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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  369 ratings  ·  174 reviews
As one of the last Untamed humans left in the world, Seven’s life has always been controlled by tight rules. Stay away from the Enhanced. Don’t question your leader. And, most importantly, never switch sides--because once you’re Enhanced there’s no going back. Even if you have become the perfect human being.

But after a disastrous raid on an Enhanced city, Seven soon finds
Paperback, 358 pages
Published January 10th 2017 by Ineja Press (first published May 20th 2015)
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Kimberly Sabatini
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg-ya
I connected with UNTAMED in a slightly different way than most of the reviewers. Like them, I was really excited by this new dystopian series. I love a good dystopian! But as I read it, I couldn't help but see the connection between the escapism found in consuming augmenters and the current heroine crisis in many many schools, particularly in my own community. Additionally, the Enhanced in Dryer's book, use the augmenters as a way to also avoid feeling unpleasant of difficult emotions. It's also ...more
Jen Knox
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the first line, Untamed pulled me in. This is the sort of book that is incredibly difficult to put down, the kind of book you can fall into and forget the world, forget you’re reading words on a page. Our narrator is a true heroine in a tumultuous futuristic world in which the Enhanced Ones are “better, faster and stronger than you.” The premise is unique and engrossing, and by the end of the book I was left wanting more (good thing – it’s a series). As a person who rarely reads fantasy/sci ...more
Raamiah Black
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Untamed' is a wonderful amalgamation of genres; dystopian fiction and futuristic sci-fi and revitalized with a strong female protagonist whose loyalty to her family makes her universally relatable. A must-read! :) ...more
Heidi Sinnett
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read UNTAMED in order to review it, and was very much looking forward to it from the start. YA dystopian is a favourite of mine, so I was excited to see what Madeline Dyer would put into this to make it stand out from the flooded dystopian market. And I think she did very well!

In the spirit of many dystopian reads, we don't know a lot about why things are in such a state of chaos, and in fact, Dyer doesn't give us a lot in the way of world-building even from the beginning. We have to read in o
J.D. Cunegan
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Untamed stood out to me in the swarm of dystopian novels in that it was more intimate in scale. Most dystopian novels I've read have been epic in scale, huge for the sake of being huge, but this book does a magnificent job of remaining small, focused on the core of Seven and her internal struggle between being Untamed or Enhanced.

Just enough nuggets are strewn throughout to paint the picture of just how bleak Seven's world is, but the narrative itself never loses sight of her. Her journey is our
Sue Wyshynski
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult-ya
I really enjoyed this gripping, dark, fast-paced novel by Madeline Dyer. The author is really good at creating characters with a lot of depth. I connected with Seven, the MC, right from the start. I felt her urgency, her fear, her desire to do what's right. The opening pulled me in and propelled me through the story. I had to see where she went and how things turned out.
Seven is fighting to survive in a dystopian world that's divided between two groups: people living as normal humans, and peopl
T.A. Maclagan
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book proves Dystopian is not dead. Not dead at all. Seven is a rock solid, super cool female heroine that I could root for. Dyer creates a captivating dystopian world that I can't wait to dive into again when the series continues in book two. Supporting characters were richly drawn and the pacing was spot on. Loved it! Bring on the sequel! ...more
Cyndith Hoelscher
by Madeline Dyer, UK author
for Young Adult
Released on May 20, 2015 from Prizm Books

This fast paced dystopian novel chronicles the emergence of powerful Seer named Seven, who is caught between the advancement of the Enhanced, who believe they are Chosen Ones, and the Untamed, who are the remnants of humanity.

