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From New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan, Uninvited is a chilling and suspenseful story about a girl whose DNA brands her a killer, perfect for fans of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and Shatter Me.

Davy had everything--a terrific boyfriend, the homecoming crown, a bright future at Juilliard--but when her genetic tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, she loses it all. Uninvited from her prestigious school, avoided by her friends and family, she is placed in a special class with other carriers who are treated like the murderers they someday might become.

Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life and tells her that she alone controls her actions--not the code embedded into her DNA. But even if she can learn to trust him, can Davy trust herself?

Don't miss the continuation of Davy's journey in Unleashed, the romantic, high-stakes conclusion!
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 150 x 218 x 32mm | 452g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0062233653
  • 9780062233653
  • 260,159

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You can't change your DNA . . . even when it says you're a murderer.

When Davy tests positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, aka "the kill gene," she loses everything. Once the perfect high school senior, she is uninvited from her prep school and abandoned by her friends and boyfriend. Even her parents are now afraid of her--although she's never hurt a fly. Davy doesn't feel any different, but genes don't lie. One day she will kill someone.

Without any say in the matter, Davy is thrown into a special class for HTS carriers. She has no doubt the predictions are right about them, especially Sean, who already bears the "H" tattoo as proof of his violence. Yet when the world turns on the carriers, Sean is the only one she can trust. Maybe he's not as dangerous as he seems.

Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.
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Review Text

UNINVITED asks the question: will you let the world define who you are or will you choose to define yourself? Put simply: I loved this book! Carrie Ryan, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth series
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"Jordan's compelling addition to the supernatural star-crossed lovers theme is equal parts taut suspense and sensuous romance."--Booklist Booklist on FIRELIGHT
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About Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan grew up on a pecan farm in the Texas hill country, where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times bestselling author of Avon historical romances and the Firelight series. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows.
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13,011 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
5 31% (3,986)
4 37% (4,765)
3 24% (3,078)
2 7% (869)
1 2% (313)

