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Gifted [Download] ➽ Gifted By H.A. Swain – Thomashillier.co.uk In Orpheus Chanson's world geniuses and prodigies are no longer born or honed through hard work Instead procedures to induce Acuired Savant Abilities ASAs are now purchased by the privileged And Orphe In Orpheus Chanson's world geniuses and prodigies are no longer born or honed through hard work Instead procedures to induce Acuired Savant Abilities ASAs are now purchased by the privileged And Orpheus's father holds the copyright to the ASA procedureZimri 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 illegalOrpheus 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.


About the Author: H.A. Swain

Heather Swain lives in a crooked house in Brooklyn New York with her husband two children a barkless dog and two rescue cats She is the author of four novels for young adults two kids craft books two novels for grown ups and numerous short stories personal essays and non fiction articles.



10 thoughts on “Gifted

  1. Alyssa Alyssa says:

    Review posted on The Eater of Books blogGifted by HA SwainPublisher Feiwel FriendsPublication Date June 14 2016Rating 4 starsSource ARC sent by the publisherSummary from GoodreadsIn Orpheus Chanson's world geniuses and prodigies are no longer born or honed through hard work Instead procedures to induce Acuired Savant Abilities ASAs are now purchased by the privileged And Orpheus's father holds the copyright to the ASA procedureZimri 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 illegalOrpheus 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 terrifyingWhat I LikedThis book surprised me I have yet to see any of my blogging and reviewing peers read this book and when I received it several months ago I didn't know much about it I was going into this story with a clean slate which is sometimes the best way to experience a story While some general ideas of the story are not uniue to this book the story was very enjoyable and I couldn't put it down even until the endingZimri is a plebe a warehouse worker who lives with her grandmother Zimri has a great voice but in this world no one is legally allowed to sing patented songs But Zimri is determined to make music and interrupt LiveStreams of concerts and radio streams is certainly one way to do it Orpheus Hanson is a Plute and the son of Harold Hanson who created Acuired Savant Abilities ASA is purchased by the rich and once the surgery is done you wake up with a newly acuired ability Hanson has control over the music industry as most musicians have a music ASA and Hanson has control over the profits made by those with ASA Orpheus hasn't received an ASA and he's not sure he wants one But his father wants him to have the surgery so that Orpheus will be ready to take over the company Orpheus and Zimri are on two ends of the social spectrum Plute and Plebe and their lives were never supposed to intersect But together they could change society foreverThis is a science fiction thriller which I don't think I was expecting Granted I didn't really read the synopsis or if I had in the past it was a long time ago and I forgot about it and somehow I thought this was a fantasy novel I love science fiction and thrillers and so this novel was right up my alleyThe idea of this story isn't uniue; we have this surgery that will make you really good at one thing music physics writing etc or perhaps two things if you have the money The Plutes are the elite that can get the ASA surgery and they are celebrities and frivolous people The Plutes are the ones that work in warehouses and poor fringes of the city scraping by The Plutes can't afford the ASA surgery and many are not familiar with it But everyone is familiar with Hanson's monopoly on music and how singing and recreating music that is patented is totally illegal The story is told from both Zimri and Orpheus's POV first person alternating chapter to chapter I really liked both characters Zimri is reckless and unafraid of getting caught singing She isn't a revolutionary though her actions would make you think so Orpheus is at first naive and frivolous like the other Plutes When his father tries to force the ASA surgery on him Orpheus runs away and starts to work at a warehouse which is how he meets Zimri Orpheus develops noticeably growing from a carefree rich boy to a hard working man He's always been kind and charming and magnetic but as the story goes on he sees how his Plute lifestyle was ridiculousThere is a lot of depth to both characters and their backstory Zimri's story is told incrementally; at first we don't fully learn what happened to her father and her mother and what is happening with her grandmother I like how information is gradually released in a way that made the story flow better and make sense The same goes for Orpheus's backstory we don't learn everything about him in the beginning and I think the story in general had depth because of this setupWhile the beginning was excruciatingly slow the story picks up nicely and really gains steam The climax was incredibly exciting and also terrifying The story had been bumping along pretty smoothly and interestingly and then the climax popped up and I was biting my nails Well done by Swain there As you can probably guess the rising action of this book deals with a revolution that is taking place one that eventually involves Zimri and Orpheus This isn't a new concept but I liked its presence in this storyThere is no love triangle At first it seems like Zimri and Orpheus won't be a couple because there are secondary characters who seem to be into each of them in Zimri's case Zimri's best friend since childhood; in Orpheus's case a rising starlet that has just had the ASA surgery who would help his image In any case neither Zimri nor Orpheus like those people back no feelings reciprocated and when they Zimri and Orpheus meet each other it's all Zimri Orpheus from there So no love triangle or anything of the sort Zimri and Orpheus are super cute together I like that Orpheus isn't an arrogant ahole and Zimri isn't a predictably snarky feisty girl Orpheus is kind and sweet and subtly protective and Zimri is strong and tough but in a uiet wayOverall I was pleasantly surprised by this book A weird take on surgically developing abilities and how one personentity can control everything I'm not sure what drew me to this book months ago when I reuested it but I'm glad I decided to give it a shotWhat I Did Not LikeI think my one complaint and therefore my biggest complaint lies with the beginning of the book If anyone saw my Goodreads you'd see that I started this book on a Sunday and finished on a Tuesday night That's actually a really long time for me to be reading a book and I was supposed to have the review up on Monday And I had only managed to read the first twenty pages on Sunday nothing on Monday The beginning is sooooo boring I reread the first two chapters several times and kept having to put the book down Mentally I just wasn't interested in continuing the story Of course I wouldn't ever not finish the book and I certainly am glad that I kept reading this is why I don't DNF But the beginning is very slow and very boring and I could see others DNFing at that point because of the slow beginning Would I Recommend ItThis book is perfect for those who like a mix of science fiction thriller and a cute romance It's a standalone so all of your feels are taken for a ride within the book I liked the ending a lot and the book in generalRating35 stars rounded up to 4 stars This doesn't seem to be particularly well known or popular in my circles of the book blogosphere but I really enjoyed the book It's at least worth the read if you're interested I haven't read anything else by this author but I will keep an eye out in the future


