Series: Altered #1
Publication Date: December 3rd 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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.
You and I are the sum of a void left by the absence of someone we love.
Id seen Altered on Goodreads for some time, but Id never really paid much attention to it. Then¬†I saw both Altered and Erased at RT, and I grabbed them at once. Since then, I havent been able to¬†stop thinking about either book and after¬†finally reading Altered,¬†Im so glad I grabbed them when I did. Honestly, I wasnt expecting to like this book as much as I did, but boy, am I glad to have been wrong!
For as long as Anna can remember, the boysNick, Cas, Trev and Samhave been locked away in her basement to be researched and tested on. The only thing Annas been able to get out of her father, is that all four boys are going under a series of experiments to make them stronger soldiers. The details are vague, but Annas come to care about most of them, specially Sam. However, when the boys¬†attempt an escape, and Annas¬†father begs them to take her with them, Annas life turns upside down, and everything shes ever known about her past, her family, and herself is put into question.
Annas narrative was written invitingly and it transitioned in a completely¬†effortless manner. As soon as you start reading her story, you want to know more and more. The pace is¬†perfect, giving us¬†just enough background information to sustain uswithout overwhelming usbefore plunging us into the action. After Sam and the boys escape¬†with¬†Anna in tow,¬†they embark on search for¬†answers. With all their memories swiped, neither of them remember who they are or where they came from. Most dangerous of all, they dont know the exact reason for why the Branch wants them so bad. What they do know, is that its in none of their best interest to get captured, and so begins a scavenger-hunt like journey.
Despite Annas crush on Sam and her friendship with Cas and Trev, she doesnt actually know much about the¬†guys, making¬†going on the run with them dangerous and completely foreignand Nicks hostility certainly isnt making things any easier. While Anna¬†knows that the boys are her best chance at survival, she feels alone and she cant help but worry about her father. Mix in the fact that her mother may be alive, Anna beyond¬†anxious to get some answers. As the story progresses, Anna comes to realize that everything she had ever known was a lie, but instead of letting all of that break her, it just makes her stronger. Rush did an amazing job with Anna; shes strong, capable, smart, and loyal to boot. Most importantly, shes a fighter and I couldnt help but admire her and love her.
The same thing goes with the boys. Theyre so different: Cas is the goofball, Trev is the grounded one, Nick is the troubled, broody bad boy, and Sam is the intense, mysterious one.¬†Man, these are some seriously swoon-worthy boys! Sam, especially stole my heart (as well as Annas). A natural-born leader, Sam is the guy they all look to for direction. More than that, hes the one with all the answers, even if he doesnt remember them. I dont know what it is about intense heroes, but they just make for a much more interesting and captivating¬†read.
As the story goes on, we finally learn the truth about Sam, the boys, and what they all have in common¬†with Anna. There were a couple of plot twists that I did not see coming at all, and one in specific made my heart hurt. Nevertheless, I loved every minute of it. The writing, the characters, the pacing, the storylineit was all beautiful and amazing.¬†Theres still a lot left to be told about¬†Annas story and Im not wasting another minute in picking up the second book in the series,¬†Erased.