Title: The Institute (The Institute #1)
Author: Kayla Howarth
Published Date: January 7th 2015
Genre: YA Dystopian
***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Living in constant fear. Always looking over your shoulder. The source of your fear? The Institute.
Allira Daniels will do anything to keep her Defective brother safe from the Institute. They claim to protect Defectives, but it’s human nature to fear the unknown. Defectives are dangerous, they possess abilities that no human should be able to. To Allira and the rest of her family, the Institute seems more like a prison than the safe-haven they promote themselves to be. Protecting Shilah from that fate is their number one priority.
When Allira stumbles across a car crash involving two of her school classmates, she ignores all of her father’s warnings of laying low and not drawing attention to herself. By doing so, she may have just caught the eye of the Institute. She’s not Defective, but what seventeen-year-old girl has the ability to pull two teenage boys away from a fiery rubble and walk away without a scratch? It would definitely be seen as suspicious.
Allira and her family need to make decisions. Do they stay, or do they flee again? Will they be coming for her? Will her whole family come under investigation? Will they discover Shilah and his ability to predict the future?
Are you Defective? The Institute is coming for you.
Imagine a world much different than your own. Where humans with extra abilities are locked away somewhere to keep them safe from the normal people. Where being “Defective” means leaving your family and living in a world where you are hated and scorned. Does it sound familiar? A lot of young adult dystopian novels have hit it big in the past few years. Divergent, The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, the list goes on and on. When I first looked at this book, I was thinking it would follow the same pattern. You meet the hero/heroin and they are found out to be different than all the others and will start a war to gain liberty for all those oppressed. But, I am happy to say that this is not the case. From the word “Go” I couldn’t put this book down. Allira is a girl living and hiding from the law, but not for herself. Her brother is defective and in this society that means you are to be taken to the Institute to live your days away from the general public.
It started out a little slow for me. You are reading about a girl who has moved around a lot and has to learn to blend in and not get any attention brought to herself. Then you bring in Drew, a love interest. Can I just say that I was actually disappointed that he was introduced so early in the book that I almost put it down, but something told me to keep reading. Then BAM major plot twist, one that I definitely didn’t see coming (which is rare because I usually always see the plot twist) and I am finally enthralled in the life of Allira and her journey to coming to terms with who she is and how she can use her abilities.
This book is the perfect blend of suspense, action, love, and coming of age for all young readers. How the story is woven together keeps the reader on their toes and literally at moments my heart was beating to a fever pitch with anticipation of what was going to happen next. The characters are also well developed but still have a few secrets that I know will be revealed in the next installment of this story. The only negative I have with this book is the beginning. To me, I needed there to be a little bit more development of the opening scene. Something was missing and it made me feel like I missed something that was already written. Other than that this is the perfect read. I give it a 4 out of 5 and can’t wait to see what happens next. Hopefully there are more plot twists to come. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to review the next one.
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