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Deviants (The Dust Chronicles) Hardcover – October 30, 2012
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From School Library Journal
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. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
"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
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Both Glory and her younger brother are Deviants which are people with special powers or physical anomalies, that make them different from normal people. Deviants will be expunged from Haven which is what happened to Glorys Dad after her mother was killed.
In an effort to save her younger brother who cannot walk, Glory is contacted by those from the outside who finally convince her that they can live and indeed flourish in the outside. Deviants is an interesting story of a young woman beginning the painful awakening to womanhood without the benefit of any older woman to answer her questions.
Truly an incredible read continued in the next book Compliance. While the series is touted as being primarily for the teen market I found it enjoyable and an immersing read. It's true there is no gratuitous sex or clandestine adult scenarios, they were not missed by this reader.
At first I was hesitant to buy this thinking that it was directed more towards a younger reader, but I am glad that I gave it a chance.
Deviants is reminiscent of the other post-apocalyptic YA blockbuster, Divergent, but not quite as good. Glory is one of many, called Deviants, who has a mutant ability to kill with mind control (other deviants have other abilities, like super speed, super strength, etc.), but she is struggling to learn to control it as it is triggered by her emotions. so, she can't fall in love - it's too dangerous.
The book is certainly entertaining enough, but doesn't reach the dizzying heights of YA series like the Divergent series or works by Cassandra Clare. However, I did enjoy it and am looking forward to Book 2.
The story was always moving not slow hooked me in for the next book, very well written
The premise has promise, and I generally like this style of book. I would just wish for a main character that isn't quite so self-absorbed.
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I found very little to criticise about this new series.
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