Review: Altered by Jennifer Rush

Title: Altered 10859509
Author: Jennifer Rush
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Little Brown and Co
Stars: 5 of 5

Goodreads and Description:

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.

My Review:

This book was recommended to me by a friend, and I’m so glad that I listened to her. This book was amazing. This was one of those books where you don’t want to put it down. You want to keep reading till you get to the end just to know how it ends. I have to say that most of the twists and turns I did not see coming.

Anna lives with her father, who works for the Branch, in a farmhouse where there are four genetically engineered boys living in a basement lab. After sneaking into the lab several times and striking up friendships with the boys, Anna is allowed to work with her father. During her time knowing these boys Anna develops feelings for Sam, the leader. All of the boys get along with Anna except Nick, who is not overly fond of Anna, and it could have something to do with him being locked up in her basement.

In a strange turn of events the Branch comes for the boys, but they in turn decide this is their chance to make their escape. Along with help from Anna’s father, the boys are able to do this as long as they take Anna with them. Everyone is ok with this except Nick. With her mother’s journal at her side, Anna leaves with the four boys and sets off on an adventure to save their lives.

Throughout this adventure, and I use that term loosely, they are still fighting for their lives while trying to remember who they were before they worked for the Branch.  However, it turns out that Anna may not be what she seems either, and answers for her and Sam come in the form of Sura, Anna’s thought to be dead mother.

By the end of the book, some questions are answered, some left open, but as a reader you are definitely drawn into Sam, Anna, Nick, Trev and Cas’s lives enough to want the second book.

Jennifer Rush did an amazing job on her debut novel, she gives you romance, adventure and mystery all rolled into one well written story. I can’t wait to see where she takes us in the sequel.

6 thoughts on “Review: Altered by Jennifer Rush

  1. I’ve been wanting to read this one, but I just have one question: is there a love triangle? If yes, how much angst? *does not handle too much triangle-angst well*

    Great review!

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