Sunday, January 13, 2013

DAC #2 Altered by Jennifer Rush

Debut Author Challenge #2

Title: Altered
Author: Jennifer Rush
Format Acquired: Book purchased from Barnes & Noble
Publication Date: January 1, 2013
Publishing House: Little, Brown & Co.
ISBN: 0316197084


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.


Altered was an amazing debut by Jennifer Rush. This debut novel was an action packed, young adult thriller. Even though it wasn't exactly what I normally read because it was more about genetically altered traits through science fiction than fantasy/paranormal. I loved it though. It was a refreshing debut to the young adult genre. The entire story is about Anna and her relationship with the guys that are in her basement... yes I said basement. These boys are part of a program called the Branch and none of them have a memory of their life before the one that they share in the basement. Each one of them lives behind a glass wall and they are tested and asked to do tasks on a daily basis. Anna befriends all but one of them and she begins to fall for Sam. Sam is just a bit different because he is the one that hasn't quite opened up as much as Anna would like him to. She is intrigued by him nonetheless.

I loved all of the action of the novel, it literally had me on the edge of my seat for most of the time I was reading. I devoured this novel in one sitting, I just could not stop reading. I am anxiously waiting for the sequel and I hope it is just a thrilling and amazing as this one was.


About the Author:
Jennifer Rush lives in a little town on the shoreline of Lake Michigan with her husband and two children. She grew up wanting to be an Egyptologist, but realized she hated the desert and declared herself a writer instead. She won her first writing award in the fourth grade (a Mickey Mouse pencil was the prize) and has been crafting stories ever since. In her free time, she likes to read, Photoshop, and consume large amounts of caffeine.


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