running through the general population, I thought Uninvited would be an interesting societal exploration of identified potential killers. Unfortunately, all I got was a lot of whine and self pity from the main character Davy. Bella Swan and Nora Jones has nothing on this girl, as I trudged through pages and pages of complaining and prejudging.

I just can’t believe this girl. The very
Colleen Houck
Wow! The premise of this book is so fascinating! I loved Davy. She's an amazing character and I really came to admire her especially by the end. Hope book two comes fast because it leaves you on the edge of your seat biting your nails. ...more
Savina M.
There will be no spoilers for this review because it's just so damn predictable. However, if you would like to predict the events of the book for yourself, tread carefully.

If you're looking for a dystopian with a kickass heroine, decent world-building, and a believable romance, prepare to be fucking disappointed. Just like I was.

I tried so hard to love Uninvited. I was really excited about it when I first read the blurb a few months ago, and this shit was not what I expected. Uninvited was like
Feb 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopia

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 de
Donna {Book Passion For Life}
I’ve had Uninvited sitting on my Kindle for a while now and I was planning on reading it when it first released but I just wasn’t in the mood at the time but it’s always been in the back of my mind. Now I can finally say, I’ve read it! And I’m glad I’ve managed to knock it off my TBR list.

Davy Hamilton has a perfect life – perfect family, perfect boyfriend and, a perfect future to look forward to. But the world Davey lives in isn’t perfect. She lives in a world that certain people test positive
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
17-year-old Davina (Davy) is shocked when she is told that she is a carrier for a gene known as HTS, a gene that has been shown to be linked to ‘Homicidal Tendency Syndrome’.
Carriers of HTS are segregated, and suddenly Davy’s life is not her own. She’s not allowed to go to her regular school – she’s been ‘uninvited’, and she loses her place at Julliard, and her friends and b
Emily Crowe
Aug 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Unless your mindsent tends more towards the Bella-from-Twilight-only-romance-can-save-me-girls-aren't-as-good-as-boys brand of thinking, skip this one. This book had tremendous potential but lacked all of the following: subtlety, follow-through on the most interesting parts , a strong female lead, and any character development whatsoever.

It is also narrated in first person, present tense, which is the most annoying POV for me. Your miles may vary on that one. But first person present tense large
Helene Jeppesen
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's more like 4.5 stars from me. I'll be doing a video review of this one soon :) ...more
Sep 29, 2013 rated it liked it
I am no stranger to disappointment. It trails me, especially in-between the words, in the spaces where potential lingers, but is passed over. I often pause at these gaps – these chasms – of un-realized fulfillment, seeking the gratification of invisible letters to clutters the emptiness. Alas, Jordan’s Uninvited is just another novel whose premise enticed me, concept intrigued me, and first few pages kept me glued…only to close the cover with a bang, a whoosh of air, and a sigh of discontentment ...more
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Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first historical romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.

A brief stint in law school taught her that case law was not nearly as interesting as literature - teaching English seemed the natural recourse. After several years

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