Friday, August 31, 2012

Defiance by C.J. Redwine

Defiance
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



Wow. Defiance was amazing, brilliant, wonderful, fantastic, and any other synonym of those words. 

First, I love the cover. It is simply gorgeous. But more importantly, what was behind the cover was just as good.

The story line comes off as dystopian at first. But, after reading it, I can assure you that Defiance is not just another of the many dystopians out. It's not even just dystopian. It has dystopian themes mixed with paranormal elements. And, of course, some romance. With these three mixed together, you're bound to have a winner.

The characters were narrowly focused. While there are a handful of supporting characters, just a few, this is almost entirely focused on the two main characters and their fight for justice against the Commander.

Rachel was SUCH a good character. She was strong, determined, and clever. She's been taught to fight despite the restrictions against women in this world. She goes through a lot in the book. She loses some of the people closest to her and those losses kindle a fire burning for revenge. She becomes a weapon for vengeance against the tyrant Commander. I could really feel her grief and anger. She was a heroine that anyone can admire.

Logan was fantastic as well. He's a skilled fighter and inventor. During the chapters in his perspective, you see how his mind works with logic and reason. He constantly planning for any eventuality. But he's not just an automaton. He's incredibly sweet. He's fiercely loyal to Jared, Rachel's father. He's also loyal to Rachel and very protective of her. Their relationship was perfectly done. They've known each other for most of their lives and Rachel has been in love with Logan for a while. Even during the parts that they were separated, their relationship was slowly developing. The romance isn't overwhelming, but it is a definite presence. Both were strong separately, but they were nearly invincible together. 

The story moved quickly. There was action, romance, secrets, and deceit. Everything needed to make a perfect book. The ending was wonderful. There wasn't an epic cliffhanger, but I'm still itching to get my hands on the next book to find out what happens. 

Defiance was a perfect book, just lovely!

5/5

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