Hardwired, by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie spins the tale of a horrible future. A future where having one gene, the MAOA-P Gene enables the government to lock you up without trial to ensure that you are safe to society. This is the world that Lucas lives in, a world where his genes, not his personality makes him ‘predisposed to violence,’ less than human, an animal. For two months, he is caged, subjected to a battery of tests, all designed to break him and make sure he is no threat to society, a society that even when he returns will shun him. If this were our future, how horrible would that be?

What comes in Hardwired is a dystopian thriller where a society that is trying to make the world a safer place, instead turns it into a nightmare for teens that turn 17 and possess the gene. What makes this worse is, how apathetic society is to the entire situation. In fact, society welcomes these measures, after all, the world will be a safer place…or will it?

Leaver and Currie do a great job of building up the two main characters Lucas and Chris, but some of the rest of them seem rushed to me. I like the premise of the story, I like the idea, I just wanted more from it. I feel like we were building so well, but we kept jumping from situation to situation in order to arrive at the neatly finished ending. As a result, I am giving this book 3/5 stars. It had a great premise, but too many loopholes to hardwire.

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.


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