Let me start off by being honest and revealing that I judged this book by its cover. When I first picked it up, I looked at the cover art and put it back on the shelf. Then, a few moments later I returned to it and read the synopsis. It sounded decent and honestly, I wasn’t looking for anything too heavy to read. I had just finished the Mara Dyer trilogy and was looking for something quick and light to get into. To my surprise (and complete amusement) Michelle Hodkin (author of the Mara Dyer trilogy) actually had a blurb on the back! I took it as a sign that I was meant to read this book.
Another moment of honesty: I just spent twenty minutes drafting my own spoiler-free synopsis for this book, but I failed… miserably, so for those of you that don’t know what the book is about, please, read the Goodreads page.
Altered proved to be exactly what I needed. After completing my journey with Mara and Noah (see above: Mara Dyer trilogy), I was in a reading slump, but Jennifer Rush pulled me out of it. Even though the writing was far from perfect, I loved Anna’s character and loved Sam’s even more. The only major flaw to this book, apart from the so-so writing, is that at the beginning of the story readers are introduced to so many characters at once. This usually wouldn’t be a big deal, but in Altered readers are introduced to four boys who are all around the same age. Yes, they each have their quirks, hobbies, and talents, but I found it difficult to register each boy as an individual. And this was especially true for Trev and Cas. Fortunately, that changes throughout the novel and I was able to gain a real sense of each boy’s personality.
For any of you that have read the book and know what I’m taking about, I thoroughly loved the twist that comes around page 250. It was unexpected and, for me, a game changer that heightened the drama between… characters. I kept that vague as to avoid spoilers ;)
Overall, I recommend Altered to people who are currently mourning the end of a different book series (like I was) or to people who are searching for a quick read that supplies plenty of suspense, twists and turns, and drama.