  2. Tori (InToriLex) Tori (InToriLex) says:

    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori LexActual Rating 45Orpheus and Zimri describe the well known tale of boy meets girl across town and discovers the humanity in us all But the setting is a Dystopian world where Artists' are made for the wealthy through a surgery  that gives them a Acuired Savant Ability In this world music is not owned it is broadcast for a fee and anyone who recreates it is guilty of copyright theft Orpheus and Zimri have natural ability's for music when they meet begin to explore how to use it outside of the system The writing and characters were very well done Although some of the dialogue was cheesy at times Just a little brain surgery and POOF you wake up a genius The hilarious part being Plute parents pay for their kids to have the surgeries then people like my father make a fortune off their talents and we call this Art This world is clearly an allegory for how our society treats celebrity's as demi gods and celebrates art like everything else according to it's market value The most interesting feature of the poor side of town occupied by Plebe's is that they can only shop once a week at a store called Black Friday In this store shoppers risk being trampled and grab what they can In this world Zimri and Orpheus have to confront the real injustices around them motivated by greed with little to no resources Zimri with her original music reaches out to the masses who are searching for something authentic while Orpheus struggles to go against his father's wishes  She underestimates the greed in the world How much money feeds the beast And the bigger it gets the money it takes to keep it going It's viscous The chapters were formatted as if the book was one long song chapters were verses and included chapters called Chorus and Bridge The book changes perspective between Zimri Orpheus and a omnipresent narrator who speaks during the chapters titled Chorus There is some romance but it wasn't forced or out of place The ending is the only thing I struggled to suspend my belief with but it does wrap up the narrative well I would recommend this for fans of Young Adult sci fi drama's with some surprises and characters that don't disappoint


