Rath's Deception (Janus Group Book 1) by Piers Platt

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On the cut-throat streets of Tarkis, orphaned teens like Rath end up jailed … or dead. So when the shadowy Janus Group offers Rath a chance to earn riches beyond his wildest dreams, he seizes it. But the Janus Group is as ruthless as the elite assassins it controls. Rath will have to survive their grueling, off-world training, and fulfill all fifty kills in his contract before a single cent comes his way. And ending so many lives comes with a price Rath can't anticipate. It'll certainly cost him what's left of his innocence. It may well cost him his life.


Rath's Deception was such a fun read. I am so glad I gave it a read even though I was hesitant at first. Really I am usually hesitant to try anything space related since growing up I pretty much hated it all. If it was set in space, had to do with space travel, aliens, anything like that was a no go. However I find I enjoy quite a bit of it now so I need to give more sci-fi books a try. 

Rath is a kid living on the streets in the lowest level of society. He doesn't have much, he lost his family, it is not the best place to live, but he is surviving however he needs to. There have always been rumors of the mysterious "Guild" who will train you to be a hitman and if you survive 50 kills you get half of all the money they made off you. So essentially you get millions of dollars, get to move up to the high society and live out the rest of your days in the lap of luxury. Only most people don't actually believe the Guild is real, just wishful thinking. 

Rath wasn't sure about it either until they come to him offering to test him and see if he has what it takes to be one of them. The training is intense, but Rath is determined to learn everything and become one of the companies killers. I loved reading about the whole process. From the time Rath gets picked up until the last pages of the book his journey was so much fun. Well maybe not fun for him, but fun to read about. I really enjoyed the whole world the author created and how everything worked. Of course the company is not really good, but the reach they have is incredible. The technology they have at their fingertips is remarkable. All of the ways they change you once you sign on, the tracking, the face changing, everything was really cool. I loved seeing how they went about equipping the killers with everything they would need, how the people were killed, everything. There were so many great, unique methods of dealing with everything that I was drawn right in. I couldn't put the book down once I started reading.

There are other characters, other storylines going on at the same time. Like a reporter trying to figure out if the Guild is real. Or the cop who feels responsible for some of his cop friends deaths via a Guild member so is determined to try and find the Guild and stop them. Or the best assassin the Guild has ever had who disappears one day. It all gets woven together into an incredible story. All of the storylines worked so well together and were so much fun to read. I can't wait for the next book to see what happens next!

*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2


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