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Altered

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jennifer Rush

Narrated By: Casey Holloway

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: January 2013

Duration: 8 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

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, solemn and brooding; Cas, lighthearted and playful; Trev, smart and caring; and Sam . . . who's stolen Anna's heart. Reserved and always controlled, Sam does everything with purpose.

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 go, 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, 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.

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  • Penny Ann Lupton

    Altered was an unusual choice for me. I normally don’t like young adult paranormal, but this one was pretty good. The story was unique, which is something I love in a paranormal. Although, I think I’d classify this book as sci-fi, not paranormal. The boys in the story are more than human, but it is because of scientific alterations not anything mythical. I think this novel would’ve been better for me if we’d have seen more of their abilities. After finishing this book, I still can’t tell you what their abilities are. There wasn’t a real demonstration, other than a few fighting scenes, but it was still nothing spectacular. What I did really like was the author’s ability to lay the groundwork for a good mystery. I thought she did this perfectly. Jennifer Rush doesn’t overload us with information at the beginning of this story. There is no long, drawn out prologue to explain what’s going on. She just plops us into the middle of the story and gives the reader enough information to figure it out for themselves. There were also a few twists I absolutely didn’t see coming. There wasn’t a single minute of this story where I was bored. Instead, I turned the pages eagerly, greedy for more. I will definitely read the next book when it’s released, and I’m glad I read this story. It was different for me, but I enjoyed it. I’d like to add something for those readers who are like me and avoid any book with sci-fi labeled on it. It doesn’t feel sci-fi—if that makes any sense. Normally, I hate anything too science fictiony, but this book was good. There is enough mystery and a hint of romance, just enough to balance everything out.

  • leslie welch

    An excellent novel that is well written. It keeps you on your toes wanting more!

  • Limor Yakoni-Blum

    Captivating book, interesting plot which doesn't stop to surprise, I enjoyed the story and the way it unfolded. The narrating was a little robotic, not so much as ruin the book for me but at times it felt very mechanical.