Untamed by Madeline Dyer
Untamed by Madeline Dyer
Release date: May 2015
Publisher: Prizm Books
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
Though I still have one more book to read in the Divergent trilogy, I had sworn off reading dystopian fiction for a while. I kind of got sucked into the whole Hunger Games craze and ended up reading Elixir, Delirium, The Maze Runner and Divergent too. However, after receiving a review copy of Madeline Dyer’s new novel Untamed, I decided to make an exception.
I’ll have to say that I am quite conflicted about this book. On the one hand, Untamed is very captivating and I found myself racing through it. On the other hand, there is so. much. violence. I’m pretty sure there was some sort of fight every five pages. I guess it’s necessary for the story, but it did feel a bit repetitive. I also noticed a few spelling mistakes (e.g. ‘volunatarily’ and ‘stomarch’). If you know me well, you would be aware that I am a bit of a grammar Nazi, so this did infuriate me. Though I guess I didn’t have a final draft of the book so I cant really complain?
With all these negatives aside, I think the author did a fantastic job with this novel. Although we don’t find out much about Seven’s world and why it is in the state it is, the imagery Madeline has created is brilliant. I had a vivid picture in my head of the characters and their surroundings. While Seven, the protagonist, is quite conflicted – she spends most of the book deciding whether to become ‘Enhanced’ or stay ‘Untamed’ – she did become more likeable as the story progressed, and I’m eager to find out what happens to her in the sequel.
Taking all the positives and negatives about this book into account, I would recommend it. Untamed is a decent book for anyone who enjoys Dystopian and doesn’t mind violence.
- “Biting back tears, I melt against the edge of the huge boulder. I slide down, the clamminess of my skin pressing into the jagged surface, skin abrading, until I can feel the fine sand sticking to my legs. I sniff loudly, the tang of fuel tainting the air.”
- “My mouth is forced open. The vial tips up. The blue color disappears. I choke, try to turn away, try to spit it out, but I can’t. Everything moves, blurs, spins. Heat pours through my body, chased by blinding coldness. Pain shoots through my chest, holding me down like tiny stone arrows. I gasp, my body stiffening, as the world around me drains of color, until even the skeletal images fade entirely, merging into a spectrum of grays, whites and blacks that won’t stop laughing at me as I’m crushed, choking and drowning.”
- “His gaze gets sharper, like a needle, and my head feels heavier. He leans closer, his arm going around me and I shiver, despite his hot skin and the warmth radiating from his body. Raleigh nods and smiles again. His teeth seem to get even whiter, the longer he smiles. I blink, nausea rising in me. Maybe it’s some sort of side effect… I shouldn’t feel sick… I’m safe here… Side effects; it has to be. Yes. I nod. Definitely the side effects.”
- “Like ghosts rising up before us, they appear, an unbeatable army. They are silent—too silent—and far too stealthy. But their stealthiness is exquisite. They’re our predators, yet they are also beautiful, elegant creatures. They move as one being, perfectly attuned to each other.”