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. Sometim..Show More »es 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.
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 st..Show More »ory 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.
As much as I enjoyed the previous two books in the series, this last one fell a bit flat. The writing remained consistent but the plot sort of petere..Show More »d and died - and most of the book felt like filler. As well, many of the characters did things that were, well, out of character or simply illogical, mostly to create drama or angst. I was bored through a lot of the flabby middle and then when I woke up at the end, it was over.
Story: Glory finds she has an Aunt - only to learn she is a shredder. When her father goes missing, Glory must stage a rescue operation that might also rescue her Aunt. But does her Aunt want to come with her? New revelations about the Shredders - and how Outside 'cures' them - will challenge all that Glory has been led to believe about the world outside Haven. At the same time, fear that Burn will turn into a monster if they touch has separated the pair. Cal isn't moving in, even when Burn wants him to do so. Glory will have to choose between the two boys before she can ever hope of overthrowing Haven. For Haven has turned on its employees and begun experimenting on them in very ugly ways.
There were several plot reveals and author McGowan did a great job of revealing them organically. Glory remains as likeable a character as ever though Burn became more annoying in his endless insistence that he is a monster. The introduction of Burn's mother proved interesting but was ultimately wasted in useless plot machinations. Not a lot happens to further the plot for most of the book - either rescuing from Shredder camps or mooning over interrelationship issues (Glory gets mad at her father, brother, Burn, Cal - nearly everyone). As well, this moody Glory wasn't as interesting as the intrepid one from previous books. It wasn't character growth so much as character atrophy.
All the same, I was glad to read the final book in the series, even if it was missing the spark of the previous books. I'll definitely want to check out McGowan's next series. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.
Note: I listened to the audible version and the narrator did a decent job.