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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013


    This book should be classified for teenagers. The characters all act like idiots. I didn't even finish the last chapter.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013


    If you like fast paced story lines this is not the book for you. Predictable and detached is the feeling I got from the characters.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

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    The synopsis suggests that Rachel is different from the other gi

    The synopsis suggests that Rachel is different from the other girls in her society, and she is. She is passionate, headstrong, quick-tempered, and refuses to sit around waiting to be saved. She doesn't need a Protector to escort her around the city being able to fight as well as any man. She is also very impulsive and makes many rash decisions without considering the consequences, which made it hard for me to connect with her. I wanted to like her, but she kept jumping into things without much consideration for the consequence, complicating already difficult situations for Logan. It was much easier for me to connect with Logan, and I loved reading from his point of view. He's a thinker and rationalizes things through, which is probably why it was so easy for me to relate to him.

    My one problem with him is how much he loses it around Rachel. We learn early on that he broke her heart, believing that he needed to focus on his future and didn't have time for a relationship; also, he's her Protector. He is supposed to look after her. It isn't really explained why he is so quick to throw away the rules, throw away his qualms about starting a relationship with her. I can see how their feelings can develop quickly after having been thrown into so many life or death situations so fast; however, it still feels rushed and underdeveloped.

    There wasn't enough world building for me. It took me a while to figure out that this isn't some fantasy world; it's our world, or what remains of it after having been ravaged by the Cursed Ones. We also see very little into the female role in this society; rather, we mostly see how Rachel behaves and hear about how inappropriate her actions are. For me, I like to see more world building in fantasy and dystopian novels, as I don't understand the workings of the world otherwise, and it would have helped me better understand the workings of the plot, especially the apparent differences between Baalboden and Rowansmark.

    Defiance is a thrilling dystopian novel with fantasy elements with many intense, action-packed scenes that had me flipping the pages like crazy. As its title suggests, Defiance is filled with many strong characters with strong morals and the resolve to do what it takes to do the right thing. I didn't always agree with what they do, especially when Rachel loses it after losing people who are close to her (one time, she really hurts somewhat innocent people). However, their hearts are in the right place. This book seems to be setting up the plot for something bigger. I am looking forward to reading the next book to see what happens next!

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    Posted September 20, 2012

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