Sunday, February 24, 2013
Altered Book Review
Author: Jennifer Rush
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 1, 2013
ARC provided by publisher
Altered by Jennifer Rush is a real thrill ride of a novel. Lots of action, lots of twists and turns.
The story centers on Anna, who lives in an old farmhouse with her father. Downstairs is a secret lab where four young men are kept in high-security cells for tests and observation. Anna long ago figured out that her dad works for the Branch and that the four men are genetically altered super-soldiers. She befriends the guys, smart-ass Cas, studious Trev, angry Nick, and the leader of the group, Sam.
On the day that the Branch comes to collect their test subjects, Anna is caught in the mayhem that occurs when the guys make their escape. Soon she's on the run with them as they follow clues that they hope will tell them who they really are. The clues also lead Anna to question everything she thought was true about her life.
Altered is well-paced, with just the right mix of high energy action sequences and quiet moments. There's also more than a dash of romance between Anna and Cute Boy Sam, which ups the stakes.
Overall, Altered is a quick, fun read that I would recommend to readers who enjoyed The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins or Angelfire by Carolyn Allison Moulton.
Listen to the first chapter of the Altered audiobook: