The end of the world has come and gone. The Earth is buried in asteroid dust that mutates human DNA, and 16-year-old orphan Glory and her brother are among those affected. Glory’s got a secret: once she loses control of her emotions, the intensity of her gaze can kill. If her Deviant ability is discovered, she’ll be expunged - kicked out of the dome to be tortured and killed by the sadistic, scab-covered Shredders who are addicted to the lethal dust covering the planet. But no matter how much Glory wants to be rid of her unique ability to kill with her emotions, no matter how much she wishes she could be with Cal, a newly turned spy for the authorities, Glory will protect her younger brother at all costs. After Glory’s brother is discovered, she’s determined to get him to safety, but escaping the domed city that’s been her entire world is no easy task...even for a Deviant.
©2012 Maureen McGowan (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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.
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.
Say something about yourself!
This is another good book on the analogy of the US taking our freedom with out us ever questioning it.
When "she" learns the truth.
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