Shadow of Deception: Book One of the Kazumi Chronicles

Shadow of Deception: Book One of the Kazumi Chronicles

by Sophia L. Johnson


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Shadow of Deception: Book One of the Kazumi Chronicles by Sophia L. Johnson

2153, Toronto, United Nation of North America (UNNA)
A horrific plane crash kills all five hundred and forty-two passengers except one. Kazumi emerges from the wreckage physically unscathed but lost all her memories. Her miraculous survival has the whole city buzzing but all she wants is to go home, wherever home is. After waiting a month in the hospital with no one to claim her, Kazumi is deemed homeless. She is about to be sent to a nearby teenage shelter when the nurse she grew to trust ushers her down a mysterious path-one that promises safety and maybe even the chance to recover her memories.
With no better options available, Kazumi takes her chance and finds herself in the headquarters of the Sarcomeres-a secret society of genetically advanced humans hidden deep inside the Rocky Mountains. The Sarc's heightened physical abilities and high-tech gadgets are not the only things that fascinate Kazumi. Finnegan O'Riley, a boy she meets along the way also gets her heart racing. When Kazumi discovers that she possesses the genetic potential of a Sarcomere, she jumps at the chance to train with them, not knowing the death defying tests that are involved.
Meanwhile, a centuries-old nemesis of the Sarcomeres begins to stir in the dark, setting their dark plans in motion. Just when Kazumi thinks she can help protect her new found home, past memories surface to threaten her new identity. She soon realizes that layers of deception run deep and everyone seems to have a secret agenda, including herself. Who can she trust when she can't even trust herself? One wrong decision would mean death, or worse.
Shadow of Deception is book 1 of The Kazumi Chronicles trilogy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478742845
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 04/08/2015
Pages: 362
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Sophia L. Johnson has been a long-time fan of the science fiction and fantasy genre. Inspired to create her own story and characters, she set out to complete the first installment of the Shadow of Deception trilogy. She lives in Toronto with her husband and newborn daughter.

