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(Manipulated #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  445 ratings  ·  81 reviews
What if the sky was deadly?

Fin has never stepped foot on the surface of the Earth. Working the mines, deep below, has been the only life she's ever known. The underground is nothing more than an existence of sweat and monotony in service to the Enhanced Human Coalition—the genetically-modified who control the underground from the world above. Every Dweller underground unde
Paperback, 254 pages
Published July 30th 2017 by Independently Published
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Claude's Bookzone
2.5 Stars

Lots of things happened in this book and the action scenes made for compelling reading. There was lots of chasing and running and escaping. However, I don't remember the names of any of the people who were being chased, or running, or escaping. This is because the story was more about the plot than the characters or the world itself. It is a shame because the concept is very cool and reminds me a little of Red Rising (just the concept people okay? Just the concept). I will actually cont
Ami Blackwelder
Very little character development or world building. Needed more descriptions of the outside world as well. Read like an amateur writer, but the idea itself was good and so I rate it a 3.
Rosemary Standeven
Human society has been riven in two. Following the flip in the Earth’s magnetic poles and subsequent irradiation of the surface, only those human whose genetic make-up permitted, could live safely above ground. They became the dominant society, and enslaved the ‘Dwellers’, who were forced to live below ground and mine for their masters. The Dwellers have no family life. They are bred to work, and start mining as young as eight.
“Old-timers speak of a simpler past when all of mankind lived above
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is book one in the Manipulated series and sees a small group of friends, Fin, Drake and Lacy, trying to survive in their underground world. They are dwellers, bred and living underground after the Earth’s poles were reversed, and their sole purpose is to mine for valuable minerals for those who live on the surface. Those on the surface can live there as they are genetically modified in the womb, and use their superior powers to make those underground work for them under the Enhanced Human C ...more
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: female-lead, reviewed, ya
I am reviewing an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

Modified by Harper North is the first in a new dystopian young adult series called Manipulated. The book is written in first-person and is from seventeen-year-old Fin's point-of-view.

I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. Nothing grabbed my attention and made me want to know what was going to happen. The story felt flat. The plot seemed to be one event happening after another without any story building in between. Just one problem after
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book has potential but in the end I felt like I didn't really know the characters or how we got here. Honestly it did feel a lot like Hunger Games as the main character being pretty flat of a character and the whole mining/poor section vs the main city. Clearly there was a nuclear war leading to a "Post-Flipped" world but I still don't completely understand the concept, but I'm sure it will be explained in later books.

The main character, a girl named Finley who is 17-18 years with brown hai
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not that great

First off the names are confusing..fin, I thought she was a boy in the beginning. I had to re-read " about the book" section to realize fin is a girl. Then there's sky, a boy, stupid name for a boy but it fits him cuz he acts like a girl aalll the time.
North needs to make sky a lil more manly..he's too scared and corny and annoying ugh.
The book starts off into action real there's nothing leading up to the's just BAM an incident happens, they get modified and
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was non stop action in a compelling dystopian world. The entire story is told from the POV of Finley, a 17 year old girl whose entire live has been as a slave underground. Life on the surface is only possible for those whose genes have been modified, a privilege only available to the richest citizens. The society Harper North has created consists of several "tiers", which are basically castes. Finley's life take an unexpected turn when she accidentally discovers a mod kit which gives h ...more
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It reminded me a lot of the Maze Runner books in the way it was paced and worded. The only thing I didn't like was the lack of character development.I just wish I could've gotten to know the characters a little bit better and grown more with them. That being said,I can't wait for the series to continue on so I can keep reading and figure out what happens next! ...more
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I totally enjoyed this YA novel! It gave me that “ maze runner” feel! Emotions ran both high and low while reading this tale. The book wasted no time forming characters quickly and immersing me into this action packed thriller. A first by this author for me, I am really looking forward to the continuing story! This voluntary review is based against an advance copy.
Dee/ bookworm
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the depths of the earth comes this new hero, a girl who fights for justice. Great new action/adventure type book! Strong female lead. It does take a bit to figure out all the ins and outs, but a good, face paced book that will leave you waiting for the next installment.

I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Xandra Nelsen
I received an ARC from the publisher.
The story is absolutely thrilling and moving - just the sort of dystopian novel I love. The characters weren't my favorites, but I have high hopes for their growth in the next book.
Lyda Rose
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good for young people. Clean, no weirdness, only gradeschool attraction no romance. Young adult because of war violence and death.
Steph Warren
*I received a free ARC of this novel. The decision to review, and my views, are my own.*

This YA sci-fi adventure is very much in the style and mode of books like The Hunger Games. The setting is a dystopia divided into the privileged and the deprived, based on birth, money and the ability to survive on the Earth's surface conferred via genetic modification for those who can afford it.

The story follows a group of young, subterannean 'Dweller' friends as they accidentally level the playing field a
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian, ya
For me, the strength of the story was in the friendship between Fin and her two friends from the mine.
I enjoyed Fin's narration for the most part, and how honest she is with herself, and by extension, with the reader.
The little bits of humor in the story were nicely done. I wish there had been a bit more of that.

