Reviewed by Ashleigh
Author: Madeline Dyer
Publisher & Pages: Prizm Books, 314 pages
Audience: Young Adult
Blurb: As one of the last Untamed humans left in the world, Seven’s life has always been controlled by tight rules. Stay away from the Enhanced. Don’t question your leader. And, most importantly, never switch sides, because once you’re Enhanced there’s no going back. Even if you have become the perfect human being.
But after a disastrous raid on an Enhanced city, Seven soon finds herself in her enemy’s power. Realizing it’s only a matter of time before she too develops a taste for the chemical augmenters responsible for the erosion of humanity, Seven knows she must act quickly if she’s to escape and save her family from the same fate.
Yet, as one of the most powerful Seers that the Untamed and Enhanced have ever known, Seven quickly discovers that she alone holds the key to the survival of only one race. But things aren’t clear-cut anymore, and with Seven now questioning the very beliefs she was raised on, she knows she has an important choice to make. One that has two very different outcomes.
Seven must choose wisely whose side she joins, for the War of Humanity is underway, and Death never takes kindly to traitors.
Highlight: Untamed will keep you on your toes.
Caution: The story seemed to stall at some points.
Highlight: Complex characters made for interesting reading.
Caution: The plot seemed to have very little movement for a while.
Review: Sci-Fi isn’t usually my genre, but I received a free copy of Untamed in exchange for an honest review. So I read it, and it wasn’t half bad. Personally I couldn’t really get into the story, but that is more of a reflection on my personal preference than the author. I really couldn’t fault Madeline Dyer. I could see the care that had been taken with the writing and the story. As a writer myself, I recognise how hard she must have worked on this novel.
Seven was quite a complex and interesting character. She was kidnapped by the Enhanced, forcibly changed into one of them, then rescued and changed back to an Untamed. The kind of trauma she suffered at the hands of her captors left their scars, and throughout the book she had to deal with the scars. She struggled with self-identity. One minute she’s a pure Untamed, then she’s an Enhanced called Shania, then she becomes Untamed again, this time tainted by the Enhanced augmenters. As she struggles with addiction to augmenters, she questions herself. Who is she really? Is she still Seven? Or is she the Enhanced woman known as Shania? For anyone struggling with identity issues themselves, Seven will more than likely be their favourite character.
Untamed is a fantastic dystopian survival story, filled with twists. One of them I managed to guess, but the final twist with Rahn had me speechless.
On the other hand, though, there were times when I was bored with the story. These times were very few and far between, and often they occurred when I didn’t have very long to read.
Star Rating: 4 STARS
Available in: Paperback, eBook
Read our interview with Madeline Dyer here.
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