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Deviants (The Dust Chronicles) [Kindle Edition]

Maureen McGowan
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In Glory's world, different means deviant--and dead.

In a post-apocalyptic world, where the earth is buried by asteroid dust that’s mutated the DNA of some humans, orphaned, sixteen-year-old Glory must hide and protect her younger brother. If their Deviant abilities are discovered, they’ll be expunged—kicked out of the dome to be tortured and killed by the Shredders. Glory would give anything to get rid of her unique ability to kill with her emotions, especially when Cal, the boy she’s always liked, becomes a spy for the authorities. But when her brother is discovered, and she learns their father, who was expunged for killing their mother, is still alive, she must escape the domed city that’s been her entire world.

Outside in the ruins, they’re pursued by the authorities and by sadistic, scab-covered Shredders who are addicted to the lethal-to-humans dust now covering the planet. Glory’s quests to transport herself and her brother to safety make up the thrilling and fascinating first volume of The Dust Chronicles.

The author of Deviants has donated this book to the Worldreader program



Editorial Reviews

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Gr 9 Up-Glory is a Deviant in McGowan's action-packed post-apocalyptic novel (Amazon Children's Pub., 2012). If the authorities in Haven, the domed city where remnants of the human race live, find out, the 16-year-old will face the same fate as her father who killed her mother and crippled her younger brother Drake years ago. He was forced into the hostile wasteland outside Haven where toxic dust and Shredders await anyone the authorities deem unfit to remain. It's been that way ever since Earth was nearly destroyed by asteroids. Glory tries to balance training and get extra rat meat to feed Drake, while dreading the possibility that her secret will be discovered. The story quickly gives enough background about Glory and those people most important to her, pulling listeners into an intriguing blend of action and tension that will hold their attention. Her friend Cal joins the Ethics Committee right before they get their dating license, but Burn, another Deviant, confronts her with news that her father isn't dead. When the authorities arrive, Glory thinks they're about to take Drake, so she and Burn escape with him. The action and tension as they try to elude Comps and Shredders on their way to find Glory's dad as well as some unexpected surprises near the end of the book will grip listeners. Tara Sands's narration makes each voice sound unique and natural. Glory's teen angst sounds somewhat whiny for a short while near the middle of the book, but vanishes when the action picks up again. An excellent listen.-John Clark, Hartland Public Library, MEα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review

"McGowan launches The Dust Chronicles with a bang, painting her post-apocalyptic world with a dark brush and featuring a strong-willed and determined protagonist. Readers will be immediately transported to this world where businessmen rule the job-based class system." -Sabrina Cooper, RT Book Reviews, November 2012

"This first installment in an interesting new post-apocalyptic dystopian series finds the Earth choked with dust that creates paranormal abilities in some humans. ... McGowan keeps the suspense throbbing throughout most of the novel, with new challenges constantly confronting the teens. -Kirkus, Sept. 2012

"A deliciously dark, harrowing world, brightened by dazzling characters and sparkling prose." - Kelley Armstrong

"A tense thriller with a strong, beating heart at its center. Glory and her impossible choices will keep you glued to the page. I'm still trying to catch my breath!" -Diana Peterfreund

"...a worthy read. Readers who enjoy dystopian books will gravitate to this novel." -Library Media Connection May/June 2013


Product Details

  • File Size: 530 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477810323
  • Publisher: Skyscape (October 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00749XXLS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,783 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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Just this morning I picked up and starting reading Deviants by Maureen McGowan and kept turning the pages until I had devoured it in one fantastic reading binge. The dystopian setting with the kick-ass teenage heroine rebelling against the oppressive regime has been done before, but if you include good story-telling, fast action and likable characters, it is never a waste of a good experience.

Glory, all of sixteen and an orphan, lives in the futuristic and domed city of Haven. The enclosure prevents invasion from the toxic dust that has encircled the earth since the meteors hit and invasion from Shredders, cruel cannabalistic creatures that inhale the toxic dust to survive. No one leaves Haven unless they are "exed" by the government and thrown outside the dome at the mercy of Shredders while the public watches on big screen. Glory's father was exed after killing her mother and crippling her little brother, Drake. Glory's father was also a Deviant, a mutant, a creature with powers, a pariah almost worse than a Shredder. That leaves Glory with two secrets: she has hidden her crippled brother from the government, and she is also a Deviant. And with her Deviant power, she can kill.

