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Defiance by C.J. Redwine

September 27th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Defiance by C.J. Redwine

Source: Picked up at ALA

Publication date: August 28, 2012

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary from 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.

This book is another one of those strange ones that so many things bothered me and yet I could not put it down.  I’m going to attribute it to really enjoying the author’s style of writing even though the main character, Rachel, irritated the heck out of me and I wish there was a bit more background.

For the world building apparently they live in a town where it’s illegal under pain of death for a female to be roaming around by herself.  I’m not sure if this is how the culture always was or if this was just implemented under the Commander’s reign.  The whole thing with the Cursed Ones confused me and I either missed it or I wish there was more about where they came from and I guess apparently whoever managed to protect their cities from becomes the leader.  I also wasn’t quite sure if this was a dystopian in a world that lost all technology after a disaster or war or was it supposed to be more of a fantasy?

And then there is Rachel. What can I say? She irritated the heck out of me and I honestly had a hard time finding anything to really like about her.  She’s lived under Commander Chase’s cruel rule for years and knows what he is capable of and yet she stupidly decides to try and sneak out of town knowing he is probably keeping an eye on her especially after she is so openly defiant.  Some may see her as brave but I just saw this as stupid.  I also thought she was whiny (even given some slack for her father being missing), self-absorbed and arrogant.  Logan is a bit better but I’m not in love with him either.  He’s just sort of blah and nothing in particular stood out for me.

Overall, it’s hard to pinpoint any one thing that kept me so interested but since I couldn’t put it down I would have to rate is a 3 out of 5 despite not being able to stand Rachel.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Dystopia, Romance, Young Adult

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