Published: January 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown books for young children
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.
What's not to love about Altered? We have one girl, Anna, and not one, not two, not even three guys. No, we have four hot guys. Some girls have all the luck! There's Trev, who is the 'friend'. Cas who is a bit of a trickster. Nick who is very definitely the bad boy ( and my personal favourite), and then there is Sam - the brooding leader of the group. I tell you, there is enough testosterone in the bunch to keep you going for weeks.
We have secret government offices - with secret labs, secret experiments, secret secrets and lots of bad guys. You get my drift? Then the boys escape said secret lab with Anna in tow and the fun really begins. I was convinced that I knew what was coming in the story, but I got a bit of a shock when things took a very unexpected twist.
While I loved the characters of the four boys I have to admit to occasionally being a little frustrated with Anna. Sometimes she seemed awfully naïve and trusting when I felt she should have known to be more wary, but on the whole I was able to get over that and just enjoy the story. Final decision, a fun, taut mystery that was interesting to unravel. Bring on the next one.