Author: Jennifer Rush
Series: Altered (Book 1)
Publication: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (January 1, 2013)
Description: They were made to forget. But they'll never forgive.
When the Branch decides it's time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape. Anna's father pushes her to go with them, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs.
On the run, with her father's warning in her head, Anna begins to doubt everything she thought she knew about herself. She 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.
My Thoughts: ALTERED was a great science fiction thriller. Anna is used to her life with her father doing scientific experiments on the boys in the Lab. She is homeschooled and just about finished with high school but doesn't know what she is going to do next.
Anna has built her life around helping her father with his experiments and befriending the four boys who are prisoners in his lab. Her best friend among them is Trev but it is Sam who is the object of her crush. Nick scares her and Cas is a light-hearted goof. When the Branch decides that it is time to remove the boys to whatever secret thing is next for them, the boys manage to escape taking Anna along with them at her father's request.
Since the boys have all had their memories wiped, they are all trying to follow cryptic clues tattooed or carved into their bodies. They are also trying to keep ahead of the Branch agents who want to recover them at all costs.
Along the way, Anna learns that the life she led might have been just an elaborate fake. Her perceptions of everything from her past change and her world is remade. There was a bunch of action and dangerous situations in this one. There was also a growing romance between Sam and Anna.
This book begins a three book series and, so, leaves questions unanswered. I know it made me want to read the rest of the series as soon as possible.
That's what hope was. Clinging to something you weren't sure would ever be yours. But you had to hold on anyway, because without it, what was the point?I bought this one in 2013. You can buy your copy here.