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Shadow of Deception: Book One of the Kazumi Chronicles 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
There is so much that goes on in this book, but that is not a bad thing. In fact, even when it had finished, I still needed more!! You get a prologue with a young child, then it skips forward ten years and she is the sole survivor of a plane crash. You don't know how or why, and you stay with "Gabi" as she tries to figure out who she is and where she belongs. She is taken to a secret location where there is a specialised group of people called Sarcomeres. I won't go into the story any further as I hate giving away spoilers. Suffice it to say, I loved every word. It is full of action and intrigue, with snippets of memory surfacing occasionally. There is certainly more than enough to keep your attention! With a hint of romance between Finn and Gabi/Kazumi as well, this is a well-rounded story with full-bodied and believable characters. This is certainly an author I will be following and I really hope that she brings out more books in general, but specifically with this world and characters. Highly recommended. * I received this book from Xpresso Book Tours in return for a fair and honest review. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
Kazumi should feel lucky. She’s the only survivor of a plane crash that had over five hundred passengers. But she doesn’t. She feels lost, scared, hopeless. She’s lost her sense of self. Has no memory of who she is, where she comes from. A nurse at the hospital tries to help her. She senses Kazumi is more than she appears. When it’s time for her release from the hospital, Linda sneaks her away to some people who might be able to help her. With nothing left to lose, Kazumi, though scared, goes along with it. Deep inside the Rocky Mountains is a secret society of super humans, genetically advance people called Sarcomeres. Their enhanced strength and high tech toys fascinate Kazumi and she quickly becomes a part of the society. Quick to learn, she trains diligently, preparing for the daunting tests to come. She’ll need to learn quickly as the Sarcomeres old enemy, the Neuronics, are plotting world supremacy over humans and all other beings. Subterfuge, attacks, and Kazumi’s own hidden memories could bring about a catastrophe. I should mention that Kazumi is referred to as Gabi for much of this book. The name was chosen for her in the hospital as she couldn’t remember her real one. This books is intended for young adult readers, and as I’m much older, I worried if I’d appreciate it. I sure did. I enjoy science fiction and dystopian stories and this is a bit of both. Kazumi is a scrappy young gal. She’s a quick study, bold, and still a bit girly. Especially around Finn. The Sarcomeres stay hidden from society. Not because they are bad, but because of what they are and what they fight. The Neuronics. Nasty beasts for sure. They can envelop you with their tentacles, reach into your mind and body, and control what you see and do. Quite creepy, indeed. And what’s a good villain without a plot to take over the world. There’s lots of world building, but it flows easily in the story. The characters come to life with some well written descriptions. And the action is fast and furious. Almost forgot. There are some sub plots too. A big one is about Kazumi’s past. Young and mature fans of these genres will enjoy this new series.
SassyCassidy More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the author in return for an honest review. The main character, Kazumi, is the only survivor of a plane crash. She may have survived, but she doesn't remember anything, including her own name. This book is mainly about her trying to regain her memories and find out who she is, but there is a twist. She is recruited by a group called the Sarcomeres. The Sarcomeres are a group of genetically advanced humans. They are faster, stronger, and can heal faster than normal humans. They also happen to be at war with another group of genetically advanced humans called the Neuronics (not sure if I spelled that right). The Neuronics are not physically advanced, they are mentally advanced. They are telekinetic, and can make people see what they want them to see. Kazumi is caught in the middle of everything. What I liked about this book was that the science behind everything was explained. We actually find out why these genetically advanced humans are stronger, faster, telekinetic and so forth. The world is also very believable. It is set during the year 2153 and the world is divided into three major countries, The UNNA (United Nation of North America), The Republic of Europe, and Greater China. The story takes place 30 years after the Great War which almost destroyed the world. I also really enjoyed the characters. They were so mysterious and I was always learning something new. The story is also told through Kazumi's point of view so we are learning everything as she does. There was also a major plot twist towards the end of the book. I saw it coming but then again, I'm usually good at predicting things haha. Anyway, this is definitely a good, fun read and I highly recommend it. I'd also like to mention that during the first year of this book's release (2015), all proceeds go to a charity called Covenant House. This charity is for homeless, abused and at risk youth. So go out and buy a copy to support this amazing cause! :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A really entertaining read with a great cause!!! I happened to be at the library where the author had her book launch event and I was drawn by her charisma and her big heart. She's donating all her royalties to a charity that helps homeless youth. A very noble gesture I must say. So I HAD to support. I bought the book not knowing what could come out of it since it's a debut novel. But man, I was thoroughly entertained. I love the character Kazumi. I read a lot of YA novels but this one stands out in terms of its diversity in characters. I really enjoyed the depth of each main character and their interaction. The romance in this book is also fresh--not your cliché boy chases girl, run-of-the-mill love story. The action scenes are the highlights for me. So vividly written which made me feel like I was in the battle myself. Then there's the big twist(s). All I'm going to say is I startled my girlfriend who was next to me when I jumped from the couch yelling "NO WAY!" Overall a fantastic read. I urge all of you to get a copy and support the author's selfless cause.
CadieCC More than 1 year ago
I devoured it!!!!! Love the story. It's original. It's unexpected. It's very entertaining. I love how there are different sides to the characters. Especially when Kazumi goes from somewhat of a coward to someone who's pretty badass. Her "romance" with Finn, the male lead, (and you'll know why I put the quotation around romance if you read the book), is different and fresh. Not your typical guy falls for the girl or vice versa and they're happy ever after. A fantastic read!!!
Maddy1990 More than 1 year ago
An excellent debut novel, highly recommend!!! My friend read the ARC and really liked it, hence recommended this book to me. It's an young-adult science fiction that will have you keep turning the page (at least it did that for me). The writing was simple yet decent. It had nice imageries and analogies that I appreciated. It was never boring, which I find it's a very important trait in a book nowadays. The plot moves along quickly but well-paced. The characters can be a bit generic at times but I easily overlooked that with so many other praise-worthy elements like the futuristic yet realistic world setting, the jaw-dropping plot twists, and the fun high-tech gadgets. The book gave me a few chuckles here and there and also brought tears to my eyes at one point. Overall, is was thoroughly an entertaining read. I look forward to the second book because the author left me wanting more.
EuniceYang More than 1 year ago
Wow!! I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down. I especially loved the twist and turn of the plot. You never know what's going to happen next. I felt like I was on the roller coaster with Kazumi (the main character) as she went through the ups and downs of her life. It kept me on the edge of my seat most of the time and when the big plot twist was revealed, I literally fell off my seat. And when I finally digested the unthinkable, BOOM, another twist punched me in the stomach, leaving me breathless. This is a very good debut novel and I can't wait for the next book to come out. Highly recommended!