My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I wasn’t sure what to expect from Altered, so I was pleasantly surprised. While it started off somewhat slowly, I had a hard time putting it down once things really got started.
The plot was full of twists and turns. While I won’t elaborate on these because I want to avoid spoilers, I will say I managed to be mostly surprised. There was one major twist I guessed at pretty early on, but it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the book since that twist only scratched the surface and there were several other related twists I didn’t guess at. The plot was the main reason I kept turning pages, because I wanted to get to the end so I could have all the answers.
Another highlight of the book were the friendships. I loved the dynamic between Anna and the boys, especially because I’m not sure how many YA books I’ve read with platonic male/female friendships like this. I also loved how the boys were all there for each other, as well as how distinct each of their personalities was. And yes, I even loved Nick, even though he spent most of the book being a jerk.
Overall, I loved Altered. I realize the half-naked guy on the cover doesn’t really give off the whole sci-fi thriller vibe, but I promise if you look past the cover it’ll be worth your while.