Oh. My. Goodness.
To put it lightly, I enjoyed reading this book.
To be a little more honest, I devoured it!
It was such a fun read!
Keep in mind, that going into this having read only the description on Goodreads, I wasn't sure this book would be my thing. I'm usually not a huge fan of Sci-Fi. But as I got closer and closer to the end of the book I got so anxious about it ending. I didn't want it to!
"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."
ALREADY, my mind is racing with all the possibilities. Adjusting your DNA, very sci-fi, but I'm also intrigued about what other enhancements there are. I'm already wondering about what kinds of class issues might arise, how is the government regulating this, and what kinds of ethical questions have been raised so far? How far are people going to enhance their DNA??
The story did not disappoint. There's growing unrest between the altereds and unadjusteds. And I am here for every minute of it.
I'm here for the action, the science, the romance, the fantasy of choosing to have wings like a birds' or a butterfly's. All of it.
I squealed audibly while reading this book.
During the last few chapters, I was holding my temples, wanting to look away but not being able to peel my eyes from the screen because I needed to know what was going to happen.
There were a few instances where my eyes jumped ahead, and then I had to go back and read the whole page.
I'm also pleasantly surprised about the character building. Author Marisa Noelle really took me for a ride. When I started reading this book I was certain I knew what was going to happen and how certain characters were going to play out. I thought I knew what was coming and that was it.
I can't say I've been happier to be wrong. I adore the way Silver had moments with secondary characters where you learned their background stories. I loved how these small interactions through out the book helped break down prejudices and build up a united front.
It was really well done, and not super cheesy or dramatic.
Another note about the characters. The main character is not queer, but there are a few secondary characters who are. I really appreciated that the queer characters were not treated as tokens. I feel like recently I have been hearing a lot about books that include minority characters but feed into harmful stereotypes. The queer characters in this book were not used for comedic relief. Their queerness was not the butt of jokes. There was no gay best friend trope. They were characters, that just happened to also be queer.
I am not queer, though I do consider myself an ally, so my opinion on the matter is not what matters because it's not my identity that is being represented. But I've heard complaints from many readers about writing from various authors, where they feel minority characters are not represented well, or written as some type of caricature with stereotype after stereotype.
Noelle does not do that. The characters' queerness was acknowledged, but it wasn't treated as their sole characteristic. They weren't a token, and I appreciated that.
So as I like to do for blog tours, I don't want to just recommend the book. I want to give you an experience. So without further ado:
Recommended Book Pairings!
The action in this book made my heart race, so I would avoid caffeine. But with it being fall, I love a hot beverage by my side, as I read. So the perfect tea for this book?
Purely Peppermint from Yogi Tea. Mint is one of those things that's calming but can also help you focus. And when you're fighting for you're life, you need focus. There are times where Silver steps back to clear her mind, and when she does, you'll also need a little sip of something warm and calming.
Plus the encouraging words on each tea bag might help you hold hope when danger rises!
One thing I realized while reading this book is that my survival skills are non existent. I couldn't survive on the run. I couldn't survive in the wild. I have trouble just hitting my step goal some days.
As much as I love to cook, if the world descended into chaos tomorrow, I would not be prepared for anything.
But then I remembered, trail mix! It's a staple snack for hikes, packed with nutrients and also delicious. So I plan on keeping a bag of Wellsley Farms Nutty Dark Chocolate Cherry Trail Mix, my absolute favorite trail mix, on hand at home from now on.
So basically, if I ever have to try and survive with very little, I still won't last very long, but it will be a very delicious attempt. Also you can chow down on it like popcorn when the plot gets intense!
Last but not least, I'm including this umbrella from Shedrain in this book pairing. It's super wind resistant and closes in reverse so when it's time to close it up, you won't be carrying around a super wet umbrella.
Obviously I hope you're not turning on your survival instincts out in some storm, but I do know that you won't be able to put this book down. And when it starts to rain, you'll be glad to have this umbrella.
You can read more reviews for The Unadjusteds by Marisa Noelle, by checking out other book bloggers in the blog tour!