MALADAPTED – Review by Seth, JCoSS

maladaptedI think Maladapted is a very well thought-out book. It highlights the pain of loss extremely well and has a storyline that keeps you hooked from beginning to end. The book is fantastic. It is a book I recommend to anyone who wants a good book to read. This book is one of those books that you feel sad when you finish.

Cillian is a normal teenage boy living in Foundation City but after a fatal terror attack by the feared terrorist group Revelation he discovers he has some sort of strange super abilities. Later he meets a girl called Tess and finds out he is in great danger… from both sides. He is forced to make some life or death decisions about who to trust, if he should trust anyone at all, and which side he is on.

I would recommend Maladapted for everyone, boys and girls. I would recommend it for ages 12 and up. This is because it covers some mildly disturbing content and characters. This book deserves 5/5 stars because it is so well-written and original.



MALADAPTED – Review by Ivin, Queen Elizabeth’s School

maladaptedIn the book Maladapted, Richard Kurti has created a brilliant and ingenious juxtaposition between science and religion. Mr Kurti effectively narrates this action packed tale through the perfectly engineered eyes of Cillian, a gifted maths student who has an unusual, almost obsessive, skill of finding patterns all around him. However, right from the beginning Kurti plunges the main protagonist into a world of confusion, vulnerability and pain through the death of Cillian’s father in a calculated deadly terrorist attack carried out by an extremist organisation called Revelation. With the death of his father, Cillian embarks on a journey of self-discovered chasing the only lead he has: his father’s dying word ‘Gilgamesh’.

His desperate search for answers brings him closer and closer to the extremist organisation that started all his problems, the organisation that had killed his father and regards him as an abomination, not a person – not a child, not even human. Through his journey he meets Tess, an orphan who has been adopted by Revelation and who now works as their ‘assassin of peace’. It was Tess who placed the bomb who killed his father – but despite all the reasons Cillian has to hate Tess and all she stands for, they instantly become friends who heavily depend on each other to escape from the torments of their dystopian world.

Overall I really liked Mr Kurti’s book and found his fast-paced story line refreshing and compulsive. I particularly appreciate his bravery in writing about a truly fascinating conflict between the developments in science and how they react and impact on religion. Furthermore the possibility of perfectly engineered humans is excellently portrayed and the ethical and moral questions raised are, I think, vividly encompassed within Cillian’s determined yet compassionate personality, which really shows how humanity is more accurately described through the emotions and feelings that we as humans experience. I also love the strength of Tess’s and Cillian’s friendship that runs throughout the storyline, which is particularly moving because of the fact that Tess is the one responsible for Cillian’s father’s death. Finally, taking the tragic terrorist attacks that have occurred recently throughout the world but mainly in London, it makes the story more impactful on its audience, but also more relatable – particularly to older teenagers who will be able to understand and appreciate how terrorism can be solved by perseverance, friendship and love.

However, there are a few things that I think Mr Kurti could have improved on to make his novel even more captivating. Firstly I think he could have developed his characters in more depth and made their personalities more complex to make the relationship between the two characters stronger as well as creating more empathy between the characters and the reader. Secondly, I think the end of each chapter was too abrupt and detached from the overall story; each chapter lacked the flow and continuity that is vital in an action-packed novel. Kurti could have achieved this by maybe describing the setting in more detail, in particular the futuristic setting of the city. Lastly, although his use of the contrasting ideas of science and religion is genius, I think he fails to bring the two extremes to a conclusion or middle ground, as the reader is still left unclear on which character is more morally correct.

In conclusion, Maladapted is a very enjoyable, gripping read that is a must for Divergent and Jurassic Park fans. I would also recommend this book to teenagers between 11-15 who enjoy enthralling science-fiction books. Kurti’s original concept of the conflict between science and faith earns him a fantastic four out of five stars.

