Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: July 16th 2012
Series: Altered Sequence #1
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Reese has a plan: keep his grades up, work hard on the basketball court, apply to his favorite Ivy League college, and don’t get arrested.
There’s just one problem.
Reese knows things no one should know. He always thought he just had good instincts, but he’s noticed that it’s been getting worse. Lately it seems like something else.
Something more than instinct.
And he’s not the only one that has noticed.
They’ve been waiting.
And now it’s time.
With his life in danger, Reese needs a new plan: escape.
ALTERED is a very fast paced, addicting read that completely took my by surprise. I haven’t really read many self published novels before, and I’m happy this could be one of my first. Reese had an addictive, sarcastic voice I mostly enjoyed and kept me turning the pages. He’s smart, loyal, and nice though I did think that things came a little to easy to him in regards to his… powers. He just seemed to know a lot of things without practice or experimentation. Might convenient really.
Plot wise, this gets moving within a few chapters and doesn’t slow down. Things might have even been moving a little too quickly at points. I would have loved some slower moments that delved into the science and Reese’s back story a little more. I wanted to learn more about Reese’s father and his mum’s illness too. And Erika’s back story. A lot more could have been done if there was more time to spend on Erika and Joanna’s characters. That being said, ALTERED is a short novel and only so much can be done. It did surprise me though. I thought I knew the root of what was going on, but nope, I was wrong. That was a great surprise.
The only other issue I can think of right now is the romance. It sort of came out of nowhere and kind of became a triangle but not really. Reese met the girls once, he had known them for not even an hour total when he starts thinking about them a lot and border line obsesses over them. It’s almost instalovey. Almost. We didn’t get to see enough of it for me to make a proper judgement.
ALTERED was a really enjoyable and suspenseful read. There were moments that took me by surprise, and aspects that annoyed me slightly as well. I’m hoping future books will develop the characters and science further and give us a deeper look into back stories.