Audience/Genre : Young Adult/Dystopia.
Publication : August 28th 2012 by Balzer + Bray.
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.
Set in a dystopian world (slightly along the lines of a post-apocalyptic setting),Defiance begins with Rachel, waiting for her father's return at the gates of the city of Baalboden but he doesn't show up, causing the leader of the city to declare him dead. However, Rachel believes that her father is still alive and refuses to give up; so along with her newly assigned Protector, Logan, she tries to figure out a way to reach her father.
My review's going to be pretty simple.
Redwine's writing is excellent and on the powerful side. The characters are strong and even the story is fast-paced and gripping. That's all that's usually needed. Rachel is a really strong protagonist and Logan's is definitely hot and at certain times, even adorable.
If you're new to the dystopian genre, you'd rate Defiance 4/5 or heck, even 5/5. It's everything that someone looks for in a YA novel.
However, I was a little disappointed - not with the writing or the story itself but my problem was mostly just that the basic storyline for Defiance is nothing new. There's an evil man, a strong girl and hot guy who plays the protector (in this book, literally). There's also other dystopian elements that pose danger to the people; in the case of Defiance it was the Cursed One. To put it simply, I was bored and I wanted more. It's too similar to various other young adult novels in the genre.
I know, I know, I sound contradictory but like I said, the book is good, I just wanted something new. I guess I was in the mood to read a novel that would blow me away but it didn't happen.
Also, like I said, Logan's hot and all but I would've liked the romance better if I got to watch Logan and Rachel's relationship grow from scratch - the first time they meet. They already knew each other, there was already chemistry and all that and C.J.Redwine certainly pulled it off but I just didn't get as attached to the characters as I could have.
I should probably mention that it wasn't all predictable, Redwine still added some elements that I haven't come across in other novels much, such as the tech stuff/gadgets. That was cool.
Oh well, having said that - Defiance is good, people. It's better than good, if you're new to the genre. If you're not, depending on whether you're okay with reading the usual YA dystopian stuff or you're looking for something new, you might love it or you might just like it. Don't worry, there's no way in hell that you'll dislike this novel. Either way, definitely worth a read!