Siobhán Davis brilliantly combines sci-fi and romance in this exciting tale about epic love, loss, survival, and friendship where a human girl who falls in love with mysterious alien boy.
“Do you believe in soul mates? A connection so sacred and profound that one soul instantly recognizes it’s other half?”
Sadie Owens’ hope for a happy future is all but lost. She lives in a dreary world where segregation and oppression of the poor are the norm. People in the lower social class are not allowed to love or have children and fourteen year olds in this class must join the work force.
But all hope is not lost. Her dodgy government has started a social experiment where a select few get to spend six months in an underwater city where the participants are free to choose who they interact with and what they do.
“You can’t stop fighting for control of your life. You might not achieve in the ways you wish, but there is always hope for the future.”
Tired of keeping to herself almost her entire life, she decides to start over upon being selected. Once she starts the program she immediately makes friends with Neve, Jenna, Jarod and Hayden. And even though there’s a huge gap in their social status, she’s spellbound by Logan Chandler who equally dismisses any social standing that would separate them.
However Logan’s hot and cold manner, his lack of openness coupled with Jenna’s exaggerated physical and emotional changes has Sadie confused and suspicious. Seizing Jarod’s eagerness to gather information, they uncover the government’s true intentions. Will the knowledge that aliens live among them and that their presence is a threat to humanity annul the deep connection and bond she’s formed with Logan?
“I’ve never let any guy in. You’re the first one I even dared to like. But you play with my feelings like they aren’t real.”
Siobhán Davis provides a stimulating and intriguing story that was impossible to put down by combining government conspiracies, alien invasion, high tech espionage, and wonderful teen drama. The world building and characters leap out of the page and come alive with flawless writing and a plot that had me engrossed and on the edge of my seat needing to know what came next.
“Things are changing. I can feel it in my bones. And if it ends badly for me, at least I’ve experienced what it feels like to be a part of change on such a massive scale, to witness the world transform in front of my eyes.”
While the underwater setting was original and the workings of the undesirable society interesting, it was the rich character development that first captured my attention. I really liked Sadie, she’s strong and brave and proved to be a real tough cookie. I loved how she was honest with herself and others and even though she’s young and has limited experience with love in general, her moral compass is firm and is wise enough to know to respect herself and stay true to what she wants.
“I choose to be me. So, though I worry that it’s a bit geeky, and maybe I come across as trying too hard, I have to stay true to myself.”
Sadie was not the only one who got a bit frustrated with Logan’s vagueness and back and forth attitude. There were a couple of times I wanted to smack him too. But once the truth comes out and I understood the reasons behind his actions I swooned along with Sadie. He didn’t hesitate to express his feelings and is quite literally prince charming.
“I’ve never felt like this about anyone before. My soul belongs with yours, I’m certain of it.”
I enjoyed Sadie’s and Logan’s flirting and banter as well as her interaction with the rest of the characters while she tries to enjoy her new life and piece together the oddities she keeps encountering. Even though there were hints of what was going on from the very beginning, a lot of the action takes place in the last third of the book when the truth is revealed and the suspense intensifies. The book ends with Sadie and Logan in a good place in their relationship but their worlds crumbling around them.
I can’t wait to read the next installment where Sadie and Logan explore their intense bond amidst more suspense, intrigue and alien encounters.
Saven: Deception is the first book in the Saven series by Siobhán Davis. It is a Young Adult, fantasy/sci-fi, dystopian romance. Told from the heroine’s point of view that ends with a semi-cliffhanger.
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* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author. The excerpts are from that copy. *