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The Unadjusteds

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Sixteen-year-old Silver Melody lives in a world where 80% of the population has modified their DNA. Known as the altereds, those people now possess enhancements like wings, tails, and increased strength or intelligence. Although Silver’s parents created the nanite pill used to deliver these genetic modifications, Silver is proud of her unadjusted state.

However, when the pr
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Published November 1st 2019 by Write Plan
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Whispering Stories
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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‘The Unadjusteds’ is a young adult novel from British-based author, Marisa Noelle. It is written in the first person and the present tense and based in a futuristic dystopian America. We follow the story of Silver Melody, a sixteen year old student who rebels against the regime of the evil President Bear.

We’re plunged into this fast-moving story with a hard-hitting opening and we discover a little more, incidentally, as the story unfolds without any grea
Yna the Mood Reader
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Before anything else, I would like to thank Shealea of Caffeine Book Tours for allowing me to be a part of this book tour, which is my first one ever!

📚Publication Date: November 1, 2019

📚Publisher: The Write Plan

📚 Series: I think so.

📚 Genre: Young Adult ~ Science Fiction

📚 POV: First person.

📚 Cliffhanger: Yes.

Content Warnings: Death of a loved one. Love triangles. Graphic description of injuries.

Read if: you are a fan of YA dystopian reads that are fast-paced and will keep you on your toe
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my second book by Marisa and I can say that, even though I only discovered her earlier this year, she'll be one of my favorite authors.

Her descriptions are so vibrant and full of life that I felt like a part of the story, like I was, too, an unadjusted fleeing the city. That I was, too, part of the team that'll brave everything to save Silver's father. That I, too, didn't come out at the end of this journey unharmed. If you love strong female characters, fantasy, and a world in chaos, th
Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)

I adore the concept of this story and how despite showing a great development and focus on technology and mutations in this futuristic dystopian world as such, it also touches on very human and mobilizing issues regarding family, the fight for your rights, and know that you're valuable just as you are. I had a great time reading it, it's my first time with the author but it will certainly not be the last.


3.5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

You can find more of my reviews & fun content on my blog A Book. A Thought.

Oct 24, 2019 rated it liked it
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The Unadjusteds is a story set in a dystopian world where nanites (basically, pills) are used to enhance humane abilities or instil abilities and features acquired from other species (a wolf, butterfly, bird, etc.) but revolves around a teenage daughter of genetic scientists who is against the nature of forcing everyone to consume these nanites and believes in addressing the risks associated with this technology, and how she groups with other teenagers of this world—both ‘altereds’ and ‘unadj
Zoé-lee O'farrell
I have so many feels with this book! When Marisa contacted me…a long time ago now about whether I would be interested in reading her book, I took one look at the cover and then read the blurb and knew I had to read it. Appealing to the YA side in me with a kick-ass MC I just knew I had to read it. Silver Melody (what an awesome name) lives in a world where people can take tablets or nanite pills as they are known to become something else… to become an Adjusted. Well, what does this mean? Basical ...more
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such a great read! I was lucky enough to receive an ARC. I really did not want the story to end. You can read my full review here: ...more
Kitiera Morey
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I acquired this novel on my own with only an urging from the author to read and review it. My opinions are mine and mine alone.

I was so excited to get my hands on this book. Not so much because I’m big on YA sci-fi, but because I read the author’s first book The Shadow Keepers, and I really loved it. She’s an amazing talent, and I knew this book was going to be just as good.

I wasn’t wrong.

This is a well-crafted story. The action is pretty good and there are numerous fighting scenes, which is
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was good, sort of reminded me of X-men except being mutant is approved and even encouraged.... then there is our little heroine Melody who is our little rebel and refuses to turn for reasons you will have to read the book to find out.
i really liked this sort of "coming of age" where the youth have to save the world and try to figure out their emotions at the same time ^^'
If you are into x-men/ hunger games then you will like this story and I for one am looking to reading the sequel ^^.
Gemma ♕ antari.and.the.books
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Brenda Smith
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Marisa Noelle has a big imagination, and she’s showing it to full effect in her new novel, THE UNADJUSTEDS. There’s plenty to love in this YA story and its hero, Silver Melody, a teen forced to grow up in a dystopian world full of people who have altered their genes for new strengths and special powers. Silver is one of the “unadjusted” ones, and she must fight with others of like mind—some “adjusted” and some not—to stop the gruesomely altered President Bear before he puts an end to the unadjus ...more
You can read my full review on my blog, The Bookwyrm's Den, here.

