Publication: January 1st 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Source: Own, bought from Fullybooked
Genres: Young Adult, Science-fiction
They were made to forget. But they’ll never forgive.
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, solemn and brooding; Cas, light-hearted and playful; Trev, smart and caring; and Sam . . . who’s stolen Anna’s heart.
When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape. Anna’s father pushes her to go with them, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs.
On the run, with her father’s warning in her head, Anna begins to doubt everything she thought she knew about herself. She 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.
I’ve heard nothing but raves and praises for this book so I was expecting it’ll live up to its hype. And surprisingly so, it did.
Altered was thoroughly engaging. From the moment I started reading the first chapter, I knew I was going to have a hard time setting this book down. The plot flowed smoothly and effortlessly so. It kept me guessing and formulating possible theories about this and that. The writing was very straightforward; it wasn’t flowery. I think that’s one of the main reasons why I couldn’t stop reading. And overall, it was just intriguing.
I love the characters in this novel especially the boys. Their contrasting personalities was fun to read about. I thought their character development was excellently written particularly Nick’s character. He’s slowly showing signs of surrender and openness. And then we have our main character, Anna. I’d say she’s a strong and purposeful character. But my only problem with her is that she’s too invested with Sam. It’s like she’s needs his approval for everything she does. I know it’s because she harbours strong feelings for him, obviously.
A lot of people are saying that Altered is full of twists, and it’s true. They were shockingly unexpected rather than ridiculously predictable. I was glad a book made me ponder for once.
As for the romance, it was cute. I initially thought of Sam as a jerkface (sorry Sam) because of the way he acts around Anna. Other than that, their relationship wasn’t annoying and it didn’t interfere with the plot. Also, am I the only one who’s seeing a possible love triangle forming? Although the idea seems unlikely, I like entertaining its possibility. I mean, Nick could use some of your love, Anna.
I’m really glad there’s a sequel to look forward to, what with the way things ended in Altered. Hopefully it won’t disappoint.