Author: C.J. Redwine
Series: Defiance, #2
Genre: Young Adult – Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy
Publication Information: Balzer + Bray, 2013
Age Recommendation: Middle School & High School
Baalboden has been ravaged. The brutal Commander’s whereabouts are unknown. And Rachel, grief stricken over her father’s death, needs Logan more than ever. With their ragged group of survivors struggling to forge a future, it’s up to Logan to become the leader they need—with Rachel by his side. Under constant threat from rival Carrington’s army, who is after the device that controls the Cursed One, the group decides to abandon the ruins of their home and take their chances in the Wasteland.
But soon their problems intensify tenfold: someone—possibly inside their ranks—is sabotaging the survivors, picking them off one by one. The chaos and uncertainty of each day puts unbearable strain on Rachel and Logan, and it isn’t long before they feel their love splintering. Even worse, as it becomes clear that the Commander will stop at nothing to destroy them, the band of survivors begins to question whether the price of freedom may be too great—and whether, hunted by their enemies and the murderous traitor in their midst, they can make it out of the Wasteland alive.
In this daring sequel to Defiance, with the world they once loved forever destroyed, Rachel and Logan must decide between a life on the run and standing their ground to fight.
(Summary from Goodreads.)
This book was SO MUCH BETTER than the previous book. Whereas Defiance felt like it was missing something, Deception exceeded every single expectation I had.
In Deception, we get to venture beyond the walls of Baalboden and learn more about the other city-states and their relationships with each other. I still had questions regarding the world building – specifically about women and technology – but in this book, the world was developed so vividly otherwise that it didn’t bother me so much this time.
The characters, though, were what did me in. Rachel in particular really grew on me in this book. In Defiance, she was a big ball of rage, but in this installment, she spends a lot more time trying to work through all of her grief and anger, and it made her a much more sympathetic character. And POOR LOGAN. He spends the entire book trying to figure out how to be a leader, and then the world takes one giant crap on him and if that isn’t a conflict surrounding him in the next book, I will be very, very disappointed.
The secondary characters, though, were where Redwine really shined in this book. We get to know Quinn and Willow better in this book, first of all. As it turns out, Willow is delightfully sassy, and I feel that my life has been improved by this. I also really liked Ian and Adam, two of Logan’s rivals. Adam especially was done really well. Even though he spends a lot of the book arguing with Logan’s ideas, it’s easy to understand where he’s coming from, and he does care about the safety of the others. While he rubs people the wrong way at first, he grew on me as the book went on.
After how fantastically Deception turned out and how it ended, I can’t get Deliverance in my hands soon enough.
Rating: 5/5 Stars