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Sixteen-year-old Silver Melody lives in a world where 80% of the population has modified their DNA. Known as the altereds, those people now possess enhancements like wings, tails, and increased strength or intelligence. Although Silver’s parents created the nanite pill used to deliver these genetic modifications, Silver is proud of her unadjusted state.
However, when the president declares all unadjusteds must take a nanite, Silver has no choice but to flee the city with her father and some friends to prevent the extinction of the unadjusteds.
With Silver’s mother in prison for treason, Silver’s father is the unadjusteds’ only hope at finding a cure. But time is running out as Silver’s father is captured by the president’s almost immortal army. Vicious hellhounds are on Silver’s trail, and her only chance to recover her father involves teaming up with a new group of unlikely friends before all humanity is lost.
The Unadjusted has thee feels of several well-known fantasy/sci-fi books (Hunger Games, Divergent), but also shines brightly in its own right. Set in a dystopian future in a world that isn’t too different form ours, it’s a fast-paced thriller where every page is full of action or new discoveries. The plot is exciting and moves at a fast pace without leaving the reader behind or confused.
Silver Melody is far from your average schoolgirl. Many years ago, her scientist parents created nanite pills and these originally helped eradicate major illnesses and make humans stringer and immune to sickness. However, they are now used by the president wanting to make stronger armies and defence weapons. Most teens (and adults) have taken a nanite to permanently modify themselves with a super ability. Few people remain against this but when the President announces all eligible people must now take one – Silver is desperate to avoid it so she runs. But can Silver and her new allies bring down the president before it’s too late?
The story beings right in the action and then the new word and characters are breathed to life through the plot development and narrative. I was instantly drawn into this dystopian world and it sounds strange, but it didn’t take long before it actually felt like real life. The vivid description of the settings and peculiar characters/animals brought the surroundings alive and I became fully immersed in the novel.
I found Silver’s journey enjoyable and edge of my seat stuff. She’s a kick ass character who is loyal to her own mind and beliefs but is willing to listen to others and work as part of a team. She’s a likeable character and is easy for a YA to relate to.
This novel works well for the younger YA audience but is also very entertaining and fun for anyone to read. It’s packed with action but light to read and just very enjoyable.
Author Bio – Marisa Noelle
Marisa Noelle is the writer of MG & YA SFF & mental health novels. The Shadow Keepers is due out July 2019, The Unadjusteds in November 2019 & The Mermaid Chronicles – Secrets of the Deep at the end of 2019. When she’s not writing or reading or watching movies, she enjoys swimming. In the pool she likes to imagine she could be a mermaid and become part of some of her make-believe words. In the water, she can ignore the real world and focus on the plots of new novels and scenes. She lives in Woking, UK with her husband and three children.