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March 26, 2014

A Shot of YA: Deviation by Heather Hildenbrand

Series: Clone Chronicles 2
Format: ARC
Release Date: March 12, 2014
Publisher: Accendo Press
Source: Author
Genre: Dsytopia
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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35 comments:

  1. Wow - that sounds pretty intense and action packed!

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    1. Yup and Heather did me a favor by making Ven's POV more mature ya than juvenile YA. Win-win!

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  2. Well ya know I love dystopians, so these are on my list..they sound fantastic from the premise to the intense action!

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  3. I've been leaning towards YA reads of late an this one looks interesting! Will check book 1, I am definitely more incline for mature YA reads. Not in the sense where they have sex like bunnies but more like characters with a level of maturity. Great review Braine!

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    1. I know what you mean. I don't mean to sound hypocritical but if I wanted to read sexed up books, I'll stick to adult tales, I find it creepy reading revved up teens when my kid is one too. That's just weird

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  4. I didn't know about this series but it sounds really good.
    I wish I could clone my oldest cat (the younger is too crazy to have two LOL)... I know, crazy cat lady, but she's so special I don't want to think about the day she won't be in our lives. :'(

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    1. I'm being shortsighted here, I wish I could clone myself that way I could read and clear my fricking TBR

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  5. Dang, these sound good. I love when the villains are like Titus!

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    1. Yes, awesome villains help makes awesome heroes and awesome tales!

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  6. Jonny Lee Miller!!! I'd love his clone--yummy;)

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    1. Hahaha!

      Hey, nice to see you here again. I've missed your visits!

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  7. thanks so much for reading and YEP, Titus is definitely a sick bastard =)

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    1. I'm scared to explore that part of your brain where Titus comes from *shivers*... thanks for stopping by, Heather! Really appreciate it :)

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  8. The premise of this series is very cool. I have no doubt Hildenbrand can pull it off; she's such a good writer. Nice review!

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  9. I like a good dystopian, though from some reason they are kind of depressing me. But I do want to look into this one. You make it sound good.

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    1. True! Well if it's any help this is not post-apocalyptic so it doesn't have gray tones like that.

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  10. I love dystopians particularly the ones that seem so plausible like this one with cloning. I hadn't heard of the series. Thanks for sharing about it, Braine!

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    1. This is a great indie one and yes, she really did well with her cloning concept

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  11. The covers are beautiful . Loved that you loved it. I love Dystopians too. Just something about them :D Awesome review!

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    1. IKR?! I love the modern, clean, almost sterile feel of the cover arts.

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  12. it's interesting to see that there is a little change in the genre here, it helps also to see the evolution with the characters. thanks for the review!

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  13. If you loved this one, then I definitely need to look into the series. I've gotten really choosy with the YA dystopians after being repeatedly disappointed, so I'm always on the lookout for some highly recommended ones!

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    1. I know what you mean, Lee, I hope you can find the time to check this one out and I'm crossing my fingers that you'll enjoy it.

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  14. Ooh great review. This series sounds good. I like action packed YA dystopias.

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    1. It is! It's more dystopia and less post apocalyptic.

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  15. Sounds pretty chilling, Braine! But I do love that the villain is named Titus! I just read Shakespeare's Titus this week for class, and that's pretty chilling, too :)

    I think I need to put this series on my TBR, I hate it when that happens - which is almost every single time I come to visit you!

    I hope you're having a fantastic Friday, my friend :)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Hahaha! I'm sorry if I'm not helping your TBR decrease Lexxie...

      Oooh I love lit classes! Shakespeare is one of my fave topics to discuss, I love his comedies, it's actually funny.

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  16. Ohmigod!! I HAVE to read these books really soon, Braine! You know I picked up the first one after your review of it. I just need to make time. ;) Always the same story, huh?!?

    *ha* I just read your comment back to Lexxie - we'll all have to discuss Shakespeare! You know I have a degree in English Lit and I LOVE Shakespeare! :)

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  17. I love love love the covers for this series, I haven't read the review because whilst I own the first I haven't read it so I'm really happy that you seemed to enjoy the sequel too :)

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