Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 1, 2013
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.
From the cover of Altered, I was expecting a very dark read. Although this novel had it's dark moments, it was a very fast read that was action-packed with it's share of mystery.
One thing I loved about this novel was The Boys. They were very entertaining and I loved their relationship with each other and Anna. They all had their quirks and they were over all a very fun group. I wasn't expecting humor play a role in this book but these guys provided the readers with a laugh here and there.
Anna has spent most of her life at the Branch, and one thing that really bothered me was she seemed a little too passive most of the time. I don't know about you, but when I read about someone whose lives with genetically altered boys in a secret branch, I want her to be a little more questioning. About a hundred pages in Anna finally changes, helping the boys to escape. Along the way she finds a lot of secrets about her life. Again, I just felt that, most of the time, Anna was a little too passive for my taste.
This book is certainly a fast-paced read and intriguing read. It's not one of my favorites, but if you like surprises, action, and a fun crew, I would recommend you pick up Altered.