Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them.
Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.
Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.
This book is the first in a series and is said to be for grades 8 and up.
Rachel's Thoughts: I have mixed opinions on this one. The writing was wonderful, and I loved the concept, but I think it just wasn't my thing. I like deeper relationship building and this didn't have that. This was more mystery mixed with thriller, in that they were always on the run and searching out clues. I like thrillers, but toward the end it really seemed as though the characters were causing problems and making poor decisions just to keep the tension going. And don't let the hot-guy-cover fool you, there's not much romance in this story. I gave this book 4 bookmarks.