Almost a hundred years have passed since the Ancient Ones saved humanity from self-destruction, and life is more peaceful and productive than ever. But for fourteen year old Hanu, life at a mental hospital isn't productive at all - at least not with his treatment. Now he must join a group of patients who were summoned into the District of Operations to meet with the Council. Tensions are high as they travel to Capital City, as attacks from a mysterious faction called the Dissenters are ever-increasing. But Hanu and his friends soon learn that the Ancient Ones - and the Dissenters - aren't exactly who they appear to be. In the first installment of The Wake Trilogy, a young hero struggles to find his identity in an uncertain world.
Wake of Deception is a work of fiction set in the dystopian and futuristic-themed genres and was penned by author Sasha DeVore. Suitable for both adult readers and mature young adults thanks to its lack of graphic content, this compelling work of drama and conceptual content opens a trilogy of adventure and intrigue: The Wake Trilogy. The central character, Hanu, finds life in his mental hospital unfulfilling, but things are about to take an unexpected turn as he is invited to the Capital City to meet with the Council. In a world where the mysterious Ancient Ones have saved humanity from its own demise, anything is possible, and Hanu is about to find out just how frightening that can be.
It is no mean feat to combine a darkly realistic work of drama with the sleek, conceptual possibilities of science fiction and future fiction, but author Sasha DeVore presents a world worthy of the likes of Blade Runner and The Matrix. Stylish but also hiding a very dark heart, her worldbuilding gives a cool atmosphere and a solid logic to the new Earth around Hanu, which sets up this initial novel and new trilogy well. Although the plot burns slowly for the opening of the tale, many intrigues and mysteries are set up for future stories, and the read itself is a lavish journey of discovery with close narration that allows us to get to know Hanu really well. Overall, Wake of Deception is a truly compelling story that will start dystopian fans on a brand new journey.
Hanu, the protagonist of Wake of Deception by Sasha DeVore, has been living in a clinic for people with mental conditions for a few years. There seems to be no improvement in his condition, and no wonder, too, because he's stopped taking his pills! One day, Hanu and some other mental patients are put into a transporter to be taken into the District of Operations. But once they find out the truth about their transport, the world of the teenagers changes drastically. Hanu has to find out that the Ancient Ones, who were responsible for making wars, poverty, and diseases disappear, are not quite what they appear to be - and that the government also is not quite honest about its operations. Hanu gets involved with a group of dissenters and has to fight hard to stay alive in a world that would prefer him to remain blind to the truth. Hanu's story, as told in Wake of Deception by Sasha DeVore, is an interesting one. The author created some interesting characters - even the side characters come across as rather round instead of flat, typecast characters. The young people in this novel have to face a world full of danger - a world in which truths are hidden, and lies are common (sounds a bit like reality, too, doesn't it?). I enjoyed the pace of the story, and the idea of ancient beings who somehow are superior to human beings was interesting. The writing was well done, the plot well thought through, and I would definitely recommend fans of dystopia to give this book a try.