Thursday, September 12, 2013

Defiance by C.J. Redwine [Review]

Defiance (Defiance, #1)4 out of 5 Robots!

Defiance by C. J. Redwine

Series: Defiance #1
Genre: YA Fantasy/Dystopian
Release: August 28, 2012
Hardcover: 403 Pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
While the other girls in the walled city-state of Baalboden learn to sew and dance, Rachel Adams learns to track and hunt. While they bend like reeds to the will of their male Protectors, she uses hers for sparring practice.

When Rachel's father fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the city's brutal Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector: her father's apprentice, Logan—the boy she declared her love to and who turned her down two years before. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father's survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can't be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Defiance is a mix of post-apocalyptic/dystopian with some fantasy elements.  A long time ago, a "beast" was woken from its slumber deep in the earth.  When the beast, "The Cursed One", emerged, it laid waste to everything around it.  A small number of survivors were able to remain behind walled cities.  Cut off from most technology and power, the cities basically fell back into an older time period.  Baalboden is ruled by the Commander who keeps his citizens under tight rules and considers women to be property of men.  It is a pretty interesting premise and gives C.J. Redwine a lot of room to maneuver her plot and characters.  The plot is at times pretty gritty and disturbing.  Bad things happen to good people.  There were definitely some parts that were darker than I expected.

As for the characters, Rachel and Logan, you will either love or hate them.  Rachel can be strong, capable, decisive just as often as she can be whiny and stubborn.  Logan is by turns protective and then over protective.  He is incredibly smart and logical, but cannot seem to communicate well with Rachel at all.  They fight - a lot - in this book and after awhile you kind of just want to bang their heads together.

I did enjoy the story although at times I thought it was little over dramatic.  It lacked a little finesse, but by and large, I found it well written and exciting.  I will be back for the sequel for sure.

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Defiance
2. Deception

1 comment :

  1. This is a must read for YA fans. I don't care if you grab it for the fantasy elements, the romance, or just out of curiosity. Redwine is a spectacular storyteller, and her world-building skills are flat out impressive, as is her ability to write and develop characters. This is a book you won't want to miss.

    Cleo Rogers (Plumber Puyallup)



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