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Deviation (The Sophisticates Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Christine Manzari
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Being a Sophisticate of the Program seems like it’d be a pretty sweet deal: a little genetic alteration and anyone can be smarter, faster, and stronger. It’s a dream come true. All you have to give up is your freedom.

Cleo is a Sophisticate and she has a bright future in the Program. But she has a secret. When she gets upset, bad things happen. Explosive things. Things she can’t control.

When her secret is discovered, she’s sent to the Academy to train in the military branch of the Program. She’s destined to be a human weapon in the war that’s been going on since Wormwood occurred nearly 30 years ago. She soon learns that although her ability is unique, there are others like her — other Sophisticates with lethal skills and odd code names like Archerfish and Mimic Octopus.

Immersed in a dangerous game of supernatural powers and dubious motives, Cleo doesn’t know who to trust. Ozzy, the annoyingly attractive cadet who has perfect aim in weapons class and deviant lips behind closed doors, begs her not to use her powers. He’s the golden boy of the Program, but can she trust him? Or will she find herself a target, caught in his crosshairs?

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The first thing Christine does when she's getting ready to read a book is to crack the spine in at least five places. She wholeheartedly believes there is no place as comfy as the pages of a well-worn book. She's addicted to buying books, reading books, and writing books. Books, books, books. She also has a weakness for adventure, inappropriate humor, and coke (the caffeine-laden bubbly kind). Christine is from Forest Hill, Maryland where she lives with her husband, three kids, and her library of ugly spine books.

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The action-packed, character-driven story of Clementine (Cleo) and the other Sophisticates (genetically altered individuals created to be smarter, faster, and stronger for the purpose of protection against terrorists) takes the reader on an adventure that, well, reminds me of riding with my daughter when she was a teenager learning to drive. At the start it seems harmless enough, but there's that nagging voice that keeps telling me to watch out. I do. Sure enough, things start shifting around, and it becomes a little alarming. That all changes to fear because of several how-is-anyone-going-to-get-out-alive moments. Then, there comes a sigh of relief when it looks like everything is going to be all right, but suddenly...
Yes, it's that kind of experience.

The list of characters, on the surface, appears to be typically behaved teenagers. Cleo, Arabella, and Sterling are misfits among the other St. Ignatius Academy students. Quinnie is the popular socialite with her little group of followers. Her goal is to make the lives of the misfits miserable or, at least, try to. Ozzy is the good-looking, easy-smiling, secret-holding guy who splits his time between the two groups and who, of course, Quinnie has a "thing" for. Because of the attention Ozzy gives Cleo, Quinnie is even more determined to bully Cleo, Arabella and Sterling. It is the classic adolescent story, but it takes a very definite twist and many interesting turns as Ms Manzari leads the reader through a maze of teenage life wrapped in a world of secrets, lies, and misdirection that only The Program (government), scared for its self, can create. When it is revealed that some of the Sophisticates (12 to be exact) have been given special powers that turn them into human super weapons, the plot definitely thickens.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  33 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 28 Sep 2013
By Tahlia Newland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The idea of genetically modified teens being used as weapons is not a new idea. Kimberley Kinrade wrote a series on this theme some time ago, and I've read quite a few YA books recently about teens with genetic modifications. It's not surprising since genetic modification for humans is emerging as a very real possibility in our society, and I expect we will see more fiction in this vein.

Although it shares many overly common elements of YA fantasy, for example a new school, a supposedly bad boy that is hard to resist, and the resident bully who seems to need little inspiration for their nastiness, Deviation is still an excellent, well-crafted story that keeps you hooked in and has a surprising twist at the end that leaves the story nicely set up for sequels. I think this book will be well enjoyed by YA speculative fiction fans.

Cleo lives in a world of the future where terrorism has made huge scars on the American people and cities. She is a sophisticate, someone genetically modified while in utero, and raised without their parents by The Project who developed the technology, paid for the modification and owns the result. Parents are called donors and have no contact with their offspring, so the children's friends are of great importance to them. They're the closest thing they have to a family, so when the project moves Cleo away from her best friend Cassie, she is devastated.

Cleo and Cassie have been together their whole life, they've been genetically designed to be super intelligent, so why does Cleo find herself taken to a different kind of school, one where the Sophisticates are designed for warfare more than intelligence. Could it have something to do with the fact that she set her room on fire? Yes, Cleo discovers that she has a deviation. She was modified more than the usual Sophisticates. They designed her as a weapon with the qualities of a Malaysian Fire Ant. She can make things explode. This is not something she wanted, and she certainly doesn't want to hurt anyone with her talents, but will she be able to escape what The Project has planned for her?

