by Devon McCormack
My rating: 4 stars
Publication Date: June 18, 2014
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Genre: YA Dark Fantasy/Romance
Print Length: 174 pages
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Eight years ago, Luke
Retter witnessed the brutal murder of his mother and sister at the hands
of his demon-possessed father. He survived but lost a hand and an eye.
The demon also burned its emblem into his skin, marking him as a cursed.
Those who bear this mark are at risk of becoming possessed themselves,
so they are monitored and enslaved by the state-run UCIS. Working as a
slave is hard, but Luke prefers it to the possibility of being
controlled by a demon.
One night, Luke wakes to find his worst
nightmare coming true. His father's demon has returned. In a panic, he
runs to the only person who might be able to help: Zack, a cursed who
ran away from the state and created an underground community to protect
other fugitive curseds. Zack helps him suppress the demon. But the
city's become a time bomb, and Luke's demon itches to escape.
the UCIS closing in on Zack's underground operation and Luke's demon
crafting its own, nefarious plot, Luke realizes that he must take a
Hideous by Devon McCormack
A passionate tale of one of society’s castoffs struggling to survive his lonely existence, Hideous by Devon McCormack is a raw story of pain and loss that will prick at your heart as it places you in Luke’s dark world. Luke watched his mother and sister be brutally murdered by a man possessed by a demon who then cut off Luke’s hand and gouged out one eye, leaving him with the mark of the demon, and considered a second class monster, a threat to normal humans, as a cursed being. The horror of that night stays with him day after day, knowing his once loving father had been possessed by an evil that overpowered his goodness.
Luke realizes he will never experience a kiss or a dance or the joy of loving and being loved, through no fault of his own. Until fate brings Zack into his life, a teen with a passion for life,living on the fringe of society as a ”cursed” who has gone off the grid, a modern day Robin Hood with a dark streak. Will Zack be able to show Luke that he is not hideous creature society has labeled him?
Devon McCormack’s YA tale is often dark and brutal, filled with details that bring the story and the characters to life as we are invited to see the world as Luke sees it, down to the last person he interacts with. Devon McCormack has breathed life into Luke and made him a completely likable character that one can only root for as his story unfolds page after page. Never fast-paced, Luke’s story drifts by like grey clouds that threaten rain with the hope of a rainbow as the sun tries to peek through.