Review: ‘Altered’ by Jennifer Rush

Review: ‘Altered’ by Jennifer RushAltered by Jennifer Rush
Series: Altered #1
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on January 1st, 2013
Genres: Action & Adventure, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 323
Format: Hardcover
Source: bought in-store, NetGalley, requested from publisher
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 has 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.

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Anna lives with her dad, a scientist who is part of The Branch’s program. He’s in charge of monitoring four boys who have been biologically altered. When The Branch come to pick up the boys, they end up escaping and taking Anna with them. She finds out more about this company and helps the boys find out what they have lost.

I really liked how action packed this one is. Considering the boys are are supposed to altered to be assassins I’m guessing they know every way to disarm someone and it shows in the fight scenes. Something Rush does very well. As for the characters, I just like Chase so much. He has the sarcastic wit that I love, and he always wants to eat. He’s pretty much the laughing track of the entire novel. As for the main character, I liked Anna, but one minute Anna wants to be strong and fierce and the next second she’s bawling because her mother doesn’t know her? She doesn’t know the whole story yet she jumps to conclusions anyway. It bothered me a lot. But I can forgive her for being a little self-centered. Here’s to hoping she will grow up.

There’s something about Jennifer Rush’s writing that makes you want to keep going until the last page is read. Her characters are full of vibrant personalities, and the action gutted me because there was so much.

The story moves along very well and I wasn’t bored at all. Can’t wait to pick up the next one in the series. Why don’t I have the next book yet?


You can hitchhike your way across the country. Just flash your abs. I bet someone would stop. (71)
I might not remember who I was before all this, but I can bet it wasn’t all sunshine and fucking roses. (109)
You’re all I have left. (308)





  1. Megan McDade

    January 17, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    I want to read this I have heard great things about it.

    MEGAN @

    • giselle

      January 18, 2015 at 10:21 PM

      It’s a surprisingly GREAT read! Loved it

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