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Deception
     

Deception

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by C. J. Redwine
 

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Baalboden has been ravaged. The brutal Commander's whereabouts are unknown. And Rachel, grief stricken over her father's death, needs Logan more than ever. With their ragged group of survivors struggling to forge a future, it's up to Logan to become the leader they need—with Rachel by his side. Under constant threat from rival Carrington's

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Baalboden has been ravaged. The brutal Commander's whereabouts are unknown. And Rachel, grief stricken over her father's death, needs Logan more than ever. With their ragged group of survivors struggling to forge a future, it's up to Logan to become the leader they need—with Rachel by his side. Under constant threat from rival Carrington's army, which is after the device that controls the Cursed One, the group decides to abandon the ruins of their home and take their chances in the Wasteland.

But soon their problems intensify tenfold: someone—possibly inside their ranks—is sabotaging the survivors, slowly killing them off. The chaos and uncertainty of each day puts unbearable strain on Rachel and Logan, and it isn't long before they feel their love splintering. Even worse, as it becomes clear that the Commander will stop at nothing to destroy them, the survivors begin to question whether the price of freedom may be too great—and whether, hunted by their enemies and the murderous traitor in their midst, they can make it out of the Wasteland alive.

In this daring sequel to Defiance, with the world they once loved forever destroyed, Rachel and Logan must decide between a life on the run and standing their ground to fight.

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Kirkus Reviews
Just a scant 157 residents of Baalboden remain after the devastation wrought by the dragonlike Cursed One at the end of series opener Defiance (2012). Reluctant 19-year-old leader Logan knows they will soon be beset: by the leader of city-state Rowansmark, whose prized piece of stolen, Cursed One–controlling tech Logan holds, or by the ousted Commander of Baalboden, bent on revenge--or both. Sure enough, the Commander comes knocking, and they all go fleeing in an unlikely exodus that takes them into the Wasteland. Logan's kick-ass lover, Rachel, with the help of Tree People Willow and Quinn (ersatz Native Americans in this bizarre, post-apocalyptic very-near-future), conducts weapons training along the way. But who is leaving creepy notes and murdering refugees as they go? It must--gasp--be someone among them. Logan frets, and Rachel fights grief, guilt and PTSD; only in each other's arms can they temporarily forget their current miseries. The plot trudges along with the refugees, narration shared between Rachel's and Logan's indistinguishable first-person, present-tense voices. The murder mystery fails to generate enough tension to distract readers from the slipshod worldbuilding (not a whit improved over the opener), but it does provide some opportunity for extra grieving and hand-wringing. Revelations discovered in their hoped-for haven of Lankenshire feel anticlimactic, chucked in to provoke enough angst to fuel the third book. Only the truly devoted will feel like joining the slog. (Dystopian romance. 13 & up)
Booklist
“An engaging fantasy”
Rae Carson
Praise for DEFIANCE: “C.J. Redwine’s DEFIANCE is a gritty, thrilling adventure sprinkled with moments of breathtaking tenderness. I read it in one sitting.”
Romantic Times
Praise for DEFIANCE: “A well-paced, heart-wrenching tale of loyalty, courage, and love.”
Julie Kagawa
Praise for DEFIANCE: “Spellbinding, romantic, and impossible to put down.”
Lisa Mantchev
Praise for DEFIANCE: “DEFIANCE defies all reader expectations, giving us both a post-apocalyptic setting rife with history and a plot that’s as much about the discovery of one’s own humanity as it is about survival.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062117205
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/27/2013
Series:
C. J. Redwine's Defiance Series
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
1,092,877
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

C. J. Redwine loves fairy tales, Harry Potter, and any movie starring Johnny Depp. She is the author of the Defiance trilogy and the Ravenspire series, including the New York Times bestseller The Shadow Queen. If the novel-writing gig ever falls through, she’ll join the Avengers and wear a cape to work every day. C.J. lives in Nashville with her husband and children. You can visit C.J. online at www.cjredwine.blogspot.com.

