Deviate (The Light Key Trilogy #2) by Tracy Clark
Release Date: 03/03/15
Summary from Goodreads:
Tormented after a daring escape, Cora Sandoval must find a way to stop the Arrazi from murdering innocent people and from violating, using, and killing the Scintilla for their powers. She must also accept one bitter betrayal: Finn Doyle—the Irish boy who has both a piece of Cora's heart and soul—is Arrazi...
On the verge of extinction and sought by those who would either consume or destroy them, Cora and the remaining Scintilla survivors must solve the mystery of The Light Key. If they fail, the truth will stay buried forever and mankind will pay the ultimate price.
No longer will she hide.
No longer will her loved ones be hunted.
And she will have her vengeance...even if she shatters her heart in the process.
This book has done it. It broke the rule of "sequels are never better". Because this book was incredibly excellent.
First, Tracy switches to dual POV between Cora and Finn. I so love getting to see inside Finn's head, especially after book 1's huge reveal at the end. He's so charming externally, but it's interesting to see how he is reacting inside to everything that is going on, especially with Cora and Giovanni, and others.
I cannot get over how many twists and turns are in this novel. I'm still sitting here in shock because I don't know what to make of everything. I never suspected really anything that happened, which was such a breath of fresh air. Usually, I can guess what will happen ten pages from where I am. Not with Deviate. I was guessing until the end.
I love love love the character build-up and development through this book. I think Tracy did an excellent job in the first, but she delves deeper in this one and really brings these characters to life. They become more realistic and react even better to everything.
The plot of this book is great. It runs through Cora, still trying to deal with the events of the first book and still running from the Arrazi, and her trusty bunch of friends and family. They stick together and find the Arrazi more than they'd like to, but they end up finding a sanctuary in an unlikely place, where Cora tries to figure out how the Scintilla and Arrazi fit in the world. Does that not entice you to no ends? And trust me, Tracy executes it even better.
Giovanni and Finn are ever so perfect and I cannot figure out who I like Cora with more. Obviously I love Finn, but G is always there for her. I suppose I like him more as a flirty best friend.
I've hit the rambling phase of my review, so I'll wrap up with this: This book is even better than the first and I think I might die having to wait until October for Illuminate.
About the Author:
She grew up a “Valley Girl” in Southern California but now lives in her home state of Nevada, in a small town at the base of the Sierra Foothills. Her two children teach her the art of distraction and are a continuous source of great dialogue. She’s an unapologetic dog person who is currently owned by a cat.
Tracy was the recipient of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Work in Progress Grant. A two-time participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program where she was lucky enough to be mentored by bestselling author, Ellen Hopkins, who taught her so much about the art of writing and cured her of her ellipsis addiction. Her debut novel was inspired by her enchantment with metaphysics as a teen, seeing it as the real magic in life. Tracy is a part-time college student, a private pilot, and an irredeemable dreamer.