Publisher: Balzer + Bray (HarperTeen)
Release Date: August 28th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
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.