Gifted by H. A. Swain

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Title: Gifted

Author: H. A. Swain

Gifted by H. A. Swain

Recommended to fans of: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles), Flashfall by Jenny Moyer, Spare and found parts by Sarah Maria Griffin, Shadow run by AdriAnne Strickland, Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram, Romeo and Juliet

Series: N.A.

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Publication date: 14 June 2016

Format: Hardcover

Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Romance

Pages: 336

Rating: 3/5

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads)

In Orpheus Chanson’s world, geniuses and prodigies are no longer born or honed through hard work. Instead, procedures to induce Acquired Savant Abilities (ASAs) are now purchased by the privileged. And Orpheus’s father holds the copyright to the ASA procedure.

Zimri Robinson, a natural musical prodigy, is a “plebe”–a worker at the enormous warehouse that supplies an on-line marketplace that has supplanted all commerce. Her grueling schedule and her grandmother’s illness can’t keep her from making music–even if it is illegal.

Orpheus and Zimri are not supposed to meet. He is meant for greatness; she is not. But sometimes, rules are meant to be broken. Here is a thriller, love story, and social experiment that readers will find gripping–and terrifying.

(Review)(DISCLAIMER:This is my opinion only, may contain spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • The concept of buying ‘talent’ was interesting
  • The male protagonist, Orpheus is like prince charming, in a different league of his own while the female protagonist Zimri is like cinderella
  • The sci-fi language is a bit difficult to understand as the author does not explain it much (but this is the first chapter so,,,)
  • Orpheus’s father created the whole ASA (Aquired Savant Ability) surgery and instantly became famous and he plays a big part in the music industry in this dystopian world
  • In this dystopian world, the plutes (rich people) believe that art is for them, that the poor (plebes) are not allowed to make it in the art industries, this sets up a very interesting dystopian world and concept
  • Orpheus decides to run away from home to escape the ASA, and ends up as a worker at the warehouse and his mentor is Zimri whom he is intrigued by
  • I googled the symbolism of the dragonfly as it is mentioned and appears various times throughout the entire book, it means a perspective change in self-realisation and a change in mentality, emotional maturity and deeper understanding of life (and this actually is what the book is centred upon and its a cool thing to notice when you make that link to the book)
  • Orpheus, apart from wanting to live a normal life, he wants his parents to not argue so much
  • Orpheus almost runs over Zimri’s grandma and actually pays for her hospital bill
  • To be honest I was really torn between Dorian and Orpheus, both of them were actually decent guys
  • I think the book plays well on the disparity between those famous music artists and them having a ton of people listening to their music and yet for those local or less popular musicians, they lack the audience and are most often the underdogs and under appreciated in the industry despite having music that is just as good.

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