The Unadjusteds is a story set in a dystopian world where nanites (basically, pills) are used to enhance humane abilities or instil abilities and features acquired from other species (a wolf, butterfly, bird, etc.) but revolves around a teenage daughter of genetic scientists who is against the nature of forcing everyone to consume these nanites and believes in addressing the risks associated with this technology, and how she groups with other teenagers of this world—both ‘altereds’ and ‘unadjusteds’—to fight the forceful president and his government.
I refuse to live in a world where genetically enhanced abilities are valued more than kindness and compassion.
➝ Sum it up in points!
✔Group of teenage mutants
✔Young adults fighting the evil government
✔Adventurous hideouts in caves
✔Mutated animals are also villains
✔Standing up for what’s right
✔Evident love for family
✔Emotional friendship building
➝ Trigger Warnings
⇾ Graphic death due to toxicity
⇾ Sudden yet bearable electric shock
⇾ Detained parents and family in camps
⇾ Panic attack
⇾ Blood spill
⇾ Attack by an animal
⇾ Forced governmental strategies
I won’t let something like that define who I am. I am enough, just how I am.
Like most science fiction stories set in a futuristic world, The Unadjusteds also highlights the inhumane or downright absurd laws set up by an evil body. And this wrongdoing affects one teenage girl deeply with her mother being held for standing by what’s right. The plot essentially follows this girl’s journey through survival and ultimate escape, only for her to understand that she needs to set things right and not just run away. The story soon brings a group of survivors and righteous fighters to the spotlight, and they work together to save the ones fallen into the inhumane hands of the president.
The world-building could’ve been better since it showcased only bits and pieces of where the scenes were actually taking place instead of panning the entire setup. However, it does have the dystopian vibes one would look for when diving into such a story with all the mutated beings and a powerful army to stop any uprisings.
The bunch of rebellious young adults in The Unadjusteds are unique in terms of not just their mutations but their personalities too. While some are genetically modified to have butterfly wings, some are built with great muscle strength and some have the power of speed, a few are even more lucky to have the ability to teleport and very few can even perform telekinesis. The diversity in terms of these powers is what makes the rebellious group worth cheering for. A group of mutants coming together to fight is also indicative of the X-Men vibes that this book gives so if you’re a fan of that franchise, you know this might impress you.
All in all, The Unadjusteds is a good science-fiction dystopia and can be a great choice for those who appreciate teenage mutants, a fight against the wrong, and the discussion of what comprises of technological advancement without giving away humanitarian responsibilities. The few things that didn’t impress me very much was the lack of a more intricate world-building which didn’t allow me to submerse myself in the story and the convenience with which the story went ahead at all turning points.
“If there’s anything I’ve learnt [redacted], it’s that the world isn’t black and white. It’s very, very grey. Charcoal even.”
Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of this via my participation in a blog tour organised by Caffeine Book Tours but that, in no way, influences my rating or review. Thank you, Marisa Noelle and Write Plan.
Author: Marisa Noelle
Publisher: Write Plan
Release Date: November 1, 2019
Sixteen-year-old Silver Melody lives in a world where 80% of the population has modified their DNA. Known as the altereds, those people now possess enhancements like wings, tails, and increased strength or intelligence. Although Silver’s parents created the nanite pill used to deliver these genetic modifications, Silver is proud of her unadjusted state.
However, when the president declares all unadjusteds must take a nanite, Silver has no choice but to flee the city with her father and some friends to prevent the extinction of the unadjusteds.
With Silver’s mother in prison for treason, Silver’s father is the unadjusteds’ only hope at finding a cure. But time is running out as Silver’s father is captured by the president’s almost immortal army. Vicious hellhounds are on Silver’s trail, and her only chance to recover her father involves teaming up with a new group of unlikely friends before all humanity is lost.
Marisa Noelle is the writer of MG & YA SFF & mental health novels. The Shadow Keepers is due out July 2019, The Unadjusteds in November 2019 & The Mermaid Chronicles – Secrets of the Deep at the end of 2019. When she’s not writing or reading or watching movies, she enjoys swimming. In the pool she likes to imagine she could be a mermaid and become part of some of her make-believe words. In the water, she can ignore the real world and focus on the plots of new novels and scenes. She lives in Woking, UK with her husband and three children.
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