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By Talvi on 01-12-14
Frustrating But With Heart
Deviants continues the Dust Chronicles by bringing Glory back into the Dome as a COT (Compliance Officer in Training). As with the first book, the story and pacing are uneven but a strong willed protagonist and a bit of heart at the center of the story help bring enough to make me continue reading the series.
Glory is back in the dome and pretending to be Cal's girlfriend while training to be a Compliance Officer. She's been asked to spy on her fellow trainees to look for deviants and rebels - but this also gives her a unique vantage on management and helps her to head off and save doomed deviants as well. But then a mission goes wrong, others begin to suspect her relationship with Cal, and Glory finds herself under the close scrutiny of a senior manager who wants to 'adopt' her. As well, rebels are bombing the city and individuals with very terrifying deviations are beginning to appear. It all begins to unravel for Glory very fast....
We're given a whole new set of characters as well as a few returning ones now that Glory is back in the City. There are some fun plot twists (one I didn't see coming) but as with the first book, foreshadowing is so incredibly obvious as to be frustrating and make one want to bonk head on table. I found myself yelling, "wake up! he/she is deviant you idiot!" in annoyance several times.
As well, the love triangle which wasn't too bad in the first book is very problematic here. "I love him....no wait, I love the other guy" dithering, as well as 'great misunderstanding' plot machinations to keep the couples apart were just a bit too much. I didn't find ANY of the relationships interesting.
And yet, as noted before, there really is a heart here and that gets me through the book's 'bugs' and willing to continue to the next book. I did like the action in both novels especially.