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Icons (Icons Series #1)

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9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Icons is an excellent novel full of 'big feels' Icons is based p

Icons is an excellent novel full of 'big feels' Icons is based primarily on fear. Humans live in a post-invasion world were the the aliens only deal with the Ambassadors and can wipe out entire cities with a single pulse. The cities are remnants of the some of the most ...
Icons is an excellent novel full of 'big feels' Icons is based primarily on fear. Humans live in a post-invasion world were the the aliens only deal with the Ambassadors and can wipe out entire cities with a single pulse. The cities are remnants of the some of the most inhabited cities in the world. The landscape, described in vivid detail, is a character all its own.




The story follows Dol a grass girl who leads a simple life away from the Hole, what used to be Los Angeles. Dol is not a normal teen, she somehow survived The Day when no one else in her family did. Along with Ro, another orphan from The Day, she leads a simple life at the Mission in the grasslands. But not all is what it seems with Dol and Ro. They are a secret hidden away from the Ambassador and the rest of the world.




With quiet character moments and pulse pounding action Icons takes you on a journey of self discovery and revolution. The future of the people lays in the hands of four teenagers who have no idea just how powerful they really are.




This is a great book for readers of all ages and fans of Stohl's Beautiful Creatures will not be disappointed in the subtle romance mixed in with all the other cool sci-fi/dystopian themes.

posted by JenlCT on May 7, 2013

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Plot: I¿m going to honest and admit that this plot really confus

Plot: I’m going to honest and admit that this plot really confused me in the beginning. It took me a while to get into the story and understand where it was coming from and where it was going. Lots of elements within the story are explained, so the reader must keep on r...
Plot: I’m going to honest and admit that this plot really confused me in the beginning. It took me a while to get into the story and understand where it was coming from and where it was going. Lots of elements within the story are explained, so the reader must keep on reading in order to grasp the entire picture. And while I understand the meaning of this, it made me frustrated that I could never figure out what is happening. It wasn’t until mid-way through the book that I finally started to understand. It’s not that the plot isn’t good, it just that the way that the story is told, you have to really pay attention.


Friendship/Love: This area I felt is develop well with the childhood friendship. It made sense that they would work but…enter love triangle. Boo. The love interest began to frustrate me because while in the beginning this girl knew who she loved and then all of a sudden she is confused. It’s like chick, you either know or you don’t. Geesh.


Ending: For me, the ending is quite good with lots of foreshadowing events. I like that it gives the reader that umph to read the next book. I like to read the next book cause I’m anxious to see what will happen.


Overall, this book is good. I think it could have been a better read for me, had things been explained a little more. It does take a while to settle into the story, but once your in, the story takes off. ICONS is good.

posted by BooksWithBite on November 22, 2013

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  • Posted May 7, 2013

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    I started this expecting it to be slow paced like Beautiful Cr

    I started this expecting it to be slow paced like Beautiful Creatures, boy was I wrong. Icons is a great dystopian/sci-fi book.

    Dol is a character that grows throughout the book. At the beginning she's scared, and doesn't know what to do, or who to trust. She's also not sure what makes her so special to the government and rebels. She slowly begins to take on a strong persona. She wants to know the truth, and will stop at nothing to get it. She makes her closest friend mad at times, but knows that he'll get over it. She NEEDS to find out their purpose when it comes to the Icons. Ro is hot-headed. He lives off of being angry. It's not entirely his fault. It's in his DNA. Lima is probably my favorite character. She's fierce, and says what's on her mind. She uses her intelligence to help her, and her friends, as much as possible. Lucas got on my nerves, a lot. He's flighty, and downright annoying at times. He refuses to believe the facts laid out before him.

    We are able to learn about how Dol and Ro were raised. They lived a very simple life. From there we are swept into the life of the Embassy. Though the kids are treated like "guests" they are guarded non-stop. Each day they are there more questions pop up about why they have the emotions they do. It seems the only one willing to help is Fortis. (Who is awesome by the way.) They piece together the information they receive. They still make mistakes about where they place their trust, but figure their way around the madness.

    It's a quick and fun read. Even though there are many moments of uncertainty, you can't help but hope this group finds their purpose. I highly recommend it. And oh the end!!!! I need the next book NOW!!!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Icons is a powerful and beautiful story that shows how feelings

    Icons is a powerful and beautiful story that shows how feelings can heal. How feelings can change the world. How feelings - even 'bad' feelings like fear and rage - can be instruments of mass salvation.

    I highly recommend this book. Icons is a fantastic read for fans of science fiction, dystopian, and for people who like books that make you feel good.

    Here's the hook for me - it's not the alien invasion, although that's pretty well done, in a fresh way. It's not the love triangles or squares or lines or whatever. Icons is great because of Stohl's portrayal of four real teens who wrestle with real, messy, confusing feelings that seem to them more powerful than they know how to deal with.

    Sound familiar? It does to me because it describes about every young person on the planet. And most adults! So even though the book is about teens, I, an adult, could relate to and learn from the characters and their struggles.

    Is Icons slow-paced at times? Yes, but this is because Stohl is building a new world. Is it sometimes confusing? Yes, for the same reasons. Is Icons a good story, in an original setting, with lots of twists, and characters I cared about? Yes! 

    But more than that, Icons really shines as a subtle exploration of emotions that seem too big to contain - sadness, fear, rage - this book plumbs the depth of real, true, sometimes ugly feelings. And here's the best part - Icons turns these complex feelings into strengths rather than weaknesses.

    Teens - well, adults too - often feel like if they are sad, something's wrong with them. If they lose their temper, they are bad people. If they are introverted or shy, they are broken. Too often, we are taught that emotions are to be suppressed, hidden, shut down, or feared.

    I'll say it again: Icons is an exciting and beautiful story that shows how feelings, even 'bad' feelings, can save an individual, save a friend, and even change the world.

    I gave Icons four stars because, to me, it's rough around the edges. Stohl is building a new world, and that's hard to do. Having said that, the imperfections Icons aren’t very distracting – in fact, they become part of the appeal of the book. Life, like Icons, is complicated, and sometimes messy. But it’s still incredible.

    Now, on more technical notes, as a HUGE science fiction fan, I was concerned about reading a supposedly YA book. I read Hunger Games and immediately recognized it as a watered down rip-off of Battle Royale, the Japanese book that started it all (great and also raw). I read Harry Potter and while it was entertaining, I was initially appalled that this world could be put in the same ‘Fantasy’ category as Tolkien. So, I'm kind of particular about originality.

    Icons, to me, is the most original take on the well-worn alien invasion trope I've seen in a long time. It's not dumbed down - which could be a problem for some, but I appreciated it. The ability of a race to completely stop your heart? That's terrifying. Yes, the sci-fi aspects are a little complicated to get your mind around, but that's because THEY ARE ORIGINAL! And that's a good thing!

    I don't want another book where the aliens are called "others" and they use an EMP blast from outer space, and where they simply take over human bodies as hosts (I'm looking at you, Yancey and Meyer, ugh). Are those authors even trying?? 

    With Icons, Stohl tries harder to do something new, and I appreciated that.

    Overall, I would recommend Icons to fans of science fiction, and try to slip it into any young person’s hands, in hopes that they can find strength in their big feelings, and turn the sometimes scary and intimidating emotions into something positive, powerful and life-changing.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    Very good book. Just didn't really get the part about the Ambass

    Very good book. Just didn't really get the part about the Ambassadors keeping humans around. I will definitely check out the next book to see where the story goes.

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