Review: Deviation by Christine Manzari

Posted July 14, 2014 by Bee in Reviews / 2 Comments

Review: Deviation by Christine Manzari


by Christine Manzari
Series: The Sophisticates #1
Published on August 9th 2013
by CreateSpace
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Superheroes, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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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?

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

1.5 Stars

I think it’s safe to say that this book let me down. I love this kind of stuff, but the blurb was a tad misleading and the story overall was nothing really special. Most of the time, unfortunately, I was just so very bored.

Cleo is a Sophisticate. She was genetically altered to be way smarter than normal humans before she was even born. She and the others like her are called Vanguards. Then there are the ones that were altered to be stronger and faster who are called Mandates and are trained to be soldiers. She has been brought up by the Program her whole life and doesn’t know her parents. There is no freedom. One day she blows up her room when she’s angry and she’s sent to the Academy for the Mandates. There she meets others with unique skills like her.

This book was so predictable! I was so bored most of the time because of that! There was no real mystery here because most of the time either the answers to the questions are very obvious or they’re answered almost immediately. It’s so stupid because this had so much potential. I also felt like I was missing pieces because of all that. The beginning of the story felt like I was thrown into the story and there were a few chapters missing. The end didn’t feel like an end to me. Yeah there was an epilogue that didn’t make sense, but still… It didn’t leave me excited to read the next book or anything. No burning questions… I just really didn’t care.

I didn’t connect with any of the characters. I did feel bad for how all those Sophisticates were treated by the people of the Program. Like subjects. The punishments were cruel. But I didn’t care about them at all. The only character that had some depth at all was the love interest of Cleo. His nickname is Ozzy, but his real name is Osbourne. Really? Ozzy Osbourne? Really? That’s kind of lame.

This was a big disappointment for someone who normally loves this superpower stuff. It could have been awesome, but to me it wasn’t. I don’t think I’ll be reading the next installments in this series.


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