In a post-apocalyptic world, where the earth is buried by asteroid dust that’s mutated the DNA of some humans, orphaned, sixteen-year-old Glory must protect her younger brother and escape the domed city that’s been her entire world.
Outside in the ruins, they’re pursued by the authorities and by sadistic, scab-covered Shredders who are addicted to the lethal-to-humans dust now covering the planet. Glory’s quests to transport herself and her brother to safety make up the thrilling and fascinating first volume of The Dust Chronicles.
From the very first page the heroine, Glory, drew me right into this story. Maureen McGowan's post-apocalyptic world has a little bit of everything for everyone: danger, romance, tension and a dash of science-fiction. While the dystopian society is not entirely unique to this author, I loved every minute of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the characters and the constantly twisting plot Maureen gave her readers. Relationships are a very strong underlying theme in Deviants, not just the romantic ones, but those of family and forgiveness as well. . We weren't given much detail of the inner workings of Haven, but I think the author is saving that for the next book: Compliance. Now that being said, Maureen created a stimulating world outside the safety of Haven, one that I could visualize and imagine myself in easily.
The Earth has essentially died, leaving nothing but un-breathable dust and decay outside the safety of domed cities. Or so the oppressive "Management" would have its citizens believe. There is a whole other world out past the raging winds of dust, where survivors gather in order to fight the ruthless "Management," their hope is to create equality and freedom for everyone. "Deviants" are against the law, they are people with supernatural powers, like Glory's ability to control, and even kill, others with her sight. Some abilities are not so subtle, like Glory's brother, Drake, has skin that can turn into armor when his emotions run high. After the death of her mother and the exile of her father, Glory must hide her brother from everyone, his discovery could lead to his banishment. Where he would be thrown outside and left to the mercy of the sadistic Shredders who live outside of Haven. A mysterious stranger named Burn brings news that Glory's father is still alive. And while she doesn't trust him at all, the authorities are getting closer to discovering Drake, and her only choice left is to follow Burn and leave the only life she has ever known.