It’s the year 2021 and crime is on the rise in the United States. The government and scientists have determined that there are people out there with a gene called HTC or the ‘murder’ gene. People have to be tested and if they test positive for the gene their whole life changes.
Davy is the perfect high school senior. A music protégée at the age of three, she has already been accepted into Julliard for the following year. She has the perfect boyfriend and best friend. She lives the perfect life. That is until she comes home from school one day and is told that she is a carrier. In a blink of an eye her whole life changes. Her acceptance to Julliard? Gone. Her perfect boyfriend? Turns into an asshole. Her perfect best friend? Turns on her. And she now has to go to school in a cage with the other carriers. This is where she meets Sean, a carrier, who isn’t who he appears to be.
So there were moments in this book that really pissed me off. How is that a girl like Davy is treated like a social pariah just because she has a gene that might make her a murderer? At first, I really liked her boyfriend for reacting so calmly about this, but when they go to that party later on and he basically treats her like she should be thankful that he’s even still with her, I wanted to slap the crap out of him. Did the US government think that maybe the reason people ‘snap’ when they get the gene is because of how they’re treated once it’s out there?
As for the camp scene where Davy is forced to kill someone, I really wanted to scream. It’s amazing how they label her a potential killer and then actually turn her into one. Gah.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Davy’s situation was really frustrating and I couldn’t wait to be done with this book. I liked the characters of Gil and Sean, and I’m curious to see what happens to everyone now.
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