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3.52  ·  Rating details ·  393 ratings  ·  82 reviews
In Orpheus Chanson's world, geniuses and prodigies are no longer born or honed through hard work. Instead, procedures to induce Acquired Savant Abilities (ASAs) are now purchased by the privileged. And Orpheus's father holds the copyright to the ASA procedure.

Zimri Robinson, a natural musical prodigy, is a "plebe"--a worker at the enormous warehouse that supplies an on-lin
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 14th 2016 by Feiwel & Friends
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Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Gifted by H.A. Swain
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: June 14, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

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In Orpheus Chanson's world, geniuses and prodigies are no longer born or honed through hard work. Instead, procedures to induce Acquired Savant Abilities (ASAs) are now purchased by the privileged. And Orpheus's father holds the copyright to the ASA procedure.

Zimri Robinson, a natural musical prod
Tori (InToriLex)
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Actual Rating 4.5

Orpheus and Zimri describe the well known tale of boy meets girl across town and discovers the humanity in us all. But the setting is a Dystopian world where Artists' are made for the wealthy through a surgery  that gives them a Acquired Savant Ability. In this world music is not owned, it is broadcast for a fee and anyone who recreates it is guilty of copyright theft. Orpheus and Zimri have natural ability's for music, when they meet be
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What if you were born into a world where it was illegal to do the thing that you love the most? That’s exactly what happens to Zimri in Gifted, a stand-alone told through alternating first person POV’s set in the near future. We follow Zimri and Orpheus’s adventure in the music industry and see them battle the blatant social stratification in their society, as well as discover who really deserves the music that is so preciously guarded by the leade
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Apr 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-read
An adequate but not outstanding story that I probably won't remember anything about by tomorrow.
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Actual Rating: 3.5*

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
A dystopian with music, romance, and two characters who were never suppose to be meet. GIFTED has a dual narrative that gives readers a clearer understanding of the different worlds both Zimri and Orpheus come from. These two characters couldn't be any more different. Yet, there's something that draws the two of them together. In world where people can be created to fit into their place in society, two teens are about to break all of their society's rules to follow their own dreams and aspiratio ...more
Actual rating: 3.5. I’ve read so many dystopian novels that I tend to be hypercritical of them. The author MUST bring something new to the genre or I’m not interested in it. Thankfully, Swain does that, but in the big ways, Gifted is just like any other dystopia I have read. In the future, the world belongs to those that HAVE (the Plutes). Those that HAVE NOT (the Plebes) live in squalor with barely enough food to eat and their entire reason for existence is to serve the Plutes. Gifted is a love ...more
Although it took me a while to get into this book because I wasn't sure what was happening with the mechanical dragonflies and other drones that were zipping through the skies at its start, but after I started learning more about this particular world, I ended up enjoying it. The story focuses on Zimri Robinson, a musical prodigy who isn't allowed to sing because of her social class, and Orpheus Chanson, who recognizes her talent. Theirs is a world where anyone with the right connections and eno ...more
Leah Alden
Imagine your parents to have to buy some type of procedure for you to be smarter than the rest of the kids. Orpheus Chanson is the main character. He has been raised in a privileged family, with lots of money. His parents buy a procedure for him which will make him a genius. When Orpheus meets Zimri, a natural music prodigy, they become friends and maybe even more. Although it is illegal for them to meet because Orpheus has gotten the procedure, and she comes from a non-wealthy family. I would c ...more
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I feel like this book had a lot of interesting ideas, concepts, and characters, but I almost wonder if it should've been longer. I think more time needed to be given to those characters, the unfamiliar world, the relationships, and the ending. At the same time, this was not an action-filled book, so making it longer and keeping it engaging could be hard. It was an enjoyable and unique book with cool characters, however, and I'm glad I read it. :)
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I struggled with whether to give this book four stars or five stars. Ultimately, I believe that five stars is truer to the book's worth in my eyes. The one problem I had with the book was a few of the dragonfly passages. Some of them seemed forced/contrived and pulled me out of the story. I understand the symbolism and juxtaposition with the drones but felt that it didn't work smoothly. Otherwise, the book was wonderful. This is a dystopian novel set in the near future though Taylor Swift is men ...more
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Who owns music? That's the question in H.A. Swain's Gifted. In a world where the music industry has been taken over by brain surgeries and a Simon Cowell-eque overlord of music mogul, society has been divided into the haves and the have-nots, the Plutes and the Plebes.

If you're a Plute, you have everything at your disposal and you can have an ASA, Acquired Savant Abilities, surgery done to make you into music's next star. However, if you're a Plebe, you do not know that world because everything
The girl has it bad. Music is inside her and Nonda always knew it would eventually find a way out.

For Orpheus Chanson, genius is an everyday occurrence. In his world, the human brain has been fully mapped, and the elite are able to afford pricey Acquired Savant Abilities (ASAs), which are surgeries that rewire the brain into becoming genius in one or two areas. Even though he's a little on the fence about getting an ASA himself, his father owns the patent for the musical ASA as well as a copyr
Bitchin' Reads
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What upsets me about the lower ratings of this book is because I know it is rooted in how intelligent the book is. It has a solid plot, it has interesting twists and characters and real tension, and it really takes on music as something to be made into a commodity and something to be used as a formatting tool. I love this book. I will shout my recommendation of it from rooftops and lawns, in grocery stores and streets.

