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Havoc (Deviants Series #2)
     

Havoc (Deviants Series #2)

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by Jeff Sampson
 

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Emily Webb thought life would go back to normal after she and pack-mate Spencer Holt killed the man who tried to murder them and their fellow “Deviants.” Or as normal as it could be, after finding out she has nighttime superpowers . . . and she’s a werewolf. But when Emily wakes up one night to find an otherworldly shadowman watching her, she

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Emily Webb thought life would go back to normal after she and pack-mate Spencer Holt killed the man who tried to murder them and their fellow “Deviants.” Or as normal as it could be, after finding out she has nighttime superpowers . . . and she’s a werewolf. But when Emily wakes up one night to find an otherworldly shadowman watching her, she knows the danger has only just begun.

Determined to find answers, Emily and Spencer, along with the third member of their pack—football player Dalton McKinney—set out to find the people who made them what they are, and why. And as Emily and her friends get closer to the truth, they realize they aren’t the only ones in town with special powers: The most popular girls in school just might have a secret of their own—and they just might have it out for Emily.

But other kinds of Deviants will be the least of the pack’s problems if they can’t get their own powers under control. With each nighttime shift, Dalton’s behavior grows more erratic, and Emily’s transformations begin to evolve in mysterious ways. With shadowy beings stalking the Deviants at every turn, a mysterious company doing all it can to keep the truth hidden, and the secrecy of her strange new identity in jeopardy, life threatens to spiral out of control for Emily. And soon all these dangers will come together in one terrifying confrontation that may force her to make the toughest choice of her life.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Havoc picks up where Vesper (HarperCollins, 2011) ended. Emily Webb's world has been turned upside down and she is struggling to make sense of her life as a genetically engineered werewolf. Emily, pack-mate Spencer, and new pack member Dalton are determined to find others like themselves and learn to control their nighttime powers. Meanwhile, strange shadowmen are stalking them, adding to the mystery and suspense. Looking for answers, the friends decide to break into the BioZenith Company and hack into the computer system. As they fight for their lives, events spin out of control and leave the group with more questions than they had to begin with. Sampson spins a witty, fast-paced story that is full of action, danger, and intrigue. Analytic reports add to the drama, and the otherworldly beings give the story more of a sci-fi feel. Emily is a great character, and the cliff-hanger ending makes the next installment a must. Fans of James Patterson's "Maximum Ride" books (Little, Brown) will want to give this series a try.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
Booklist
Praise for VESPER: “A smart and good-humored addition to the current werewolf wave.”
Lauren Kate
Praise for VESPER: “Addictive and surprising. I couldn’t wait for night to fall to see what Emily would do next!”
Michael Grant
Praise for VESPER: “Jeff Sampson’s debut delivers the goods—it’s exciting, witty, and impossible to put down. The best kind of page-turner.”
K.A. Applegate
Praise for VESPER: “Emily is smart, funny, fierce, and just generally kicks ass. The otherworldly mysteries she uncovers will keep you guessing all the way to the final page.”
VOYA - Aarene Storms
The second installment in the Deviants series finds Emily Webb facing more questions than answers: Why does she change from mousy "Daytime" Emily to brashly assertive "Nighttime" Emily to frightening "Werewolf" Emily? Are there others like her? Who—or what—are the mysterious shadowmen? When did cheerleaders develop a talent for telekinesis? Most importantly: What does an agricultural research company called BioZenith have to do with all of these mysteries? Havoc picks up directly after the conclusion of Vesper (Balzer + Bray, 2011/VOYA April 2011), and although the narration tries to recap events from the first book, readers will want to experience the books in order. The intriguing storyline and action are interspersed with analytic commentary from some sort of reporting agency that is, thus far, unnamed. Clues are gradually revealed, but most of these lead to even more mysteries, paving the way for a long, complex, and enjoyable series. Reviewer: Aarene Storms
Kirkus Reviews
The second exciting installment in the continuing saga of a dorky daytime girl who morphs into a savvy, hot chick and/or werewolf at night. New readers are given enough information here to follow the plot, but they won't enjoy its full impact unless they have read the first book. Emily still feels guilty about killing, as a werewolf, the scientist who murdered another of her wolf pack. At least, she feels guilty in the daytime. At night, she learns that she can choose among any of her three personae: dork, fearless chick or wolf. However, a new element threatens her now: After dark, terrifying shadow men appear to be stalking her, even in her own bedroom. Meanwhile, Dalton, another werewolf in her pack, recovers from his gunshot wound. The two of them track down another female werewolf, then, with the full pack, they break into the research facility that Emily suspects made them werewolves in the first place. There, Emily finds a major surprise. She also learns that she's the alpha wolf in the pack, the leader responsible for all the others. Sampson employs a fluid writing style that charges into the story, especially when he writes as the aggressive Nighttime Emily. His characters stand out well as individuals, but suspense is the main attraction here. Plenty of thrilling action, clearly with more to come. (Paranormal thriller. 12 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062101945
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/24/2012
Series:
Deviants , #2
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Jeff Sampson is the author of the first two books in the Deviants series, Vesper and Havoc. He is also a pop-culture fanatic with an abiding love of TV and movies, much like his main character, Emily. Jeff lives in Seattle, Washington.

