Wednesday 22 July 2015

Book Review: Shadow of Deception by Sophia L. Johnson

Last Updated: 11 May 2021

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AD* | 2153, Toronto, United Nation of North America (UNNA)

A horrific plane crash kills all five hundred and forty-two passengers except one. Kazumi comes out of the wreckage physically unscathed but wiped of all memories. Her miraculous survival attracts the attention of the Sarcomeres, a secret society of genetically advanced humans. Their heightened physical abilities and high-tech gadgets are not the only things that fascinate Kazumi, Finnegan O'Riley, a fellow Sarc also gets her heart racing. When she discovers that she possesses the genetic potential to become a Sarcomere, she welcomes the chance to train with them in the hope that she would recover her memories.

Meanwhile, thirty years after the Great War that almost destroyed the world, a centuries-old nemesis of the Sarcomeres begins to stir in the dark. Just when Kazumi thinks she can help protect her newfound home, past memories surface to threaten her new identity. She soon realizes that layers of deception run deep and everyone has a secret agenda, including herself. Who can she trust when she can't even trust herself? One wrong decision could bring forth consequences worse than death. Is Kazumi ready to face her destiny?

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The thing I liked the most about this book is that the science behind all of the events was explained fully and explained well, which sadly a lot of sci-fi and dystopian lacks. We find out why genetically advanced humans are better than us, and all of the characters are mysterious and intriguing. The story being told from Kazumi's point of view helped with this because it meant we were always learning something new as she was learning - it felt more real and organic this way.

The world is another strong point. The book is set in the year 2153, when the world is divided into three major countries - The UNNA (United Nation of North America), The Republic of Europe, and Greater China. It's set 30 years after the Great War which ended up almost destroying the world, hence the dystopian aspect.

The plot was good, with an unexpected twist towards the end that made it even more exciting. But despite that, it wasn't too fast-paced, and overall it was a fun, entertaining read.

I really enjoyed this book and I read it really quickly because I had to get to the end and find out what happened! One warning though - if you do read this book you will become addicted! The next book in the series can't come soon enough.

I also interviewed the lovely Sophia as part of Shadow of Deception's blog tour. If you missed that, you can catch it here.

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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