  3. Aila Aila says:

    You can find this review on One Way Or An AuthorWhat if you were born into a world where it was illegal to do the thing that you love the most? That’s exactly what happens to Zimri in Gifted a stand alone told through alternating first person POV’s set in the near future We follow Zimri and Orpheus’s adventure in the music industry and see them battle the blatant social stratification in their society as well as discover who really deserves the music that is so preciously guarded by the leaders of the showbiz industryWhen we first get introduced to the world the author gives us parallels with the technological based insects who have cameras that roam the land to the actual living insects that buzz their way in the sky It took a while for me to get in with the new lingo and futuristic version of the world but once that was established and the pace started picking up I was fully engrossed in the story We get to read between alternating POV’s of Zimri and Orpheus They both were uniue characters that went against what their place in society set for them and defied the ways of the norm to defend what they thought was rightZimri was awesome She’s called a plebe and her and other people work in a huge warehouse that manufactures products to be distributed around the area It’s some serious factory line stuff over there Despite her limitations she continues to make the music that she so dearly loves Zimri is wholly passionate unyielding and fierce The music can’t be contained within her and you can really tell how much she needed to let it out“The girl has it bad Music is inside her and Nonda always knew it would eventually find a way out”I mean I know I couldn’t survive without being able to make music Where creating these sounds had a potential for being arrested But that’s the world Zimri lives in On the other hand we have Orpheus who was born and raised under a sheltered life – an industry baby if you will He’s grown up with all the rich kids who become famous and get an implant in their brain to make them “gifted” After all it’s his father who is developing the device in the first place But in the book you get him wanting a sense of Or at least he certainly doesn’t want something implanted in his brain that’ll change who he isWith that in mind a series of circumstances and accidents lead Zimri and Orpheus together Orpheus’s eyes get opened to how the plebes live and work while Zimri is stunned by Orpheus’s charisma and charming attitude They both begin learning things from each other and Orpheus sees an opportunity with Zimri’s spontaneous personality and passion for music He wants to produce her album because he knows that she could be successful in the industry But that isn’t exactly how these corporations work“‘The truth is’ I declare aloud to the peepers and crickets who’ve begun to sing their evening song ‘if she’d been born in the City into a different family or at a different time she would never stay a Plebe She’s the kind of person who would rise above the system like my mother did when that was still possible’”And so Zimri and Orpheus find themselves fighting against the system Gifted is a novel that sends us with a message of never giving up on what you think is right and taking action on it Zimri and Orpheus stimulate a reaction in the media that creates a positive hopeful outcome for the possibilities of the future rather than the restrictive social dominance that we came into the book reading Because in the end who really decides whether you’re gifted or not? Sometimes it boils down to being in the right place in the right time and sometimes it’s the tenacity and will to keep going that get people to where they are in the world“‘Making music makes me happier than anything else in life’ I say my dreams clouding up my voice ‘You can’t touch it or live inside of it Music can’t protect you from the wind or rain It’s not like we can eat it or drink it But if I suddenly had no music in my life I think that I might die’”There is also a slight romance that develops between the two characters at a very sedate and comfortable pace I as a reader enjoyed it because you can definitely tell that the characters were drawn to each other and their abilities It wasn’t forceful at all and was uite cute nor did it overcome the main plotline in the story Orpheus and Zimri both had such brilliant personalities that they leaped off the pages And bonus points for their names too We should all know the legend of Orpheus and Zimri means “my praise” or “my music” in Hebrew Both names are so lovely and fittingMy only complaint was how abrupt the ending was – it left me a little discombobulated for a second because everything was happening at once The resolution was satisfying though so in general it left a really great message in my heart If you’re looking for a book that’ll transport you to a time where music is hoarded by the wealthy then you’ve landed in the right spot There are creative technological devices that make it a fun sci fi and a hopeful message that’ll get you thinking no matter what kind of reader you are And finally music lovers can’t miss out on this one After all we know what it’s like to pursue a passion that many people would think we’re “wasting” time on 52416This one was so enjoyable Nothing like a class rivalry in a sci fi setting to raise my excitement The characters were awesome and tenacious and the fact that it revolved around music my life was wonderful


  4. Justine Justine says:

    An adeuate but not outstanding story that I probably won't remember anything about by tomorrow


  5. Amanda Amanda says:

    35 stars


  6. Jamie (Books and Ladders) Jamie (Books and Ladders) says:

    Actual Rating 35Disclaimer I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest reviewFull review to come as part of the blog tourBooks and Ladders | Books Are My Fandom | Twitter | Instagram | Bloglovin'


  7. Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids says:

    A dystopian with music romance and two characters who were never suppose to be meet GIFTED has a dual narrative that gives readers a clearer understanding of the different worlds both Zimri and Orpheus come from These two characters couldn't be any different Yet there's something that draws the two of them together In world where people can be created to fit into their place in society two teens are about to break all of their society's rules to follow their own dreams and aspirations In the process they both end up falling for each other Read my FULL REVIEW here stars


  8. Bitchin& Bitchin& says:

    What upsets me about the lower ratings of this book is because I know it is rooted in how intelligent the book is It has a solid plot it has interesting twists and characters and real tension and it really takes on music as something to be made into a commodity and something to be used as a formatting tool I love this book I will shout my recommendation of it from rooftops and lawns in grocery stores and streets Please read it I would love love love to discuss it


