by Adrian McKinty


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Danny Lopez is new in town. He made a mistake back home in Las Vegas, and now he has landed at an experimental school in Colorado for “tough cases.” At the Cobalt Charter School, everything is scripted—what the teachers say, what the students reply—and no other speaking is allowed. This supercontrolled environment gives kids a second chance to make something of themselves. But with few freedoms, the students become sitting ducks for a killer determined to “clean up” Colorado Springs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810984202
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication date: 10/01/2011
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 681,959
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Adrian McKinty is the author of many books, including the Lighthouse trilogy. He was born and raised in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. Educated at Oxford University, he then immigrated to New York City. He has lived and taught high school in Denver and now lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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Deviant 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
KawaiiDelights More than 1 year ago
I'm not going to lie. I could have gone without reading this book and it wouldn't have made a difference. Right from the start, I did not think that the book flowed very well. Being an animal lover, I would have rather not read the first few pages. The book mentions a killer, but I was thinking a normal serial killer type. But the book isn't really about the killer, just about Danny trying to fit in at his new school. Besides that, there isn't really much else that I can say about it. Overall, I was a bit bored and disturbed.... I love YA fiction, but this really wasn't an interesting read to me. But, maybe if I was a teen boy, my reaction would be a bit different.
cheriereich on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Adrian McKinty's Deviant is a twisted mystery with a cat serial killer as wicked as a young Hannibal Lector and an unlikely hero in Danny Lopez.When Danny Lopez and his family move to Colorado, everything is just plain weird. From his scripted school to the secret groups to the mysterious cat killings, he longs for the bright lights of Las Vegas, but a killer has other plans. As Danny and his friends investigate, they quickly realize they might be in over their heads in this new thriller.Deviant is a master class of what makes a good mystery: a devious villain slowly revealed, an unlikely hero, twists, turns, and the sprinkling of red herrings to throw the reader off the trail. McKinty did a fantastic job with the character developments. I loved how Danny is an introvert. He wants to stick by himself, but is a good kid who needs to find this killer. The budding serial killer is perfect: dark, twisted, a young Hannibal Lector or even Dexter. I did suspect the killer not caught, but I was blown away by the accomplice to the crimes. Although I enjoyed reading Deviant, it took a while to feel the teen voice within this novel. Minor head hopping also threw me out of the story, but it wasn't significant enough to stop me from reading. McKinty uses moments of humor, grossness, and a psychological mind game throughout the novel.I would recommend Adrian McKinty's Deviant to readers looking for a dark mystery filled with weird, gross, and deviously wicked fun.
YABReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Danny Lopez and his mom Juanita and step-dad Walt live in Las Vegas where his mom works at a Casino for Mr. Glynn. They move to Colorado because Glynn is opening a new casino and wants Danny¿s mom to manage it. Danny is therefore enrolled in Cobalt Junior High where they use the system of Direct Instruction. Direct Instruction is where the teachers and students read from a script. They do not permit talking aka triangulation at this school and the students have to wear white gloves all the time. This is where Danny meets Mr. Lebkuchen, the principle of the school. The students he meets there are Charlie, Tom, Olivia, Cooper, Hector and Todd. They are member of various secret groups within the school. Before Danny arrived in Cobalt, there was a ¿cat killing.¿ There were more after he arrived and he and a neighbor and fellow student, Antonia aka Tony try to figure out who the cat killer is. They enlist the help of one of the chain-gang at Walt¿s work named Bob Randall, who is an expert in crimes. Bob is in prison for check writing and is expected to be released on parole in the coming months. Bob explains to them what they need to figure out in order to find out who the cat killer is. This story tells of the process they go through to identify the killer.I like the way the characters develop in this book. There are so many to keep track of and it is easy to associate them with the secret groups that they are members of. It was hard for me to put this book down once I got into the plot and they were actively trying to figure out who the cat killer was. A good read.
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't know about you, but I was a little creeped out by this cover. Even now, I'm not sure if it was a good kind of creepy -but it was definitely creepy, not to mention that the centerpiece of the cover is the world "deviant," which only adds to the feeling of uneasiness. From the beginning, I knew that something was going to be wrong with the characters in this book, but, somewhat crazy person that I am, I was completely drawn in the creepy cover and I wanted to learn more about what this book was about and who these seemingly unstable characters are.Danny Lopez is the new kid. After making countless "mistakes" in his hometown and branded a "difficult case," he is sent to an experimental school in Colorado Springs to help "reform" him, something of a young serial killer in the making. The school, of course, is nothing like it sounds on paper. The environment is highly controlled, superficial and unsettling, even for young delinquents in who are attempting to make something of themselves. But that becomes more difficult than it seems with a serial killer on the lose, who thinks that he can "clean up" the bad things in the world by offing cats.Deviant had a really interesting and unique concept, not to mention I liked the idea of a somewhat self-righteous serial killer attempting to rid the world of bad things. However, the concept felt like it had been seriously watered down for a young adult audience -for example, the "serial killer" here kills cats, not people as the blurb would imply. So not only was I left wondering what the entire point of the book was, but I felt like I had been completely misled by the blurb. Where was the intrigue or the thrill here? It's just not on the same level.If this book was actually closer to what the blurb promised, it would have been much, much better. But sadly, all I got from this book was a sense of being cheated, and like all the time I invested in reading it wasn't worth my time. Give this one a pass...