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Deception 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Cupcakegirly More than 1 year ago
4.75 Stars! Three things you should know before reading DECEPTION: 1) People die. 2) It's an excellent sequel! 3) More people die. Best Case Scenario: You will love this! DECEPTION is the intense follow up to DEFIANCE, offering near non-stop action, suspense and romance as it delivers one swift blow to the feels after the other. Cinematic world-building sucks you right back into the story told from both Rachel and Logan's POV as they fight to survive another trek through the Wasteland. This time they aren't alone and not only are they fighting an invisible enemy who strikes under the shadow of darkness, Rachel and Logan are also fighting internal battles, ones with the potential to do more damage than the Cursed One and the Commander combined. If Logan is Captain Scenario, Rachel is Queen of Denial because girlfriend does a fantastic job of pretending certain things do not bother her. But I get that, I do. Grief is a major buzzkill and really, where is the fun in dealing with stuff that makes you hurt worse than a switch to the face or threatens to leave you a hollowed out shell? (Been there. Done that. Don't care to go for a visit.) But while Rachel's busy not feeling all her feelings, Logan's trying to take care of her and lead a group of misfit refugees more concerned about who grew up on the wrong side of the trees instead of you know, SURVIVING. (I think Moses had an easier time leading the Israelites out of Egypt.) Like most bad guys, the things we try so.very.hard to push away eventually catch up to us and when they do, we're faced with a choice. We can either allow them to destroy us or restore us making us stronger than we used to be. The same holds true for Rachel and Logan as their circumstances demand that they face their fears. Does that mean everything is all rainbows and unicorns? Of course not. In fact, if you're C.J. Redwine, it's a great opportunity to make more people pay, with.their.lives. O.O I can't wait to see what happens next! Worst Case Scenario: You won't like this. OR the ending will gut you like a fish Willow catches with her bare hands, the tree lover that you are will balk at the insufficient amount of Quinn-time. This is just an educated guess though, based on the primary factors of...okay, I think you get my point. Final Verdict: Action-packed and emotionally charged, DECEPTION is an excellent sequel. DEFIANCE fans will not be disappointed! Favorite Quote(s): "Maybe that's what love is. Giving others the power to hurt you and trusting that they'll use it to heal you instead."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it, but omg the end sucks!
AmyO122 More than 1 year ago
We all know that sometimes the second book in a trilogy can be disappointing. It's like that awkward stage we all go through, a necessity but not all that much fun. Thankfully, Deception is NOT one of those sequels. If anything, Deception is better than Defiance. And considering how much I loved Defiance, that's saying a lot. Deception takes the action, adventure, and romance from the first book to a whole new level. It is a non-stop ride and I loved every second of it! p.s.- Chapter 40 is brutal. Have a box of tissue ready.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
I loved this follow up to Defiance and I can't wait for the next book in the series. I loved being back with Rachel and Logan and loved them both as much as I remembered from Defiance. Deception is full of action, emotions, small steamy scenes, healing, friendship, betrayal, secrets and fighting against all odds. This is in no way a filler book, and I loved every second.  Revenge is a big theme in this one, and we see how it drives so many of the survivors. They all have lost people and their homes, and while continued survival and freedom are their biggest motivators, you can also see how revenge helps them to move on. But we all see how it can debilitate and add to the burdens already heavy on their shoulders when they don't funnel it properly. The same with grief. Especially through Rachel in this one. Her nightmares are chasing her into the daytime, and all of the things that she has done and regretted are piling on her shoulders and she is only stuffing it down and not dealing with it. We get to see her breaking and it was so hard to watch. Her source of comfort and her way out of the grief and guilt comes from someone that I didn't quite expect it from, but I loved it and painted such a beautiful picture of friendship and of support.  It was awesome to watch Logan grow into a leader and really take on the responsibility for the survivors. He is so thoughtful and thinks through everything. He takes seriously that the survivors chose him as their leader and I don't think they could have chosen a more smart and capable and driven person. I also loved the moments with him and Rachel. To see how in love they were, and how they supported each other. They both have so many responsibilities and try to protect the other. It is awesome and leaning on each other is how they get through it all.  Quinn and Willow are by far my favorite secondary characters. They bring so much depth to the story. Their rich back story, their sibling love and protectiveness, how devoted they are to Rachel and Logan, and the knowledge and power they bring with their friendship and alliance. I lived for each moment where they stole the scene with their fierceness or loyalty, as well as learning about their past even when it is so dark.  And wow at the twists in the plot. Oh my goodness, I didn't see some of them coming, and some of the things that took place showed such sacrifice, brought such pain, and others just made my eyes bug out because I never considered it a possibility. I absolutely cannot wait for the next book in the series and find out what happens next.  Bottom Line: Amazing story from first page to last.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Relentless plot, fascinating characters, strong world building, and a rich, raw emotional journey set against an epic backdrop. This sequel knocks it out of the park.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book but loved the second even more. I hate that I have to wait so long for the next book. Its one of my favorite series atm. I can't wait to finish the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is better than the first book. I love this series and finished it in one night. Tons of action and love. My kind of book:)