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Havoc (Deviants Series) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished it in one sitting. Loved it.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
Since I really loved the first book, I couldn't wait for this one. The one thing that hooked me on the series is the plot line. I loved being thrown into something new and unwritten! This book picks up for the first book left off and the reader is once again thrown in the mist of deviants. What I loved about this book is the plot line. The deviants defeated the enemy once, but still have much to learn about. They are learning their powers, learning about the past, and discovering others out there like them. I really loved how well they took charge of their future. They ask questions and broke into computers. The characters of this book you can tell have grown so much. I like that they are no longer naive but stronger. They rely on one another. During all the fights and trouble, they stuck by each other sides and were there to back each other up. The love interest for me, felt a little wonky. At first, I thought I knew who would end up with who, but with all of the experiments done on them it's hard to separate their feelings. So in a sense I get it. Still, I was hoping for a more set relationship. Overall, I like it. It was quick, easy, fun read. Havoc is ultimately entertaining, exciting, and stylish with great direction that will satisfy any reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant wait! The first one was sooooo good x3 :)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and how ot mehes mythology with modern times and modern science i love emily and cant wait for ravage (the next book) to come out!!!!love these books Sgning f for now lauren
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was the first that i have read where they turn into majical things because of the goverment. I really enjoyed these two books and i cannot wait until there is another.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the previous book, now I am going to start on this one. I know it will be good.
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Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
This is going to be a short review. Not because I'm lazy (though I am!) but because I honestly don't have a lot of thoughts about this book. I think I've been spoiled lately. I have had the great fortune to read a lot of "Wow" books, and therefore, it has become harder to knock my socks off. It's not that there is anything wrong with Havoc, I just wasn't blown away. Havoc is book two in the Deviants series, by Jeff Sampson. The story picks up a few days after the end of book one, Vesper. The main character, Emily, is still reeling from the whirlwind that has become her life. Not only does she have an alternate "Nighttime" personality, but she's also a werewolf, and...she had to kill a man. So now Emily and Spencer, her new "mate", are out to find out exactly what they are and how they became that way. Add in fellow "pack member" Dalton, and a mysterious unknown member and you have quite the scenario. It's a lot to deal with for a sixteen year old, yes? Havoc is certainly fast-paced. There is so much going on action and plot-wise. Emily is constantly in motion, trying to find answers. She is a likeable character who is easy to get behind. I also enjoyed reading Spencer. He is a great support and partner to Emily. Fellow werewolf Dalton was also fun, at first. He ended up going places that I didn't really see coming and acted in ways that made me cringe. It's actually understandable, though, if you take into consideration that he's, you know, a werewolf. I didn't like Emily's best friend, Megan. She seemed so one-dimensional for a lot of the book. She was sullen, abrasive and just not much fun to read. My problem with Havoc was the lack of connection I felt to the characters and the story. I couldn't get myself immersed into the book and become emotionally invested in the characters and the outcome. Oh, and the sniffing. That's right, I said the sniffing. I get that these kids are werewolves, and they sniff, a lot. But, honestly, I got sort of tired of the amount of detailed passages about how much these kids like to smell each other. For me, the story was fine. Nothing more, nothing less. Fans of the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson would likely enjoy this one. Favorite Quote: "I wanted to sigh, but I stopped myself. 'Well, I'm not really sure what it is right now.' Except that we're both werewolves who are supposed to be mates, though whether that's in the British slang sense or the Wild Kingdom sense, I'm not entirely sure." -pg 29, ARC (Emily trying to explain her new relationship to her best friend) *I received an ARC of Havoc from Harper Publishing, in exchange for an honest review.*
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