Emily Webb is a geek.And she's happy that way. Content hidingunder hoodies and curling up to watch oldhorror flicks, she's never been the kind of girlwho sneaks out for midnight parties. Andshe's definitely not the kind of girl who startsfights or flirts with other girls' boyfriends.Until one night Emily finds herself doingexactly that .Read more...
Emily Webb is a geek.And she's happy that way. Content hidingunder hoodies and curling up to watch oldhorror flicks, she's never been the kind of girlwho sneaks out for midnight parties. Andshe's definitely not the kind of girl who startsfights or flirts with other girls' boyfriends.Until one night Emily finds herself doingexactly that . . . the same night one of herclassmates--also named Emily--is foundmysteriously murdered.
The thing is, Emily doesn't know whyshe's doing any of this. By day, she's the sameold boring Emily, but by night, she turnsinto a thrill seeker. With every nightfall, Emily gets wilder until it's no longer just herpersonality that changes. Her body can dothings it never could before: Emily is nowstrong, fast, and utterly fearless. And soonEmily realizes that she's not just comingout of her shell . . . there's something muchbigger going on. Is she bewitched by the soulof the other, murdered Emily? Or is EmilyWebb becoming something else entirely--something not human?
As Emily hunts for answers, she finds outthat she's not the only one this is happeningto--some of her classmates are changingas well. Who is turning these teens intomonsters--and how many people will theykill to get what they want?
- ISBN-13: 9780061992766
- ISBN-10: 0061992763
- Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
- Publish Date: January 2011
- Page Count: 288
- Reading Level: Ages 13-UP
- Dimensions: 8.53 x 5.9 x 1.06 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.86 pounds
Series: Deviants (Hardcover) #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2011-01-03
- Reviewer: Staff
Middle-grade author Sampson's (Monster Slayer) quick-paced YA debut, first in the Deviants series, gives werewolves an SF twist. Emily Webb is 16 when her subdued good-girl geek life takes an unexpected turn. On the night a classmate is murdered, Emily gets a strange urge to crawl out her bedroom window and get wild. That impulse is just the beginning: following nightly seizures, Emily's timid personality turns aggressive: she steals her stepsister's clubbing clothes for her late-night romps, and her physical abilities are way above the norm. In the space of a few days, Emily's out-of-control nocturnal behavior and her drive to track the source of a musky, masculine scent lead to her ostracization and alienation. Worse, another schoolmate is attacked, and Emily may be next. Sampson lets Emily's story unfold with small reveals, and intriguing details build this into a cohesive page-turner. Although very little of the mystery is resolved, enticing hints of a deeper backstory, combined with a cliffhanger ending, should leave readers eager for the next book. Ages 12–up. (Feb.)