Review: “Deviant” by Adrian McKinty
Danny Lopez is new in town. He made a mistake back home in Las Vegas, and now he has landed at an experimental school in Colorado for “tough cases.” At the Cobalt Charter School, everything is scripted—what the teachers say, what the students reply—and no other speaking is allowed. This supercontrolled environment gives kids a second chance to make something of themselves. But with few freedoms, the students become sitting ducks for a killer determined to “clean up” Colorado Springs.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It took me a while to get into “Deviant”, but it was a rather interesting book. I’m not big on violence, whether its people or animals, so the first chapter was difficult to push through, but I did, and I came out surprised by the story and how much I actually liked it.
Danny just moved to Colorado from Las Vegas after his mother is given a promotion at the new casino her boss is preparing to open. The new job means a new car, a new house – a new lifestyle. The life he had in Las Vegas is incredibly different from the life he’s living in Colorado. While he’s adjusting to his new school (where students can’t talk and they must wear white gloves), he’s also struggling to make friends. Add in a crazy cat killer and you have an interesting story.
The school is a very interesting place. It’s quite possibly the most intriguing part of the story. The students find ways around the no talking rule of course, and most of them have created their own secret clubs. When news of the cat killings starts spreading in the news, Tony, Danny’s neighbor, suspects someone, not something, is doing this. She hopes that he’ll care enough to look into it too. When Danny and Tony go to Walt’s (Danny’s step father) friend, Bob, an inmate at the jail Walt works at, looking for answers, Hector, a fellow student in a different ‘club’ wants in on what they know.
What’s great about “Deviant” is that it does a fantastic job at keeping the reader’s interest. It’s a mystery novel with the struggles of adolescence thrown in. I really enjoyed reading this one. Also, the cover is absolutely perfect. At first I just thought it looked neat, but after reading the story – it’s really a perfect cover.