Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on May 20th 2014
Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Also by this author: Imitation
eARC provided by Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley
Protect. Obey. Sacrifice. These words are the mantra of my existence. I'm not sure if it's Titus Rogen inspiring my desire to go against what I am or my own DNA deviating. All I can think is how Titus will look when he meets his end. It trumps even my wish for freedom. In this moment, I want nothing more than to watch the life bleed from Titus's body. And I want it at my own hands.Titus. The Creator.I stare at my palms. Strength aside, I wonder if I'm capable of taking a life. A human life; one with a soul. And I wonder if that isn't easier than taking the life of an Imitation. At least humans have souls that live on. What do I have after this? Where will I go? Back into a syringe? Will Titus recycle me? Or will I be lost forever down a lab drain?We don't deserve that. We don't deserve him.Deserving and receiving are so very different here. And I am beginning to understand, to beat someone in this world, I'll have to play in it.
I was pretty sure I had this series all figured out. I didn’t. Deviation proved even more entertaining than Imitation, which was a great start to a series. I am now dying to read the final book, Generation.
I recently reviewed the first book in this series, Imitation. This book is not a standalone. The author threw in loads of recaps, but you won’t really enjoy this book, unless you read the first one. Also, there is no way to review this book without giving away spoilers about the first book. So there will be spoilers here for book one.
Ven is doing it. Ven is an imitation living her authentic’s life. Maybe her situation is a bit more serious because her authentic’s father is Titus. Titus is the one who created all the clones, and now he has all the power. He is all business and if you cross him, he will get an imitation to replace you. Ven and Daniel team up to free the clones in the first book, but he is captured. It is now up to Ven to figure out how to get Daniel out and not get herself killed. As secrets of connections are revealed, Ven realizes there is more on the line than just her friends back at Twig (the clone factory) at stake if she fails.
There is almost too much going on in this book. Ven and Linc are getting closer. Daniel is in major trouble and he is the only one who knows where Twig city is and how to get the freed Imitations moved to a safe place. Titus is very manipulative and has all of these engagements for his daughter Raven, and so Ven seems to go from place to place. Somehow Ven still finds time to move around behind the scenes. She gains critical knowledge throughout the story.
There were a few things that really worked for this story:
- I got answers to some questions left by book one. The secrets revealed in this book were very shocking. I don’t mean that I didn’t expect some people to be lying, but this was just so much more than that. I was left wondering how I would feel if someone dropped that bomb on me.
- The concept of a bad guy just replacing someone who doesn’t agree with him. Someone like Titus literally playing god to the Imitations.
- The motivation for Ven to try and save her people. She is living a really sad existence just pretending to be someone else. Her motivation isn’t just to be free, it is for all the imitations to be free, too.
- There is a lot of alliances and new betrayals in this story. I am really not trusting anyone in this series at this point, except Ven. I am still really rooting for her.
The problems I had with this story:
- Ven is able to pull of Raven with ease at this point, she is really good at pretending. She lies throughout most of this story. She puts on a show for Titus and in every social situation. The other Imitations in this story, and there are quite a few, are just as good as pulling off their deceptions. It seems pretty unbelievable that anyone could be that smooth without more experience.
- I really wasn’t as impressed by the romance between Ven and Linc in this story. It was an odd thing roaming around in the background of this story. There was so much more moving throughout the story that the romance lost interest for me.
- I hated the ending of this book. I am rooting for Ven, so this is unacceptable. This ending cannot actually be the end. I have even more unanswered questions.
This book seems like a typical second book in a trilogy. It gave good angst, dragged a bit, but left me rooting for the protagonist.
About the Author
Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. Since 2011, she’s published more than eight YA & NA novels including the bestselling Dirty Blood series. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and the island of Guam and loves having a mobile career and outrageous lifestyle of living in two places.
Heather is also a publishing and success coach bent on equipping and educating artists who call themselves authors. She loves teaching fellow writers how to create the same freedom-based lifestyle she enjoys.