Feb 18, 2016

Shadow of Deception (The Kazumi Chronicles #1) by Sophia L. Johnson


A horrific plane crash kills all five hundred and forty-two passengers except one. Kazumi emerges from the wreckage physically unscathed but has lost all her memories. Her miraculous survival has the whole city buzzing but all she wants is to go home, wherever home is.

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2153, Toronto, United Nation of North America (UNNA)

A horrific plane crash kills all five hundred and forty-two passengers except one. Kazumi emerges from the wreckage physically unscathed but has lost all her memories. Her miraculous survival has the whole city buzzing but all she wants is to go home, wherever home is.

After waiting a month in the hospital with no one to claim her, Kazumi is deemed homeless. She is about to be sent to a nearby teenage shelter when the nurse she grew to trust ushers her down a mysterious path, one that promises safety and maybe even the chance to recover her memories. With no better options available, Kazumi takes her chance and finds herself in the headquarters of the Sarcomeres, a secret society of genetically advanced humans hidden deep inside the Rocky Mountains. The Sarc’s heightened physical abilities and high-tech gadgets are not the only things that fascinate Kazumi. Finnegan O’Riley, a fellow Sarc she meets along the way also gets her heart racing. When Kazumi discovers that she possesses the genetic potential of a Sarcomere, she jumps at the chance to train with them, not knowing the death defying tests that are involved.

Meanwhile, a centuries-old nemesis of the Sarcomeres begins to stir in the dark, setting their dark plans in motion. Just when Kazumi thinks she can help protect her new found home, past memories surface to threaten her new identity. She soon realizes that layers of deception run deep and everyone has a secret agenda, including herself.

Who can she trust when she can’t even trust herself? One wrong decision could bring forth consequences worse than death.

Shadow of Deception is the gold medal winner at the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award.
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Top 10 Reasons to Read SHADOW OF DECEPTION

1. 1. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. So don't read on a high stool.

1. 2. This book celebrates cultural diversity, but you don't have to be culturally diverse to read it.

1. 3. Kazumi, our main character, might take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions. You might hate her at one point but love her the next. You might feel for her yet get annoyed by her. She's quite a handful, this girl.

1. 4. You might learn a few Japanese words.

1. 5. You will witness the glorious form of martial art called “gun-fu” or “bullet-ballet”. I don't recommend trying it at home though. It's only for imagery people.

1. 6. You might fall in love with Finnegan O'Riley, our badass male lead. But which means you'll have to compete with Kazumi. I don't know if that's a good idea.

1. 7. You might enjoy the world setting but I can't guarantee your country is among the surviving ones by 2153.

1. 8. Oh and have I mentioned there are genetically advanced humans in this book? Not the Superman or Batman type but still, they are cool.

1. 9. This book has just won the gold medal in the YA sci-fi/fantasy category at the 2015 Moonbeam Children's Book Award. So maybe it's worthwhile to check it out.

1. 10. I'm donating all my royalties in the first year of publication to Covenant House to help homeless and at-risk youth. So if you feel like helping out while getting entertained, this could be a good chance. And if you do, I thank you for the support! :)

About the author:
I had my first adventure at the age of nine when I flew halfway across the globe all by myself, not knowing a word of English. I was lucky my parents didn’t decide to cheap out and ship me as a parcel instead. But all jokes aside, it was because of financial and physical limitations that I had to fly to Canada solo. It was a great adventure for a nine year-old girl to be honest; aside from the puking, the starvation due to inedible raw vegetables and smelly goo of which I later found out were called salad and cheese. But I made it. I reunited with my parents and soon welcomed my baby brother to the world.

Twenty-five years later, I have a beautiful daughter of my own and a loving husband. We all live in Toronto, enjoying the cultural diversity the city offers. The only adventures I get to have nowadays is by living vicariously through my characters.

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