Altered by Jennifer Rush
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.
My thoughts: This is one of those books I really enjoyed but didn't write a review in a timely manner. I really liked the concept, the pace, development, and the characters. It moves a quick clip and includes different personalities to balance out the story.
The book is about a secret lab under a farmhouse where four boys are held in cells. Their blood is drawn on a regular basis. They are trained with different strengths. The only daily oversight is one scientist and his teenage daughter. Their histories are unknown to all of the teens.
Then it gets violent and bloody. The big escape and all the teens are gone, including the protagonist, Anna. They want to find a safe place but apparently they are important to a government entity. They run and find clues to their origin. There is more blood and fighting, more mystery, and a little chemistry.
Really good read. Very excited for the next books.
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