amwo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this book was a pleasant surprise, but also had a few let downs. I found that it had a good plot that kept you interested as you tried to figure out who terrorized the town. (Okay, terrorized isn't exactly the right word, but I don't want to give anything away.) There was a good mix of characters, although it seemed like all the guys liked Danny's friend Tony (Antonia), which got a bit repetitive. I did like the two warring friend groups in the school, as they provided a lot of action and helped the reader make real life connections. As far as subplots, there was a lot going on. First there was Danny and Tony's group being detectives about the town criminal, then the dynamics between the two groups at school, Danny and the Principal's relationship, Tony and Danny's relationship, and the short chapters from the criminal's POV. However, I felt like there was so much going on that Adrian McKinty didn't have enough time to develop a main plot. I think maybe the author was trying to add depth to their story, but it just came off as trying too hard. McKinty tried adding little idiosyncrasies to the characters and giving them more purpose, but it just didn't work. I thought it was strange that Danny called his mom Juanita even though she was his biological Mom and he lived with her his whole life. Danny's issues with his MIA biological father were also just sort of thrown in there and felt out of place. As for the criminal(s), because the author focused on so much else throughout the book we only got a vague idea of their purpose for what they did. So overall, McKinty was good at throwing in bits of mystery and suspense, but tried too hard when attempting to give the book some depth. It was still a good book, but just a bit lacking for me.
Melanie_McCullough on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Okay, since this was a DNF this review will be short. I'm simply going to state my reasons for not completing the book.1) There was too much head-hopping. This book randomly switched perspective in the middle of scenes. In the very first chapter it went from the killer's point of view to the cat's. And it didn't stop there. I'd be following along with Danny and then all of a sudden be inside his stepfather's or his mother's head. It was hard to follow and kept me from really connecting with ANY of the characters.2) Characters were flat. I got a hundred pages in and I still had no sense of who the characters were, nor did I care what happened to them.3) Dialogue was unrealistic. For me, this book just never really captured the YA voice. The dialogue and Danny's internal thoughts seemed more like those of an adult.Overall, the book just wasn't for me. I know some people have raved about it, but I can't recommend it.
nlsobon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It took me a while to get into ¿Deviant¿, but it was a rather interesting book. I¿m not big on violence, whether its people or animals, so the first chapter was difficult to push through, but I did, and I came out surprised by the story and how much I actually liked it.Danny just moved to Colorado from Las Vegas after his mother is given a promotion at the new casino her boss is preparing to open. The new job means a new car, a new house ¿ a new lifestyle. The life he had in Las Vegas is incredibly different from the life he¿s living in Colorado. While he¿s adjusting to his new school (where students can¿t talk and they must wear white gloves), he¿s also struggling to make friends. Add in a crazy cat killer and you have an interesting story.The school is a very interesting place. It¿s quite possibly the most intriguing part of the story. The students find ways around the no talking rule of course, and most of them have created their own secret clubs. When news of the cat killings starts spreading in the news, Tony, Danny¿s neighbor, suspects someone, not something, is doing this. She hopes that he¿ll care enough to look into it too. When Danny and Tony go to Walt¿s (Danny¿s step father) friend, Bob, an inmate at the jail Walt works at, looking for answers, Hector, a fellow student in a different `club¿ wants in on what they know.What¿s great about ¿Deviant¿ is that it does a fantastic job at keeping the reader¿s interest. It¿s a mystery novel with the struggles of adolescence thrown in. I really enjoyed reading this one. Also, the cover is absolutely perfect. At first I just thought it looked neat, but after reading the story ¿ it¿s really a perfect cover.
