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The Bourne Identity meets Virals in this thrilling mystery of erased memories, secret experiments and genetically altered teens.

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Jennifer Rush began telling lies at the age of five and was immediately hooked. Fiction was far better than reality, and she spent most of her teens writing (about vampires, naturally). She currently lives in Michigan with her husband and two children and enjoys eating ice cream in her spare time. Altered is her debut novel.

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Within minutes, this medical-engineering thriller will have readers glued to their seats....Riveting. - Kirkus ReviewsAction-packed...[Anna's] interactions with the boys...keep the story moving quickly, along with a steady unfolding of revelations and events. - Publishers WeeklyA rapid-fire thriller....Fans of the Hunger Games and Maze Runner series seeking more dystopian titles would likely enjoy this new adventure. - BooklistRush keeps it fresh with this fast-paced novel, full of last-minute surprises and unexpected twists . . . The mysteries laced throughout the action add suspense, making the moments of romance even hotter. - Romantic TimesHeart-racing action complete with identity twists, mystery, and romance born from the core of the story make this unputdownable. - Lissa Price, international bestselling author of StartersA trill ride full of twists, secrets, and betrayals. I loved it. More, please! - Kim Harrington, author of The Dead and BuriedA thrilling, fast-paced, and romantic story... Government conspiracies, special abilities, family, friendship, and love all melt together so beautifully to create an amazing debut novel. - Julie Cross, author of TempestAn exciting debut full of mystery and suspense. It gripped my attention from page one. I loved it. - S. J. Kinciad, author of Insignia

Gr 8 Up-Four hot guys are locked in rooms below Anna's house: Trev (literary, erudite, yoga practitioner); Cas (artistic, funny, sporty); Nick (cynical, grouchy, vain); and Sam (caring, agile, a leader). Now 18, Anna has interacted with "the units" imprisoned in her father's underground lab for five years, and when she's not being homeschooled, baking cookies, or doing combat training, she helps with blood draws and data collection, occasionally sneaking down for midnight chess games. She's developed special ties with Trev and Sam, and a crush is turning into love. The action kicks in when representatives from the Branch (the secret organization overseeing project OP ALPHA) arrive to take the boys to a new location. They turn the tables, kill most of the Branch team, and flee with Anna as willing accomplice. The science behind the "altering" process is vague. Rush often tells readers that the information is "classified," but she does reveal that experiments in genetic alteration have given the boys a special connection and made them "more than human." Their memories were wiped clean in the process, leading to puzzles dealing with coded scars and tattoos. Those expecting hard science fiction will be disappointed, but readers seeking a "teens on the run" plot featuring surprising twists and turns, romantic entanglements, hard stomachs and curved muscles, and innocent-but-mischievous smiles will come away satisfied.-Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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