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I need the 3rd book. The 2nd book leaves me hanging.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Deception by C.J. Redwine Book Two of the Defiance series Publisher: Balzer + Bray Publication Date: August 27, 2013 Rating: 4 stars Source: Hardcover copy sent by a friend (thank you so much, Jess!) Summary (from Goodreads): Baalboden has been ravaged. The brutal Commander's whereabouts are unknown. And Rachel, grief stricken over her father's death, needs Logan more than ever. With their ragged group of survivors struggling to forge a future, it's up to Logan to become the leader they need—with Rachel by his side. Under constant threat from rival Carrington's army, who is after the device that controls the Cursed One, the group decides to abandon the ruins of their home and take their chances in the Wasteland.¿¿ But soon their problems intensify tenfold: someone—possibly inside their ranks—is sabotaging the survivors, picking them off one by one. The chaos and uncertainty of each day puts unbearable strain on Rachel and Logan, and it isn't long before they feel their love splintering. Even worse, as it becomes clear that the Commander will stop at nothing to destroy them, the band of survivors begins to question whether the price of freedom may be too great—and whether, hunted by their enemies and the murderous traitor in their midst, they can make it out of the Wasteland alive. ¿In this daring sequel to Defiance, with the world they once loved forever destroyed, Rachel and Logan must decide between a life on the run and standing their ground to fight. What I Liked: I came to the last page of the book without realizing that THAT was the last page of the book, and I turned the page looking for more of the story, and that was when I hit the acknowledgements. Don't you love/hate when that happens?! The story was so engrossing, you wanted more. And yes, I want more. That was one of the reasons why I waited so long to read Deception - because I knew that once I finished the sequel, I'd be ACHING to read the third book. It's hard, waiting for sequels and whatnot. Baalboden is in ruins, and the survivors look to Logan for the answers. But the Commander is out there, hunting Logan, for the tech. Logan, Rachel, and the survivors must leave Baalboden and flee to Lankenshire, a city-state that should be safe to stay and recover. But there is a traitor in the midst of the survivors, and people are picked off. And the Commander is hunting. And Logan is spreading himself too thin. And Rachel is breaking apart. No one is safe.  One of the things I really like about Redwine's books is how SMART they are. Everything seems analytic, intelligent, on purpose. Many parts of this book are used to show strategy, or clever thinking, or planning. Logan is the brains behind all of the planning and analyzing, and I really enjoyed following his point-of-view. But seriously, REALLY look at this book, the writing style, the set-up of the plot, and so on. Everything is so carefully laid out, so intelligently placed. I love that about this book (and series). As I said before, I really enjoyed reading Logan's perspective. Logan is intelligent and brilliant, and he has a good heart. He's so mature, but he's still a young man. He's a natural leader, with subtle flaws and open courage. I love that he uses his brain to figure things out, and not just his heart. He has an excellent balance of good and not-so-good qualities. I wasn't completely a fan of Rachel in Defiance, although I did (for the most part) like her. It's the same deal in this book, even though I felt frustrated with her at times. But I think I see things a little bit better, in terms of her mental and emotional state. She has been through so much, and has had to deal with so much, and she handles situations and consequences so much differently than others. She bottles it and it consumes her, and this makes me mad, but at the same time, I think I understand her a little better. The romance has gone through so many trials, both in book one and in this book. I think that's something that Redwine handles well - breaking apart and building up and breaking apart and building up. Rachel and Logan are solid in their relationship, but they aren't completely solid as individuals (with all that's going on, that's hard), and it takes its toll on their relationship. Meaning, they love each other, but finding time to be with just each other is difficult, when about one hundred and fifty people depend and look up to Logan. The same can be said about the characters themselves - Redwine really picks apart her characters. It makes this novel seem terribly RAW, and real. I say terribly, but I mean it in a good but powerful way. The characters, specifically Logan and Rachel, are pushed to extremes and then some, in this book especially. It's interesting to see the deterioration of the mindset of Rachel and Logan - and how they bounce back. Both are very different characters, in that aspect. For the most part, this book was a really good sequel. The plot was interesting, although parts of it were kind of boring or felt a little unnecessary. However, I really could not put the book down, because I just had to know who the traitor was, or how everything fit together with Jared and the nature of Logan's ostracism, and how everything connected. Redwine really does weave a tale of betrayal, hurt, survival, intelligence, pain, and love. I cannot wait to see how it ends!  What I Did Not Like: This book runs a little slow at times. It's almost 500 pages, so I'm always kind of bothered when the book is relatively long, and there are slow parts in the plot - enough slow parts for me to notice. I understand that some parts are more analytic than others, but some just seemed unnecessary. I don't know how to explain this without using specific examples, but I don't want to use specific examples because that would totally give away things, and I'm not about spoilers. Also, it seemed like not a lot happened in this book. That goes hand-in-hand with the slow plot. Granted, things DID happen. But it seemed like the majority of the book was traveling to Lankenshire, and then in the last one hundred pages, they get there, and then the climax happens, and then we get our wonderful sequel cliffhanger. Most of things that happen are subtle, and I totally appreciate subtle, but it's really easy to sum up this book, because not much happens. Would I Recommend It: I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who read and enjoyed (or even vaguely enjoyed) Defiance, because it is a very satisfactory sequel. I hate it when sequels are horrible (especially after a STUNNING debut or first novel), because then I'm not motivated to finish the series. However, that is not the case with this novel. I am so excited to read the third book! Rating: 4 stars. This was a really great sequel! So much angst and heartbreak and flat-out CRAZINESS - but it was awesome and truly enjoyable, and I definitely cannot wait to see how things shape up in Deliverance.
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I really enjoyed this book. I had a hard time putting it down.
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Loved it! Cant wait for the next book. Read in like 6 hrs....straight through lol
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Please help, is this the second book? Write to scrow