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by Maureen McGowan

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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

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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.

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VOYA - Susan-Parodi Redman
Asteroids have collided into the earth, leaving it blanketed in a dust that mutates human DNA. Government has taken control and formed a stratified society protected from the Outside under a dome. The rules are enforced by Compliance Officers controlled by Management. Food is rationed, information is controlled, and resources are scarce. Fear of anarchy is widespread, and those thought to be Deviant or opposed to regulation are sent to be expunged in a ceremony broadcast to all to instill the control Government strives to keep in balance. Shredders are altered humans with superhuman strength who kill incompliant humans in the arena. Orphaned siblings Glory and Drake, hidden from society due to his handicap, live in fear of having their Deviance exposed and try to maintain their normalcy in order to escape execution--until the day they are discovered and forced to flee to the Outside, ridden with Shredders and contaminated by the dust they are taught to fear. McGowan’s concept, while not unique, is inspired; however, the story falls flat. The characters are weakly developed, and the plot line is told through exhaustive narrative with little dialogue, which contributes to the lack of dimension. The conflict in the plot is described in detail, yet the antagonists seem overly embellished, which only serves to perpetuate the element of conflict the protagonists are trying to overcome, not to provide a well-rounded plot line in which there is a tangible victor. The action is fragmented and disorganized and reads like an outline of ideas rather than a crafted chronicle. The effect of these shortcomings is a book that is amateur and unrefined. The series title is aptly named Dust Chronicles, as it will inevitably and unfortunately collect dust on the shelves. Ages 15 to 18.
Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
What is it like to live in a futuristic world in which asteroid dust has caused human DNA to mutate in unpredictable ways? Sixteen-year-old Glory is a deviant, a person who's DNA has been altered; she cannot fully control her emotions, and she has the capacity to hurt those she loves and cares for. Glory takes care of her thirteen-year-old brother, Drake, who is also a Deviant, after the death of their mother and disappearance of their father. As the story flows along, Glory starts to question everything about Haven—from the slogans she is taught to believe in, to the motives of the people in power. Glory falls in love with Cal, only to discover his new job responsibility is to expunge Deviants. By the end of the story, Glory has a new vision of the world; her eyes have been opened, and her heart is vulnerable. This book will appeal to readers who enjoyed The Hunger Games, but McGowan has taken futuristic fantasy into new territory: readers will enjoy this young adult novel, including the rich tapestry of a somber future that it depicts. Book one in the "Dust Chronicles." Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.
Kirkus Reviews
This first installment in an interesting new post-apocalyptic dystopian series finds the Earth choked with dust that creates paranormal abilities in some humans. Sixteen-year-old Glory has hidden her paraplegic little brother Drake from the tyrannical authorities in their domed city for three years, ever since her father murdered their mother. Glory has the ability to kill by merely looking into the eyes of her victims, making her a Deviant and therefore, an outlaw subject to death by expulsion from the dome. The population of Haven comprises mostly "employees," who live on meager rations, and "Management," who enjoy a luxurious lifestyle. When Glory's longtime heartthrob, who has just joined the cruel authorities, shows up with his new colleagues outside her tiny, windowless apartment, Glory and Drake escape with Burn, a rebel sent by her dreaded father. They must fight their way through the deathtrap surrounding the dome to get to uncontaminated lands Glory never knew existed. McGowan keeps the suspense throbbing throughout most of the novel, with new challenges constantly confronting the teens. In the opening scene, Glory hunts rats for food, bringing her bleak world clearly into focus. Glory's ever-present mistrust, while understandable, begins to grate as she continually makes poor choices that increase the danger long after it becomes clear to readers that Burn is one of the good guys, but her contrition helps to set up the sequel. Exciting, if hardly groundbreaking. (Dystopian suspense. 12-16)

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Amazon Childrens Publishing
Publication date:
Dust Chronicles Series, #1
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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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Deviants 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
bravewarrior More than 1 year ago
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.
pinkladyroses More than 1 year ago
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.
woven More than 1 year ago
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.