Who wouldn't like to be perfect? Who wouldn't like to have a life of comfort, ease and calmness? And if all of these were bottled up into fast-acting augmenter supplements in perfe
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every so often, a book comes along that beautifully, powerfully reminds you of humanity. One such book is the first in a series (YAY!), entitled Untamed. Written by Madeline Dyer, this YA novel takes a look at a world that is changed - and who the changemakers are. This is one of the rare books that doesn't gloss over the different aspects of being human - of succeeding, failing, wanting things, struggling, and trying your best - and is why it is such a stellar read. I fell into Seven's world, a ...more
K.T. Hanna
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a good solid dystopian. I think the thing that made me give it 5 instead of four stars, is that it doesn't give you everything upfront. You have to read to get a sense of the book, to find out why the enhanced ones are indeed better and stronger.

I haven't read a dystopian in a while, and this refreshed the love of that genre. I never write reviews to give away what happens in them. If you're looking for a well paced story, flawed characters, are fine with violence that's well grounded in
Pintip Dunn
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great story. The prose is sharp, and the characters are compelling. I especially adored the heroine, Seven. She is at once strong, determined, loyal, and loving. She sucked me in from the beginning, and I was cheering her on from ever page until the end. The secondary characters were great, as well. Loved the brother, Three. Also loved Corin, the love interest. Corin and Seven try to hide their interest in each other for a long time, but I could feel the sparks between them from their ver ...more
Elle Mitchell
It took me a while to add a review thanks to... life, but here you go!

Madeline Dyer has a way with imagery. From the first sentence to the last, you see everything exactly as she wanted you to, but it's never too much and it's unique in it's verbiage. The story was original too, and really, aren't we looking for that? Her dystopian world feels like it could be happening around the corner right now, or in two hundred years. I never felt bogged down with the science, but it felt explained enough t
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent debut novel from a very promising writer. The gripping storyline features many well written and developed characters including a strong female lead. Well worth a read and can't wait for the next book in the series to see how the story and characters are developed from here. ...more
Callie Sparks
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, this book was crazy good. I'm a sucker for a good dystopian and I felt like the world-building here was incredibly well-thought out and inventive. I loved Seven and her struggle to remain an Untamed even while she was being transformed into an Enhanced. But my favorite parts were the sweet, believable romantic ones, something that's difficult to write considering their world is falling apart. The twist at the end left me speechless! I'm psyched to read book two. ...more
“Never let yourself be Enhanced. Once it’s done, there’s no going back.”

So, I’ve already read book one and, technically, I was only requested to read and review book two. But, it’s been over two years since I read Untamed so I read it again — and this time I feel like a proper review is necessary.
The first time I read Untamed, I found it good enough to rate 4 stars, but I didn’t really find myself truly immersed in the plot. The first time I read it, I felt a sort of... detachment from the chara
Matthew Willis
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let's be clear from the outset, I don't read a lot of YA dystopian fiction, so I can't really compare 'Untamed' to anything else that's out there. It's fair to say that if Madeline hadn't kindly given me a copy in return for a fair and honest review, I probably wouldn't have come across the book. Nevertheless, as I'm finding a lot recently, good writing is enjoyable regardless of genre and, although I'm hardly the target demographic (I left my teens a little under two decades ago, damn you Time) ...more
Ashleigh Neame
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sci-Fi isn’t usually my genre, but I received a free copy of Untamed in exchange for an honest review. So I read it, and it wasn’t half bad. Personally I couldn’t really get into the story, but that is more of a reflection on my personal preference than the author. I really couldn’t fault Madeline Dyer. I could see the care that had been taken with the writing and the story. As a writer myself, I recognise how hard she must have worked on this novel.

Seven was quite a complex and interesting char
Marissa Kennerson
This is a hard driving, non-stop y/a dystopian novel. Seven is a heroine you can root for as she struggles to develop and maintain her identity while also struggling for survival. Her world is grindingly difficult in every way: finding food and shelter, who to trust, loneliness and much much more. If you like hardcore, post-apocalyptic dystopia - this is for you!
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).

So… the first thing I should probably say is that I picked up this book on Sunday evening, intending to start reading it… but then I was pulled into the world so quickly and easily, I ended up reading the whole book faster than I’d been expecting.

