Being a Sophisticate of the Program seems like it’d be a pretty sweet deal: a little genetic alteration and anyone can be smarter, faster, and stronger. It’s a dream come true. All you have to give up is your freedom.
Cleo is a Sophisticate and she has a bright future in the Program. But she has a secret. When she gets upset, bad things happen. Explosive things. Things she can’t control.
When her secret is discovered, she’s sent to the Academy to train in the military branch of the Program. She’s destined to be a human weapon in the war that’s been going on since Wormwood occurred nearly 30 years ago. She soon learns that although her ability is unique, there are others like her — other Sophisticates with lethal skills and odd code names like Archerfish and Mimic Octopus.
Immersed in a dangerous game of supernatural powers and dubious motives, Cleo doesn’t know who to trust. Ozzy, the annoyingly attractive cadet who has perfect aim in weapons class and deviant lips behind closed doors, begs her not to use her powers. He’s the golden boy of the Program, but can she trust him? Or will she find herself a target, caught in his crosshairs?
I LOVED THIS BOOK! This book was so good! I was honestly really surprised to find it so well written and engrossing. It is set in America, in the future, 30 years after a terrorist attack called Wormwood, destroys much of the country and kills millions. The Sophisticate Program is creating by the US in response to this attack. The Sophisticates are people who were genetically modified in the womb to be superior. They are raised to be political leaders, and put in other positions of power (Vanguards). Some of them are also raised to be soldiers (Mandates). The main character, teenager Cleo, is a Sophisticate who is at the University preparing for her future as a Vanguard. When she gets upset and accidentally blows up her room, she gets sent to the military academy, where she does not belong because she is not a Mandate. She quickly finds that she is not the only Vanguard who was sent to the academy, and learns that there is something different about all of them. Ozzy is the favorite of the academy, even though he is not mandate material. Cleo’s new friends warn her to stay away from him, but because of his persistence (and attractiveness) she just can’t. Their relationship is built up through the book, and she is never really sure if she can trust Ozzy, but the entire time I was rooting for him (and hoping he didn’t turn out to be a terrible person!) I loved all the characters in this book, especially Arabella. She is so spunky! Her relationship with Sterling is so cute! Cleo’s connection with Cassie, and all of her memories of their friendship through out the book really help you connect to Cleo’s character more. You can tell she isn’t just government property (even though she technically is!) She has a family, not by blood but by friendship. Cleo’s clash with Quinnie right away was electric (LOL!) It made me so excited to see what was going to happen, and who else was different like Cleo.
OMG the ending!! I need to read Book 2 right now!! IT IS GOING TO BE SO GOOD!!
Ok so, story – amazing, characters – loveable and believable, action – hell yah! What is not to love about this book? (answer – nothing!)
Are you going to read this? If you liked The Hunger Games and the Divergent series, I really think you will love this one!