Book Review | Dark matter: Deception by Teri Terry

Deception Book Review

Deception by Teri Terry Book Review

I’ve been waiting for Deception for… what, nearly 2 years? Surely that can’t be right? I think it is! I was sent a copy to review on Netgalley by Bkmrk and AHH. This is an honest review and won’t spoil either Contagion or Deception.

Contagion ends on a huge cliffhanger, which at the time I felt was the WORST thing to happen to me. I would advise you to either re-read Contagion or at least read reviews of it to refresh what happened because when I started Deception I was quite confused as I definitely did not remember as much as I’d hoped I would. It came back quick enough though!

Deception by Teri Terry Synopsis




Book Review | Dark matter: Deception by Teri TerryDeception by Teri Terry
Series: Dark Matter #2
Published by Orchard Books on February 8th 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Pages: 448

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.


Deception Overview




As I mentioned in my short review of Contagion, this series combines the very real threat of virus outbreak with futuristic theories on dark matter and physics which was really interesting. I’ve always been fascinated by the curing and creating of disease in fiction – where science is messed around with to disastrous consequences. This instalment takes on an ‘almost’ fantastical quality? Everything is explained with science but I will be honest, it was much harder to believe.

This is not a negative at all though! What an apt name Deception is, as it is full of twists and turns, much like the first one. New characters are introduced, the stakes are high… what more do you need?

Deception Structure



The story is told from multiple POVs, which is really interesting as you are constantly believing what the character believes to be true, what they think they’re seeing and hearing. As the title may suggest, this may not always be the case!

The plot is a mixture of fast and slow paced. There are a few bits which are quite science heavy, which I enjoyed as it was interesting to see the reasoning for what was happening. Instead of your usual biological virus, the virus is related to dark matter and the focus is more on physics, which is a refreshing take on the virus narrative.

Deception Characters




One of my gripes with this book is the romantic element. I won’t spoil it (or the first one for that matter) but it does use the trope which I like to refer to as the Twilight Trope, where the thing that gets in the way of lovers is them not telling each other something or another/doing something they believe is for the best, but of course isn’t, which they’d know if THEY BLOODY SPOKE TO EACH OTHER ABOUT IT. GAH. I think it stems from me being a VERY open book in any relationship – I will tell them anything (to an extent) and I just can’t imagine me doing anything like that.

Other than that though the characters are all well developed. I’m always nervous of second book introductions to new characters, especially after Glass Sword, but it wasn’t the case with Deception. The ones we were introduced to were interesting and relevant, each playing an important role with their own voice.



Overall I really enjoyed this book! I’d definitely recommend you check this series out! Let me know if you’ve read Contagion in the comments and your thoughts, Deception comes out in Feb!


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