Author: C.J. Redwine
Published: August 28, 2012
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.
Defiance was a very interesting dystopian story. It took you to a new world, and one with a power hungry leader. Defiance had me invested in the story and I loved the way it was written and how it made me think about what was going to happen. It surprised me with every turn of the page!
The cover is perfect! It is exactly how I picture Rachel, with her fiery red hair and her black cloak. You can see the Wall in her cloak and I think it’s just icing on the cake on an amazing cover!
Sure, there were moments of predictability, but those moments were outshone with the times when I was taken by surprise. It might’ve been by how smart Logan really is, how determined Rachel is, or just a plot twist in general that kept me on my toes and expecting the worst to happen. It was written beautifully and had me laughing, teary-eyed, or freaking out over what had just happened.
Rachel was the reason for the title Defiance. She would do anything to save the ones she loved, even if it meant sacrificing her own happiness. She was a character ruled by her emotions and it was inspiring to read
about. It also made me want to become like her... She is quite a badass.
Logan is a mix between a techy and badass. He can run through any scenario in a matter of seconds and come up with solutions to all of them, all while fighting his way toward saving Rachel. When I think of Logan I think of Zuko from “Avatar: the Last Airbender” when he would say he needs to restore his honor. That’s how I picture Logan when he was tasked with being Rachel’s protector.
All in All:
I really loved Defiance! It was an amazing story and I can’t wait for the next story from C.J Redwine!