Release Date: March 12, 2014
Publisher: Accendo Press
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.
And scream and scream and scream I did (inside) after reading DEVIATION by Heather Hildenbrand. This is the second book of Heather's dystopian novel, Clone Chronicles, and the gist of the tale is Titus Rogen is slowly replacing people, Authentics, with clones or Imitations so he can control them and by extension control the society. Ven is the seventh Imitation of Raven Rogen, Titus' daughter, Titus thinks that his special modifications to Ven will help him crush the rebellion but it's the exact opposite. Ven has become of the rebellion's greatest asset and Titus eventually figured this out. DEVIATION ended in such a tragic disarray proving that Titus is one sick bastard and the only direction I see the story going is towards revenge and Titus' eventual death.
DEVIATION is a little more saucy than Imitation which as an adult reader I like and appreciate. Don't get me wrong, the story is still very YA but leaning more towards the Mature YA side. Ven is really playing the part as Titus' daughter very well, in the public eye, Ven is very much like her Authentic. She's frivolous, vapid, promiscuous, and entitled. Her conflict is that Titus knows that she's somehow connected to the rebels and if Ven doesn't cooperate in bringing them down he'll kill them all. Ven is a loyal girl, she started off as meek but she's slowly learning to use her alter-ego's entitlement to her and the rebellion's advantage. In DEVIATION I see Ven as more of a tool, a means to an end, because she's still stuck in the middle between her duty as an Imitation and her moral duty as a person. However I think Ven will be more on the forefront in the future and will live up to her role as heroine in the next book because of the events that took place in this novel.
Aside from the formidable and despicable Titus Rogen, Clone Chronicles has a sizable list of supporting cast. HHildenbrand's characters are diverse and each stand out in their own way I can see a couple of them maybe having their own novellas. The hero and Ven's boyfriend, Linc, didn't stand-out too much for me in this novel not because his character development suffered it's just that HHildenbrand focused more on Ven's and the series plot. I'm sure things will change dramatically in book 3, DEVIATION may be a sequel but it's a strong follow-up and a pivotal one at that.
You've probably noticed that I very rarely read Dystopia and when I do it's something that I love and back-up 100%. Clone Chronicles is one of those select few that I truly enjoy, the concept of Imitations is fascinating and scary at the same time, the world building just has enough modifications to support the premise that this is either in the future or some parallel universe, the villain doesn't have flares of temper followed by violence, Titus Rogen is very calculating and when he strikes, you can bet that it'll be devastating. The series' strongest suit is in its characters, the plot is very character driven and with every book that comes out, Ven, Linc and the rest of the cast are living up to their roles more and more. I hope you can check DEVIATION and Imitation soon!
Author of Across the Galaxy, Whisper, and the Dirty Blood series. I write, read, and fuss at my kids. Oh, and I do laundry, lots of laundry. I'm pretty good at it, too. Sometimes I even read WHILE doing laundry - and fussing at my kids. I'm a multi-tasker.
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