Book Review: Defiance

Book Review: DefianceDefiance by C.J. Redwine
Series: Defiance #1
Published by Balzer + Bray on August 28th 2012
Pages: 416

Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.

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.

Imagine a world that has been all but destroyed. Instead of humanity being in control, the world is shaped around the Cursed One, a mysterious creature, that lives deep below the surface. At any time, a noise can awaken these creatures and humanity's survival is again hanging in the balance. The only hope for survival? Small enclosed city-states. But as promising as the city-states may seem, trouble brews beneath the surface. Making the Wastelands and those mysterious creatures sound more preferable than life behind the enclosed walls.

I love being surprised by books. Strangely enough, it seems to be happening more and more lately. Defiance, within the first paragraph, surprised me more than I thought it would throughout the whole book. Based on the cover, I expected a strong heroine. Maybe some action. But what I got with Defiance was the whole package.

Defiance is narrated by two POVs: Rachel and Logan. Two teens that through some strange twists of fate have been thrown together as a family. Immediately, I was a Rachel fan. A strong girl who does not mind getting her hands dirty. Plus, she likes weapons. How could I not like her?

Logan, well, he took some warming up to. Originally, it seemed that Rachel was going to carry Defiance with Logan throwing in commentary to give more depth to the story. But as Defiance took shape, it became apparent that Logan was as strong a character as Rachel. Score!

The world building was a bit lacking with the Cursed Ones not being as fleshed as I would have liked. However, the strength of the characters and plot more than make up for that little slip. Plus, with the characters being holed up in an enclosed city-state, I am not sure too much is truly known by our characters about these creatures in the first place. So, I have to give the book a bit of slack for that.  

Final Verdict:

Defiance is a fantastic start to what looks like a promising series. With surprises around every corner, Defiance was a book that I don't want to put down. Not for one second. In the beginning, I did not really know what to expect with this one, but I love that it turned out so well.

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