I found Seven to be a really intriguing character. I thought it was interesting to see how she was constantly struggling with being forced into the Enhance
Vicki Pierno
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All I can say is this book is fantastic and I couldn't put it down! The pace in the book is very fast pace once it gets to the end but not enough to confuse you or anything like that! I love how Madeline wrote Seven, she made her feel real and I love that she struggled with stuff and wasn't perfect! I also love Corin, he well; if you read this you will understand why! Awesome book and I am glad I read it! ...more
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got sent this book in exchange for a honest review, all my opinions are my own and thank you so much to the publishers for sending me this book!

In this story we follow Seven, a girl in a dystopian world where there are two groups- one like her normal and human, the other addicted to a drug that gives people supernatural strengths like speed and strength.
Seven wished to stay human and find her family but she is captured by a group which one of the boys are very attractive.

So I really liked this
Jan 18, 2016 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 25%

There's a lot of potential here, but it is in need of a good editor. Besides that, it's also not completely for me, unfortunately. :(
Apr 16, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
🎁 Free on Amazon today (4/16/2020)! 🎁
Hélène Louise
(I thank Netgalley and Ineja Press for sending me the ARC in exchange for my honest review)

A solid read with numerous good points, some just so-so world-building et some writing tic that nearly drove me crazy! 

The very strong aspect of this book is clearly the atmosphere and the pleasurable read: this book was easy to read, quite a page-turner. The characters' personalities are really credible, which is rather rare in YA science-fi / fantasy / dystopia: most of the times, to charm the reader, th
Beth Skye Denny
Untamed was a great genre crossing blend of dystopian and science fiction. A great YA read that is fast paced and a bit noire. The world is divided up between The Untamed and The Enhanced. Seven, our protagonist, is a strong survivor and wonderful to follow as the chapters fly past.
The subject of addiction was very well done, with the right amount of time spent covering and properly handling the issue. I truly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the others. The world was not completely exp
M.  [storme reads a lot]
I was given a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

So I was caught up by the idea of the book when I first started it, but I ended up being very disappointed. I thought it was going to be a brand new take on the dystopian genre, but I got Uglies saga vibes. But not in a good way. I am not sure it's right to compare them fully since it's slightly different... but I was already dreading the direction the story was going to go when I was only 10% into the book...

There are two type
EJ Roberts
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was fascinating. I have to give Madeline Dyer a hand on creating such an intriguing story. She captured what it would be like to live moment from moment when you’re forced to live by strict rules. She also captured what it would be like to have a constant desire for a drug you can’t quite shake from your system. For once you’re Enhanced, there’s no way back.

However, there is something about the way the book is written that might throw people. Rarely is a book written in active present
Serena Reidy
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya

(Taken from my blog

I'll have to say that I am quite conflicted about this book. On the one hand, Untamed is very captivating and I found myself racing through it. On the other hand, there is so. much. violence. I'm pretty sure there was some sort of fight every five pages. I guess it's necessary for the story, but it did feel a bit repetitive. I also noticed a few spelling mistakes (e.g. 'volunatarily' and 'stomarch'). If you know me well, you would be aware th
Untamed is the first book in the Untamed series by Madeline Dyer and it is a rather refreshing dystopia. Which sounds weird and ironic when I word it like that...

Many of the dystopias focus on the over powerful governments and systematic groupings of people into groups (districts, factions, etc). Untamed deals with people who become Enhanced by taking augmenters that were created to make people "better". Three hundred years later and the Enhanced are trying to take over the last of the Untamed h
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put it down

I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the rest of the series.

Seven was really a heroine I could root for - she was imperfect, conflicted, and real. I could identify with her struggle to choose the easy way versus the way that meant more work and pain. Something almost everyone struggles with at one point or another.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes young adult sci-fi/dystopia.
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Madeline Dyer lives on a farm in the southwest of England, where she hangs out with her Shetland ponies and writes dark and twisty young adult books. She will soon be starting her MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University, having obtained a BA honors degree in English from the University of Exeter. Madeline has a strong love for anything dystopian or ghostly, and she can frequently be found ...more

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