Booklist Reviews 2013 January #1
Anna lives with four boys who are not her brothers—Nick, the brooding bad boy; Trev, the thoughtful intellectual; Cas, the carefree jock; and Sam, their mysterious leader. What sounds like a lighthearted shojo manga in novel form is actually a rapid-fire thriller as Sam leads the escape from the farmhouse, where all four genetically altered boys were imprisoned in the basement. The boys, who don't remember anything about their lives before they were imprisoned, take Anna hostage as insurance, and slowly, Anna and the boys begin to piece together the true nature of their relationship. This exciting debut novel does not break any new ground, but it provides enough twists and turns to keep readers engaged and wondering if there will be a next volume. Fans of the Hunger Games and Maze Runner series seeking more dystopian titles would likely enjoy this new adventure. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
Anna's father has a secret lab in their basement where he experiments on four superhuman teenage boys who have no idea who they used to be. When the boys break out, Anna goes with them and discovers that her past is connected to theirs. This science-fiction mystery will captivate fans of The Bourne Identity and other fast-paced thrillers.
LJ Reviews Newsletter
Anna might be the envy of other teen girls. Her father is a scientist for the Branch—a secret intergovernmental agency—and there are four attractive, genetically altered boys living caged in her basement. When the four—Sam, Nick, Trev, and Cas—escape, Anna, inexplicably connected to them, follows. Their journey to uncover the truth about the boys' origins leads Anna to confront her own truth—that she is bonded heart and soul to Sam. Nonstop action, covert conspiracies, and large quantities of machismo start this sf series in the right direction. Judging from its critical praise and positive word-of-mouth, readers are already eagerly awaiting the next installment. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
PW Reviews 2012 November #2
In Rush's action-packed debut, first in a planned series, homeschooled 18-year-old Anna Mason has a life ruled by secrecy. Her widower father works for a clandestine organization called the Branch, and four gorgeous genetically altered teenage boys live in the basement laboratory of their New York State farmhouse. Anna feels especially connected to one of the boys, Sam, even though he, like the others, has no memories of life outside his basement cell. When the Branch tries to collect "the units," chaos erupts, and Sam, Anna, and the others take off on the run. Together, they drive across several states, decoding a trail of clues and bringing Anna and Sam closer than ever. Anna is refreshingly and realistically uncomfortable with the ongoing violence surrounding their escape. Her interactions with the boys (whose somewhat one-note personas—the leader, the smart one, the hothead, and the goofball—can't help recalling another product of genetic manipulation, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) keep the story moving quickly, along with a steady unfolding of revelations and events. Ages 12–up. Agent: Joanna Volpe, New Leaf Literary and Media. (Jan.)[Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC