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By jlhsd on 01-14-13
I really enjoyed listening to this book. It was recommended to me since I love Divergent. It said the two were alike. I see some similarities. Sometimes I got annoyed at the impulsiveness of Glory. Its played off like she is protecting her brother but really it just seems stupid and irresponsible. Not a typical response. I do love the way the bad boy was portrayed he kept me hooked. It seems they are getting more popular (Divergent, Shadow & Bone, Shatter Me). That appeals more to me than the perfect good boy lead male. I will be looking forward to the next book in the Dust Series.
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By Talvi on 01-12-14
Decent But Unoriginal Dystopian
I liked Deviants more than I thought I would: despite treading very well-worn ground in the dystopian genre, some frustrating character issues, less-than-grounded world building, and the inevitable love triangle. At its core was heart and a strong female character.
Glory exists on the fringes of their domed society in a world devastated by an asteroid collision that spread a strange dust across the landscape. Her brother is mutating - a deviant - as well as being paralyzed and therefore categorized as a parasite in the community. She hides him as well as her own latent deviant ability (to see into physiology and kill someone). But she and her band of friends are stretched thin - with precious food and other resources needed to survive. Then a young man arrives, claiming to be from outside the dome and telling her that her father is alive after all. Thus starts a cat and mouse game and Glory must get her brother to safety outside of the dome before he is discovered and sent to the hospital (a place from which no one returns). And Glory must learn to separate fact from fiction in her corporate run world.
There is plenty of tension and despite a lot of whiney introspective woe-is-me, Glory's journey ended up interesting. I was greatly reminded of the Deuce character in Ann Aguirre's The Horde series: young but action oriented. As well, we didn't really have instalove in the triangle (though the reason for keeping her from either of the boy interests were kind of thin and manufactured).
At heart, this is a survival story both within and outside of the dome. Fortunately, most of the action takes place inside the civilization and some much needed answers about the world are provided near the end.
Although I didn't love the book, I did decide to stick with it through the second book, Compliance. There was something there that rose above the frustrations I had with the inconsistent characters and somewhat cliched plot points/settings.
I listened to the Audible version of this book and felt the narrator did a decent job of conveying both the youth and the strength of the main character.
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