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3.10  ·  Rating details ·  229 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Danny Lopez is new in town. He made a mistake back home in Las Vegas, and now he has landed at an experimental school in Colorado for “tough cases.” At the Cobalt Charter School, everything is scripted—what the teachers say, what the students reply—and no other speaking is allowed. This supercontrolled environment gives kids a second chance to make something of themselves. ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Harry N. Abrams
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I really debated about whether or not to review this book because I didn't really know what to say about it. It isn't a terrible read but I just didn't get into this as much as I would have liked to. The following parts of the review will be semi-spoilerish (I'll leave the big stuff out) to some people, so if you're wondering whether or not to read the book then here's my opinion: It's worth checking out as a library book & reading. I also recommend that you read the book synopsis below beca ...more

I tried. I didn't succeed. I found the opening chapter exceptionally disturbing and thankfully the rest of the story didn't carry on from that POV because I don't know if I would have been able to get through it. It's about an unknown boy (not Danny) about to kill and mutilate a cat. Pretty gross. But it's written succinctly. It roiled up a pretty strong reaction in me. So the writing did it's job. But that's where it left me.

After that, it snaps into Danny's head but it doesn't stay there.
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
There isn’t that much YA mystery novels these days where a good who did it or solve the case type of plot are the driving force behind the story. I think I’ve only read one other book in the genre, Clarity, which I didn’t really care for. I guess I can say that I’m not really a fan of the genre in the first place but I’m always optimistic if the writing’s good and the story has something I can attach to.

Let’s see, the writing. It’s nothing spectacular, I can tell you that much but at least it’s
Christy LoveOfBooks
This was actually a pretty good book. I've studied serial killers, so the book was interesting to me. I'm not sure why other reviewers felt the details of the serial killers mind was disturbing, because this was actually very mild.

I admit, the 1st chapter had me anxious, but it wasn't nearly as bad as I anticipated due to what someone else had said about it. I have to quit doing that. One thing this book did do, was make me second guess who I thought the "bad guy(s)" were early on. Not too much
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Sep 13, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Ok,here we go.

First of all I need to say that it took all the strength I had to make myself finish this book because it just wasn't my cup of tea and after all I did got it before it was released.

I couldn't connect with the characters because the book was skipping from killer's point of view to the cat's in the very beginning which freaked me out because I don't have the stomach for any type of dead animals. I didn't get the feeling Danny was a teenager because he was acting like a grown up.

May 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
First Thoughts:

Okay, I went into reading this book knowing nothing about the author or much of the story itself. The first chapter really freaked me out, I mean describing in detail of the mind of a serial killer?! I mean come on, that's bound to freak anyone out. This was definately a strange book, the characters were too easily placed and seemed to get over these terrible incidents quite quickly and they forgave way too easily. But despite that it was interesting read and only took me about a
Jul 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
I'm not going to lie. I could have gone without reading this book and it wouldn't have made a difference. Right from the start, I did not think that the book flowed very well. Being an animal lover, I would have rather not read the first few pages. The book mentions a killer, but I was thinking a normal serial killer type. But the book isn't really about the killer, just about Danny trying to fit in at his new school. Besides that, there isn't really much else that I can say about it. Overall, I ...more
Nov 03, 2011 added it
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From the opening scene of Deviant, I knew this book wasn't for me. I didn't realize this book was about a serial killer, with vivid details from his POV. I was attracted to this book from the blurb about kids at an experimental school, and I must have missed the part about the serial killer. I admit--I was too big of a wimp to finish and had to stop about 50 pages in because being in the mind of a serial killer was too creepy for me. However, I think fans of this kind of book will find it satisf ...more
Lucky Lucy7
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Found this on the "worst books ever list"

I guess I'm nuts. I loved this. Weird and dark and VERY strange. Not for everyone but perfect for me. Guess I'm not normal :(
Gavin Simms
Ok ish. Deviant in many ways a deviation for McKinty. Not like his other books. Somewhat interesting. But not really my cup of tea.
Hylary Locsin
Jun 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Originally posted on my blog: ! Check it out for more reviews!

