Hello humans! If you stopped by this morning you’ll know that today I’m reviewing the first two books in Teri Terry’s Dark Matter series. I enjoyed the first book Contagion but how did book two Deception fare?
An epidemic is sweeping the country. You are among the infected. There is no cure,
and you cannot be permitted to infect others. You are now under quarantine. The 5% of the infected who survive are dangerous and will be taken into the custody of the army.
Since that summary sucks, it’s probably best to say that this is a continuation of the story in book one. I know that sounds predictable but I’ve been reading more and more series in which the second book is totally different from the plot of the first.
Most of the time the second book in a series is either better or worse than the one before. I’d say that in this case the two are on par, or at least my enjoyment of them both was about the same. I put that down to the fact that in this series you don’t actually meet that many new characters. The core trio of Kai, Shay, and Callie remains fairly undisturbed throughout this book. In some ways, that’s a good thing, given how much territory these books cover it would be hard to keep track of a whole host of new characters, but it does mean you’re limited in the experiences recorded. Especially in a series where the whole country is being affected by a disease, it might have been interesting to get out of their bubble and find out more about the world at large.
I will say that this book had a whole lot more intrigue than I was expecting. Given that you can normally see the plot twists in this kind of book coming from a mile away I was pleasantly surprised to be…well – surprised.
Even though I think this is actually more actioned packed than the first book, somehow it felt a little bit slower? I think partly because the disease has already taken hold there isn’t as much of the urgency and sheer confusion of Contagion as people have started to get themselves organized somewhat. I didn’t feel like this made the book worse, it was different, a new way of experiencing the crisis.
One thing I will say about these books is that they are the kind of story where if you (however accidentally) skim one page you could miss a whole plot point. I think this is because some of the descriptions aren’t as rich as other books I’ve been reading lately, so the pages are filled with plot points. I know that for some people, rich description isn’t their cup of tea, I personally like some extra lavish writing but this didn’t bother me too much.
I think this is a strong second novel. I would have liked to have seen the story and the characters develop a little more and to have broadened the setting somewhat, but the plot is still interesting, the characters still relevant and for the most part genuine. I’m glad I discovered this series and I’ll be interested to see what else comes in the future.
My rating: 4/5 stars
Deception is out on February 8th.
I received a digital advanced review copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
What say you? What do you look for in a sequel? Let me know in the comments below.