yabotd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I chose to review Deviant by Adrian McKinty because I thought the premise sounded interesting. With my background in psychology, I always love to read stories about troubled teens or "tough cases." Unfortunately, this description of the book seems to be misleading. The school isn't for troubled teens. It is an experimental school with strange programming, but it is a regular charter school.I think it's pretty clear that I love books. Love them. I even love to love them. I hate it when I don't like a book, not just because it isn't a good reading experience, but because I feel bad for all the people who put so much work into the story. That's why this review is so hard to write.I didn't like it.And not one of those, "Oh, the story was good, but it wasn't right for me" kind of not liking either. It's one of those, "I really wish I was critiquing this as a writing partner so I could make comments about all the things not working for me," kind of not liking. :POkay, so let's start with the good. Despite the premise not sounding exactly like the above blurb, it is still an interesting one. There's a cat killer who we get to see into the mind of every few chapters. This creates a good sense of mystery and intrigue to balance some more mundane chapters. There's also a very strange school and the weird principal who runs it. The policies of the school and getting behind what's really going on there would be enough for a good story. Now, the stuff I didn't quite like. Most of my dislikes can fall under the heading of: Does Not Sound Like Realistic YA. By that, I mean that the voice and the language didn't strike me as well done YA. I was painfully aware that an adult wrote this book. I mean, when was the last time a teenager described someone as a "valley girl?" The author tried to use updated dialogue on occasion, but didn't seem to use it right. For example, the phrase "made of awesome" is in there a few times. While this is a more current phrase, it wasn't always used correctly. Also, everything is very clearly spelled out in a way that I found condescending to read. I'm sure this wasn't the author's intention and maybe I picked up on it more because I like to write, but I just wanted to scream, "Show, don't tell!" There was actually a part of the story where Danny does a mini psychological evaluation on each of the main characters (including himself). I realize, I am an adult reading a young adult book, but I think we need to give teenagers more credit for what they can pick up on in a story than this novel does.Other than that, I think this story just wasn't for me. While the narration was mostly in Danny's head, it would randomly flip perspectives or go omniscent. Personally, I don't like that style, though others might. Also, I didn't feel as closely connected to Danny as I prefer to. Again, personal preference. Another nitpick that might not bother other people but definitely bothers me: there was product placement all over the place. Whether or not this was done intentionally, it bugged the heck out of me. These things alone wouldn't make me hate a story, but lumped together with my previous complaints made this story difficult for me to finish.While I did not enjoy Deviant, I wouldn't write it off as a no-go for everyone. If it sounds like the type of story you like, I'd say read the first few chapters. They'll give you a good sense of what the rest of the story is like.Overall rating: If interested, borrow it.
kimpiddington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This creepy mystery kept me guessing until the end.
JRlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A bit disturbing because McKinty tries to get into the mind of a cat killer. Danny Lopez is a new student at a really strange school where the students are not allowed to talk, have to wear gloves and follow really dull scripted lessons. He becomes interested in trying to find out who is killing the cats in Colorado, and his interest almost gets him killed. A nice mystery that moves along quite quickly, and believably.
Krista23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was caught off guard in the first chapter of this book. While reading about a cat that was to be sacrificed disturbed me, I decided to skip a couple of pages and get into the rest of the story. But I found as usual, what happens in the beginnings of some stories, usually ends up showing it's face again later in the book. I never got caught up with any of the characters, caring what happened to them or even liking any of them very much, including the main character Danny. Danny's character never grabbed my attention, I found him boring and never really stood out. There were points that I really wanted to root for him, but I never did get a solid connection. What did keep me reading was the school, it's teachers and how it is run. I found that the setting was very intense and had potential for a scarier read. I felt that while reading this story I was very disconnected to the plot as well. I wanted to see more dramatic things happen, but instead I felt that things just seemed to click into place a little too easy. The mystery began to really lose my interest but I wanted to see how the story ended. Keeping in mind that another sacrifice scene would come into play I was pleasantly surprised with the ending. I really hate writing up a negative review, but as always if you have any interest I encourage you to give this one a try. I cannot like every story I read, but am very determined to try. I was very interested to see that this author does have other books published and I am very excited to check them out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My cat Silverstar(vine) and her mate flamefury, plus some of their kits. Silverstar: she is bright white with little silver tendrils reaching from her tail to the back of her head. They curl at the end closest to her head. She is sleek and swift, and she is sitting by the base of a tree. Flamefury: he is a bright orange tom with forest green eyes. He is also sleek and swift, but stronger than silverstar. Stellarpaw: a lavender/gray she with the same silver markings as silverstar. Darkpaw: she is dark gray with lighter gray ear tips and paws. She has flamefury's eyes. Shadowpaw: he is the very dark gray color of a shadow. He is fun to be around, but he is also very mischevious. He has black ear tips. Nightpaw: an indigo colored pelt with one white paw. He has flamefury's eyes as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Icefire to be drawn. I will not be sending an e-mail, so i hope this is good! <br> <p> Icefire is a pure white she with icy blue eyes. Her pelt reflects sunlight so other colors are shining. She has a lithle build, muscular legsfor running. She is stalking a robin up in a tree, her eyes are fixed on it, and her stride is very large. The backround is dawn during spring. Please tell me if this needs more description.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My cat icetail drawn, with my other cat emberfur next to her. Icetail is pure white(you might make the background a different color for this.) She has a scar across her left eye, which is golden(the scar should look as if it shouldve cut the eye but didnt.) Her right eye is ice blue. She has a long scar along her spine, as well as a set of them along her sides and part of her left ear is torn off. She is smaller than emberfur, but not overly so. She is fierce, but kind(try to put that in the expression, but i know its hard.) Emberfur is golden with reddish ears and tailtip and yellow paws(make them subtle changes between the colors, like flames :D) he has green eyes, and a scar that sut across his face, startinfrom above the right eye and going across the nose, ending at the left side of the chin, as well as a nick in the right ear. I will sketch it out as soon as possible a probably send it to you later today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A horse galloping through a feild not sending you a sketch just draw it make is a dapply grey arabian