The Deviants by C J Skuse
This book comes out on September 22nd!
Synopsis: When you set out for revenge, dig two graves
Growing up in the sleepy English seaside town of Brynston, the fearless five – Ella, Max, Corey, Fallon and Zane – were always inseparable. Living up to their nickname, they were the adventurous, rowdy kids who lived for ghost stories and exploring the nearby islands off the coast. But when Max’s beloved older sister Jessica is killed, the friendship seems to die with her.
Now years later, only Max and Ella are in touch; still best friends and a couple since they were thirteen. Their lives are so intertwined Max’s dad even sponsors Ella’s training for the Commonwealth Games. But Ella is hiding things. Like why she hates going to Max’s house for Sunday dinner, and flinches whenever his family are near. Or the real reason she’s afraid to take their relationship to the next level.
When underdog Corey is bullied, the fearless five are brought back together again, teaming up to wreak havoc and revenge on those who have wronged them. But when the secrets they are keeping can no longer be kept quiet, will their fearlessness be enough to save them from themselves?
-Spoiler free review-
I got the proof-copy of this book at YALC! Thanks to Mira Ink (a.k.a Harper Collins)
Straight up- if the topics of sexual abuse and self harm really bother you, don’t read this book. It’s heavy.
That being said, if you can push through it, please do! As you can see I gave The Deviants quite a high rating, and the truth is, I actually quite enjoyed it.
Okay, enjoyed is probably the wrong word. This book dealt with such difficult and mature subjects, which I kind of admire because they’re rarely covered in as much detail as this in YA. But I was honestly enthralled. (By the way, the synopsis does not do this book justice)
Part of me was disgusted by what I was reading, but the other part was captivated by C.J. Skuse’s writing. I feel like I’m not selling this very well, but after finishing The Deviants, my head is all over the place. It’s definitely a book you linger on days after.
Despite the situations the characters find themselves in, I found them to be quite relatable. The languages and references used made it feel very modern, and this helped to keep me in the story so I could truly feel it. Even though it was a stand-alone novel, I could really appreciate the characters, and the ending actually made me cry.
It made me cry, guys.
The only time I’ve properly cried at a book was at 3am (which was a big contributor to the tears), and somehow this made me cry at a reasonable hour. It’s a bloody stand-alone.
Props to C.J. Skuse for her seriously lovely writing. The style isn’t even very complex, but it works so well with the storyline and characters that it doesn’t matter.
I can’t really find anything wrong with this book. The only reason why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 was because it had a slow start (I know, harsh).
I wouldn’t usually read a book like this because it doesn’t have any fantastical elements to it, but I urge you to pick it up if you’re comfortable! I’m really glad I’ve read it, and I’ll probably reread it in the future (if my tbr allows). Truly thought provoking and compelling.
If you want to buy this, here’s where you can:
I tried looking on the US Amazon, but to no avail 😦