MALADAPTED – Review by Mark, Queen Elizabeth’s School

maladaptedMaladapted by Richard Kurti is a sci-fi set in a futuristic world with its main character Cillian, a 16-year-old maths prodigy believing he’s just an ordinary enough person. But he’s not. Caught in a horrible crash on the Metro with his father, he is the only passenger left untouched, something that should have been impossible. He wants answers but what he finds out changes everything he knew about himself.

Maladapted was a fast-paced, action packed book that at first seems strange and slow but turns into a uniquely interesting read, especially with the topics of technological adaptation and religious extremism being shown throughout. The only negative was that the ending left off with a cliffhanger and so my only question would be whether or not there will be a sequel.

MALADAPTED – Review by Adam, JCoSS


Maladapted is a sci-fi/dystopian type book. It follows the adventure of Cillian, a genius college student who can see patterns in an instant, and Tess, part of the Revelation, a group of people who believe in the religion called the Faith, and think that the science of the future has gone too far. But from the beginning of the book, you can tell that something isn’t right and that the scientific group P8 is more sinister than it seems.


When I started Maladapted I wasn’t sure what to expect as I’d never read or even heard of Richard Kurti before, so I had no idea what his style was. The beginning of the book confused me; I wasn’t sure what was going on, or who was who, and I’m not entirely sure if that was intentional. However, once I got over this initial bump I started to enjoy the book more and more. The book has a steady build-up and keeps a sense of mystery and suspense throughout. You never know who you can trust, which kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The climax was extremely thrilling and, apart from the beginning, there were little to no times I wasn’t engrossed. The characters themselves were likable and complex, unlike some books in which the characters can be quite flat.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Maladapted and recommend it to readers of books like The Hunger Games or The Maze Runner series (both of which I have read). My only warning is that it can occasionally get quite violent and dark, so it’s not for the faint-hearted.

MALADAPTED – Review by Rafi, JCoSS


This book is amazing I hope you agree,
I moved closer to the book as I read silently,
Every page left me speechless I couldn’t believe my eyes,
Gripping plots and characters Richard Kurti is very wise.

Cillian and Tess are the main characters in this book,
Who become friends but everything goes gobbledygook,
Cillian is a normal boy but has powers he doesn’t know about,
Tess hides everything inside and just wants to cry out.

Every battle left me wondering who is wrong and who is right,
Or is this really happening, who’s going to win the fight,
All the plot twists made my mouth swing wide open,
I can’t wait for the sequel, Richard’s making one I’m hoping.

The book is set in a faraway future in a dystopian town,
The place is very sophisticated with technology all around,
Some people don’t like this they call themselves Revelation,
They are terrorists that want to destroy every tech creation.

The other group in this book is called P8
They created Cillian and are deciding his fate,
Beware this book can get gory in some places,
So make sure you hide little children’s faces…

This book is a must-read for young teenagers like me,
It’s packed with all you need – who cares about Vitamin C!
Richard Kurti you could be the next Ian Fleming, your book is the best,
I’ve told you all I can say, read Maladapted to find out the rest.

MALADAPTED – Review by Kritik, Queen Elizabeth’s School

maladaptedCillian isn’t an average teenager. He knows he’s a mathematical genius, he’s already at university studying advanced theory, but Cillian doesn’t realise quite how above average he is until he’s the sole survivor of a train explosion. With his father is dead and his last words to Cillian a riddle, Cillian’s existence is thrown in a whole new light.

Tess was an orphan, taken in by an extreme religious group offering her sanctuary and comfort in return for her services. But Tess isn’t sure how she feels about what she’s being asked to do. Cillian is her target, Cillian and everything he represents – the science, the advancements, all of it, but Tess’s faith in her mission is shaken when Cillian becomes her friend.

Thrown into a world where they can trust no one and have to watch their backs all the time, Cillian and Tess must stand together in a world which doesn’t want them alive. Their trust tested and their lives saved by the skin more than once, Maladapted is unquestionably an amazing novel. Filled with treachery, trust and questions about science and religion, Maladapted is definitely a book worthy of 5 Stars.