Please read it. I would love, love, love to discuss it!
Makenna sherry
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
This was one of those books that you start reading, get a few chapters in and stop. I however, finally forced myself to read it and after 2 days I've already completed the book. I found the written to be very poetical and loving music myself thought this book was very captivating. It is considered a romance novel, a genre which I generally don't like but I absolutely enjoyed this book!
Hannah Huegel
Jul 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: hot-guy, lackluster
So I’m looking at the very few other reviews on Gifted and not a lot of them are in depth as to how the reader felt about the book. Huh . . .

It’s my time to shine. *cracks knuckles*

I have one thing to say before anything else.

KEEP READING. The beginning is slow, I know, but don’t stop. IT GETS BETTER.

Now then.

Since this book just came out this year, 2016, I’ll give a basic summary to keep us all on track ( because Lord knows if you want to figure out anything in this book you have to pay the
A Person
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I won't bother with writing a synopsis, since what can I tell you without spoiling or repeating what's in the blurb? This is just my opinion.

So first of all, it starts off slow. Like, really, really slow. It took me a day to struggle past the first few chapters, and I'm not sure if I should feel guilty for expecting instant gratification (which I'm trying to get better at) or frustrated and how tedious and confusing it was.

However, it did pick up. And I promise you it's worth it. I wasn't comp
In the near future, surgery can turn mediocre people into geniuses. That’s great—isn’t it? It’s what every parent would want for their children.

This novel explores exactly what would happen with runaway consumerism, severe separation between the haves and the have-nots and scientific exploration gone horribly awry. There’s no middle class here; you’re either rich or fighting for goods in a weekly melees that resemble half-off sales combined with NASCAR racing and WWF wrestling matches. While the
Emily Agnello
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a very interesting book. This was very different from Hunger, but I like that both books occur in the future. Swain does a very good job describing new technology and the way it works. Although I wasn't too fond of the book when it first began, it got much better as the pages were being flipped. I enjoyed that the book revolved around music and fighting for a good cause. I liked the small love that was between Zimiri and Orpheus, but it wasn't touched much on. Sure the romance was there, bu ...more
Genevieve Morgan
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
H. A. Swain
In Zimri Robinson's world, there is no such thing as prodigies or geniuses, naturally born or created with hard work. Instead, there is only the chance for the Priviledged to get a procedure done called an ASA (Acquired Savant Abilities) that allows you to become brilliant in any field you want, though your copyright is then owned by Chanson Headquarters. Zimri Robinson is a natural musical prodigy who lives in the slums. Upon meeting Orpheus Chanson, son of the head of Chanson
Elena Fryer
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian, fiction
I have read a lot of dystopian teen fiction. I found this one enjoyable. The writing style was pretty good. I liked the characters especially Zimri. The obligatory love triangle seemed a little forced and unemotional but I prefer that to the anguish of Team Edward or Team Jacob -ugh. The division of society was interesting and worked for the dystopian genre. The increasing disparity between the haves or have nots in our society makes some of this type of future a possibility. I noticed another r ...more
Candace Wondrak
Dec 23, 2018 rated it liked it
This was...weird.

I think I start a lot of my reviews like that, but I can't think of any new ways to describe some of these lesser-known books I read. I thought this was going to be a dystopian, and in a way it was, but it was a dystopian all about music...

Different, yes. But a bit too weird for me.

I like to sing. I like to listen to music. But reading a book all about it? I don't think I like that.

If this world had been more fleshed out (it's a short, standalone book) I think it's rating co
Alyssa Mc Kee
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
The book wasn't bad once you got into it but it was one of those books where it takes literally FOREVER to get past the first chapter. It took me three months to get past the first couple of pages because the way it was worded and the things that the author talked about sort of bored me and I had no desire to read the book.

But I will say that the book was quite good AFTER the first few chapter and I suggest that you don't read this book if you don't have the patience to read slow-starting books.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A little dystopian romp through the future, 100 years from now. It took me a few chapters to get my head wrapped around the unusual acronyms used by this future society where the music industry is a highly regulated money machine filled with surgically created ‘gifted’ artists. But once I was in that world I found the story and characters quite captivating. Anytime an author tackles surgical brain modifications I find it disturbing, especially when it’s a real possibility in the near future.
Really more of a 2.5 but I didn't get very far so I rounded up. The blurb is misleading so far it's less about the ASAs and more about music copyright. Also the beginning is almost entirely info dumping. I just wasn't really connecting with it the main characters felt kind of one dimensional and they didn't really have any flaws, but I still didn't like them.
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
It took me a few chapters to get into the rhythm of this book (ha ha... pun not intended!). The difficulty may have had something to do with wrapping my head around the sci-fi terms, or maybe because of the YA style. Before I knew it, I was involved with the characters and wanting to know what would happen next. This book had me sitting on the edge of my seat and cheering at the end!
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gifted is a great book. It's about people's intelligences. I really love the way this book is written in many different perspective's. I suggest this book to anyone who enjoys dystopian, futuristic books.
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved H.A. Swain's book Hungry and was hungry for another good read, and this satisfied it! Gifted is one of those book you don't want to put down, even when you get frustrated with it. Decent story line and provided a great/terrible twist at the end! Over all pretty good book 🙂
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, I don't normally love dystopias, but I really liked how this one worked. I thought it was a great concept and the writing was well done. I received this book from Goodreads.
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Heather Swain lives in a crooked house in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, two children, a barkless dog, and two rescue cats. She is the author of four novels for young adults, two kids craft books, two novels for grown ups, and numerous short stories, personal essays, and non-fiction articles.
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