The romantic interest is Ozzie. He also has a deviation (perfect aim) and knows more than he should about Cleo. He tells her that she is one of twelve given a similar kind of superhero deviation. Cassie is also one. She will turn up at the military school once she starts to display her talent. The only way to not become used as a weapon is not to display your talents, but that's difficult when others attack you.

The story revolves around the relationships between Cleo and Ozzie and her other new friends and enemies, and the unfolding mystery of the Deviant Dozen. Ozzie is an unknown quantity. Can Cleo trust him? Just when she thinks she can, something happens to make her withdraw from him, then her hormones draw her close again.

The characters are generally strong, well portrayed and very real. The only one that comes across as being somewhat underdeveloped is the electric eel. For her to escape the generic baddy syndrome, we need more insight into her motivations. Other than that, the book was well written with a sleek, well paced plot. The story ends with as many questions unanswered as it began, but they are different questions.

All up, it's well done, and though not ground-breaking or thought provoking as such a subject matter could be, it's a good solid story for its genre.

I received a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I reviewed this on behalf of the Awesome Indies and the book makes the grade without a doubt. 4.5 stars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put this book down! 15 Aug 2013
By mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
For a first time author Ms. Manzari nailed it. From the moment I started reading I became immersed in the story of Clementine. I stayed up late into the night to finish and was sad when it ended because I wanted there to be more. If your a fan of the Other world series you will love this book! Looking forward to reading more by this author!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining story with impressive characterization 4 Oct 2013
By Awesome Indies Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The action-packed, character-driven story of Clementine (Cleo) and the other Sophisticates (genetically altered individuals created to be smarter, faster, and stronger for the purpose of protection against terrorists) takes the reader on an adventure that, well, reminds me of riding with my daughter when she was a teenager learning to drive. At the start it seems harmless enough, but there's that nagging voice that keeps telling me to watch out. I do. Sure enough, things start shifting around, and it becomes a little alarming. That all changes to fear because of several how-is-anyone-going-to-get-out-alive moments. Then, there comes a sigh of relief when it looks like everything is going to be all right, but suddenly...
Yes, it's that kind of experience.

The list of characters, on the surface, appears to be typically behaved teenagers. Cleo, Arabella, and Sterling are misfits among the other St. Ignatius Academy students. Quinnie is the popular socialite with her little group of followers. Her goal is to make the lives of the misfits miserable or, at least, try to. Ozzy is the good-looking, easy-smiling, secret-holding guy who splits his time between the two groups and who, of course, Quinnie has a "thing" for. Because of the attention Ozzy gives Cleo, Quinnie is even more determined to bully Cleo, Arabella and Sterling. It is the classic adolescent story, but it takes a very definite twist and many interesting turns as Ms Manzari leads the reader through a maze of teenage life wrapped in a world of secrets, lies, and misdirection that only The Program (government), scared for its self, can create. When it is revealed that some of the Sophisticates (12 to be exact) have been given special powers that turn them into human super weapons, the plot definitely thickens. The Deviant Dozen is a force to be reckoned with as each individual of that group struggles with not only the moral consequences of such power, but the demands of The Program. The journey is fascinating and frightening as there is enough of today's reality woven into the plot to make it all plausible.

The ending, to me, was a bit unsatisfying, but that is a totally subjective matter. In my opinion, the ending of any book should leave the reader feeling that the book is finished even if the story isn't. That didn't happen for me in this case. Nevertheless, I did appreciate the beautiful description of the setting at the end of the book and how it affected both Cleo's and Ozzy's feelings in regard to freedom. (No, that's not a spoiler. They, like most of us, are always searching for that moment, that place, where one feels truly free.)

Yet, no matter my one complaint, this was definitely an entertaining story with impressive characters. I thoroughly enjoyed it and found the epilogue enticing. I want to read more. I'm worried about Cleo and the gang. I need to know they're okay.

4 stars

I received a free copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review on behalf of the Awesome Indies.

Ulva Eldridge
AIA Reviewer
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive 21 Aug 2013
By danijim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This debut YA novel has the perfect blend of characters in an unforgettable setting. The plot is well-developed and layered and my only complaint is how late I stayed up to finish it. Cannot wait for the next installment!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put this book down!!!! 19 Aug 2013
By Jen HUTTON - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Loved this book. I didn't want it to end! Hurry up with book two ;) Great characters. Great story! Congratulations!
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