I’m always up for dystopias, especially when they come with superpowers. Hard to go wrong with that combination, right? So I was super excited to pick up this book, which sounded right up my alley!

The Unadjusteds is a fast-paced dystopian novel with fun fight scenes, where teens have powers. The plot follows a compelling fight for rights and against tyranny.

I had a really good time with this book. The powers were fun, and the f
Ellie Clark
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the author and The Write Reads for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

I used to love dystopia novels but over the years I slowly started reading less of them. When the blog tour was announced for The Adjusteds, I knew I had to sign up. I thought it would be a chance to try and get back into the genre and I wasn’t wrong! I was so invested in the story all the way through, I nearly ended up reading this in one sitting but sleep got in the way of that.

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Clair Sharpe
Set in a world where 80% of the population have modified their DNA using nanite pills, we meet 16 year old Silver Melody, who has chosen not to alter her DNA and is proud of her unadjusted state. Silver’s parents created the nanite pill, originally for the purpose of curing disease but gradually, they have been modified to give people special abilities. Some have a physical effect to the person taking them, being able to toughen skin, add bulk, give the ability to fly; others can make the taker ...more
(Ellie) ReadtoRamble
I read this book for a blog tour, so thank you so much to the blog tour organiser and the author for letting me take part in this tour and for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! All opinions are my own.

As soon as I started this book, I was hooked and I’m a little sad that I’ve been so tired lately because I think I would have been able to read it in one or two sittings!

I found the world-building to be really well executed and thought out as I was comple
Anca Antoci
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Unadjusted is an interesting blend of fantasy and science fiction in a dystopian setting.  The premises of the story remind me of Cynetic Wolf by Matt Ward. We have fantasy creatures but they not based on magic. Instead, they’re enhanced humans. So, fairies are actually humans with butterfly wings —and most cheerleaders chose to become fairies,  Due to advanced technology, by taking a nanite pill that contains animal DNA, humans developed certain animal traits like wings, horns, scales.

"A g
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's a new world where nanite technology can allow people to pop a pill to change their DNA. Want wings, horns, tough skin, a genius IQ? Take a pill and you're forever changed, you are an adjusted. It doesn't always go seamlessly and people are dying. Even more, there are people out there who don't want to change, who don't want to alter themselves, including Silver, the daughter of the scientists who created the pills. The pills that were intended to cure disease, not alter humans.

The presiden
Gina R Mitchell
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Unadjusteds by Marisa Noelle | Review

This fast-paced dystopian thriller grabs you on the first page and doesn’t let go. Silver Melody is on the run. She gathers a few formidable friends to help her save the world from a megalomaniac. They encounter armies of altered humans, hellhounds, betrayals, and evil, but they also find friendship, love, and understanding.

I found the world-building to be exceptional. It developed quite naturally, without long backstory information dumps. The author crea
Karen Barber
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Now that’s what I call an exciting YA fantasy...full of action from start to finish, and with a great cast of characters.
In this world people are used to adjusting their appearance through the taking of nanites, an advanced technology that alters a person’s physical appearance and capabilities. Silver Melody’s parents invented the technology, but she has always been vehemently anti-nanite. Having watched close friends die, she is understandably nervous about the implications.
From the opening dra
Noelle Kelly
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Marisa's second novel is really special and I loved it.

We are introduced to Silver Melody in school, where her best friend has taken a powerful nanite, despite the deadly consequences.

Nanites give people superhuman powers and traits - butterfly wings, bulk strength, tails, hyper intelligence, healing power - there is a nanite for anything one can dream of.

Silver’s parents created the Nanites, but she has never taken a nanite and doesn't plan to. President Bear decrees that all humans must take
Heather James
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much Marisa Noelle for sending me a copy of this action-packed novel to review. I was excited from the moment I read the blurb and this story didn't disappoint for a moment. The (very believable) sci-fi elements of this dystopian narrative was superb.

