Review - Defiance by C.J. Redwine

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Once Upon A Dream Books - Defiance by CJ Redwine

TITLE: Defiance (Defiance #1)
AUTHOR: C.J. Redwine
RELEASE DATE: August 28th 2012
PUBLISHER: Balzer + Bray
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“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.”




My first impression: Eh, but it has a pretty cover
Will I read more?: Sure, I'm curious enough.

What would happen if wingless dragon serpent creatures attacked mankind? Well, we'd end up with a world like Defiance's. A blend of a dystopian dictatorship, technological advances, and pre-industrial/post-apocalyptic city-states. Ordinary citizens banned together under ruthless leaders all in the name of safety. The world is fairly easy to get into and understand. My biggest issue was the name. It just was not something I could remember. Which I am sure had more to do with me than the name itself. So I started calling it Baal. Then I realized something. Ba'al anyone? Lots of symbolism and connections that I am sure are not purely coincidence.

Character-wise, it's a toss up. I liked aspects of our heroes but disliked others. There were several times in the story I wanted to slap Rachel. As a whole, I liked Logan much more than her. I really could have done without their romance plotline. (Me turn down a romance??? Shocker I know...) It just felt awkward by the end. I felt they loved the person the other was in the beginning but neither of them was the same by the end. I just cannot see it working and I foresee something with *blank* character in the future. I think that would probably be more entertaining to read.

Plot-wise, I enjoyed the story. For the most part, it was fast paced and the the switch off between the narrators worked nicely. Somewhere in the middle-end I think it lost something. Up until then, I could not put the book down. But then something changed and the desire to keep reading it was not as strong as it had been. I did enjoy the rest of the book though.

So will I read more? Yes.

Quotations:


“I love how you still think if you tell me to do something, I'll just check my brain at the door and do it.”  - Rachel.

“It’s probably my job to tell you life isn’t fair, but I figure you already know that. So instead, I’ll tell you that hope is precious, and you’re right not to give up.” - Oliver.

“Silent acquiescence in the face of tyranny is no better than outright agreement.” - Logan

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