“Dark Matter: Deception” by Teri Terry (2018) Review

Deception by Teri Terry is the second book of a trilogy, after the first book Contagion. It is a science fiction, intended for young adult audiences.

In the world of Deception, the UK has been overcome by a deadly virus that is killing the population. But Deception isn’t your average end of the world book but rather a more supernatural one. Those that survive the illness end up getting supernatural abilities, allowing a fresh take on the genre.

Book two Deception follows three characters. Shay is a survivor and has supernatural abilities. Kai is not a survivor but immune to the disease and is the male counterpart of the story. He is also Shay’s love interest. Callie is Kai’s younger sister and had the disease or sickness. She was taken and was murdered after being ‘cured’. This process turned Callie into a sort of ghost or entity that can be seen and communicate with the survivors.

Contagion was one of the first books that allowed me to appreciate multiple perspectives in a positive light. You get to see more of the story and in turn allowing a wider scope of the world. Shay and Callie’s perspectives were used in the first novel, but Kai’s wasn’t. Because of this, we didn’t get to know him that well or explore his personality and the way he thinks. I really enjoyed introducing Kai to the novel. He fell into the typical love interest category in the first book which was very trope-e so I was glad this changed in the second novel. It granted him more layers and we became more emotionally attached to him.

One of the things I love about the Dark Matter trilogy is that it’s set in the UK. Most books of this genre tend to be set in USA because apparently America is the only place that gets affected by diseases or dramatic events. The UK is a beautiful and abstract setting that doesn’t tend to get touched in this genre apart from the likes of M.R. Carey’s The Girl with All the Gifts or the 2006 film Children of Men so I loved exploring the landscape and setting further in Deception.

Although the ending might have been a tad predictable in terms of the way the narrative was going, it still peaked my interest and kept up momentum. Like most sequels or more specifically second books of a trilogy, there comes a point where you know something is coming e.g. this is what the protagonist is going to do against the ‘baddies’ or a final stand, which is to be expected when the series will end in the next book. Deception certainly established excitement and anticipation by the end of the novel.

I do think the Dark Matter trilogy is underrated and that not enough people talk about it.  I think we can all agree that a chunk of a books success in the world of social media heavily weighs on people talking about it and sharing it and getting their hands on it. The Dark Matter trilogy is a fun series. They’re not hard to read, the chapters are short and it’s an easy introduction into the genre.


You might also like…  “Dark Matter: Contagion” by Teri Terry (2017) Review

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An extra little note… The cover photo as created by me with the images sourced online. I don’t claim ownership of the images, I just love to edit.