Fifteen-year-old Danny Lopez has never been a model student at his Las Vegas school. Caring more about skateboarding than studying, his mom, Juanita, and his stepdad, Walt, hope that the move to Colorado will be good for him academically. Juanita has been offered the job of managing a new casino on the Ute Indian Reservation, so Danny finds himself in the small town of Cobalt, near Colorado Spring
Oct 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
I chose to review Deviant by Adrian McKinty because I thought the premise sounded interesting. With my background in psychology, I always love to read stories about troubled teens or "tough cases." Unfortunately, this description of the book seems to be misleading. The school isn't for troubled teens. It is an experimental school with strange programming, but it is a regular charter school.

I think it's pretty clear that I love books. Love them. I even love to love them. I hate it when I don't li
Karla Nellenbach
Aug 05, 2011 rated it liked it

The remote Colorado town of Cobalt is known for only two things: its prisons and more recently, its school. Three years ago, a progressive school unlike any other opened its doors. In the controlled atmosphere of Cobalt Charter School, everything is scripted: the dress codes, the class schedules, what the teachers say, how the students respond, and when they can speak, which is almost never. Any parent unsure of how this environment would affect his child need only look at the school's a
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
First I have to tell you how big of a sucker I am for books like this one. I love everything about these types of books. I love the mystery to them, the hardship between the characters, and the suspense in the story! Your classic page turner.

Danny Lopez is the kid in town. But he is not moving to New York City, Seattle, or L.A. He is moving to a very little town just outside Denver, Colorado. And what is in this small town....nothing. Well not nothing, because he is moving there with his mom an
Jul 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
I got my hands on an advanced copy of McKinty's Deviant and when I went to add it to my GoodReads' page I started to wonder if I had made a mistake in requesting it. I noticed that some people had claimed to be so upset by the first chapter that they put the book down and didn't pick it back up, but I had committed to reading it so I thought I'd go ahead and see it through. Despite the odd reviews I waded on in to the story, and I'm glad I did.

I'm not sure that the blurb on the back of the book
Pamela Todd
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Initially, Deviant starts off seeming like a story about an angry kid, forced to move from a neighbourhood he was only just settling into. Danny is angry about a lot of things – his hippy/posh step-dad Walt, who insists he call him Dad, his Mom who got a new job, the move to a part of the country that can only be described as the polar opposite of what he is used to. Danny grew up in East L.A. before he was moved to Vegas. Now he is in Colorado, replacing desert sand for snow. Lots and lots of s ...more
Sep 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Review also found here: http://lili-lost-in-a-book.blogspot.c...

Thanks to the publisher for the reviewing copy :)

Danny Lopez just moved from Las Vegas to a small town in Colorado, and his new school is just…crazy (in my opinion)! First of all, there is this silence policy that does not allow the students or the teachers talk…at all! Not even during lunch…or recess O.O The only time you can actually talk during school is when the teacher or the students are reading from the script (no this isn’t
Terri Armstrong
Jun 09, 2011 rated it liked it
“Deviant” by Adrian McKinty

Danny Lopez and his family moved to Cobalt, Colorado where he knew no one and nothing, for his mother’s job at a new casino that belongs to the Ute and Cherokee Nations.
His step-father Walt works at LRFCF a minimum security prison. Danny’s only friend is Jeff, his cat, until he meets Tony, his neighbor, and a few kids at school who make up a group called “The Watchers”. The group is very small consisting of: Olivia, Cooper, Tony, Tom and now Danny. Carol did belong, bu
Sep 25, 2011 rated it liked it
I don't know about you, but I was a little creeped out by this cover. Even now, I'm not sure if it was a good kind of creepy -but it was definitely creepy, not to mention that the centerpiece of the cover is the world "deviant," which only adds to the feeling of uneasiness. From the beginning, I knew that something was going to be wrong with the characters in this book, but, somewhat crazy person that I am, I was completely drawn in the creepy cover and I wanted to learn more about what this boo ...more
Deviant was an extremely dull novel. I could not understand anything in the plot line. Most likely, the reason is I simply tried to scroll through the pages as fast as possible. How anyone could enjoy Deviant is beyond me. The characters were two-dimensional, nothing happened in the first 150 pages and it was just an unendurable read for me.

