Shadow of Deception by Sophia L. Johnson
(The Kazumi Chronicles, #1)
Publication date: April 9th 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
2153, Toronto, United Nation of North America (UNNA)A horrific plane crash kills all five hundred and forty-two passengers except one. Kazumi emerges from the wreckage physically unscathed but has lost all her memories. Her miraculous survival has the whole city buzzing but all she wants is to go home, wherever home is.
After waiting a month in the hospital with no one to claim her, Kazumi is deemed homeless. She is about to be sent to a nearby teenage shelter when the nurse she grew to trust ushers her down a mysterious path, one that promises safety and maybe even the chance to recover her memories. With no better options available, Kazumi takes her chance and finds herself in the headquarters of the Sarcomeres, a secret society of genetically advanced humans hidden deep inside the Rocky Mountains. The Sarc’s heightened physical abilities and high-tech gadgets are not the only things that fascinate Kazumi. Finnegan O’Riley, a fellow Sarc she meets along the way also gets her heart racing. When Kazumi discovers that she possesses the genetic potential of a Sarcomere, she jumps at the chance to train with them, not knowing the death defying tests that are involved.
Meanwhile, a centuries-old nemesis of the Sarcomeres begins to stir in the dark, setting their dark plans in motion. Just when Kazumi thinks she can help protect her new found home, past memories surface to threaten her new identity. She soon realizes that layers of deception run deep and everyone has a secret agenda, including herself.
Who can she trust when she can’t even trust herself? One wrong decision could bring forth consequences worse than death.
Shadow of Deception is the gold medal winner at the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award.
I’m going to put my experience of this book in a way all readers understand. I read this book in one day. I honestly couldn’t put it down. Shadow of Deception is such an amazing read and so easy to get lost in from the very beginning. The main character Kazumi wakes among a bloody field thinking the worst scenarios as to how she got there. Discovered and brought to a hospital, she doesn’t even realize until a nurse asks her what her name is, that she has no memory of her life. I absolutely loved all the twists and turns of this book and the overall mystery of who Kazumi once was. The nurse names her Gabrielle, or Gabi, and though she may not like it, she introduces herself as Gabi when she is urged to go with a man that may help her with her memory problem.
From then on, she is thrust into a world of a superhuman society called the Sarcomeres that have been struggling to continue on their way of life. While some have more potential in their gene to be Elite Sarcomeres and capable of incredible abilities, they are the last headquarters left. Gabi soon discovers that there is another superhuman society out there called the Neuronics that mind abilities. Both societies have been fighting the epic fight and believe they are right in their goals.
It is not until Gabi begins to retain her memory that I lost all thoughts about putting this book down. She learns of her true name, Kazumi, and begins a journey to her true self. Kazumi is such a strong and powerful character and it was an amazing perspective to read from. I really loved her character, her crush/love interest Finn, and all of the other amazing side characters that are so well developed.
The world building pulled me in as well. I really enjoyed how things were explained in the book and it became very believable to see new inventions, the evolved super-abilities, and the united cultures in this futuristic world. Kazumi’s perspective is very easy to read and really flowed along naturally as she begins to discover herself. It’s not until the end that Kazumi remembers everything and the story still ends on a cliffhanger. I really look forward to the sequel of this book and would definitely recommend you read it.
About the Author
I had my first adventure at the age of nine when I flew halfway across the globe all by myself, not knowing a word of English. I was lucky my parents didn’t decide to cheap out and ship me as a parcel instead. But all jokes aside, it was because of financial and physical limitations that I had to fly to Canada solo. It was a great adventure for a nine year-old girl to be honest; aside from the puking, the starvation due to inedible raw vegetables and smelly goo of which I later found out were called salad and cheese. But I made it. I reunited with my parents and soon welcomed my baby brother to the world.Twenty-five years later
, I have a beautiful daughter of my own and a loving husband. We all live in Toronto, enjoying the cultural diversity the city offers. The only adventures I get to have nowadays is by living vicariously through my characters.
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I loved reading Sophia’s bio. Such a big trip on a plane for such a young girl. Glad you made it.
I liked the review, thank you.
Sounds really good and great cover too.
I enjoyed the summary and review – looks good.
I really like the premise of Shadow of Deception. Thanks for the giveaway!
This sounds like a fascinating journey of loss and discovery. Thank you for the positive review.
Thank you for having me! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. 🙂