Summary Via Goodreads: “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’s 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.”
Holy Hell. I kinda want to leave my review at that…but i won’t.
Holy hell it was amazing? – Is that good enough? I mean pull out a 20 and go buy this book.
(still not good enough? Okay i suppose i can tell you more…well not spoilers or anything)
Since i don’t do spoilers this is what i can tell you about plot.
Plot: New (at least new from what I’ve come across). Jennifer Rush (THANK YOU by the way) isn’t a afraid to get her hands dirty. And that is a bonus in my books. It was fast-paced, intelligently written to the point it had me zigging while it was zagging. What i mean by that it was unpredictable and we (as readers) i think can relish in the fact that this book will keep you questioning up until the last pages. I don’t think there is much more satisfaction than that when look for a good book with a goooooodddddd plot. – oh! i just thought of something else while in the middle of the rest of this review – Rush does give us clues, and helps us along the way but i was so caught up in the story that i didn’t even think to look twice, i had to know what happened next and i had to keep going.
Characters: Well… If you have read any of my other blogs, and chances are you haven’t. Its a big thing for me to say this and I think its a great accomplishment for the writer – that their characters don’t start blending. There are five – yup five main ( and i just re-read the summary on Goodreads and i must have read the summary else where also because its give you super descriptions of the boys) people, and other supporting characters to boot. you already get a description of the boys, and they live up to their descriptions. No you don’t i just explained that…. so i will add more here.
Trav is the smart, best friend who lives on the opposite side of a glass wall. He can memorize quotes that inspire and meant to calm Anna when she needs his support he is there. He is sweet and loving. I wanted to hug him all the time and i was hoping Anna would seek more comfort from him more often in the book…
Nick is the bad-boy asshole everyone has in their group. Though he can’t remember his past there are just somethings that you can never erase from your subconscious that has you acting a certain way. Nick is mouthy an asshole to boot, but he is loyal and he loves the other boys like brothers. I would trust him always if i knew he liked me, i would NOT want to be on his bad side which is funny because Anna got there somehow but they manage to tolerate each other.
And sweet wonderful Cas who is a child at heart, with his blonde hair and dimples he is a little demon in disguise i am sure of it. He is ADD, bouncing off the walls, shameless flirt. But he is the one that can make everyone crack a smile and keeps spirits high. He is playful and i truly loved his character.
Lastly but not least is Sam. Sam is…well Sam. He has his secrets, a leader, and protective. He is worth reading the book and i hope when the second book comes around we will be able to crack into his hard shell just a little more. Even Nick is more of an open book than Sam so there’s not a whole lot i can say about him.
And since i did the rest of them, i guess i will tell you a bit about Anna. She has been visiting the boys secretly for five years. But recently can visit them whenever when she starts working with her father at Branch to help the boys. She can be naive but i don’t blame her, how can you know something is wrong when you are taught a certain way. This was the norm, they were trying to help the boys…right? So Anna is their constant friend on the outside of the glass wall. Don’t hate her before you figure her out. And i thought when i first read the description and a little ways in – two pages – i thought i would hate her too. She was selfish because she had thought about letting them out but wanted them for herself. But the way Jennifer Rush writes her character and how Anna sees things i can’t hate her.
I guess what i had slight problems with would be a few things, nothing that would make me hate to book, and obviously not enough for me to decide this book gets a 4 stars vs 5 because i overlooked these annoyances – which really is probably all me – because it was suppppper good. Anyways getting off topic…again. So back to those little problems. I wanted more growth from each the boys, mostly from Nick and God help me i always fall for the asshole in books i don’t know why but i do, so i loved him the mostest so i might be bias. But still I understand this is a series so hopefully we shall see more growth in the boys in the next book. Another annoyance for me that i was actually on the fence for half the time has to deal with our girl and narrator Anna. Anna starts out loving Sam – and honestly its nice it wasn’t an instant thing, this has been 5 years in the making, and i was okay with it. But i don’t know really this might be me but i wanted her to hate him sometimes, and if you read it i am sure there will be parts when you hate him too. And want Anna to hate her but she is so in love with him being with him isn’t fathomable… which would be my problem i suppose. I understand it. I do. So if you are reading this and you read the book already don’t you dare yell at me i understand. But i am going to be that horrible person that calls love triangle! I didn’t want a full blown one, but i wanted Anna to realize that you can be mad and angry at the person you love. I wanted her to seek comfort from her other boys, her other friends who have also been there for five years. And really i shouldn’t say love triangle i really shouldn’t because its not what i want, like i said just get mad at him Anna its okay you will live. JUST GET MAD! i like friction….
Okay this is going to be a shorter review for me only because i can’t really do this review without almost giving anything away and i won’t do that. My advice? If you like sci-fi, mystery, action, an adventure, or anything like that mixed with a bit of romance, then pick this book up you won’t regret it. Oh and the ending isn’t one of those cliffhangers where they leave you in the middle of action. Its a good refreshing, like whoooo- i can take a breath and breathe. I can breathe and not start tearing the author apart for leaving me like that. She gives us enough to want more without like, you need to put up the first chapter of the next one right this second Jennifer Rush – i mean if you want to go ahead i won’t mind ;).