Book Review

The Rise of the Altereds by Marisa Noelle

The Rise of the Altereds
Author: Marisa Noelle
Pages: 338
Genre: YA | Dystopian | Sci-Fi |
Release Date: December 3rd 2020

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Hello everyone! How are you all doing? It’s been very sunny and warm here recently which is a really nice change from all the rain and freezing weather we’ve had the past few weeks. Summer is really on its way and I’m really looking forward to sitting outside in the sun with a good book. It’s also my birthday in two weeks and I’m so happy that I can celebrate with my friends and family this year. Just one more week of work and then 11 days off to do all the reading I like.

I have a few reviews to write for the books I’ve finished recently, they’re starting to pile up a bit so I’m going to try and get ahead before there’s too many. Here’s my review for The Rise of the Altereds by Marissa Noelle, the second book on The Unadjusteds series. I read the first book for The Write Reads Blog Tour earlier this year and it made me fall in with the dystopian genre all over again. You can read my review for The Unadjusteds here.

Goodreads Synopsis



When Silver’s mother is abducted by a rogue scientist who releases a deadly new virus on the populace, she and her now unadjusted friends are faced with an impossible choice.

They can hide from the virus for as long as possible, or they can regain their abilities and take the battle to the mountains. But Silver doesn’t count on a new, rogue power growing within her. She can’t control it and soon all her friends are in danger. And there is something evil hiding in the snowy Sierras.

Can Silver learn to control her new, deadly power in time to rescue her mother as well as defeat the one who seeks to destroy them all?

What I Loved

The Rise of the Altereds is the second book in The Unadjusteds series and because I enjoyed book 1 so much, I couldn’t wait to start this one. I ended up liking some of the characters more than I did in the previous book which did surprise me a little bit. Since reading this a couple of weeks ago, my mind still flickers back to some of the characters and moments that happen. There are definitely points in the story that stay with you after you’ve finished. It was such a fun and exciting read that did get dark in parts. I really enjoyed this just as much as The Unadjusteds, if not more!

The Story

We are back with Silver and her fascinating powers that just seem to be growing and getting stronger. With President Bear out of the picture and Silver’s Dad is working on the altered vaccine to turn them all normal, you would think they would have time to relax. Wrong. Silver has to face the difficulty of learning to control this new dark power as well as having some other problems up their sleeve. His name is Earl.

He’s taken Silver’s mother captive again and he’s created a virus to kill whoever catches it. Now, with the choice to have their powers back, the group must decide who wants to stay and who wants to go and help defeat the evil Earl. You would think that everything going on in the world I would be sick of virus’ and disease. However, there is something in this book that made it really intriguing to read. It was incredibly interesting to see them overcome this as well as the many other harmful obstacles in their way. I mean all Silver wants is to see her Mum, just let her see her Mum!

As well as the virus, we also have some new species of Earl’s modifications wreaking havoc and destroying the world. I was sat on the edge of my seat to witness the action and adventure that just screams danger. I did find the overall big battle a bit underwhelming. However, there are so many other fights and violent moments to make up for it if you like a bit of action. We do get some quieter moments while they are on their travels as well. The romance between Matt and Silver is really enjoyable for a book that is so action-heavy and we get to see a lot of the characters interact and we learn more about their lives. Even then, it wasn’t boring and there is always something happening to keep you turning the page and wanting more.

The Characters

I don’t think I can fault Silver at all. She is such a strong character, clever and has the most amazing abilities that I love seeing her use. I love the conflict she has with herself throughout the story. It made her character more appealing to me and even more relatable than before. I’m really excited for book three to see how her character develops more!

If you’ve read my review for the first book you will know I wasn’t a big fan of Matt. He just seemed like the odd one out but I am so happy to say that I enjoyed his character a lot more in this book. I’m not just saying this because he brought his dog along in this one either!

I always love the supporting characters in books, especially in this one. A lot of the characters have very unique and fun personalities. I love getting to know them and see friendships and relationships blossom. Then my heart gets ripped out. I end up liking the characters too much and then bad things happen… that is all I am saying!

Overall Thoughts

Overall, The Rise of the Altereds is well written and fast-paced. It’s a very intense read that will leave you wanting more after you’ve finished. There is never a dull moment in this book, so be prepared for the vivid fight scenes and danger that lurks around every corner. I am constantly surprised by the powers of the Altered and the darkness within Silver. I really can’t wait to see what happens in the final book. If you are a fan of dark and intense YA Dystopia with plenty of action, you need to read this series!

Rating: 4.5/5

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

About the Author

Marisa Noelle is the writer of MG & YA SFF & mental health novels. The Shadow Keepers is due out July 2019, The Unadjusteds in November 2019 & The Mermaid Chronicles – Secrets of the Deep at the end of 2019. When she’s not writing or reading or watching movies, she enjoys swimming. In the pool, she likes to imagine she could be a mermaid and become part of some of her make-believe words. In the water, she can ignore the real world and focus on the plots of new novels and scenes. She lives in Woking, the UK with her husband and three children.

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