Untamed by Madeline Dyer

Posted September 15, 2015 by E.J. Roberts in 4 Stars, Adult, Book Review, Dystopian Future, Teen / 0 Comments

Untamed by Madeline Dyer

4 starSeven is Untamed. Being Untamed requires Seven to follow a very harsh set of rules, one of which is to never let yourself become Enhanced. Once down that path, there is no returning. However, a disastrous raid on a city left Seven in the hands of the Enhanced. She knows she has little time to break free or she will become dependent on the chemical augmenters the Enhanced use and their way of life.

As one of the greatest Seers either side had ever seen, she has a big decision to make. Which side does she join? With both sides depending on her decision, she has to decide. The War for Mankind is on and she’s the key.

My Opinion:

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.


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