The Unadjusteds

Today it is my turn in TheWriteReads blog tour of The Unadjusteds by Marisa Noelle to publish my review. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this awesome tour. 

Book information: 

  • Author: Marisa Noelle
  • Publisher: Write Plan
  • Date of publication: 1st November 2019
  • Genre: Dystopian Young Adult
  • Pages: 414
  • ISBN-13 978-1948115032




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.

Review and Recommendation: 

When I read about this upcoming tour and read the summary of the book I was intrigued about it but not sure I would like it. I have had my doubts as I had to read a book with a similar synopsis some years back for a school project. Like this I was happily surprised about how much I liked the book.

The idea of people adjusting their body and mind in every way they like is very well implemented and realistically built in this novel. So for example it is very common that people grow wings. To be honest the thought of having wings is kind of a nice one. But getting adjusted is not as easy as it seems. People have to take pills to achieve an adjustment but they can also die when taking these pills. I suppose that and those pills not being cheap are the main reasons why not everyone wants to take them. Here the book leaves some space for the reader to think about why people might not like to adjust their bodies to get into conformity with the rest of society. Especially for young adults it is important to be part of a peer group and being unadjusted means that you are not. Due to this the main protagonists Silver does not have many friends except for Matt, who is her best friend. She is not the nicest of people in my opinion and sometimes a bit slow on the uptake but she is getting there and really grew on me in the course of the novel. In my opinion she is also a tad bit too much of a super hero but all in all it does not diminish my opinion of the book. 

The Unadjusted is a real young adult dystopian novel. There is violence and death but it is not too much to take for young adults, especially not if you compare it to other young adult novels. I would definitely recommend this book to young people and maybe I will even read it with my students one day as there are really many topics in there that can be used as a discussion basis in school. As this is the first volume of three I want to read the following two books too. 

Marissa Noelle managed to write an exciting book that tackles important topics of our time and future in an enjoyable way. 

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The Unadjusteds