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3.30  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Genetically flawed. Perfectly human.

When seventeen-year-old Lucas Marshall tests positive for the M0A1 gene—a genetic abnormality believed to predispose humans toward violence—he is shipped off to an impregnable government facility to undergo a battery of psychological tests aimed at making him crack. Now, having survived their tests and proven his mental stability, Lucas
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 8th 2015 by Flux/ Llewellyn
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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Flux and NetGalley.)

“What about your mind, is it still intact?”

This was an entertaining story, and I liked the action!

I felt sorry for the characters in this book, being tortured because you have a certain gene sounds like an absolute nightmare, and it really wasn’t fair at all.

The storyline in this was about the teens in this facility trying to escape, whilst trying to also get the facilities shut
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
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I have enjoyed all the books I have read by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie. I was thoroughly creeped out by Creed , had tons of feels from The Secrets We Keep , and freaking loved  Sweet MadnessPlease keep those in mind, because those are great.

Hardwired and I... well, I don't think we connected. Maybe we didn't have a lot in common, maybe I just wasn't stimulated by its dinner conversation. We didn't have chemistry, and while I d
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
Oct 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I am kind of disappointed that this one wasn't any better because it had so much potential. Some scientist discovered a genetic abnormality that can tell people whether you have a predisposition to criminal behavior or not. A law is created that says every citizen must get the test for this gene on their seventeenth birthday. If they test positive for the abnormality, they are sent away to a facility for a round of tests to dete
Thanks to Netgalley and lux/Llewellyn for the ARC! This didn't affect my review in any way, other than when I got to read the book.

Seriously awesome concept, and a well done main male character and male supporting character, but this book made me sad because with some tweaking, I think it could've been THG, Divergent, and Maze Runner levels. It had SO much potential, but it was weakened by pacing, some missing narrative style, repetitiveness, and overlooking its strengths (Lucas and Chris's fri
Jen Malone
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Maybe should have saved this for daylight hours- sleep does not come easily when your heart is pumping:)
Kelly Gunderman
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Check out this and other reviews on my blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

If you like a quick science fiction book that is loaded up to the brim with action, then this is a great book to pick up. It’s incredibly fast-paced and has a story line that will practically blow you away.

Imagine a society in which the gene that has been linked to violence can be identified, and the individuals who have that gene (and thus, a chance to be violent), can be labeled, monitored, and isolated if need be. Sounds lik
Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it
As a fan of these author's other works, I was expecting to be blown away, and while that wasn't the case with this book, I still enjoyed it.

Review to come closer to publication date.
Sep 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Hardwired fits well within the YA category, the bleak outlook on how young people can be tested, tried, prodded, poked and have their lives mapped out for them.  Hardwired considers how in the future we may be tested for the warrior gene, something in our DNA which implies a predisposition for violence.  Anyone who tests positive is shipped off to the Bake Shop, where they undergo rigorous psychological tests in an effort to see whether this gene is 'active' and if they are too much of a danger ...more
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*Actual rating: 3.5/5
*I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I was super excited when I found out I got a spot on the MMSAI blog tour for Hardwired! I knew from the second I read in the synopsis that this book takes place in a time/place where people can be and are tested for a gene that
A Storied Soul
3.5 Stars

In the wake of America's suffering from skyrocketing youth violence and crime, scientists have finally discovered the answer to why: the 'warrior' gene, a genetic flaw that predisposes teens to violent acts. To prevent and fix the rise in crime, mandatory detainment of those youths found to have the gene are sent away to research facilities to test whether or not they may become violent. The tests are designed to stack the odds against them, but if they survive, they're reintegrated bac
John Powers
Feb 03, 2016 rated it liked it
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*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.*

I want to start by saying I usually find books written by two authors to be difficult to read. Not because either author is bad, but because each one has their own style and sometimes those two tend to clash. But having read a Trisha Leaver story before, I wanted to give it a try on this one. Plus it sounded interesting and had some great cover art. Leaver and
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
**Thank you so much to Flux for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

If you couldn't tell already from my blog title, I'm a huge fan of science fiction. That's why Hardwired caught my attention immediately when I heard about it. The story follows a boy named Lucas who lives in a world where the warrior gene exists. This gene is usually found in humans who display acts of violence, so this future world has found a way to test for that gene. If you test positive for the gen
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
An American dystopia, where teens are rounded up if they are found to possess a mutated "warrior" gene, supposedly providing high odds they will become violent criminals. This is like Minority Report without the triplets in the special bath. Unfortunately, what could have been a nice thriller intent on probing deeply the nature vs. nurture question (and the parallel question of choice), turns into a mess at the end, when everything falls apart.

Lucas and Chris, roommates at the facility, have end
Erin Arkin
Jun 01, 2015 rated it liked it
2.5 for this one I think.

As soon as I read the summary of Hardwired by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie I knew I wanted to read it. The idea that there is a gene that determines whether someone is predisposed to act a certain way and then the thought that the government would use this to control a population of people is interesting to me and I couldn’t wait to dive into this story.

