The Deviants is the story, by CJ Skuse, about five friends who came together in their early teens. By the time of this book, around four years later, they have drifted apart for one reason or another. When one of them is bullied some of them decide to join up again to try and right the wrong. Sound simple doesn’t it? On some level it is and on others it is not! This is a Young Adult novel and I’ve not been one of them for a while although I’ve read a few of the genre. It is written quite colloquially, in a young style and from time to time feels a little disjointed. It also has very adult content and themes.
The characters generally are well written for me. These are small town kids who maybe hold and are affected by, some secrets. The central character is Ella. She is an up and coming county level athlete and she is troubled. Personally I found her highly believable and got completely caught up in her story which felt credible to me. Corey and Fallon also worked very well as characters and seemed well developed. Maybe others were less good but that may be me.
Some aspects of the story line were less convincing as far as I was concerned. However the parts that were very good were the majority and made for a compelling read. I’d say I was entertained by much of the book but again, that doesn’t really do justice to this. Parts of the book were simply so emotional powerful that they were hard to read and hard to put down in almost equal measure. I would warn in a positive way that some parts of this are hard to read – the writing is so good it makes it like that. The title – The Deviants – puzzled me for a while. When I got it it hit me hard! I’m glad I read this and would happily recommend it to others who are interested.
Note – I received an advance digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review