Title: The Deviants
Author: C.J Skuse
Publisher: Mira Ink
Release Date: 22nd September 2016
Read it in: 1 week and a half
Source: From Mira Ink
I didn’t expect what I received with the latest novel from C.J Skuse… I thought it was going to be the tale of 5 kids who got themselves in deadly trouble when trying to get revenge… I mean… I suppose I sort of got that, but not how I anticipated it. The novel is very clearly set out with the main character, Ella, telling someone what has happened previously. The whole novel is flashbacks essentially, so Ella can inform someone of her side of everything that had happened. Which is sort of why I assumed some was dead or in jail, it sounded like and was set out like an interrogation of sorts. So it was really cleverly done!
After having reached the end of the novel, and even prior to that with my first assumption of it being an interrogation, I understand why every detail about this group of five was gone into! Why every detail was relevant, why it was important to know about Corey’s disability, Zane’s secret, Max’s adoration for his father and Ella, and Fallon’s baby… Everything played a part in the final showdown. And I am really impressed with how it was all tackled because at the end of the day there was A LOT of hard stuff in this novel…
We didn’t really get to know the other characters past what Ella knew, so for a while, Max (annoying) and Zane (bully) were very one sided which meant I didn’t like their characters and was frustrated with them. However, like I said you do have to keep going because Ella obviously starts with the beginning, so you’re not going to know everything in the first 100 pages!
It did take a little while for the whole thing to pick up in pace, but where the pace was slow there was still enough going on for you to be kept interested. I really did enjoy this story. I didn’t feel like all of the early details were necessary, but they didn’t take anything away from the story, I just felt like they weren’t necessary.