Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Defiance by C.J. Redwine
When Rachel’s father goes missing, she is desperate to search for him. But her attempts to flee the city bring her to the attention of its overbearing ruler. His efforts to control her make the world within the walls seem as dangerous as that outside.
Her only chance at escape is Logan. Once her father’s apprentice, and now her only protector, he feels that helping her might mean losing her completely. But if he can put his feelings aside, they might be able to save more than Rachel’s father. They might be able to break down the walls, and set their people free.
My Rating : 4 of 5 stars
My Thoughts : When you read a dystopian novel, somehow you expect a kick-ass heroine, a bad-boy-yet-charming hero, action packed plot line, and when the dystopian mingles with a little bit fantasy, that definitely earns extra points.
Defiance is a rebellious story of a girl named Rachel, living in Baalboden, a city surrounded by deadly beasts called Cursed One and under the shadow of ruthless commander who is more interested in punishing people than ruling the city. When her father went missing on a courier mission and presumed to be dead, Rachel’s responsibility falls over Logan, a young apprentice of her father and the same boy Rachel gave her heart years ago, who instantly flung it back to her. However, Logan wants to escape the city but not at cost of Rachel’s safety, and Rachel is desperate to find her father, whom she believes to be alive.
The book was intense and action packed with promise of a gripping fast paced plot line. Baalboden more resembles to dystopian rather than fantasy, a city that is surrounded by high walls separating Baalboden from the wasteland and lost civilization scattering around it, also saves the citizens from being eaten by Cursed Ones.
“I'm no longer a daughter.
No longer a granddaughter.
No longer a girl with dreams. With hope.
I'm a weapon, now.”
Unlike other Baalboden girls Rachel was handy and deadly with weapon, a skilled worrier, also very impulsive and stubborn. However sometimes her behavior was annoying and selfish like everything she does recklessly and without thinking, which not only costs her, but also results in hurting people around her. By the way, her character improved with progress of the book, which decreased my irritations with time but I did enjoy her character.
“I ache to hear her tell me she loves me, but forcing her to put words to how she feels pushes her further into the silence she seems comfortable calling home now. I tell myself to be patient and understanding, but inside there's a longing only those words will fill, and it hurts to ignore it.”
If we consider Rachel as fire, Logan would the exactly opposite, the water. He was logical, cool minded who actually thinks and calculate before attempting something (Silly! That’s why he is an inventor). Rachel and Logan make just a perfect couple, complementing each other. The romantic development was quite grate and adorable. The way they discovers their feelings for each other is perfectly writing, even those small moments of self-realizations has been captured very well.
However, overlooking the small flaws, Defiance was overall a very good read for me and I immensely enjoyed it. The premises and setting has enthralled me as well. I will definitely be waiting for the sequel, which I believe to be equally breath taking.
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