Sunday, 15 June 2014

Altered


Title: Altered
Author:  Jennifer Rush

Anna's dad works for a mysterious organisation called the Branch. As a part of his work they keep 4 boys in a secret lab to perform experiments on them. The boys, Nick, Cas, Trev and Sam, have no memory of their past life, but as a result of their treatments have extraordinary skills, such as strength. For years, Anna has looked after the boys and become incredibly close to them, especially Sam, whom she has fallen in love with. After an escape attempt, Anna and the boys are on run from the Branch, trying to piece together all the clues to what the Branch's plans are, and Anna discovers her life has been a lie.

The main driving force of the novel is the mystery of the Branch itself, and I enjoyed this immensely. There are many twists in the book, some are expected and some were unexpected enough to warrant a second flick to the beginning with a confused "But HOW?". Reasonable number of fight scenes, although it's not action-packed. However, one of the negatives was the strange romance between Anna and Sam that seems contrived at the start and becomes a little creepy towards the end. That combined Anna's narration echoing Bella Swan in Twilight may be a turn-off for some.

So overall, skip the romance, and it's a pretty cool read. One final warning however: the ending leaves conspicuously enough room for a potential sequel.

Lauren
Age 17

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