Today's highlighted book is DEVIANTS by Maureen McGowan published by Amazon Children's Publishing. I received the ARC in the mail late last week and as soon as I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. The style and action-packed pace made it impossible to set aside.
The release date is Oct. 30th!
Here's the blurb from Amazon:
In a post-apocalyptic world, where the earth is buried by asteroid dust that’s
mutated the DNA of some humans, orphaned, sixteen-year-old Glory must hide and
protect her younger brother. If their Deviant abilities are discovered, they’ll
be expunged—kicked out of the dome to be tortured and killed by the Shredders.
Glory would give anything to get rid of her unique ability to kill with her
emotions, especially when Cal, the boy she’s always liked, becomes a spy for the
authorities. But when her brother is discovered, and she learns their father,
who was expunged for killing their mother, is still alive, she must escape the
domed city that’s been her entire world.
Outside in the ruins, they’re pursued by the authorities and by sadistic,
scab-covered Shredders who are addicted to the lethal-to-humans dust now
covering the planet. Glory’s quests to transport herself and her brother to
safety make up the thrilling and fascinating first volume of The Dust
What I love about this book: I really fell in love with the main character, Glory. She's tough and knows how to kick butt, yet at the same time she's thoughtful and sacrificial. Glory is willing to do just about anything to keep her brother hidden. Because of this, she is drawn into a whole new world that she never knew existed.
What makes this book unique:
I loved the angle that McGowan brought in at the end of the book which leads into book 2. Of course I can't ruin the ending but I thought it was unique and something I hadn't seen in dystopian literature that I've read. At the same time I was slightly annoyed because now I'll have to wait for book 2 to be released before I get to find out what happens next! What's up with cliffhanger McGowan? I think she's trying to torture us.
Why you should read it:
The writing was just flawless. As a writer myself, I'm a tough critic when it comes to style and the right mix of well, everything. McGowan knows how to tell a fast-paced story without allowing the writing to suffer. And excellent world building!
My favorite line:
"I've tried to be a good person, to do the right thing, but I am not a good person."
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I'm also giving away my ARC of DEVIANTS! It's simple. Leave a comment below. Tweet it and tell me you did so and get an extra entry. Contest ends Sept. 17th.