Thursday, November 17, 2011

Review: Deviant by Adrian McKinty

Title: Deviant

Author: Adrian McKinty

Publication date: October 2011

Published by: Harry N. Abrams

Source: review copy from publishers via Netgalley

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Danny Lopez is new in town. He made a mistake back home in Las Vegas, and now he has landed at an experimental school in Colorado for “tough cases.” At the Cobalt Charter School, everything is scripted—what the teachers say, what the students reply—and no other speaking is allowed. This supercontrolled environment gives kids a second chance to make something of themselves. But with few freedoms, the students become sitting ducks for a killer determined to “clean up” Colorado Springs.

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Danny Lopez just moved from Las Vegas to a small town in Colorado, and his new school is just…crazy (in my opinion)! First of all, there is this silence policy that does not allow the students or the teachers talk…at all! Not even during lunch…or recess O.O The only time you can actually talk during school is when the teacher or the students are reading from the script (no this isn’t some theater/drama school). They have this daily script where the lectures are pre-planned. So everything you need to say has to come from that script. It I were in that school, I would go crazy! lol. Then I would demand to be put in a normal public school :) Oh, and did I mention the gloves? Yeah, they have to wear white gloves along with their school uniform. Apparently it promotes hygiene?? Weird, I know. Anyway, Danny makes friends pretty quickly and is involved in some sort of secret club or society thing at school.

Lately in town, a whole bunch of cats have been killed. I bet you’re probably thinking, “So what? No big deal,” right? Wrong! There is a psychological aspect behind this. You see, murderers usually start out small: from insects to rats to cats/dogs to humans. Freaky, right? So Danny and his friends try to figure out and stop whoever is doing this.

I thought this book was pretty good, with the mystery and all. Though, I have to admit, the beginning was kind of slow. About halfway into the book it actually started to get interesting. I liked Danny: he’s determined and doesn’t let anyone walk all over him. The rest of the characters were pretty okay, too…though I felt like Tony came off as bipolar sometimes, lol. The plot was interesting enough…the ending, however, I loved! It was all actiony and twisty, which is always a plus :) The ending was such a surprise and the suspense literally had me holding my breath! I did not see that coming! And the last chapter left me wanting for more!

Overall, it was a pretty good read. I recommend to anyone who loves a good mystery.

Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If not, what do you think? Does it sound like something you might want to read? Leave me a comment! :)

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