Ven is a clone of Raven Rogen and has been raised to replace her “authentic” if and when the need ever arises. When the time does come that Ven is called to step into her authentic’s shoes, she realizes that things aren’t really what she thought they would be.
I liked Ven as a character. She is smart and caring but she also sees the big picture and understands that she has a role to play. I loved seeing her character grow – she was always taking those she loves under her wings to help them but now she is faced with doing this on a larger scale while at the same time trying to keep herself out of danger.
Fairly quickly we are introduced to Linc, Raven Rogen’s (now Ven’s) bodyguard and he immediately realizes something is different about Raven. As Ven and Linc spend more time together, they both begin to realize things (and people) aren’t always what they seem. Linc has definitely had some struggles in life but he sees the good in Ven and is willing to do whatever he can to support her and get her out of harm’s way. I loved that he also looked at the bigger picture and although he wasn’t happy about Ven putting herself in danger, he was willing to help her no matter what.
This was a quick and fast-paced read that was filled with action. I was unable to put this one down and definitely thankful that I had book two waiting for me on my Kindle considering once I got to the end of this one, I needed to know what was going to happen next. Definitely check this out!
Gah!!!! That ending…where is the next one…seriously…I am going to need it soon.
Deviation by Heather Hildenbrand is book two in the Clone Chronicles series and I have to admit – I went into this series with no idea what I was going to get but was pleasantly surprised. This book picks up shortly after book one (Imitation) ends and brought me right back into Ven’s world.
As I previously mentioned, Ven is a great character. She is loyal, caring, and smart. All things I appreciate in a good heroine. She was always willing to face danger in order to make an impact on the greater good. In this case, the danger is Raven Rogan’s father, Titus. He is absolutely soulless and only cares about what is good for him.
The thing that I found missing in book one was a real explanation of where Raven Rogan, Ven’s authentic, really was. I finally got my answer but not until the end of the book. With that said, there is some definite story progression from book one to book two. We find out more around what Ven and the group have planned to save the clones and who they are going to lean on for help.
Relationships also change more in this book. Not only that of Ven and Linc but also the relationships that Ven has with the people around her – Daniel, Josephine, Melanie, Obadiah. They all have critical roles in this book and I can’t say much without giving things away – what I can say is that they all change along with Ven throughout this story.
I do admit that the book ends on a pretty big cliffhanger and if you know anything about me, you know that I find that to be so painful. I don’t know what is going to happen next for Ven and her group of rebels but I am definitely interested to see where things go. If you have an aversion to cliffhangers, you may want to wait on this series but if not, definitely consider checking this one out. I found myself unable to put this one down and when it finally did come to an end, I wanted to know more.
Thank you to Netgalley and Alloy Entertainment for the review copies!