We are immediately pulled into Lucas’ story as he is currently locked away at the testing facility to make sure th
Trisha Perry
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lucas tested positive for the warrior gene like his brother before him, I means he possibly predisposed toward violence. In Lucas' time it means he shipped off to secure government facility to test him thoroughly to make sure he is not one of the ones that will turn violent. Unfortunately, the tests they put these teens through is enough to turn even the most calmest of the calm violent, but even if they hold it together and make it out they are so changed and the people around them are scared o ...more
Michele(mluker) Luker
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You had me at:
Genetically Flawed,
Perfectly Human.

Isn't it crazy how just a few words can instantly draw you to a story that you know you are going to love?
Sometimes that is all it takes.

Hardwired will beautifully torture your imagination and take you for a ride in a world where trying to make the world safer causes more destruction than expected.

Science is tested with the discover of the MAOA-L gene that is believed to cause violent behavior. As teenagers are tested for the gene, and those who h
Oct 28, 2015 rated it liked it
I had high hopes for this interesting dystopian world. The idea of a genetic predisposition to violence fascinates me and I was curious to see how the authors wove it into a "normal" society. The story moved quickly and while I enjoyed the pacing, this was not a "home run" book for me.

Lucas is a well written character and I enjoyed getting to know him. His innate need to prove the system wrong about his violent "genetics" is what motivated him to survive the Bake Shop. Having watched his older b
Nov 03, 2015 rated it liked it
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I've been sitting on this review for a few days because I'm just not sure what went wrong for me. There was plenty of action, the social issue that this dystopian highlighted was clear and relevant, and I liked the narrative voice and main character for his inner strength and compassion in a time when that should have been in short supply. I was even engaged and invested in the outcome, so why didn't I enjoy it? ...more
Sep 10, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked this but I didn't love it. It had so much potential, but it ultimately just felt somehow unsatisfying.

Also, the epilogue was awful. (view spoiler)
Sep 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-boys, fantasy
An enjoyable read with enough suspense to sustain interest. The book's main messages are -- genetics is not destiny and that incarceration can lead to more, not less, anti-social behavior. The book would be stronger if there was a little less emphasis on driving the messages home. Teens will be able to relate to the main character. The other characters are underdeveloped. One character who is the main character's brother's girlfriend's sister (Whew!), seems to exist solely to provide exposition ...more
Aug 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Absolutely fascinating premise/concept, but another instance of poor execution. Hardwired had potential. An excessive amount. However, poor development (particularly in motives and world building) and a focus on elements... I personally wouldn't have even bothered focusing on (Carly and her personal vendetta) diminished the possibilities. I mean, the components were there but! I would've love to see more focus on the background behind the "warrior gene" (especially how it plays out and character ...more
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Author: Lindsay Currie & Trisha Leaver
Release Date: November 8th, 2015
Publisher: Flux/ Llewellyn
Rating: 3.5

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an early copy for an honest review.

Hardwired is a book that I have been wanting to read for awhile. When I knew that some of the back drop centered in Vermont I was excited. I was so intrigued by a dystopian with a world where there is a gene that someone can test and find out if you are inherently violent. The tag line
Kristen Chandler
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love dystopian and I felt like this would be right up my alley. It was pretty fast paced from the get go. We learn that Lucas, who had tested positive for the M0A1 gene, has passed all tests and is declared "safe" to return home. But of course, that's not how things go down.

I really liked the pace of the book, I didn't feel like there were dead spots as far as the story moving along was concerned. I do feel like some areas could have been played up more, including Lucas and Chris's friendship
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, 2016
Give it a miss.

Editing, pacing, and atmosphere were major weaknesses in this book and they were distracting. A basic read-through should have caught punctuation problems and basic misuse of homophones. That, or someone really did get "doped up on heroine".

As for pacing, most of the book is spent on dialogue scenes. Regardless of what's going on, there's a dialogue scene. Several chapters are devoted to one conversation early in the book.

Atmosphere... I'll grant you that I read this in daylight,
Nov 06, 2015 rated it liked it
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REVIEW BY: Arianna, age 12 years, 11 months


This book had my heart both racing and aching!

My favorite character is Carly because she is a truly awesome girl! She is bossy, strong, and kind all rolled into one. She has a special kind of girl power!

My favorite part is when all of the facilities get shut down because no-one needs that kind of evil in the world.
Dana Derville
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF at 30%. This books is dull. And the concept of some freaky gene/violence test/whatever is getting really old, so the unnecessary amounts of dialogue around the place where I stopped reading definitively murdered the little spark this book held. A shame, because the MC was kind of growing on me.
Rachel Friars
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Not a fan of this one. Really quick read but no real substance. The plot is rushed and doesn't really seem realistic and it was totally confusing in places. this book gave me no time to care about the characters at all, so I'm left feeling pretty blah over it.
Athena Yao
Aug 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting concept, good characters, but it was too fast-paced and focused more on the characters I didn't find like able
Jul 29, 2016 rated it liked it
great premise, lackluster plot.
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Trisha Leaver lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather disobedient black lab. She is a chronic daydreamer who prefers the cozy confines of her own imagination to the mundane routine of everyday life. She writes Young Adult Contemporary Fiction, Psychological Horror and Science Fiction and is published with FSG/ Macmillan, Flux/Llewellyn and Merit Press. To find out more a ...more
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