(The Kazumi Chronicles, #1)
Publication date: April 9th 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
2153, Toronto, United Nation of North America (UNNA)
A horrific plane crash kills all five hundred and forty-two passengers except one. Kazumi emerges from the wreckage physically unscathed but has lost all her memories. Her miraculous survival has the whole city buzzing but all she wants is to go home, wherever home is.
After waiting a month in the hospital with no one to claim her, Kazumi is deemed homeless. She is about to be sent to a nearby teenage shelter when the nurse she grew to trust ushers her down a mysterious path, one that promises safety and maybe even the chance to recover her memories. With no better options available, Kazumi takes her chance and finds herself in the headquarters of the Sarcomeres, a secret society of genetically advanced humans hidden deep inside the Rocky Mountains. The Sarc’s heightened physical abilities and high-tech gadgets are not the only things that fascinate Kazumi. Finnegan O’Riley, a fellow Sarc she meets along the way also gets her heart racing. When Kazumi discovers that she possesses the genetic potential of a Sarcomere, she jumps at the chance to train with them, not knowing the death defying tests that are involved.
Meanwhile, a centuries-old nemesis of the Sarcomeres begins to stir in the dark, setting their dark plans in motion. Just when Kazumi thinks she can help protect her new found 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.
Shadow of Deception is the gold medal winner at the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award.
I admit, it starts of really cliche. Girl has powers, but no memory. Girl has troubled past but only the reader knows. Girl sees cute boy, and cute boy chases girl. You knew who to hate or who to like, even if they were nice or odd, because the main character hated or liked them. The writing was quick, and easy to read, but sometimes felt like the author was telling us how to perceive the characters instead of just showing us (this is just sometimes, not always.) It mirrors a bit of the book Divergent with the trials, Elites, competition, and being an outcast.
Then something happened, it was like the author yelled "plot twist", and everything was thrown on it's head -- in a good way. Looking back, I can totally see how she built it up, and where the details were hiding. But, when it happened, I was thinking, she couldn't top this twist, but the author did...a few times!
At this point, I'm biting my nails and wondering how the heck Kazumi is going to get out of this predicament. There were a few minor characters that I think I should have known and remembered, but hadn't really paid much attention to. The only one that was really well done was Kazumi because of her constant internal struggle, and determination to make it through.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Twenty-five years later, I have a beautiful daughter of my own and a loving husband. We all live in Toronto, enjoying the cultural diversity the city offers. The only adventures I get to have nowadays is by living vicariously through my characters.
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