Deception was a pretty good sequel to Defiance. One of Deception‘s strongest points was the element of mystery–who was the traitor and what was their motive? C. J. Redwine introduced a bunch of named characters at the beginning of the book as suspects, and while I did correctly guess who the traitor was, it took me a good long while to figure it out.
Deception was mostly a road trip. Without getting spoilery, the protagonists Logan and Rachel lead a group of former Baalboden citizens through the Wasteland. They possess technology that can control the Cursed One (dragon), a device that every city seemingly wants for their own. (Seriously, there are like three separate armies after Logan.) But there is also the Commander–excuse me, ex-Commander of Baalboden–and he’s out for revenge, as is another person… The book is pretty fast-paced but gets a bit repetitive after a while. Long journeys with a mass of tense people are far from enjoyable because everyone is at at one another’s throats, and there is plenty of nasty stuff that happens along the way. Be warned: this book contains nightmares, hell-bent revenge, murdered little boys, and the saddest poisoning I’ve ever read about.
Was I blown away by Deception? No. Rachel needed to get her act together about being honest with Logan. Deception was good and I flew through it in a day, but it doesn’t have as much originality as the first book. (And I had plenty of gripes with Defiance.) But the whole story is intriguing enough for me to power through the third and final book, Deliverance. (As of writing this review on 11/15/14 I am currently 108 pages into the conclusion to the series.) Let’s see how this all wraps up because by the ending of Deception everything was looking pretty bad. There were no best case scenarios. Every scenario left was just plain awful.