Baalboden has been ravaged. The brutal Commander’s whereabouts are unknown. And Rachel, grief stricken over her father’s death, needs Logan more than ever. With their ragged group of survivors struggling to forge a future, it’s up to Logan to become the leader they need—with Rachel by his side. Under constant threat from rival Carrington’s army, who is after the device that controls the Cursed One, the group decides to abandon the ruins of their home and take their chances in the Wasteland.
But soon their problems intensify tenfold: someone—possibly inside their ranks—is sabotaging the survivors, picking them off one by one. The chaos and uncertainty of each day puts unbearable strain on Rachel and Logan, and it isn’t long before they feel their love splintering. Even worse, as it becomes clear that the Commander will stop at nothing to destroy them, the band of survivors begins to question whether the price of freedom may be too great—and whether, hunted by their enemies and the murderous traitor in their midst, they can make it out of the Wasteland alive.
In this daring sequel to Defiance, with the world they once loved forever destroyed, Rachel and Logan must decide between a life on the run and standing their ground to fight.
— Goodreads.com description
Deception is book two in C.J. Redwine’s series that started with Defiance, a book I throughly enjoyed.
This one was good, too, for different reasons.
I loved how Logan was forced to grow as a leader and a man, and I loved how real Rachel’s internal struggles and depression felt. It was a breath of fresh air to see Rachel as a main character grappling with her actions and with her despair — so often I feel like I’m just reading about tough cookies who breeze along like being surrounded by death is no biggie.
On the con side…MORE ROMANCE! I felt like it definitely took the backburner on this one, though it was one of the reasons I fell in love with the series in the first place. Here’s hoping it’ll play a bigger role in the next one.