Arc Review: Untamed by Madeline Dyer

Posted December 16, 2015 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments

Arc Review: Untamed by Madeline DyerUntamed (Untamed, #1) by Madeline Dyer
Series: Untamed #1
Published by Prizm Books on May 20, 2015
Pages: 315
Format: ebook
Source: Free for Review
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As one of the last Untamed humans left in the world, SevenÂ’s life has always been controlled by tight rules. Stay away from the Enhanced. DonÂ’t question your leader. And, most importantly, never switch sides--because once youÂ’re Enhanced thereÂ’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 enemyÂ’s power. Realizing itÂ’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 sheÂ’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 arenÂ’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.

The premise of this book looked so good! There are two types of people Enhanced and Untamed and one woman is torn between them. I loved the ideas of augmenters. I also loved the idea that these two factions are at war, with the Enhanced thinking they are the saved people and the Untamed simply wanting to live their lives in peace. So I went into this book really wanting to like it and I just couldn’t. I just spent the whole book confused.

Everything in this book felt a little flat. The entire world seemed generically dystopian. The enhanced had fancy cities with all the amenities. The Untamed had dirt, dust, and mountains. The characters all had 1 identifying characteristic and confusing motivations. The untamed leader was unreasonably mean to the main character, Seven. The leader’s second in command ran so  hot and cold with Seven that he might have been 2 different people. Seven’s confusing siblings who’s only identifier was that they all had numbers for names. The main character was the seventh kid. Get it? All this book left me with was questions and not in a good way Why was the world like that? Why did people start using Augmenters? How did the government work? Were there more Untamed than just this one group? I could go on and on.

Then the Augmenters… the augmenters are basically drugs that change a person’s eyes into mirrors and turn them into a drug addict. Every Enhanced person seemed benefited by the Augmenters, except Seven. They could run faster, jump farther, be prettier, do anything, as long as they kept taking their augmenters at least once a day. Seven, on the other hand, only seemed to become stoned when she took augmenters. They turned her into a compliant, suggestible drone that only wanted more augmenters. After being forced into taking them the first time, she spent the rest of the book craving them.

This book was a great concept that seemed poorly executed. I just didn’t like it very much. I’m rating it 2 stars because I thought the premise was great. Did you read it? What did you think?


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2 responses to “Arc Review: Untamed by Madeline Dyer

  1. birdslovewords

    WOW – complete oposite reaction – I loved it! I didn’t think we needed to know the back story – it was irrelevant – this is what is happening now. I felt that even though Corin’s words say he doesnÂ’t like Seven his actions screamed the opposite and I thought that was some clever writing. I also loved the dull moments – i felt the characters really shined during these moments – reminded me a bit like Walking the dead – in between action scenes you have these boring mundane tasks that really bring out the characters personalities – but each to their own. If you want to you can read my review here – Concept was completly cool – totes agree with you there.

    • Emily

      This is what I love about blogging. How two people can read the same book and have completely opposite opinions! I’m glad you liked it. I was really sad that I just couldn’t get into it, because I love dystopians. Have you read The Glass Arrow? That was a favorite dystopian of mine from this year.

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