“THE TRUTH DOESN’T ALWAYS SET YOU FREE
I’ve fallen hard for an alien, but he’s harboring secrets.
Massive secrets that threaten the very essence of humanity.
How can I give him my heart when his race plans on taking my future?
Sadie Owens has been slowly dying inside. Bit by bit, piece by piece, day by day. Trapped in a life she hates, she relies on only one person—herself.
Despised by her family and betrayed by an unscrupulous government, Sadie dreams of a different life. When she is chosen to participate in the government’s new social experiment, she is ecstatic at the prospect of spending six months in Thalassic City, the shiny new city under the sea.
Immediately drawn to Logan Chandler, Sadie is captivated by the beautiful boy with the ocean-blue eyes. Logan seems to embody everything that has been forbidden, but he isn’t all he appears to be.
Confused over Logan’s true intentions and concerned when best friend Jenna starts transforming in front of her eyes, Sadie partners with newcomer Jarod in a bid to uncover the government’s real agenda. The truth is more shocking than anything she could ever have imagined.
When Sadie finally understands why the Saven walk among us, will it be too late to save her heart and the human race?”
Sci-fi? Romance? I’m in.
When I started reading it, I was hesitant. I’ll admit, the first 40% was really slow. Slow enough that I almost gave up. It was frustrating. When writing this review, I nearly docked a whole star. But, the last 50%-60% was so good. So. Good. Our main character Sadie seemed to be a star-struck tween, but I hung on, because some characters intrigued me. Suddenly, it got really, really good.
I’m such a sap for sci-fi. Especially Alien-earthling romance. If that makes me weird, I’ll fly that freak flag. Happily.
In Saven Deception, we meet Logan, who is definitely more than he seems. I’ll tread lightly as to avoid spoilers.
Logan’s guaranteed devotion to Sadie was melt-worthy. Also, I loved the alien races conflict with the human one. Yay for intergalactic politics! (Seriously, I love books that tackle this angle as a dichotomy for the romance.) The book avoids a very common Science Fiction mistake. It isn’t just Alien VS. Human. There are stages within each race that rebel against one another, which keeps it very realistic. There are human hate groups, alien hate groups. Pro government groups and dissenters. It’s all textured in Saven Deception.
Here, all of it was tied in very well. Few YA Sci-Fi bother to take these differences so deep. The violation on behalf of the Saven is dark and thorough. In fact, a lot of authors think some of these violations are ‘unforgiveable sins’ that main characters should never commit. It came close, but not quite. Logan and his fellow rebellious Saven don’t participate in said alien-agenda.
Logan was ashamed of what his race was doing (and planning on doing,) but he found the courage to tell Sadie the truth (eventually.) Sadie was logical enough to understand it, and she didn’t dissolve into petty arguments with Logan based on something he thought about, but didn’t do, and didn’t have a direct say in.
It was lovely.
The attraction in this book between them was on fire. It was awesome. Depending on how the series progresses from here, it might even overtake a few of my staple favorite sci-fi romances. I CAN’T WAIT to read Saven: Disclosure.
I’d definitely recommend this book for fans of the Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout, and the Alienated series by Melissa Landers. Also for fans of the Starbound series by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.
I actually posted an excerpt a few weeks back, so if you’d like to read that, you can read it here.