By Sophie Jordan
When Davy Hamilton’s tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn’t feel any different, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.
Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.
This is one of those books that after reading the summary I spent time contemplating risking reading another dystopian romance that could maybe be half decent or potentially blow up in my face.
What I actually appreciated in this novel was that we got a taste of her life before everything went to hell. We get to see the beginnings of the kill gene sweep the nation and reek absolute havoc on the population.
Davy, our protagonist is raised in a privileged wealthy lifestyle. Until she gets the results back from a lab test that pronounces her a carrier of the kill gene. Now Davy has got it all, the popularity, the gorgeous boyfriend, even jealous groupies. Everyone wants to be her. So you would think that having all that ripped from your grasp, and everyone you know treating you like you’re infectious or highly volatile would make even the sanest person a little jaded. Possibly even a little angry. Tragically there was no spitfire behind our protagonist.
Now, Davy’s attitude towards other kill gene carriers drove me up the wall. She remained absolute in her opinion that every other carrier was a potential cannibalistic monster. Except of course herself,and a select few people in her inner circle, because her identification as a carrier was simply a mistake.
Davy always needed rescuing. Now some girls might find the notion of the damsel in distress incredibly romantic, however I prefer a heroine who can stand on her own two feet. She needed to fight back. Sure, she was a musical prodigy and had gorgeous hair but that isn’t much of an asset when you’re surrounded by potential serial killers.