December 07, 2012

Review: Altered by Jennifer Rush

Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected Publication: January 2, 2013 by Little, Brown & Co.

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When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?
Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them.
Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.
Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.

First and foremost, I don’t think the cover fits the story. Yes, there is a hot shirtless guy, and yes the trees are symbolic. However, in my opinion it makes it seem as if this is a more….boyish story. When in reality, it’s basically your typical girl fawning over the male lead for the majority of the book.

Altered started out strong. It begins with a lot of unanswered questions and I was engrossed while finding the answers. However, the second half of the book kind of went downhill for me, and I found myself not finding much of it believable.

I’m still unclear on the point of the altering, and I’m not sure this is something I want to wait to find out in a sequel. It’s an important part of the world that Rush has built, and I still don’t see the purpose. I think this should have been addressed more clearly. I also think their “connection” is kind of rocky and could have used some ironing out, or further explanation.

I never really felt a connection between Sam and Anna, and I didn’t care much for either of them as characters. I couldn’t figure out what exactly made Anna so obsessed with Sam, or if Sam even liked her at all. There wasn’t much romance, despite Anna’s feelings being in our faces all the time, and I wished we could have seen more one on one interaction between the two of them.

I really liked the other boys. Their interaction was the best part of the story, I think. Cas and Nick were probably my favorites, but I don’t like the fact that neither of the two characters who actually had personality were the leading characters.

There were a lot of other issues I had with the story. Some things don’t add up, there are small details that are unbelievable, and I thought there were some plot devices that were completely unnecessary. However, despite all of my issues with Altered, it was a quick read and it was engrossing. There are a lot of twists and non-stop action. I couldn’t put it down, and I do recommend people give it a shot.

3/5 Stars 


  1. I have been eagerly anticipating this book. I'm sad to see it didn't live up to your expectations. Thanks for the honest review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  2. i want to buy this book because the cover is georgeous...but i think i'll try to read the ebooks before...thx 4 ur review...the book is expensive :(

  3. I always wanted to read the book because I loved the cover. But reading your review, I'm not sure anymore. I just can handle relationships based in "conections" between the main characters, I just can't!
    Thanks for the honest review!

  4. It's interesting you liked the secondary characters more. I guess if the main relationship is off, it's hard to connect.

    Lovely review:)

  5. I don't think this is a book that I will read until the rest of them come out. I like the cover but I am not hearing the best things about it. I will wait and see how it gets as it moves on. Thanks for the review!

  6. Aw, I had this in my Amazon shopping cart. I might still rad it but maybe I'll get it from my library.

  7. I'm so disappointed that this is not a more boyish story. I would have liked to read a YA from a guy's POV. Thanks for pointing out what you didn't like and why, because it always helps me to decide in reviews if I'd like to read a book than just 'I hated it':)

  8. man i really wanted to read this but now i don't think its going to be good

  9. sounds like an interesting book to read

  10. Cool review. I really liked the guys in the book, I just found that there was a lot of shooting and unanswered questions. ;)

  11. I really liked this book. Took too long to get my hands on this one. I loved the guys. I see your point on the cover. But I personally liked it.

  12. I have heard great things about this book. I really want to read it.


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