When I first opened Children of Paranoia by Trevor Shane, I didn't know what to expect. It's a mix of different genres, so to easily identify what this book was. not easily accomplished. I knew from the title, the cover, and the awesome catchphrase I wanted to read it. After the first few pages, I wasn't so sure anymore.
I have to admit, Children of Paranoia is not for the weak at heart. I was sickened after reading the first few pages. It opens as a journal, which I found a pleasant surprise. It's rare when a book is an open journal entry to another character. I loved how Shane opened the book with entries that made main character Joseph sympathetic. It was quite genius to show a softer, more human, side to this killer.
Without giving away the story, readers already know that Joseph is a murderer. He's fighting for a war, and killing people he's told to. Without much of a fight, he does what he's told. In the opening pages, one of the murders takes place. From stalking his prey, to the act itself, and then afterwards, my heart clenched and my stomach rolled. Knowing Joseph didn't want to be a killer helps. However, my mind kept telling me how wrong it is to feel any kind of sympathy for someone who willing takes another life.
Action packed and fast moving, Children of Paranoia goes from a to z at a nice and scary pace. The readers never know what will happen next. Who will pop up around the next corner. Who will live and who will die. As if the action wasn't enough, Joseph meets Maria. Ah! A little romance to spice up this already hot-crime book. This is where I really connected with this story. The romantic in me enjoyed seeing the softer side of Joe.
Overall, this is a great book to read if readers are looking for action, crime, and a hint of romance.
Since the age of eighteen, Joseph has been assassinating people on behalf of a cause that he believes in but doesn’t fully understand. The War is ageless, hidden in the shadows, governed by a rigid set of rules, and fought by two distinct sides — one good, one evil. The only unknown is which side is which. Soldiers in the War hide in plain sight, their deeds disguised as accidents or random acts of violence amidst an unsuspecting population ignorant of the brutality that is always inches away.
Killing people is the only life Joseph has ever known, and he’s one of the best at it. But when a job goes wrong and he’s sent away to complete a punishingly dangerous assignment, Joseph meets a girl named Maria, and for the first time in his life his singleminded, bloody purpose fades away.
Before Maria, Joseph’s only responsibility was dealing death to the anonymous targets fingered by his superiors. Now he must run from the people who have fought by his side to save what he loves most in this world. As Children of Paranoia reaches its heart-in-throat climax, Joseph will learn that only one rule remains immutable: the only thing more dangerous than fighting the war. . .is leaving it.