Deception by Teri Terry is book two in her Dark Matter trilogy. The trilogy is billed as young adult, but don’t let age stop you. It’s an interesting read for all adults, young or otherwise. Deception picks up right where book one, Contagion, left off.
Epidemic survivor, Shay, has left her friends and traveling companions, Kai and Callie. She believes she is a carrier of the disease that has decimated the UK, though Callie is really the carrier. Shay and twenty-three other survivors are now being held and experimented on in a secret government location. The survivor facility is attacked and Dr. Alexander Cross, Kai’s stepfather, Callie’s father and leader of the shadow group, Multiverse, saves as many of the survivors as he can.
Kai and Callie meet other survivors while searching for Shay and the scientist, Dr. 1, that Callie believes started the epidemic. Eventually all the groups converge and the action is intense. Will they be able to overlook their differences and forgive personal betrayals in order to trust each other long enough to find the answers they need for continued survival?
Deception is very well written. The story is told through the alternating viewpoints of Kai, Callie and Shay, which the author handles nicely with appropriate chapter headers, though Callie does interrupt the other two occasionally, with no warning. We learn a bit more about the characters in this second installment of the series. There are still enough plot twists to fully engage the reader’s attention. The ending satisfies and sets the stage for the finale of the trilogy, which I am excited to read. I rate this novel 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to young adult readers and anyone who likes a well-written sci-fi mystery/thriller.
My thanks to Charlesbridge and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
Publication Date: October 29, 2019