  9. Prabhjot Kaur Prabhjot Kaur says:

    Music and art is not for everyone but only the Plutes and they are the only ones who can make money off it A cognitive surgery is done for a hefty price and then the person wakes up all talented and gets consumed by whichever field of art they choose and Chanson industries holds the patents and copyrights for those surgeries It is illegal otherwise especially for the Plebes Orpheus Chanson is the heir to Chanson industries and he likes music but doesn't want to have the ASA the cognitive surgery but his father is pressuring him into it since all his friends have had the surgeries by now and they are all excelling in their chosen fields Orpheus's fear comes from his sister since the cognitive surgery didn't go right for her and she barely functions and lives in a MediPlex with nurses looking after her Then one day he runs away and ends up working at a warehouse like Plebes workZimri Robinson is a Plebe and works at a warehouse and lives with her grandmother She loves singing and making music and also throws illegal concerts and whatever money she makes she gives to the needy Orpheus and Zimri end up meeting at the warehouse where Orpheus goes by the name of Aimery There's an instant connection between them where Zimri finds him to the most beautiful boy she's ever seen and Orpheus thinks that she's got her own grace and beauty I hated this instant infatuation or whatever this was Up until that moment Zimri was thinking about Dorian and almost kissed him and then walks in Orpheus and a love triangle I loved Orpheus from the beginning and I could actually see that he was caring and supportive He cared for his friends and his sister I liked Zimri in the beginning up until she was a bitch to Dorian I found her to irresponsible when she knows that music concerts are illegal why do all that and get everyone in trouble Yeah she loves music but doesn't mean she had to get Dorian and others tagging along when it suited her purpose and then be a bitch to Dorian and I didn't even like Dorian all that much mostly because he was barely there in the story except for the love triangle part And this is supposed to be a thriller love story but it takes one week for both the MCs to feel these deep feelings towards each other that I was thinking to myself what?The book starts off really slow and I DNFd twice before I decided to continue mainly because I loved the cover but it still didn't make any sense why there was a Dragonfly on the cover though Yes dragonflies were mentioned in the book but they weren't important enough for the cover imo For the first 80 pages it was really boring except for Orpheus's chapters even those weren't enough to keep me going at one point but it picks up when Orpheus runs away It was a predictable story and I could see all the revelations from pretty much the beginning even that DJ HiJax one Also what was that about Zimri singing Nobody from Nowhere when auditioning for Piper McLeo? Even an idiot could see that she will steal that song and spin a whole story about itIt was an interesting concept which was not executed properly and had all the other YA dystopian clichés such as the star crossed lovers childhood friends turned almost lovers love triangle girl being so different and talented missing or dead parents mean girls and you get the point There were times where the author actually interchanged words Plutes and Plebes and I had to re read just to make sure that I didn't read it wrongThere were a lot of other characters including Zimri's best friend Brie but not much was said about her and Tati who helps fix technological items but none stood out for me They were all one dimensional and extremely forgettable Having said all this I still enjoyed some parts of it and I really did find the concept wonderful and interesting Also I like that this is a standalone PS Can we please have other Indian names beside RajeshRaj and Ravi? There are literally millions of other Indian names that can be used Leaning towards 3 stars


  10. grieshaber.reads grieshaber.reads says:

    Actual rating 35 I’ve read so many dystopian novels that I tend to be hypercritical of them The author MUST bring something new to the genre or I’m not interested in it Thankfully Swain does that but in the big ways Gifted is just like any other dystopia I have read In the future the world belongs to those that HAVE the Plutes Those that HAVE NOT the Plebes live in sualor with barely enough food to eat and their entire reason for existence is to serve the Plutes Gifted is a love story between a Plebe girl and a Plute boy That’s all pretty standard YA dystopia Here’s the original twist The conflict centers around art specifically music who owns it and who has a right to produce it Orpheus Chanson’s father is the world’s music mogul He’s the one that ended music downloading and free music on the internet and radio waves He’s the one that invented a surgery that alters a person’s brain so that person can become an artistic genius hence the title Gifted He’s the one that ensured that only those that have undergone this surgery are the ones that can successfully record and perform music This leaves people like Zimri a Plebe a natural musical genius forced to perform her music in secret at masked concerts Anyone caught performing or attending a forbidden concert would be arrested or worse When Orpheus’ father makes the decision that Orpheus will undergo the surgery Orpheus runs away He wants no part of that surgery He’s seen what it’s done to his friends When his car breaks down on the wrong side of the tracks he ends up meeting Zimri As he gets to know her and fall in love with her he learns about what it’s like to be a Plebe and how much he has taken for granted in his Plute life Orpheus is convinced that he can find a way to help Zimri with her music and maybe even change society if the two of them join forces Aside from all the standard scenarios that I’ve read one hundred or times my biggest problem with this book is the way the author revealed the ways this society was created and what the rules of this society are It’s basically done through A between the main character and his parents Huh??? Orpheus grew up in this society How did he not know the answers to all of these really basic uestions? It totally did not work Another problem I had was the setting was too near to our current day How do I know? They are grieving the death of Taylor Swift who died at age 100 That’s in 73 years I seriously doubt this many changes could happen in the world in 73 years Of course 73 years ago people couldn’t have envisioned the internet and iPhones so what do I know Final complaint the boring title and cover neither tell me anything about the story or make me want to pick up this book On a positive note I really liked Orpheus and Zimri and enjoyed seeing them get to know each other and fall in love A detail in the story I found very interesting was the work of the Plebes Almost all of them work at an enormous warehouse where anything in the world can be bought So it’s totally right? It’s the Plebes’ job to basically fly and climb all over the warehouse to fulfill orders as soon as they are submitted by the Plutes and immediately put them on a drone so the items can be delivered through the chute in the Plute’s home We’re talking delivery within an hour Frighteningly I could see this scenario happening in the very near future


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