“Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales
Quick & Dirty: Our narrator’s three personalities really threw me out of the novel, but it’s packed with action scenes, hot guys, and more insight than Vesper managed to give us.
Opening Sentence: I stood in front of the bathroom mirror and studied the bags under my eyes, which were half-hidden behind my crooked glasses.
Havoc is the sequel to Vesper, which ends with quite a bang, and takes up almost immediately after. It helps that Havoc moves at a much faster pace too! The popular girls are alternately snubbing her and bullying her, but Emily doesn’t know why. (Actually, this subplot seemed kinda random, but I’m thinking it’ll come up in book three.) We get a lot of reports from the company BioZenith thrown in, which give some insight into why everything’s happening. The fact is, I can’t tell you much about the over-arching mystery of the plot without ruining Vesper, but this sequel is packed full of new things. Like the shadowmen, who are really creepy. Really.
Our narrator, Emily, is actually three narrators. Her Daytime, normal nerdy Emily, her werewolf superpowers Emily, and the Nighttime Emily that still had her superpowers, but is still human. It drove me bananas. It wasn’t the three personalities—Sampson does a great job of making sure you know that Emily isn’t crazy, that Deviants are just like this — but the fact they talked to each other. I could not get past it. She has some solid character development in Havoc that wasn’t present in the first novel, especially as she comes to find out more about who and what she is.
There’s also something new going on with Emily’s pack — don’t forget, she’s a werewolf. Of course she has a pack! — that changes the dynamics of the group. I didn’t see this little twist coming, and like with the cheerleaders, I’m hoping more will get cleared up in book three. Her pack also has the whole three-personalities-problem, and it was interesting to see how everyone dealt with it. The romance between Emily and Spencer is a good subplot, but I’ve never really been connected to their romance. I know Spencer’s a good choice for Emily — supportive and hot and doesn’t look at her as a damsel — but I’ve never gotten invested. Maybe it’s because there’s been too much action since their story started, or maybe it’s just because Emily’s three personas made it impossible for me to get into her head.
Sampson’s writing is solid in Havoc, just as it was in Vesper. Fast paced and with a touch of mystery, he does a great job of setting the scene. Especially when it comes to the shadowmen, who are pretty much the nightmare of anyone who’s afraid of the dark. As anyone who read Vesper knows, the Deviants trilogy has a lot of supernatural and science, making it fall inbetween the paranormal and science fiction genres. It’s a refreshing change, but I almost wonder — given everything we comes across in this book — if I’d prefer the series to be straight science fiction.
“Whoa, what’s the deal? That was just the first round.”
“I’d kick him in the nuts and in the ribs and stomp on his neck.” Dalton was muttering now.
My stomach roiled, nauseous, as though the vehicular acrobatics were finally catching up to me. Suddenly, I wasn’t feeling quite so nonchalant. Everything looked gray. Suppressing a gag, I turned back to look at the road in front of us.
A dozen shadowmen were in the middle of the street, standing still in a staggered, random formation. They tilted their heads to the side, watching us barrel towards them.
FTC Advisory: Balzer + Bray/Harper Collins provided me with a copy of Havoc. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. ”
“This series is amazing and funny! I love when paranormal and sci-fi mix. This series is like Maximum Ride and Darkest Power. (Also like Subject Seven, and Virals) Genetically engineered werewolves, kind of like the Erasers in MR, but much better. Emily's a really good main character. She's funny and geeky. Jeff did a really good job developing her. And this sequel had everything I wanted: action, humor, crazy awesomeness. I can't wai till the next. Is this a trilogy? I hope there's gonna be more than 3 books!”Haley a.k.a. Star wrote this review Tuesday, February 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“After Emily & Spencer narrowly escape the man who shot and killed a classmate and seriously wounded another, they have even more questions about BioZenith – a local company specializing in biotechnology who just may or may not be responsible for transforming them into werewolves. Their first goal is to seek out the other kid who shares their abilities. They are certain that Dalton, the classmate who was shot and seriously wounded by the crazed gunman, is one of them. Tracking him down is easy enough, but when Emily catches the familiar scent of another female wolf floating along the hallways of their high school, she realizes there may be more of them than she originally thought.
As the three of them set out to identify the missing member of their pack, they dive into researching the company who made them what they are. What they discover is something even more mysterious than their new abilities, and when a group of telekinetic cheerleaders enter the picture things get even more weird for them. The more they uncover about BioZenith, the more dangerous their research becomes, culminating in a final battle that may just tear them all apart.
Havoc, picks up right where Vesper left off. The story is told in exactly the same way as the latter with “internal reports” from BioZenith spattered throughout. While these reports are an interesting addition, I sometimes felt as if they didn’t really add much to the forward motion of the story. There’s a lot more action here as Emily and Spencer are learning to deal with their new abilities, while doing their best to keep a very eager, and aggressive Dalton under control. The reveal of the fourth wolf is a surprise, and the introduction of the telekinetic cheerleaders is interesting, even though it seems a little random. I have a feeling they’ll play a much bigger part in the next book. While the new mystery uncovered toward the end was also interesting, I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about it. It seemed to take the book into a deeper realm of sci-fi that I wasn’t expecting at all. I’ll definitely read the next book, as I do want to see what happens with these characters, but it’s not something I have to have right this minute. If you liked the first book I would definitely check this one out.”