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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.

I really enjoyed reading the Beautiful Creatures series and was

I really enjoyed reading the Beautiful Creatures series and was ecstatic to see that the authors were coming out with their solo debut. The first author to come out with her solo debut was Margaret Stohl with her aliens-dystopia series, Icons, which I eagerly snapped up...
I really enjoyed reading the Beautiful Creatures series and was ecstatic to see that the authors were coming out with their solo debut. The first author to come out with her solo debut was Margaret Stohl with her aliens-dystopia series, Icons, which I eagerly snapped up as soon as I had the chance.
Unfortunately, her book failed to meet my expectation. It wasn’t as if I had high expectations for her book. I knew that any solo attempt would be radically different than a co-authored book but this…
This… wow, I don’t even know where to start. So, I’ll start with what I start with when I’m working on my revision:
Her characters were flat… Where was her amazing skill of characterization that created such wonderfully fleshed-out characters in Beautiful Creatures!? Or was it Kami Garcia who was the mastermind behind the characters? Almost every single character was forgettable including the main character. There was nothing about her that I could relate to and I really did not care much for her at all. On top of that, reading the interaction between the Icons was like watching a really bad episode of The Hills where the ensemble would be back-stabbing each other with every chance without showing any real growth. The only character who made an impression on me was the merk and that was only because his diction reminded me of the guy who plays Crowley from Supernatural. And, even then, his character faded into obscurity the more time passed within the pages.
I kind of knew that the writing would drag in the book because that’s how it was with Beautiful Creatures for me. BC was one of those books for me that was hard to pick up but it was also equally hard to put down once I got deep enough in it. However, Icons was not only hard to pick up but it was also extremely easy to put down. There were plenty of moments while reading when I wanted to stop reading and pick up another book. It was only through sheer will (I am not exaggerating when I write this) that I was able to get through the entire book. The plot was boring without any tension. I felt no romance between any of the characters nor did the action scenes leave my heart-pounding for more. Worst of all, she didn’t wrap up her debut at all. It left me with more questions than answers (and not in a good way) and that is what I hate the most in books.
However, I do believe in sharing the good with the bad so here it is: Margaret Stohl created an amazing world. Her take on the aliens invasion concept was fresh and interesting and I really do wish that she thought up of better characters and plot to help the readers see her vision.
Overall, it wasn’t the solid debut I was expecting from a Beautiful Creatures author.

posted by ChristineyReads on November 25, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2013

    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 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.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2013

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    I loved reading the Beautiful Creatures series that author Marga

    I loved reading the Beautiful Creatures series that author Margaret Stohl co-wrote and was super interested in starting the first book of her new series. I only skimmed what the novel was about, got the gist of the plot, and dove right in. From start to finish I was left on the edge of my seat. Al I can say is that this book was awesome. This book was great. This book deserves a sequel that is just as fantastic. What didn’t I love about it? Icons is Rick Yancey’s The Fifth Wave meets Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy.

    Icons takes place in a future where aliens invaded the Earth and created contraptions that give them the ability to control how long you live. Main character Dol has lived since the Day and has been living in the countryside, far away from the Sympas, the cities and the Icons. On Dol’s birthday Sympa soldiers invade the safe haven the Padre created and in the end, capture Dol and her best friend Ro. The two are taken to the Embassy. Immediately Dol and Ro are worried and have many questions like what their new lives in the Embassy entail.

    While in the Embassy, Dol and Ro meet a captured girl named Tima and meet Ambassador Amare’s son, Lucas who Dol is drawn to. What brings them all together are the strange birthmarks that are on each person and the strange abilities that they all have. Dol can feel emotions and she knows that the others can do superhuman things as well. After giving up a book that might have had all the answers Dol could ever need, the group begins to wonder if they are part of something larger than themselves and if their sudden meeting is not so much of a coincidence as they believe.

     Icons throws you right into action, mystery and a seriously fast pace. The first hundred-or-so pages seriously sent my mind spinning and had me hooked. The novel starts with a prologue that takes place on the Day when Dol’s entire family drops dead and the Icons show off their true power. As if that isn’t insane enough (and leaves readers thinking “What just happened…?”) the novel slows down as Dol and Ro celebrate Dol’s birthday. Everything seems fine and happy, it’s the future and it all seems pleasant until the Sympas show up and there’s action and murder all over the place. Totally awesome-sauce (except for all the death… death is only okay in literature guys…).

    The one thing that makes Icons very different than most novels I’ve read are the classified documents that come before every single chapter. They are sometimes letters between the Ambassador and other character that have transcripts of events or articles from before the Day or snippets from the book that Dol gave away. It’s really cool and makes the novel feel really authentic and real. I was worried about the authenticity of the novel at first, but after all of this, it became clear that Icons is as authentic as it gets.

    The characters in Icons are ones that I think are memorable and will leave readers wanting to know what happens next to them. Throughout my time reading Icons all I could think about were the characters and how much I loved and cared for them. When something bad happened I was already freaking out for them and hoping that they would survive until the end of the book. I’ll just add in now that while reading Icons keep in mind that your new favorite characters will be thrown into danger more times than you can count.

    The romance in Icons is realistic in that it isn’t instant. It takes time for relationships between Dol and other characters to be established and for that I’m thankful. Dol’s love interests seriously took my heart and wrung it. I’m envious of her.

    I’d recommend Icons to readers that are looking for a dystopian novel with a twist, readers who are fans of alien invasions and readers who want a story about love and death.

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  • Posted May 28, 2013

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    I loved, loved this book, loved the characters and the story li

    I loved, loved this book, loved the characters and the story line.
    This book is about young people who are just trying to survive in a world that has been taken over by 13 space ships …the Icons landed on earth and destroyed billions of people with electricity, that stops peoples hearts, Now they control everything and everyone, there were a few people who survived and they are who this story is about.
    Dol, Ro, Lucas and Tima each has a tattoo and a special skill, together what can these teenagers accomplish? I am hugely excited that there will be more books for me to be thrilled by!
    Do yourself a favor and go pick up this book

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