Altered by Marnee Blake
Published by Entangled on December 28th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Science Fiction
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When "normal" ends, survival begins...
The sickness came on suddenly and violently. When it was done, waitress Blue Michaels was different in a really strange way. And the entire town of Glory was dead...except for her.
Only that's not exactly true. A handful of people made it, including U.S. Army Specialist Seth Campbell, who was caught in the wrong town at the worst time. He's fierce and protective, and way too good-looking. As much as they need a leader—as much as Blue wants to trust him—there are too many questions and not enough time for answers. Now they are hunted. But what their pursuers don't know is each of them has strange new powers. And they'll use their "gifts" to survive...no matter who stands in their way.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Well, this was one of those books that you can’t quite decide if you liked it or not. I found the basic plotline interesting with a bunch of people being affected by a strange virus and when they’re done puking their guts out they have superpowers, I mean, that would totally rock… minus the puking of course.
But the thing is, this was a very young New Adult book, as in Blue our heroine is 19 and Seth the hot military guy is 23. Putting that aside, the story centered primarily around the action that stems from how the virus affects them than around Blue and Seth’s romantic relationship. I’ve realized that finding the balance between action vs. romance is not the easiest thing to accomplish.
So, the story goes like this: there’s this tiny town in the middle of nowhere. And one night everyone goes to sleep, get sick like dogs and then most of the population dies horribly. The very few that do survive the illness wake up with new powers. We get to meet five of these survivors, and they turn out to be two with telekinetic powers (one of them is Blue), a telepath and two guys who get super analytic minds and super physical dexterity (Seth gets this power).
The morning after the illness takes the town down Seth finds Blue on the street. Their first encounter could have gone better but when military type helicopters show up supposedly looking for survivors, but Blue and Seth don’t understand what is happening. Deciding that armed men coming after you really doesn’t bode well they decide to stick together and they go on the run. Blue wants to go check out the house of an old school mate who lives mostly out of town, and there they find Kitty, the one who can now read minds.
Soon they’re on the run from this security firm that seems to be one of those mercenary/paramilitary type with government’s contracts to do the things the military can’t really do that we read so much about, and they meet up with two more kids the same age as Blue and Kitty.
So basically the story is about a bunch of kids scared shitless and doing stupid stuff because they don’t want to listen to Seth who’s the only one with a bit of training to survive on the run.
As I’ve mentioned I picked up this story knowing that it has an ongoing plotline (meaning that by the end we have a barely there HFN) but what bothered me was that it had a lot, and I mean a lot, of loose ends, and most of them was because of TSTL decisions View Spoiler » I mean, how can you get caught by the bad guys when you can read everyone’s freaking minds!?!?! « Hide Spoiler. I was also kind of confused by the fact that we have a bit of Kitty’s PoV thrown in. At first, I did think this was going to be a multiple PoV book and then it wasn’t, but we just get a glimpse at what Kitty goes through.
Yes, I liked the idea of this book, it’s not a bad book at all. It was just a bit disappointing in the romance department and I wish the characters would’ve been a bit older and mature and, you know…, a bit smarter; And while I found Altered interesting and even entertaining I’m not sure I care enough about the characters to pick up the next installment. We’ll see.
Sparkles’ Rating: 3 Stars.
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