Baalboden has been ravaged. The brutal Commander’s whereabouts are unknown. And Rachel, grief stricken over her father’s death, needs Logan more than ever. With their ragged group of survivors struggling to forge a future, it’s up to Logan to become the leader they need—with Rachel by his side. Under constant threat from rival Carrington’s army, who is after the device that controls the Cursed One, the group decides to abandon the ruins of their home and take their chances in the Wasteland.
But soon their problems intensify tenfold: someone—possibly inside their ranks—is sabotaging the survivors, picking them off one by one. The chaos and uncertainty of each day puts unbearable strain on Rachel and Logan, and it isn’t long before they feel their love splintering. Even worse, as it becomes clear that the Commander will stop at nothing to destroy them, the band of survivors begins to question whether the price of freedom may be too great—and whether, hunted by their enemies and the murderous traitor in their midst, they can make it out of the Wasteland alive.
In this daring sequel to Defiance, with the world they once loved forever destroyed, Rachel and Logan must decide between a life on the run and standing their ground to fight.
Deception is a very intense read. Everything emotion is just pushed to the limit; you feel like you are walking a tightrope the entire story. You never know what is going to happen.
The storyline picks up a few weeks from the ending of Defiance. Logan has been voted leader of the rag tag group of civilians. Some support him 100% and some of giving him a hard time -but, they seem to be recovering and starting to move forward. He isn’t sure why he is in the position, but he is going to do whatever it takes to keep these people safe. Rachel on the other hand is just empty – her character has done a 180. That calm collective fighter is gone and she will do whatever it takes, to get justice for the people she loves.
The group has to move across the Wasteland – which is dangerous, but the real danger seems to be coming from within the group. Someone keeps leaving cryptic notes for Logan – then that person moves on to killing. I thought the “mole” was obvious from the start, but C.J does a great job making me second guess myself all the way to the end.
Like with most secondary books, we get more information, more world building and character building – but with Deception you get a lot of action. It’s pretty much nonstop. They have to fight pretty much every person and beast on their journey.
I’m excited about book 3 and I can’t wait to see what C.J. has in store for us. There is going to be an all out war.