Deviation (The Sophisticates Book 1)
by Christine Manzari

How have I never heard of this book before?!?!?! I will never again judge a book by its cover. This is officially my new favorite read of 2015! And will be my go to recommendation for anyone who liked Divergent. A must read for dystopian fans.

Deviation is a dystopian young adult fiction; a cross between Divergent and Harry Potter with a dash of X-Men. An instant love for any fan of dystopian.

Ozzy aka Perfect Aim is sure to become your new fictional boyfriend – he’s like Four, but BETTER.

“If Arabella was right, then I might have made a huge mistake, the least of which was throwing a perfectly good dress out the window.”

With the amount of unanswered questions and intense mystery, you will find yourself yelling at Cleo – “Just ask the questions you need to ask already! I must know!” Leaving you unable to put the book down until Cleo finally gets the courage and opportunity to face her biggest challenges. Deviation will always keep you guessing. And the twist at the end – OMG. The cliff hanger. Must. Go. Buy. Book. 2.

Chapter titles. Normally I never even notice them. When there was a Top Five Wednesday dedicated to chapter titles, I was a bit annoyed thinking no one pays attention to or even remembers chapter titles (other than ‘The Boy Who Lived’). Then I started reading Deviation, and I actually had to stop and tweet the author congratulating her on her title choices – I mean come on WET CATS! How can one even compete with that.




Being a Sophisticate of the Program seems like it’d be a pretty sweet deal: a little genetic alteration and anyone can be smarter, faster, and stronger. It’s a dream come true. All you have to give up is your freedom.

Cleo is a Sophisticate and she has a bright future in the Program. But she has a secret. When she gets upset, bad things happen. Explosive things. Things she can’t control.

When her secret is discovered, she’s sent to the Academy to train in the military branch of the Program. She’s destined to be a human weapon in the war that’s been going on since Wormwood occurred nearly 30 years ago. She soon learns that although her ability is unique, there are others like her — other Sophisticates with lethal skills and odd code names like Archerfish and Mimic Octopus.

Immersed in a dangerous game of supernatural powers and dubious motives, Cleo doesn’t know who to trust. Ozzy, the annoyingly attractive cadet who has perfect aim in weapons class and deviant lips behind closed doors, begs her not to use her powers. He’s the golden boy of the Program, but can she trust him? Or will she find herself a target, caught in his crosshairs?



About Author

Christine Manzari

The first thing Christine does when she’s getting ready to read a book is to crack the spine in at least five places. She wholeheartedly believes there is no place as comfy as the pages of a well-worn book. She’s addicted to buying books, reading books, and writing books. Books, books, books. She also has a weakness for adventure, inappropriate humor, and coke (the caffeinated bubbly kind). Christine is from Forest Hill, Maryland where she lives with her husband, three kids, and her library of ugly spine books.