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Davy is a musical genius. She's a popular girl with a cute boyfriend, gets good grades and is overall a perfect daughter. When she tests positive for HTS, her entire world is ripped upside down. Facing a society where she is branded as a killer is no easy task. Will Davy keep denying who she really is or will she succumb to the violence within? The entire concept behind a pre-mediated murder is nothing new. I've seen it in Minority Report. But what happens when a good girl is now marked as a killer? Davy's character goes through such a transformation that I hardly recognized her as the musical genius she really was all her life. I loved that aspect of the book. She struggles so hard with trying to be someone she's not and that part alone grabbed my attention. The romance was slow and the attraction was instantaneous but I liked it nonetheless. Sean is your bad boy with a good heart and I really wanted to know more about him. We get bits and pieces but not a whole lot was given. The story develops slowly and when I mean slow, I mean painstakingly slow that I wanted to stop reading altogether. It didn't gather my attention as I hoped it would, but I did end up finishing it anyway. I hated how the females were treated in the book. Like they were only there for a man's pleasure as an object and not as a human being. It frustrated me to no end. I also wanted to know more behind the Wainwright agency but that was only sectioned to mini glances between chapters. Overall, an interesting premise and world but the story needed something more to grab my interest.show more
by Giselle SM
4.5 This is a futuristic story where scientists have found a gene called HTS (that explains the DNA strings in the cover, which I really love by the way). People who have this gene, carriers, are alleged killers. The main character, Davy Hamilton, is a carrier. The book is split into two parts. The first one takes place in high school. It’s about Davy’s life before and after knowing she’s a carrier. She used to live a normal life with her family, had a loving boyfriend, a BFF. But when her DNA test results came out, everything changed. She was « uninvited » (expelled) from her school and moved to another one in order to study in a « special » class (the Cage) with other carriers. That’s where she gets to meat Sean O’Rourke (my favourite character =D) and Gil. "Everton Academy never expels students. They uninvite" (from the eARC) And the second part takes place at Mount Haven. A place where carriers with potential like Davy are following a special government training to learn how to control their desire to kill. I personally liked this part better than the first one, which was also good, though. What I hated about Davy is that she kept judging people with HTS especially the « imprinted » ones (an imprint is a tattoo that carriers get when they behave violently). I mean she’s an imprinted carrier and did nothing to deserve the mark so why judge? Maybe they don’t deserve it too. Aside from that, I could perfectly relate to her. I felt everything she felt. The sorrow because of the way people treat her, the pain after she had to kill that person,… Everything. The characters that I loved are Sean (as mentioned above). He’s mysterious, kind, protective… And Mitchell, Davy’s brother. He really cared about her and didn’t change the way he treated her even after knowing that she’s a carrier. And the one that I HATED is Tori, Davy’s BFF. She’s such a B**** I love the writing style. It kept me hooked especially in the second part. But there were some repetitive sentences that I didn’t really like but this didn’t affect my love to the story. I loved the fect that after each chapter there’s a report, a conversation, text messages …ect that relate to the preceding or following chapter. To sum up, I really loved this book. I loved the story and the message behind it. Although there is no such a thing as HTS but there are other things like the skin colour, the relegion,… that make people act the same way as people in this story (okey maybe not THE SAME way but pretty close). I really want to know what’s going to happen next so please Mrs. Sophie Jordan don’t make us wait for too long.show more
by Somia
I wanted to read Uninvited because the synopsis appealed to me. I can't imagine isolating a gene like that and then all of the sudden being told that you have the killer gene. The ramifications as well as the fallout, friends and possibly family isolating you, jobs, school, and how you're viewed all changed in an instant intrigues me and I like the premise. I've also been wanting to read something by Sophie Jordan because I know her other series was popular but I just haven't had a chance to get caught up, so with a new series, I have a new chance. I connected with Davy, she is smart and good at music, something I admire in others but have no talent for myself. Her reactions to finding out she had the gene was emotional, and lived up to what I was expecting. I can't imagine myself in her shoes, but I imagine that I would react similarly. She is naive at times, but I love how her world view is forced to shift as she fights against being labeled. But she discovers others that she sympathizes, connects with, wonders why they are marked, or are they like her and feel they are there by mistake. She is a rich white female, so she doesn't fit the profile of a violent person, someone capable of murder, and that leaves her with less in common with others in the Cage, the other carriers at her new school. But as she gets to know some of them, they have more in common than she'd once thought, even if only their future has been jerked from them and they have limited options for college, jobs, and the rest of their lives. As for as romance, at the very beginning, I had to keep telling myself not to like Zac, the above mentioned boyfriend in the synopsis, because I knew that regardless of the chemistry they had, that he was going to be a douche. Sure enough, even though he wasn't as bad as her other friends, he still proved himself unworthy. The mystery of Sean was great. He was an enigma in the HTS world, people seemed to fear him, and I wanted to know why. Because each encounter he had with Davy was intense, but he showed kindness to her. There is some incredible tension between the two, and it was easy to start rooting for a romance between them instead of silly old Zac. He showed up at just the right time to help her and get her out of tough situations, or just to help her pick herself up off the floor when she's down. The pacing was great, as well as easing us into the changes in the world, while at the same time providing the details we need to know in a unique format. At the beginning of some chapters, there are short government fyi's or convos between senators and those leading the program in charge of those with HTS, or even between Zac and her friend Tori. It kept my attention at all times, whether its character development and change of Davy, mystery with Sean, building the relationship between Davy and her troublemaker but non-HTS carrier Mitchell, to other action that moved the plot along. Thinking back though, the world building didn't make sense in a few areas, especially New Haven. Their abilities and why they were chosen if they were just to be trained for fighting kinda puzzled me, but this may be revealed in the next book. That aside, that doesn't take away any of my enjoyment of the series, it is one that I didn't want to put down. The ending wrapped up the threads of this book pretty well, and I am excited to get into the next book of the series to see what happened after the exciting ending. Bottom Line: Action packed with a likable main character who gets tougher as she's trust into a whole new and intriguing to me world.show more
by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) 17-year-old Davina (Davy) is shocked when she is told that she is a carrier for a gene known as HTS, a gene that has been shown to be linked to �???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�???Homicidal Tendency Syndrome�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?�?�¢. Carriers of HTS are segregated, and suddenly Davy�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?�?�¢s life is not her own. She�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?�?�¢s not allowed to go to her regular school �???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?? she�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?�?�¢s been �???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�???uninvited�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?�?�¢, and she loses her place at Julliard, and her friends and boyfriend. Does having the HTS gene really make her a killer though? And will her life ever be the same again? This was an interesting story, but the pace felt a little slow in places. Davy was an okay character, although I didn�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?�?�¢t like that she basically had a boy�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?�?�¢s name. What is wrong with Davina? And why shorten it to Davy? When Davy found out that she was a carrier I felt really sorry for her, and as the book went on, more things happened that weren�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?�?�¢t exactly nice, although at times I felt like she made things worse for herself. Generally Davina was a bit of a pushover, and didn�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?�?�¢t really stick up for herself all that much, which considering she was a singer, and popular, was a little odd. The storyline in this was quite interesting, and I thought the idea of having a gene that related to homicidal tendencies was believable, and the way it was handled was also quite believable. What I struggled with was the fact that Davina seemed nothing like the other carriers, and Sean (the love interest) also seemed like a generally good guy considering that he also carried the gene. There was a bit of romance in this one, but not a lot. I really disliked Davy�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?�?�¢s boyfriend at the start of the book (Zac), and I thought he was basically a bit of an ass. I liked Sean, and I liked Davy and Sean together, and I thought that the relationship was Sean was much better for her than her relationship with Zac, and was happy with the way this relationship progressed. I did find that this story seemed to drag a bit in places. It just didn�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?�?�¢t seem exciting enough, and while I wanted to know what happened, I also felt like I was getting bored with what was going on at points. Maybe it was just the way that Davy just laid back and took whatever was thrown at her, or maybe it was just the slow pace, but I did get frustrated with this book at points. The ending to this was okay, although to me it didn�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?�?�¢t feel much like an ending. The book just sort of stopped at what felt like half-way through, and left us with a bit of a cliff-hanger, and I didn�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?�?�¢t feel like much was resolved at all. Overall; interesting story, but a bit slow in places. 6.75 out of 10.show more
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