In my opinion, ALTERED by Jennifer Rush was pretty awesome. So I think it’s pretty awesome that we here at IceyBooks get to be a tour stop in the ALTERED Blog Tour hosted by Little Brown! I’m hosting a tid-bit about the main character of the debut, Anna, who just so happens to have four boys living in her basement – AND I’ve got a giveaway so you can experience the glory for yourself.
But first, here’s a little bit about Jennifer Rush’s fast-paced debut:
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.
Pretty awesome right? And besides, the cover should be enough to make you scramble to the nearest bookstore. If you’re still not convinced, read my review.
Here’s an excerpt from ALTERED:
Since most of the chores were done, I decided to sketch something new in my mother’s journal.
I lay on my stomach on the bed and opened to the last sketch I’d done. It was of a girl in the woods, boughs of maple trees hanging heavy with snow. Her silhouette was blurry, fading, curling, like ribbons of smoke. Like she was disappearing with each new gust of wind. — (Altered, page 31)
Anna wasn’t always an artist. And by that I mean, when I first wrote Altered, she was a dancer, and then a photographer, and then a sketch artist. And I am so glad it turned out that way. Because Anna’s ability to sketch and create something from scratch allowed me to explore her and her past through her work.
This sketch is important. Very, very important. And so is the sketch she later mentions about Nick (though it won’t become totally apparent how important until book 2).
For Anna, a lot of her life has been spent filling in the blanks, trying to reclaim missing pieces of herself. Her mother died when she was young, so she doesn’t know her, not really. And her relationship with her father isn’t exactly perfect. Anna doesn’t have an identity, because she’s been so alone and isolated and she’s had no one to help shape her. In this sketch, though perhaps she doesn’t realize it now, she’s really portraying pieces of herself, pieces that are either dissipating, or returning, it’s not yet clear. But she wants to feel like she belongs, and she wants to feel whole.
The only thing Anna has at this point in her life is her art and the boys in the lab. And she would do anything to protect them— the things most important to her.
Visit the other stops on the tour to find out more about the Sam, Trev, Cas, and Nick!
Monday, January 7th – YA Bibliophile
Tuesday, January 8th – YA Sisterhood
Wednesday, January 9th – Confessions of a Bookaholic
Thursday, January 10th – Once Upon A Twilight
Friday, January 11th – IceyBooks
Thanks to Little Brown, I have a finished copy of ALTERED to give away to one lucky US/Canada reader. Fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!