In the beginning, Danny is moving. He and his family, consisting of Walt, his step-father, and his mom, are moving to Cobalt, the place where the new casino
Lisa Mandina
Jul 01, 2011 rated it liked it
After reading the reviews already posted before I'd really gotten into this book, I was a bit nervous about reading it. But then I got into it and really enjoyed it. The serial killer aspect to the book was very interesting. I liked how really it kept me guessing, it's that guy, no it's this kid, no wait, it's that kid. I love when it takes me a bit to figure out who the bad guy is. As a science teacher I also like how it talked about Tesla and other science topics. As a teacher, can I say that ...more
Jul 28, 2011 rated it liked it
This book was a pleasant surprise, but also had a few let downs. I found that it had a good plot that kept you interested as you tried to figure out who terrorized the town. (Okay, terrorized isn't exactly the right word, but I don't want to give anything away.) There was a good mix of characters, although it seemed like all the guys liked Danny's friend Tony (Antonia), which got a bit repetitive. I did like the two warring friend groups in the school, as they provided a lot of action and helped ...more
Erin Forson
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
by Adrian McKinty
This Book Left Me Feeling…
mildly entertained but not memorably so.
Story Line
Imagine being forced to go to school where no talking is allowed, everyone has to wear white gloves, and the teacher and students communicate with one another through a written script. No, this isn’t sci-fi, this is Danny Lopez’s world after he and his mom and stepfather move to Colorado. It’s not hard to imagine how much Danny hates this new life—but the monotony of his school day is suddenly br
Jul 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Danny Lopez and his mom Juanita and step-dad Walt live in Las Vegas where his mom works at a Casino for Mr. Glynn. They move to Colorado because Glynn is opening a new casino and wants Danny’s mom to manage it. Danny is therefore enrolled in Cobalt Junior High where they use the system of Direct Instruction. Direct Instruction is where the teachers and students read from a script. They do not permit talking aka triangulation at this school and the students have to wear white gloves all the time. ...more
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
I have to start this review by saying the beginning of this book really creeped me out. I was really expecting a blow by blow of a cat killing and I'm really glad I did not have to read through any of that because I am sure that would have stopped me cold in my tracks to begin with. The beginning of the book, apart from the attempted cat killing is a bit slow and hard to weed through. However, the deeper I read into this novel, the better it got and the happier I was that I picked it up for revi ...more
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
I was caught off guard in the first chapter of this book. While reading about a cat that was to be sacrificed disturbed me, I decided to skip a couple of pages and get into the rest of the story. But I found as usual, what happens in the beginnings of some stories, usually ends up showing it's face again later in the book.
I never got caught up with any of the characters, caring what happened to them or even liking any of them very much, including the main character Danny. Danny's character neve
Jun 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Adrian McKinty's Deviant is a twisted mystery with a cat serial killer as wicked as a young Hannibal Lector and an unlikely hero in Danny Lopez.

When Danny Lopez and his family move to Colorado, everything is just plain weird. From his scripted school to the secret groups to the mysterious cat killings, he longs for the bright lights of Las Vegas, but a killer has other plans. As Danny and his friends investigate, they quickly realize they might be in over their heads in this new thriller.

Jul 28, 2011 rated it liked it
I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book. It was a bit of a jumble of ideas, which could have used some editing, but the overall book was rather entertaining.

It was a junior murder mystery book and I think that it could make a great introduction for the 10-13 year old set to the idea of murder mysteries and the occult. There are a few things that they might not understand, but they may be interested enough to do some research afterwards.

Someone is out murdering cats and the new kid in to
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
I should start off by saying that I'm a big McKinty fan and would happily read anything he wrote. So even though I too was a bit stressed out by the first chapter, I actually found it was a pretty good little tale in itself in the end, and I also knew that gruesome exploitation of cat killing wasn't something that would be on McKinty's agenda.

There is a mysterious cat killer stalking the pages of this book, but the more interesting part of the story for me was that of being a kid moving from one
May 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011-2012
Deviant is about a kid named Danny whos new to Colorado. His mother got a promotion at new casino there, so his family had to move. Its Danny, his mom, and his stepfather, plus a cat. Danyy doesnt really get along with his stepdad. He first new friend is his neighbor, a girl named Tony, who goes to his new school. His new school is real strict and all, but the students find a way to survive. So eerything fine and all, untill they find out about this catkiller, whos killing cats! So its a plot t ...more
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Adrian McKinty is an Irish novelist. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and grew up in Victoria Council Estate, Carrickfergus, County Antrim. He read law at the University of Warwick and politics and philosophy at the University of Oxford. He moved to the United States in the early 1990s, living first in Harlem, New York and from 2001 on, in Denver, Colorado, where he taught high school Eng ...more
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