Review: The Deception

The Deception (Island of Blood #1)


Iris awakens to an unfamiliar world, her memory erased. The ruthless ruling party, known as The Committee, has brought her and five others to the island in search of a successor to the fallen Committee member.

Stranded on an island surrounded by an impenetrable barrier, Iris has no choice but to follow The Committee and accept their word of her history. But as the challenges progress, she begins to doubt everything she has been taught. Secrets lurk in the shadows, some of which better left unnoticed.

The Bookkeeper isn’t as cruel as she seems. She doesn’t agree with the rest of The Committee’s ways, but siding with the contestants means betraying her friends. Will she have the courage to stand up to them? Or will she follow in the shadows, watching silently as they go down a path on which there is no return?

The Dictator has only one goal: to avenge the death of her boyfriend, Herman. However, his passing wasn’t peaceful- it was murder, by the hands of a clueless Iris. How far will The Dictator’s wrath take her in exchange for revenge?

Rating: 5-stars


The Deception by S.K. Way is the most well-written novel I have read. I believe the writers behind this masterpiece are younger than the writers within the same genre. I am still shocked by how amazing the novella was. These young writers have amazed me. This type of writing on this level would be expected by writers much older and with more experience. Wow!

The story is similar to Hunger Games. As I read this book, Hunger Games movies and Pretty Little Liars came to mind. First, the themes are same as would would find in any dystopian novel like the Hunger Games. Second, the characters reminded me of the cast from Pretty Little Liars. I was intrigued. The opening brought me into this dark, mysterious, and deadly world. Instantly, I could feel the danger and how quickly it can escalate if the cast didn’t behave according to the Dictator.

The Dictator is out for revenge. She loathes and despises the main protagonist, Iris. Iris was captured and brought to the Dictator’s world for a reason. That reason is frightening. Already, there are issues of secrets, loyalty, and truth. There was more than Iris first noticed. As I got further the more intrigued I became.

Iris is so much like Kat from Hunger Games. A pawn that can turn events for the people trapped inside this deadly game and for those handling the game. Iris is a strong character. I liked her. She felt so real. This series is a must read for all fans of Hunger Games, Pretty Little Liars, and Gossip Girl. I cannot wait to dive deep into the next brilliant adventure from these writers.

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