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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.

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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
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 toes.

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,
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 ‘
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? ...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:
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 ...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
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
Gemma ♕ Books_McCoy
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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.

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
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
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
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
Nighat Jahangeer
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The blend of suspense and fantasy is an amazing YA novel. The well developed imaginative plot in which author depicts a dystopian world and a lot of characters. This is not only entertaining but also a thought provoking novel. It has love and fight for the relations like family. The smooth and comprehend writing style makes this book fluent and entertaining.
It was a wonderful read that took me away to another world. I enjoyed this adventure in an imaginative world.
Highly recommend to enjoy an
Rosie Amber
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, dystopia
The Unadjusters is a young adult dystopian novel.

Silver Melody lives in a world where people are genetically altered with enhanced skills or abilities. Silver accepts her school acquaintances who might have wings or bulked muscles, or who have incredible speed.

The modifications arrive via the ingestion of nanite pills, originally made to cure diseases like cancer until greed, power and money influenced the direction of their development. Now around eighty per cent of the population have an
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Julie Haiselden
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I awarded four stars.
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book so much that my mind is in chaos. Looking forward for the next book.

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Marisa Blagden
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Best Dystopian novel I've read since the Hunger games. I can't wait for the next one!
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Unadjusted is a book about a teen girl living in a world where you can take a pill and it alters your DNA so that you essentially become superhuman. Her parents are the inventors of this miraculous science but she is very against it, especially now that taking too many of the altering pills can kill a person. Sadly not everyone thinks this is bad and the current president has just instated a law saying that everyone has to take one and be an adjusted human, splitting the population and ...more
Bartlett Family
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great mix of fantasy and horror. And loved the writing and the character development.
Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Write Plan and Caffeine Book Tours for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.

Okay, seriously this kind of gave me super crazy X-Men vibes for some reason? Or something. It’s like nobody was truly happy being just human, and even though the original intent of the nanite pills were to help get
Abby Likes to Read
I received an eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. Opinions are my own.

Marissa Noelle’s intriguing Sci-Fi Fantasy story of a 16 year old who prefers to be herself will resonate with teens everywhere. I liked how the fantasy element isn’t actually fantasy – fairies are humans with butterfly wings; werewolves are humans who have permanently taken on the features and body of a wolf. This is all possible through nanites, pills filled with animal DNA that will give humans some of
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.

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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 ...more