Shadow of Deception (The Kazumi Chronicles #1) by Sophia L. Johnson

Shadow of Deception (The Kazumi Chronicles #1)

bySophia L. Johnson

Kobo ebook | April 17, 2015

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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.
Title:Shadow of Deception (The Kazumi Chronicles #1)Format:Kobo ebookPublished:April 17, 2015Publisher:Sophia L. JohnsonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1311449132

ISBN - 13:9781311449139

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great story with amazing characters!! A fast pace, action-packed novel with a diverse character line-up. It's so fresh and interesting to see cultural diversity in a young adult novel. The main character Kazumi is half Japanese and half British and I really enjoyed how the author integrated Kazumi's background with the story but still let the story itself to shine. The plot twist, my God the plot twist!!! All I'll say is you don't know who's good and who's bad until the end. Can't wait for book 2!! Sophia L. Johnson, write faster!!!!!
Date published: 2015-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A really entertaining read with a great cause!!! I happened to be at the library where the author had her book launch event and I was drawn by her charisma and her big heart. She's donating all her royalties to a charity that helps homeless youth. A very noble gesture I must say. So I HAD to support. I bought the book not knowing what could come out of it since it's a debut novel. But man, I was thoroughly entertained. I love the character Kazumi. I read a lot of YA novels but this one stands out in terms of its diversity in characters. I really enjoyed the depth of each main character and their interaction. The romance in this book is also fresh--not your cliché boy chases girl, run-of-the-mill love story. The action scenes are the highlights for me. So vividly written which made me feel like I was in the battle myself. Then there's the big twist(s). All I'm going to say is I startled my girlfriend who was next to me when I jumped from the couch yelling "NO WAY!" Overall a fantastic read. I urge all of you to get a copy and support the author's selfless cause.
Date published: 2015-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome debut novel!!! Couldn't put it down!!! My friend recommended this book to me and I'm glad she did. It's a YA sci-fi with somewhat of a dystopian theme. I'm not going to bother with a recap since you can read it in the synopsis. Overall I really liked it. It kept me guessing and the plot twist was nothing like I predicted it, which was good. It was nice to be shocked. The writing was simple like most YA but the author did have some nice imageries and metaphors which I appreciated. I liked how there was no pretentious vocabulary or prose. It was straight to the point. The pace was fast with lots of action so I was never bored. It made me want to keep reading. The fight scenes were nicely written and I really liked the gun-kata element. It was pretty cool. The characters were well thought out and dynamic. Kazumi, the main character, was someone I could identify with. I could feel her pain and her struggles. At times I wanted to slap her, then I wanted to hug her and comfort her, and near the end...well I'll leave that for you to discover. Same goes for her love interest Finn. He did seem irresistible at first but then he also had a dark side to him. I liked how the romance wasn't your traditional boy falls in love with girl. I'm gonna leave it at that to avoid spoilers. This book is all about secrets and deceits. Any spoilers would ruin the read. I really enjoyed reading about the world setting. It was set in the future but not so far-fetched that everything was pure fiction. It was still our world with cities we recognize but more damaged I guess, which seemed quite possible to occur with our current environmental state and level of wastefulness. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who wants to be entertained.
Date published: 2015-04-21