In a world where 'normal' means being enhanced to super-human levels, unadjusted Silver has a hard time fitting in. Her life gets even tougher when nefarious President Bear changes the laws about remaining unadjusted, sending Silver on
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Marisa’s presents a nightmare vision of extreme genetic engineering, via the medication Nanite, which enhances people’s faculties, and induces biological mutations. People injected with Nanite are ‘adjusted’, the others ‘unadjusted’.

It is imposed by the brutal President Bear – by force, and a penetrating surveillance system.
The girl narrator, Silver Melody, has parental problems: Her father works on Nanite, while her mother was imprisoned for refusing to promote it. Father has guilt, but feels
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Where to begin. Firstly, thank you to Marisa for sending me this book!

Silver is 16 years old and lives in a world where 80% of the population have altered their DNA through 'nanite' pills. Silvers parents are the creators of the nanite yet Silver remains an 'unadjusted' and she is intent on remaining that way. Soon the president declares that the unadjusteds MUST take a nanite pill Silver and her friends must flee and try to find a way to save humanity and rescue her family. She flees the city
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Unadjusteds follows Silver Melody, who is celebrating her 16th birthday as the novel starts. However, Silver is not marking the milestone with cake and presents; she is wearing a tracker around her ankle and fearing for the safety of herself and her family. Silver is ‘unadjusted’, which is a very dangerous state in a society that privileges ‘adjusteds’, ruled by the tyrannical President Bear. People who are adjusted have abilities, physical or mental, that are designed to make them elite and ...more
Rachel Casey
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it

In a futuristic America, 80% of the population has chosen to alter their DNA with nanites. Originally made to treat illnesses and birth defects, the nanites are now used superficially to give people fairy wings, horns, strength, speed and anything else you can think to want.

But Silver Melody, the daughter of the scientists who originally created the nanites, doesn’t want to become an altered. So when President Bear declares that the entire population must become altered, she joins her best
Nicole Sweeney
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles.

As soon as I read the synopsis for this book I was dying to know more. The concept really intrigued me – a world where the majority of the population have altered their DNA? It was such a fascinating idea. When I picked up the book I completely fell in love with this world and these characters, a unique and engaging tale, one that is perfect for fans of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games and Emily Suvada’s This Mortal Coil.

The story follows
Barb Lie
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Unadjusteds by Marisa Noelle is a YA Dystopian story. Silver Melody, our 16-year-old heroine, lives in a world where most people have been altered, being given pills that enhanced them, such as bulk, strength, wings, telekinetic, etc. Silver is one of the 20% population that are considered Unadjusteds (did not take the pills).

Silver’s parents helped create the nanite pills that alter people, and they are forced to work for the evil President Bear, who is determined to make everyone altered,
Kelly Van Damme
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5, rounded up

The Unadjusteds is a YA dystopian story set in a world that doesn’t differ much from ours, except that 80% of the people are genetically modified, adjusted, altered. Altering your appearance, intelligence or abilities has never been easier, all it takes is a little pill, a so-called nanite. Originally created to help cure cancer and other illnesses and diseases, nanites are now mostly used to change appearances (all sorts of wings, snakeskin, you name it and there’s a nanite for i
Kerry Robinson
The Unadjusted has thee feels of several well-known fantasy/sci-fi books (Hunger Games, Divergent), but also shines brightly in its own right. Set in a dystopian future in a world that isn’t too different form ours, it’s a fast-paced thriller where every page is full of action or new discoveries. The plot is exciting and moves at a fast pace without leaving the reader behind or confused.
Silver Melody is far from your average schoolgirl. Many years ago, her scientist parents created nanite pills
Anna Orridge
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A terrific YA sci fi adventure, with a vivid cast of characters and a story that will keep you turning the pages right until the satisfying end.

Silver Melody, a high school student and skilled martial artist, has her life turned upside down when her scientist parents are imprisoned by the ruthless President Bear. They are inventors of 'nanites', pills that alter the DNA of their consumers, giving them wings, or great strength, or skills such as superhuman speed. The majority of the US has succu
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Marisa Noelle is the writer of MG & YA SFF & mental health novels. The Shadow Keepers is due out July 2019, The Unadjusteds in November 2019 & The Mermaid Chronicles – Secrets of the Deep at the end of 2019. When she’s not writing or reading or watching movies, she enjoys swimming. In the pool she likes to imagine she could be a mermaid and become part of some of her make-believe words. In the wat ...more

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