Tuesday, November 12


C. J. Redwine
(Defiance #1)

My rating: ★★

ISBN: 9780062117175
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Date of publication: August 28, 2012
Age: Grades 8 - 12
Genre: Dystopian

Themes: post-apocalypse, fantasy, dystopian society, romance, tyranny, missing person

Rachel’s father, Jared, has gone missing on his latest courier mission, so the tyrannical Commander must declare him dead and put the 15-year-old girl under a new protector—Logan McEntire, Jared’s apprentice and Rachel’s once upon a time love interest, until he rejected her. Both are furious at the new set up, but Rachel doesn’t really care; she thinks her father is alive and will go to any lengths to get past the walls of Baalboden and its misogynic society to search for him. Logan is determined to protect her, as is his duty and—he soon discovers—his love.

Commander Chase, cruel and powerful, however, has other ideas for the two of them. Outside the walls of the city is a fire-breathing monster, and Chase knows that Jared may have found a way to control it. Rachel and Logan are forced to work together to stop the commander, discovering heartbreak and romance along the way.

While the plot is very dramatic and driven, the teenage angst can be a bit much. Redwine focuses a lot of her writing on emotions, and most of them are depression, hatred, anger, etc. etc. It’s repetitive and wordy; it gets tiresome. The Commander is evil, just because, and does not seem to have much depth. The love Logan starts to feel for Rachel seems to appear from nowhere, quite suddenly, too. And I really thought the fire-breathing monster was just a bit too much. There are better dystopic fiction books available.

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