Deviantsby Maureen McGowan
The end of the world has come and gone. The earth is buried in asteroid dust that mutates human DNA, and sixteen-year-old orphan Glory and her brother are among those affected. Glory’s got a secret: once she loses control of her emotions, the intensity of her gaze can kill. If her Deviant ability is discovered, she’ll be expunged — kicked out… See more details below
The end of the world has come and gone. The earth is buried in asteroid dust that mutates human DNA, and sixteen-year-old orphan Glory and her brother are among those affected. Glory’s got a secret: once she loses control of her emotions, the intensity of her gaze can kill. If her Deviant ability is discovered, she’ll be expunged — kicked out of the dome to be tortured and killed by the sadistic, scab-covered Shredders who are addicted to the lethal dust covering the planet. But no matter how much Glory wants to be rid of her unique ability to kill with her emotions, no matter how much she wishes she could be with Cal, a newly turned spy for the authorities, Glory will protect her younger brother at all costs.
After Glory’s brother is discovered, she’s determined to get him to safety, but escaping the domed city that’s been her entire world is no easy task . . . even for a Deviant.
Meet the Author
Maureen McGowan left a career in finance and software development to pursue her love of fiction, honing her craft as a novelist. Aside from her love of the printed word, she’s passionate about art, dance, films, fine handcrafted objects, and shoes. She lies and writes in Toronto, Canada.
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Trade/Dystopian YA: I entered the Goodreads giveaway for this book because it had such good reviews. When read a book, I usually read the first chapter then really read the back of the book. (Sometimes the description spoils the whole book). After reading both, all's I could think of was "You are 16 going on 17..." with Liesl and Roth. Only to have Roth join the Nazis and narc on the Von Trapp family. While the kids act like kids: horny; the adults are vindictive. Again, this Dystopian, like other Dystopian societies would not last but a few years before the peasants rose up. There were too many questions on how the dust can be absorbed by shredder (don't think TMNT like I did every time I saw the name). I wanted to know more about how the dome worked. The character of Glory should have died because she made such stupid decisions and was in no way stealth material. She also has no judge of character. The book is an easy read. The characters are 17 to 19, but the writing is for someone younger, like 12 or 13. While it's not a bad story. Glory loves her brother and will do anything to keep him alive. However, the society they live in regresses and is so dreary. If you're a preteen and have not read the Hunger Games or Wool, I recommend it. Otherwise, skip it.
This is a dystopian story about a time in the future when the earth has been hit by meteors and they burned up the earth and covered it in a dust that is dangerous and causes some people to mutate. The main character, Glory is a deviant and is living in a city where she has to hide what she is or they will get rid of her. She is scared and angry and doesn't trust anyone, which is annoying at times, but you understand why as you get to know her better. I loved the interesting world that Maureen has developed in the story and the things that Glory learns as she finds out what she has been taught and always believed is not the truth. I loved Burn and the relationship that develops between them and was so sad when they had to be apart in the end. I can't wait until the next book. I hope their love finds a way.
3.5 stars Three years ago Glory's father murdered her mother and paralyzed her younger brother Drake. Her father turned out to be a Deviant, which are humans with powerful and usually dangerous abilities. He was thrown out of the domed city of Haven and perished in the hands of the Shredders, psychotic creatures that enjoy torturing and killing humans. Since then, Glory has been taking care of her brother in secret. Because after the death of their parents, Glory and Drake have discovered that they are Deviants as well. And Deviants aren't welcomed in Haven. With its fast pace and intriguing setting, Deviants was a book I found myself easily getting sucked into. The story was unique, yet familiar at the same time. For instance, the people in charge of Haven aren't that different from other authority figures found in most post-apocalyptic novels. They are strict, controlling, and keeping many secrets from the citizens. But I think that's to be expected in a world that was nearly destroyed. What stood out for me in this book was the world outside Haven. The Deviants and Shredders and how they came to be. I can't get into much detail, otherwise it would be a spoiler, but I wasn't expecting some of the things that happened and were revealed in this book. It made some moments pretty shocking and exciting. Then there's the main character Glory. She's a determined girl who basically had to grow up quickly and become the parent to her younger brother. I like that she loves Drake and will do anything and everything to protect him. I did get frustrated with her a lot though. She had a tendency to not trust people and jump to conclusions quickly. It made sense that she would be that way, considering the betrayal she felt after what her father did, but there were instances where I felt she could have sought out answers first. There's also some romance in this book, a bit of a love-triangle involving Glory and two very different guys. I'm normally not a fan of love-triangles; however, while I think it's obvious who Glory will end up with, it doesn't seem like it's going to be easy. I'm actually really curious how this one is going to work out. Deviants was an adventurous and thrilling start to a new series. As I mentioned before, it was a fast-paced read and very easy to become pulled into the story. I recommend it to those who can't get enough of the post-apocalyptic and dystopia genres.