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.
Defiance by C.J. Redwine was one of my most anticipated books of 2012. No pressure, right? While Defiance wasn’t exactly what I thought it was going to be I’m definitely happy with was it was.
I was honestly expecting a high fantasy with an epic journey kind of book. That’s not exactly how this book felt to me. Mostly because technology is a very big part of the story. I think the tech and inventions will really bridge the divide for readers that aren’t big fans of high fantasy. I did really enjoy those aspects of the story, especially because Logan was involved most of the time. Another thing that I wasn’t quite expecting was the very heavy dystopian themes. That’s probably directly linked to my tendency to not read summaries though. Defiance is a bit of a genre mash up and there’s something for everyone.
The story is told in alternating perspectives. I liked both Rachel and Logan, but I think I might have enjoyed Logan’s chapters just a tiny bit more. They were both fascinating characters with really intricate back stories. I never fully fell for them but I did like them. It also took me a little while to get into the story. Once I did I was hooked!
Defiance by C.J. Redwine is a great debut. I think this is a trilogy that will only get more interesting and captivating as it goes on. I’m already anxious for book 2.