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Altered [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Rush
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.


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Gr 8 Up-Four hot guys are locked in rooms below Anna's house: Trev (literary, erudite, yoga practitioner); Cas (artistic, funny, sporty); Nick (cynical, grouchy, vain); and Sam (caring, agile, a leader). Now 18, Anna has interacted with "the units" imprisoned in her father's underground lab for five years, and when she's not being homeschooled, baking cookies, or doing combat training, she helps with blood draws and data collection, occasionally sneaking down for midnight chess games. She's developed special ties with Trev and Sam, and a crush is turning into love. The action kicks in when representatives from the Branch (the secret organization overseeing project OP ALPHA) arrive to take the boys to a new location. They turn the tables, kill most of the Branch team, and flee with Anna as willing accomplice. The science behind the "altering" process is vague. Rush often tells readers that the information is "classified," but she does reveal that experiments in genetic alteration have given the boys a special connection and made them "more than human." Their memories were wiped clean in the process, leading to puzzles dealing with coded scars and tattoos. Those expecting hard science fiction will be disappointed, but readers seeking a "teens on the run" plot featuring surprising twists and turns, romantic entanglements, hard stomachs and curved muscles, and innocent-but-mischievous smiles will come away satisfied.-Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TXα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Anna lives with four boys who are not her brothers—Nick, the brooding bad boy; Trev, the thoughtful intellectual; Cas, the carefree jock; and Sam, their mysterious leader. What sounds like a lighthearted shojo manga in novel form is actually a rapid-fire thriller as Sam leads the escape from the farmhouse, where all four genetically altered boys were imprisoned in the basement. The boys, who don’t remember anything about their lives before they were imprisoned, take Anna hostage as insurance, and slowly, Anna and the boys begin to piece together the true nature of their relationship. This exciting debut novel does not break any new ground, but it provides enough twists and turns to keep readers engaged and wondering if there will be a next volume. Fans of the Hunger Games and Maze Runner series seeking more dystopian titles would likely enjoy this new adventure. Grades 7-12. --Candice Mack

Product Details

  • File Size: 1021 KB
  • Print Length: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (January 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZGBZ2E
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,716 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to love this one!! :( January 12, 2013
By Lauren
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
There's a lot of books I want to read for a few different reasons. There's the sequels or continuations of series I already love. There's books whose concepts interest me but don't completely sell me yet. Then there's the debuts such as Altered, that capture my interest right way through a combination of a intriguing concept and stand-out cover. I awaited Altered`s arrival for months, had it pre-ordered and checked the tracking info probably 50 times a day once it was shipped. I was that anxious for it to arrive. I planned to rip right into the packaging as soon as I got my hands on it. I didn't even care that it was close to 10 p.m. when I started Altered because I had pre-convinced myself that I'd love it.

And then, about 30 pages in, something happened. With only a couple chapters in, my excitement began to wan. I was still interested in delving deeper because the plot had raised a lot of questions that I wanted answered. However, early on I became detached. Detached from the characters and detached from the emotion. Throughout the whole book I felt like there was general lack of emotion. A lack between father and daughter and a huge lack between two individuals who were supposedly in-love or close enough to becoming. Even the premise says, "Sam who's stolen Anna's heart" a concept that Rush tried to convey throughout the story, and one I just couldn't buy.

By the time Altered begins we're already told that there's feelings brewing between these two, or at least, on Anna's end. She's known Sam for about 5 years and harbors strong feelings for him. Why, is a question I asked myself over and over again. Sure. He's hot and pretty nice and Anna has seen him pretty much everyday for the last five years.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review for Altered by Jennifer Rush January 6, 2013
By Alyssa
Format:Hardcover
***Review posted at The Eater of Books! blog***

Altered by Jennifer Rush
Book One of the Altered series
Publisher: Little, Brown and Co.
Publication Date: January 1, 2013
Rating: 5 stars
Source: Won a giveaway

I got this book from a wonderful author, who pre-ordered it for me. I am going to be honest - I may have asked for this book because of the cover. I usually try not to do things like that, but the synopsis actually seemed interesting as well. It seemed like a win-win situation. Nevertheless, I was not disappointed.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.

What I Liked:

First, I would like to say that this book is not a contemporary, or a dystopia.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMazing! Compelling! Buy it! January 10, 2013
Format:Hardcover
What an amazing book! I literally spent the afternoon reading this book non-stop it was so compelling. It is best described as a combination of The Bourne Identity and the movie Memento. I loved all the characters, the action, the mystery and Jennifer Rush's fantastic writing skills. You have to read this book; it is FANTASTIC!!

Seventeen year old Anna has worked with her father in the lab under their farmhouse for the last eight months. But, she had been sneaking down there for the last four years, interacting with the four boy subjects her father was working on. Anna was in love with the leader Sam, was best friends with the literature lover Trev, enjoyed the ADD of Cas and was afraid of the rude and angry Nick. The boys were in glass enclosed rooms which she wanted to free them from, but she also never wanted to be without Sam, so she would visit at night playing chess with Sam and forming a friendship with Trev and Cas.

Connor and Riley from The Branch were in charge of the boys' alterations and would check in on the boys' progress in the program. Arriving with a group of armed men one morning, they expressed their displeasure with Anna's father's procrastination and declared they were taking the boys immediately. They boys had been planning an escape and took the opportunity to fight back, killing almost everyone and escaping with Anna in tow.

And this is when the story really gets good. As they flee from the Branch's pursuers, they follow clues Sam left behind last time he escaped. All the boys can only remember the last five years, but they know they have hidden messages on their bodies for some reason. As they decipher the clues, they are continuously being pursued by Connor and Riley and have no one they can trust.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great mixture of thriller and sci-fi :)
I knew it... I just knew it. How did I know? 3 things:
The cover.
The plot.
The main character :)

This Isy second time reading this book and I STILL... Read more
Published 1 month ago by (;Lucy Lala;)
4.0 out of 5 stars great!!!!
great book I really enjoyed the read. never put it down once because of how interesting and suspenseful it was.
Published 1 month ago by Caitlin Killeen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great beginning to a wonderful trilogy
Wonderful start to a great series. I loved all 3 of these books. This book is a young adult book about 5 teenagers who have been turned into the ultimate weapon of destruction. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
This book was amazing it had everything I was looking for. Fantasy, romance, mystery, suspense. This is a five-star book.
Published 2 months ago by i hate it
1.0 out of 5 stars ehhh
Don't get me wrong, this had a lot of potential. With a little more work it could have been fantastic. Throughout the book I kept thinking it was bound to get better. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kaitlyn Mott
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Fast paced with the right touch of romance and a good story line. Kind of original and predictable, but still an amazing read. Can't wait to read the second book.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Came for the Cover, Stayed for the Plot
The premise to this is very intriguing
Published 4 months ago by etnrl4l
4.0 out of 5 stars read a full review: http: //southernbredsouthernread. blogspot ...
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Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as exciting as it sounds
For reasons I can’t quite put my finger on, Altered just didn’t do it for me. It’s the opposite of the well-known saying “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Angela's Library
4.0 out of 5 stars Sucked me in, awaiting the rest.
Anna doesn't know when the boys came, or why the boys are in basement; but she goes down every night, to talk to Sam and Trev. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. C
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