***Note: I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.***Untamed (Untamed, #1) by Madeline Dyer
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As one of the last Untamed humans left in the world, Seven’s life has always been controlled by tight rules. Stay away from the Enhanced. Don’t question your leader. And, most importantly, never switch sides--because once you’re Enhanced there’s no going back. Even if you have become the perfect human being.
But after a disastrous raid on an Enhanced city, Seven soon finds herself in her enemy’s power. Realizing it’s only a matter of time before she too develops a taste for the chemical augmenters responsible for the erosion of humanity, Seven knows she must act quickly if she’s to escape and save her family from the same fate.
Yet, as one of the most powerful Seers that the Untamed and Enhanced have ever known, Seven quickly discovers that she alone holds the key to the survival of only one race. But things aren’t clear-cut anymore, and with Seven now questioning the very beliefs she was raised on, she knows she has an important choice to make. One that has two very different outcomes.
Seven must choose wisely whose side she joins, for the War of Humanity is underway, and Death never takes kindly to traitors.
This book was fascinating. I have to give Madeline Dyer a hand on creating such an intriguing story. She captured what it would be like to live moment from moment when you’re forced to live by strict rules. She also captured what it would be like to have a constant desire for a drug you can’t quite shake from your system. For once you’re Enhanced, there’s no way back.
However, there is something about the way the book is written that might throw people. Rarely is a book written in active present tense because it can be difficult to pull off. However, Ms. Dyer does a magnificent job of it. It did leave the book feeling a little jumpy and jerky since we see everything through Seven’s eyes and through her thoughts and actions. While I find myself wishing it had been written in a different style, I can’t say how it would have been. It definitely presented a powerful story written the way it was and it might not have had the power or the urgency had it been written any other way.
If you decide to give it a try, just remember it won’t be like any other book you’ve read. Or if you do have experience with active present tense, you’re in for a treat if you like the style. I know that I’m glad I had the opportunity to read it. It held my attention from beginning to end. It will be interesting to see the other books in this series and if she continues with active present tense voice and how the story ends.