When Davy Hamilton’s tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn’t feel any different, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.
Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.
I was so excited to get into this one because there is so many underlying issues and commentaries I could think that relate to it, and I was not disappointed. The idea that a genetic test can tell you if you’ll kill someone in the future is a bit of a stretch, but with the way modern science is going who knows?
Davy has it all in the beginning, and quickly loses it as soon as she gets the results of the test back. She doesn’t feel different, but the science says she will kill someone someday. She’s immediately torn from her friends and family, stuffed in another school meant to keep the teen diagnosed like Davy out of trouble.
What intrigued me most about this is the prejudice and temperament of the others around Davy. People who have known her the entirety of her life now fear her. One must ask, was Davy going to kill someone anyways, or did the test and the situations that follow push her to that length?
There’s also the idea that even the top can fall. Davy literally was the golden child, headed for a bright future. That all changed in an instant, and no one could prove anything, say anything, or do anything to help. She was just as helpless as the kids from the lower income areas that had no one to back them up.
There is a second book out, which I am highly interested to read. I’ll be back on here once I get through it to post another review 🙂
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