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I finished this book last night and I'm still not 100% sure of how I felt about it. I know that, for the most part, I was not all that impressed by it. It had an interesting premise, but I feel that it was not executed properly. It had a few likable characters, but there were more unlikable ones.
First of all, you have Davy who is the greatest thing since sliced bread. She's perfect at everything, except she has a little trouble getting an A in a college level course. She's already been accepted Julliard because of her amazingness. She's got the greatest best friend in the world, who has jealousy issues when it comes to the other greatest person she has in her life: her boyfriend. Aside from music, he is her entire world. He is her biggest hobby. And what does her biggest hobby want to do? That's right. He wants "the sex" from her. Davy also has an amazing family, where she is the favorite child because she's super-special and not a free-thinking slacker like her brother. All of this changes when she becomes uninvited from her prestigious private school and picks up what is basically a probation officer because she's got Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (or HTS), which puts her at a greater risk to kill than most people. When this is discovered, she becomes a pariah. She is forced to go to (gasp) public school and is forced into a specific class for other HTS carriers.
She learns quickly that anything bad that happens to her is automatically her fault because she's an HTS character. Get beaten up? It's your DNA. Get raped? Your DNA. If a vigilante kills you for having the HTS gene, then they are the hero and you're the monster. Sorry, that's just how it is. And, while this is horribly unfair and unjust and should never happen, the way that she whines about it makes her rather hard to feel any empathy toward, but somehow I managed to do so. Her perfection, arrogance, and lack of regard for how much of a hypocrite she is was grating.
The science and math issues are the next problem. Okay, if a person has a gene that puts them at risk for a behavioral problem, then it generally does just that: puts them at risk. A person can have a genetic predisposition toward being mentally ill or have a personality disorder, but actually ending up with it will still depend on a lot of factors, including the environment that they grow up in and the one they are in around the time of their diagnosis. Stress can impact it. Trauma can impact it. You can definitely bet that torturing and branding (both apply to the imprinting process) can bring it on. And putting a person in a modern-day concentration camp? Yeah, that will bring it out. So the violent acts that HTS patients partake in after diagnosis can be explained by the oppressive measures used in the society that they are in.
Before each chapter, there's a press release or transcript or chart of statistics related to HTS and their carriers. This would be cool except that, in the case of the ones that explain HTS or its prevalence, the science that is used and the statistics that are used are inconclusive. Based on what was presented, Wainwright's conclusions about HTS patients being a threat to humanity make the claims by Andrew Wakefield and Jenny McCarthy about MMR and Autism look like actual science. It's crack science. It compared numbers of homicides committed in general to ones committed by HTS carriers, just gives the HTS carries' rate amongst the overall homicide rate. It doesn't show how many HTS carriers actually commit crimes, how often it happens, what they consider to be an actual homicide, what the HTS carriers may have endured growing up, or how being dehumanized may have contributed to the later criminal behavior. It does not seem to be a study that could be reproduced or that was truly peer reviewed.
There's another problem. Though it isn't addressed in the book, I had to assume that this was an alternate universe version of Earth. The setting was within the next 10 years. There is no way that a freshly published study published today could gain such a stronghold in society to the point that they are willing to force Holocaust-like conditions upon undesirable citizens in less than ten years time. And that's when the study would need to be published, right now. And it would have taken years to do the research, devise the study, propose it so that you can fund the study, perform the actual study, then come up with the conclusion, and finally find a publication that would accept it. Science isn't really a think about it and it's so kind of field. Even when breakthroughs are made, they are often dismissed by many within the field unless there is irrefutable proof to uphold the breakthrough. For example, the Wakefield thing that I brought up, which was falsified, was dismissed by most legitimate scientists because there had already been research that showed the safety and efficacy of immunizations. Likewise, there have been multitudes of studies into why people commit crimes and what goes on within the mind of a murderer. The only explanation I could think of to even justify this kind of world that she is suggesting is that it is an alternate universe where there is some level of already published research that would back up Wainwright's findings.
It had one of my biggest literary pet peeves: gratuitous sexual assault or threats of sexual assault scenes. Not one or two. Nope, I counted at least six of them. This is a book for young adults, which generally means that it's meant for teenagers. I don't like when adult books go for pointless threats and acts of sexual assault. I really do not like it in young adult books. If it would have advanced the plot, then its inclusion would be okay, but none of the cases advanced the plot. Meanwhile, it also taught that sex was something to be avoided, that women are weak, and that women need protecting. The underlying misogyny and slut-shaming was problematic, but not as much as the punishment that Davy received as a result of turning down an instance of "you should be glad I am still willing to have sex with you even though you've got this condition" sex. (Yes, this is one of the threats of sexual assault as it is an attempt to coerce an unwilling victim into sex by emotional abusing her.)
Aside from those issues, which were enough to make me feel quite antagonistic towards the book, I found the actual story to be on the boring side. It was not as developed as it should have been. I will probably read the sequel when it is published, but I will not be going in expecting anything good to come out of it.