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Reviewed by Amy Powers for Readers' Favorite
Deception: A Dystopian Teen Thriller is a young adult novel by Galen Micheal about a young man trying to save his sister’s life. When his little sister is bitten, James knows it’s only a matter of time before the disease gets to her, so he sets off to the capital with a plan to steal some antivenom. On his way there, he finds himself underprepared until he meets a young woman who is also journeying to the capital. She seemed much more used to living off the land, but her ultimate plan is to kill the leader. They do not have any reason to trust each other, but they both have a better chance of making it to the capital if they can find a way to work together.
Jumping straight into the action of a dystopian world consisting of an elite class within the capital, and poverty-ridden homes in the outer sectors, Deception is set in an area called New California, with hints of an enemy territory referred to as the Rocky Mountain Republic. I thought this was an interesting take on a dystopian setting that American readers can enjoy and speculate as to what could have led to the downfall of this area of the country. Galen Micheal leads the characters steadily through interesting environments, which provide strong motivation and the opportunity for personal growth. With lots of twists and suspense, it was difficult for me to put this book down, especially during a few shocking moments that I never saw coming!