The world-building could have been stronger. I had trouble visualizing the underground portions of the story or even understanding which substances were so important beneath the surface.
What a fantastic start to a brand new series! Modified is a gripping sci-fi dystopian thriller. I love reading dystopian stories and trying a new author is always risky, but I was not disappointed. From the beginning you are drawn in with interesting characters and the non-stop action ensures you will be reading straight to the end. Fans of the The Maze Runner & Virals series will want to try this book out. While Modified is written for teens, I feel adults will enjoy thi ...more
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy reading dystopian novels, and Modified was no exception. I felt like this novel took on a new concept that we haven't seen yet. While it does have society separated into classes, it also has the novelty of some class separation being done out of "necessity" of survival against radiation, while also hiding the full truth of the situation from citizens. Some of the book was a little hard to keep up with - the different class levels, titles of those citizens/classes and the general layout o ...more
This review is for all the books in the 6-book Manipulated series. I really wish writers of series like this would learn to keep their series to one or two books. When they don't, you are forced to read the same plot elements a ridiculous number of times. In this series, those repeated plot elements are a horribly oppressed group of people who have to fight many, many bloody battles against their oppressors, and are finally united under a leader who turns out to be a shithead who totally betrays ...more
Lene Blackthorn
It's been a long time since I have read a solid dystopian book. I am glad I came across this one.
Fin, Lacy and Drape are dwellers, living and working their entire lives underground in the mines, barely more than slaves without even realizing it. When they come across a modifying kit, they accidentally launch a series of events that starts a revolution. All because they want to save their lives and the girl who kindly offered help-Cia. Joining their forces with Elias, they become part of the resi
Moms POV
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was asked to write a review from an ARC copy.

The book was fast paced from the get go...If you are looking for movement and adventure with every turn of the page, this is the book for you. Finley, our 17 year old POV for the novel, doesn't get much breathing room after the first debacle that starts the storyline. This dystopian novel takes place on Earth after nuclear warfare. In order to survive above ground, you must be genetically modified. Something that is pretty much impossible for the wo
Clare S-B
I received an ARC at no cost from the author.

I hate that I can't say I liked this book more. This was an interesting story and I started off liking the MC a lot, but then I felt as though she did not live up to her smartness. I liked how she was thinking but then she stopped thinking and I started coming up with better plans than she did and she just got less cool. (I tend to overthink books a lot) There was obviously quite a bit of world building to get the whole society and all its levels and
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a look into a future where children are raised underground to mine. "Modified" people (enhanced with a device that changes their minds and bodies) live on the surface of the planet; a planet where the sun is now close enough to burn with radiation unless you are modified. This is an escape story, with young adults (late teens, for the most part) are escaping the mines when they steal one of the modifier devices. It's a fast-paced dystopian story that follows the teens from the bowels of ...more
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Modified: Manipulated Series, Book 1
By: Harper North
*Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC from Torment Publishing. The following review is my own, with no input, promises, or compensation from the publisher or the author*.
I am usually not a huge fan of sci-fi books. This one is probably most accurately described as a y/a dystopian novel. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was so well written that once I started it I couldn’t put it down. Lots of action from the very start and carries through to
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
What Happens When Gene Modification Is Controlled?

Harper North creates an interesting world that is close to home in space and time. This future Earth has a very stratified society. Findley (the main protagonist) and her friends are relegated to the bottom rung of this society. We barely get to know Findley and her friends before they embark on an adventure that exposes them to every layer of earth and society.

While the story line is follows a common arc (girl get modified - girl learns her new
I received a free copy of modified from the publisher for the purpose of joining the ARC team and this review was not in any way influenced by that. I had this book on my kindle unlimited to read list already because the premise was very interesting to me. Prior to reading this book I read some of the other reviews and was concerned that I would get bored half-way through or that the story would wall flat and wouldn't be completely satisfying. However, I fully enjoyed the book and am looking for ...more
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to the author and the publishers for letting me have an ARC. I had high expectations from this book after reading the blurb. I thought the concept was really interesting, post-flip world, a device that can modify your genetics. As I started, I was reminded of Red Rising, where we have an inferior caste who mainly work in the mines and forced to serve the higher caste. In this case, we have those with inferior genes who are also raised to work in the mines and serve those who are designed ...more
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one had a great premise but just fell flat for me. Characters had very little depth and seemed younger than their ages. Some of the events were explained away with quick reasons. Why did the modifier change them all differently? I wanted more in depth reason why and what were all the differences. Was Lacey always that type of person or was it all the modifier or both? The characters just take all this in stride and aren't really questioning enough. I liked Elias. Sky just seems to fall into ...more
Carol Keen
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian, romance, sci-fi, ya
The characters need to grow some, but that is coming I'm pretty sure in book two. This book starts genetically altered humans. They have different modifications, different levels of mods. The world is now split into casts, and our main charters are the lowest of the low. Change and fights, and revolutions are underway. Finley is a 17 year old girl, who has lots of modifications. Something that only the elite have access to doing. Now that she can be on the surface, all kinds of new things are ha ...more
Audrey  Adamson Stars in Her Eye
I enjoyed listening to this story. I was given a free copy of the audiobook by the publishing company. All opinions are my own.
I like that this isn't a typical YA love triangle and i loved the new experience for our characters. Finn and her friends are underground laborers the bottom of a horrible caste created after teh Earth's magnetic poles shifted. Finn manages o steal a device that manipulates people: this gives them advanced abilities that are well-favored when the break above ground. It w
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book hit the ground running and never stopped! A dystopian combination of behind the times bottom dwellers and futuristic science fiction life above. A few bottom dwellers happened upon an instrument that turned them into super powerful humans after which they were able to escape the underworld. But they were constantly chased by those who wanted that instrument back. It was amazing the many surprises and turns of events that happened to this group getting in and out of difficult situations ...more
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