Untamed is a YA dystopian book about a world where most of the people take ‘augmenters’. These people are known as the ‘Enhanced’ (though they have a different name for themselves) and are trying to convert the remainder of ‘Untamed’ humanity to be like them. The ‘Enhanced’ live safe, idyllic lives, at the cost of their emotions. They can feign emotions with their augmenters, just as they can give themselves many other traits, but the emotions are not real. The ‘Untamed’ refuse to lose their humanity for the so-called safety the ‘Enhanced’ offer.
The story revolves around a 17-year-old girl who is the seventh of seven children… and her name reflects that fact. The story jumps right into things with no background, near the end of a raid that lost Seven’s mother, who has become one of the ‘Enhanced’.
A little bit of background of some sort would have been nice, though after the first page or two I really got into the story, and everything you needed to know was eventually found within the story.
I found the story very engrossing, to the point that I was reading it at times I find it hard to focus on anything (such as while on a treadmill at a difficult pace… and it made the time fly by). The story was unique in my experience (considering YA Dystopian is one of my preferred genres). It was fast paced, and the writing style definitely helped keep you in the head of the main character. However, it wasn’t action scene after action scene, there were downtimes of sorts, there were times when what was going on was within the character, or between the good guys. It managed to keep the fast pace without being unreasonable in what the characters could handle, which is something I find many YA books (or any books, for that matter) often have trouble with.
It wasn’t perfect… as I said, it started a bit abruptly, and there were a few things here and there that just didn’t seem to fit quite right. But overall it was a great story that was very well written.
I already can’t wait for the next book in the series!
Disclaimer: A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.