Non-Stop Action: A Review of ALTERED by Jennifer Rush

Altered (Altered, #1) 
Jennifer Rush
336 pages
Publisher: Little Brown
Release Date: January 1st, 2013
Source: NetGalley
Rating: LIKED

When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?

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, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them.

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.

Now on the run, Anna 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

   Jennifer Rush bursts onto the YA scene with a fast-paced thriller that will leave you breathless and wishing for more. Reminiscent of Dan Krokos’s FALSE MEMORY, with altered memories and secret government agencies, ALTERED is a non-stop thrill ride made for the masses.

   I dove into ALTERED with pretty much no expectations – aside from being in love with the cover. Before I knew it, I had flipped over the last page and had to remember to breathe. It was fast. Very fast. The action is non-stop – guns, knives, death and soldiers on the run. It was pretty awesome. I love stories with characters on the run and plots so fast you forget to breathe. So I really enjoyed ALTERED.

   I did have a small problem with the relationship between Anna, our protagonist, and Sam, the mysterious leader of the pack of altered boys. It seemed like Anna could only think of Sam and Sam, well, it seemed like Sam didn’t care about Anna at all. I love Sam, don’t get me wrong. But there just didn’t seem to be enough build-up between the two of them before their first kiss. I think it has to do with the plot which was so fast, there wasn’t enough time for them to focus on anything else. But I’m sure we’ll see more of their togetherness in book two (hint-hint Jennifer ;)

   Anyway, romance is a side part in Jennifer Rush’s debut. ALTERED is all about it’s plot – which is basically four (hot) boys on the run along with a girl who has a mysterious link to them all, not just because they all lived in her basement. I loved the fact that Rush was able to make all four boys stand out on their own. One was hilariously funny, one was a bibliophile I just had to love, one was so mean I had to feel sorry for, and well, there was Sam, the mysterious, dark-haired guy I couldn’t help but fall for.

   I’m really excited for book two – where we’ll learn more about the characters themselves and maybe even see some depth to Sam and Anna’s relationship. All in all, ALTERED was a quick read with a fast-paced plot, amazing characters and non-stop action – you’ll want to start off the new year with that. Trust me.

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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    Princess Ash

    December 28, 2012

    Aw, man, MORE HOT GUYS WITH GREAT PERSONALITIES? I don't think I can handle it. I'm bound to love them at least, especially if Rush really had them stand out. Ohh, I'm excited :D

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    Tina B

    December 28, 2012

    This one sounds intriguing! I am adding it to my TBR. :)
    Love that cover too. ;)
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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    Bookluvrs Haven

    December 28, 2012

    I know why you were attracted to the cover. It's total YUM.


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    December 28, 2012

    SO glad you liked this one. I've been wanting to read it for months. I'm rather new to this author, but it sounds great!

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    December 29, 2012

    Sounds like a very fast pace read that will grab you and not let go until the last page. I do like some romance though so I'm sorry to hear this romance didn't fully work out.

    Can't wait to read it though.
    Thanks for the great review!

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    Soma Rostam

    December 29, 2012

    Well, I haven't read reviews about this. But it absolutely looks stunning I love the cover and the blurb. Four hot boys on the run with a girl! Like, wow! Original, indeed
    Am adding this to my long, long TBR
    GREAT review, Hafsah, as usual
    Your reader,

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    December 31, 2012

    I've had my eye on this for a while, and i've read some great reviews foe Altered lately I definetly will be going to pick it up on Pub date!
    Great Review

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    Ashley @ Book Labyrinth

    January 4, 2013

    I definitely agree with most of what you said here. It was a pretty thrilling read, and I loved all the guys and their distinctive personalities.

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    nurmawati djuhawan

    January 15, 2013

    i want to read altered…but i have to wait for the paperback…HC is really expensive..

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    Brittanie Malone

    January 15, 2013

    I borrowed a copy from a friend and LOVED IT! Anna and Sam were ok but Cas is amazing!!!

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    Alyssa Susanna

    January 16, 2013

    OH THIS BOOK IS CURRENTLY MY FAVORITE!!!! I loved it so much!!! The cast of characters is incredible!!! I wasn't completely on board with Anna all the time, but I loved her relationship with Sam, as well as her friendship with the others. Great review! :)

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    January 20, 2013

    I've been looking forward to this for a long time so can't wait to dive into my copy! Ashame the romance doesn't sound too good but the non-stop action looks like it delivers 110% so yay :D Amazing review!

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    January 22, 2013

    I am really looking forward to reading this book. Will it bother me that the relationship seems more one sided, I don't know. I guess I will have to read it for myself huh!?!

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    Diana Evans

    February 6, 2013

    Hot guys and an awesome story? Count me in. I loved it and I can't wait for the second one to come out.

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    Jennifer Messerschmidt

    February 20, 2013

    I was sold by 4 hot guys on the run! LOL Glad these lives up to the fast paced excitement. I just love government conspiracies. Wondering why these guys were kept in a basement and what was going on with them. Slightly disappointed that the romances was lacking but maybe it will pick up in the next book. Can't wait to check it out.

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    Jaime Lester

    May 1, 2013

    I just finished Altered yesterday, and man. I literally was turning the final page in what felt like seconds after starting. I read it in about an hour. The action makes the book fly. There is so much tension, and I could feel the stress. I really enjoyed it. I like it when I go into a book not expecting a great deal, and end up really enjoying the ride. I will definitely be reading the next in the series. I just wish that it was coming sooner than next January. Ugh!