Hiding her identity from everyone, including her best friend and her new boyfriend, is difficult when all Glory wants is to be Normal. Then one night, a stranger confronts her in a dark alley and turns her world upside down; she has been deceived about her father's death. This stranger, Burn, wants to take her and Drake out of Haven to save them from an inevitable discovery and exing by the government. A surprise visit from the compliance officers gives Glory no choice, she and Drake follow Burn out of Haven and...well, you just have to read the rest yourself because it just gets better.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An adventurous and thrilling start to a new series October 30, 2012
By woven
Format:Hardcover
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.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting Dystopian YA December 26, 2012
By CW
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Fans of the Hunger Games series, Delirium, Outpost and Legend have a new series to follow. This book is action-packed, the characters are vivid and realistic, and I like the post-apocalyptic backdrop that McGowan has created. I'll be keeping an eye out for the next book and will pass this along to the other YA addict in my house, who eats through books in this sub-genre as if they were Skittles.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical YA setup but fun read December 1, 2012
By Keya
Format:Kindle Edition
I didn't think I would enjoy this book as much as I did (mostly I was just set off by the cover...and the whole YA love triangle thing that's getting a little old now), but it certainly surprised me just how much I really did enjoy it. Many elements of it are typical to YA books nowadays i.e. the love triangle, dangerous bad boy who treats the girl like a jerk but ends up kind of not too bad guy, total setup for a series, etc. And the fact that I just kept thinking about the Hulk didn't help much. But despite that, it was an interesting world the author has built up here. The main character drove me crazy sometimes considering how repetitive some of her thoughts got and how many dumb risks she took, but her dumb risks were fairly consistent, and it was really interesting seeing a certain part of her character slowly developing over the course of the plot. That's not to say that the book doesn't have flaws, but for a quick and interesting YA read to get me over the feels from another book I recently read, this fit the bill perfectly (except for the fact that the whole series isn't out yet--ugh!) The setup for the rest of the series is intriguing enough that I think I will have to keep an eager eye out for the next book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy fun read
The storyline is familiar and the characters tend toward stereotypes but there are enough surprises and depth to pull you in and want more.
Published 9 days ago by K. Walter
4.0 out of 5 stars Certainly more entertaining than Divergents
After nearly falling asleep in the first half of the recent movie Divergents, I must say this is definitely the better of the two story lines, which are remarkably similar.
Published 11 days ago by R. Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read. You won't want to put it down.
Interesting characters with unique settings makes for a fun and gratifying read. One of the better teen dystopian novels I have seen.
Published 13 days ago by Steven Connolly
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
Not an entirely unique story, but it captivated me and I couldn't put it down. It had a few minor typos, but it didn't interfere with the story.
Published 15 days ago by Amanda N Sampson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great Scifi book. It kept me going and I enjoyed reading it. They should make it into a movie. I would go see it.
Published 18 days ago by Teresa Walters
3.0 out of 5 stars not too bad. formulaic.
Nice story although typical Sci Fi-ish. Nothing new presented. Still an entertaining read. Deeper plot development would be an improvement.
Published 27 days ago by F. Bolger
5.0 out of 5 stars surprised
I wasn't expecting much, so I was surprised by how quickly I was drawn in & how impatient I am for book 2.
Published 1 month ago by InannaMouse
3.0 out of 5 stars not too bad
Pretty entertaining, somewhat original premise, more of a ya romance than anything. One girl, two guys, who does she choose?
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting Read
Not as good as The Hunger Games but still an interesting and enjoyable read. Will definitely read the next book in this post apocalyptic series.
Published 1 month ago by Piel Canela
3.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't as good as I'd hoped
Although I liked the book and the story, it wasn't as good as I hoped for. It seemed to be dystopian and hoping for more dystopia than I felt it had.
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