Altered by A. D. Croucher

Published February 9, 2015 by Kattie Sivley

Review

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Goodreads Summary:

Reese has a plan: keep his grades up, work hard on the basketball court, apply to his favorite Ivy League college, and don’t get arrested.

There’s just one problem.

Reese knows things no one should know. He always thought he just had good instincts, but he’s noticed that it’s been getting worse. Lately it seems like something else.

Something more than instinct.

And he’s not the only one that has noticed.

They’ve been waiting.

Watching.

And now it’s time.

With his life in danger, Reese needs a new plan: escape.

My Thoughts:

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This is not a book I would buy based on the cover/title alone. This book is about a teenager named Reece. I read this book in one night, because I needed to know what was going to happen next.  The book starts action packed, and does not stop from there. Reece ends up help captive by the doctor who saved his life when he was a child, who somehow knows that Reece has the ability to read people’s minds.  He is imprisoned and experimented on. While he is there he can hear the thoughts of a girl, who is also imprisoned.  He tries to come up with a way to save both of them.  It turns out she has also been experimented on and she has inhuman strength.  All of the illnesses the doctors cured in them has worked too well, and given them super powers based on the illness. Reece had a brain disease, and Erika had a muscle issue.  Based on illnesses, I would probably be able to breathe underwater (asthma) or have the mind-reading thing Reece has (epilepsy) if I was genetically modified according to this book. The characters were great.  I liked Reece’s sarcasm in the face of danger a lot.  The plot moved at a quick pace, and was really believable (even though it was a sci-fi book.) The thing I didn’t really like was that Reece was super into his best friend’s girlfriend and had even gone behind his friend’s back to make out with her, but seemed to instantly fall in love with Erika. What’s that about?  The genetic modification was really interesting to me, and I wanted to know where the altered DNA was coming from.  There was mention of some beasts, but WHAT ARE THEY?? You finally find out toward the end of the book.  I don’t want to say what they are, but it’s not something I am normally interested in reading about. A twist like the discovery would usually make me mad, and not like the book anymore, but in this case, I still really liked it. I am interested to find out what happens in book 2.

8PS: What super power do you think you would get if they genetically modified you?  What super power do you wish you had?

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