On Edge: A Review of DEFIANCE by C.J. Redwine

Defiance (Defiance, #1) 

C.J. Redwine
403 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (HarperTeen)
Release Date: August 28th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LIKED

Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses 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 one who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but a 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

   C. J. Redwine’s DEFIANCE is a thrilling mix of fantasy and dystopian that had me on the edge of my seat. Most of the time.

   Other times I was annoyed at Rachel Adam’s irritated, overly snappy attitude that made me want to slap her. Yeah.

   But let’s ignore that for a moment. DEFIANCE was a whirlwind of a story that had a seemingly simple plot that turned out to be more than simple. And while Rachel had me on edge, she isn’t the only one narrating the story – so is Logan McEntire, techhead, inventor, and all around awesome.

   Seeing the world through the eyes of Logan and Rachel both had an effect that rounded the world of DEFIANCE and gave it the extra breath it needed to live and exist.

   The world of Baalboden exists somewhere in the future, it seems, from the futuristic tech and barcodes etched onto every wrist. Not only is there the threat of death from their leader, the notorious Commander Chase, there’s also the danger of the Cursed One looming in every horizon.

   I love fantasy. I love the world of Baalboden, but I couldn’t help but cringe at the names and dialogues lining the pages – they just didn’t seem to fit the world C. J. Redwine portrayed.

   In the end, I have decided I really enjoyed DEFIANCE, despite the not-so-fitting instances of names and dialogues and Rachel’s annoying, ungrateful attitude. The writing was easy to follow and I loved the world (and, unrelatedly, Rachel’s awesome cloak). DEFIANCE left a lot of questions unanswered and threads hanging, so I’m definitely looking forward to a sequel.

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September 20, 2012



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    Oh! Paper Pages

    September 21, 2012

    I have been looking forward to reading Defiance, and I am happy to hear that it is good. I am currently reading The Edge of Nowhere, and I am frustrated with the MC's annoying attitude. It is so difficult to connect to characters when they have such strange perspectives. Great review as always!

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    September 21, 2012

    Yay, glad you enjoyed this book like I did. And yeah Rachel was so annoying, for me it was like most of the times. I am intrested to see whats going to be in the second book. Great review Hafsah.x


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    September 21, 2012

    I've been on the fence about buying this book for such a long time now. I've seen “OMGILOVEDTHISBOOKGETITNOW” reviews and “don't you dare buy this book” reviews. I think I'll have to just give in and buy this one! It's great to see you still liked it, even though Rachel does seem seriously annoying.

    Fabulous review Hafsah! <3

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    Maji Bookshelf

    September 21, 2012

    I also enjoyed Defiance, and like you I had some issues but I didn't have any with Rachel's personality, I just didn't enjoy the wrap up at the end of the book.

    great review!

    – Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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    Dazzling Mage

    September 21, 2012

    I'm loving the synopsis of this, and I look forward to reading it!

    Great review!

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    September 21, 2012

    Haha, I never thought about it, but now that you've brought it up, you're correct in saying the names didn't really fit. They should have been more…unique, I think.

    Courtney @ Fuzzy.Coffee.Books

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    Ashelynn Hetland

    September 21, 2012

    Everybody says that the names and dialogue doesn't exactly fit, so I don't know if I'll enjoy this one or not . . . also ick, annoying characters are the worst.

    great review, though! :)

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    Jesse Burgoyne

    September 22, 2012

    I am in the middle of reading this one. So far it's good and I really like it. I love fantasy too, so I'm really loving the world of Baalboden!

    Jesse @ Pretty in Fiction

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    September 22, 2012

    I wasn't sure about this one at first but after reading some amazing reviews (such as yours), I have to say, I'm intrigued! Though you had some trouble with it (this isn't the first time people have been annoyed by Rachel), I'm glad you still enjoyed :)

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    Christina K.

    September 22, 2012

    I loved this book!! I prefer this type of dystopian and to be honest the dialogue was fine for me:)

    Great review:)

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    Katharyn Vela

    September 22, 2012

    I hope I like it as much as you! the book seems amazing and I have been coveting it for awhile!

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    September 23, 2012

    Great review. I've been wanting to read this book for some time. I've also heard in some reviews that Rachel is kind of annoying, but I'm still looking forward to reading Defiance. :)

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    September 24, 2012

    I have high hopes for this book. It really will be too bad if I don't like the characters as they make or break the book for me. I'm still giving this one a chance.

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    September 24, 2012

    Oh no, Rachel was annoying? I hope I don't think the same because I am really looking forward to this one. Thanks for the honest review.

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    September 25, 2012

    Amazing book. I think I will read it someday. And awesome review. I really liked it!!

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    laura thomas

    September 25, 2012

    Sounds great. I have heard some about it. Will have to give it a go!
    I love the cover art. I like kick-butt gals!!

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    September 28, 2012

    I've had Defiance on my wishlist and I'm glad to see that you liked it. I like to read an honest review and am looking forward to seeing if my viewpoint coincides with yours. Thanks so much!

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    Sarah (The Book Life)

    September 28, 2012

    I was unsure about reading Defiance, because I'm not a huge fantasy reader, but I really ended up enjoying it. I definitely feel like it's got great potential for the next book in the series and I'm dying to find out where Baalboden is going to go next! Thanks for sharing your thoughts :0)

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    September 30, 2012

    Having a barcode on my wrist would so freak me out. Who wants big brother always knowing where you are at. Once you said that, I freaked out! That is a real possibility someday! I probably will want to slap her too when I read it! Thanks!

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    October 17, 2012

    The world sounds really cool. I want to read this, but it isn't a high priority. Thanks for reviewing.

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    nurmawati djuhawan

    November 3, 2012

    i can't wat to read defiance…the cover is fabulous..the review are greats too….
    thx 4 the reviw :)

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    November 14, 2012

    I took an awesome course taught by C.J. a few years back…if that was anything to go by, this book is going to be great!

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    nurmawati djuhawan

    December 7, 2012

    very intersting book, can't wait to read defiance,,,

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    Alyssa Susanna

    January 18, 2013

    YAY for Defiance! I have this book, but have yet to read it! I love C.J. Redwine – she is such a fantastic person! I know you liked this book, and many, many other bloggers did as well, so I'm sure I will too! Great review!!! :)

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    Jennifer Messerschmidt

    February 22, 2013

    I've heard Rachel is kind of a difficult character. Haven't seen much love for her in the reviews I have read but the setting and world building sound interesting. I also love dual POVs.