Defiance

Defiance

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by C. J. Redwine
     
 

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Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls in Baalboden sew dresses and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the city's brutal Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father's apprentice, Logan—the boy

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Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls in Baalboden sew dresses and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the city's brutal Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father's apprentice, Logan—the boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago . . . and the one who handed her heart right back to her. Left with only a fierce belief in her father's survival, Rachel decides to find him herself. But what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When 16-year-old Rachel’s father fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, she is made the ward of his 19-year-old apprentice, Logan, her unrequited first love. Rachel is certain her father is alive, but to leave the walled city-state of Baalboden and search for him she must agree to help Commander Chase, the violent despot who sent her father on his last journey. The commander desperately wants the package Rachel’s father was carrying, and he’s willing to exchange Logan’s life for it. Rachel swears to bring back the item, free Logan, and make the commander regret he ever knew her, but a rival power is also seeking the parcel, and the commander has some tricks up his sleeve. Alternating between Rachel and Logan’s perspectives, Redwine’s debut is a jumble of technology, fantasy, and post-apocalyptic adventure. Her characters are interesting, but so capable and polished that they lose realism and sympathy. The story offers solid writing, ample action, and a sweet romance, but also implausible science and an unexpectedly messy climax that leads into the next book. Ages 13–up. Agent: Holly Root, Waxman Literary Agency. (Sept.)
VOYA - Lynne Farrell Stover
Sixteen-year-old Rachel Adams, a strong-willed female in a male-dominated society, finds herself without a protector upon the disappearance of her father, a valued courier for the ruthless Commander of the walled city of Baalboden. Unexpectedly, she is placed under the protection of nineteen-year-old Logan McEntire. She decides to rebel against this unacceptable situation and take matters into her own hands. Her plan is to escape the oppressive city and go to the wasteland with the hope of discovering what has happened to her beloved parent. In a society where the feudal system meets high-tech gadgetry, she must use all of her resources to achieve this difficult mission. Told in the voices of Rachel and Logan in alternating chapters, a story of survival, cunning, and compassion unfolds as the reader learns the thoughts and feelings of two young people struggling to find happiness in a hopelessly brutal situation. The tale ends with death and destruction as the young couple realizes the inevitability of a war and the responsibility they now must take to protect Baalboden's surviving citizens. Unevenly written, the constant restating of the characters' feelings often gets in the way of the progression of the story line. Science fiction readers will discover the familiar concepts of emerging technology, absolute evil, and mindless destruction interwoven into a story that centers more on social, political, and romantic themes. Despite its disconcerting setting, predicable plot, and tedious supporting characters, fans of romance may find the young protagonists' complicated love story compelling. Reviewer: Lynne Farrell Stover
Kirkus Reviews
Another pair of lovers in a post-apocalyptic dystopia fight the Man. When Rachel's father, Jared, the best tracker in Baalboden, doesn't return from a mission, he is declared dead, and his teenage apprentice, Logan, is unexpectedly named her Protector. This is a problem, because she hates his guts. But they both loved Jared, and they are both determined to defy the megalomaniacal Commander that rules their city-state to find him. Readers will be frustrated at the textbook way Rachel and Logan fail to communicate with each other, as each plots separately to escape into the Wasteland and find Jared. Predictably, they are found out, and just as predictably, they discover passionate love for each other. Redwine's worldbuilding is particularly weak. Vague reference is made to an energy shortage that led to drilling that woke up the Cursed One, a reptilian monster that lives underground, but there is no attempt to flesh out the catastrophe that destroyed civilization as we know it. How women came to be relegated to positions of extreme subservience is also left completely unexplained. That all of this seems to have happened within the lifetime of the Commander who founded Baalboden beggars credulity. Internal logic takes a backseat to overwrought, present-tense narration, which alternates between Logan's and Rachel's nearly identical voices. Only for those who can't get enough of this nearly played-out genre. (Dystopian romance. 13 & up)
Romantic Times
“A well-paced, heart-wrenching tale of loyalty, courage, and love.”
Julie Kagawa
“Spellbinding, romantic, and impossible to put down.”
Rae Carson
“C.J. Redwine’s DEFIANCE is a gritty, thrilling adventure sprinkled with moments of breathtaking tenderness. I read it in one sitting.”
Lisa Mantchev
“DEFIANCE defies all reader expectations, giving us both a post-apocalyptic setting rife with history and a plot that’s as much about the discovery of one’s own humanity as it is about survival.”
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Fifty years ago, the Cursed Ones escaped their underground prison and nearly destroyed all life on Earth. Survivors cluster within the walls of Baalboden, living in constant fear of attacks and relying on the protection of cruel Commander Jason Chase. Unlike the other women, who are helpless and submissive, Rachel Adams is a survivor and a fighter. When her father goes missing while on a secret mission to retrieve a device that would enable its holder to control the Cursed Ones, the Commander recruits Rachel to find him-and, more importantly, the device-at any cost. If she fails, Logan, her true love and Protector, will be killed. Rachel has everything to lose. And she has a plan. But will it work? Redwine's YA debut is an admirable attempt at following in the footsteps of such genre benchmarks as Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games (Scholastic, 2008) and Scott Westerfeld's Uglies (S & S, 2005). Unfortunately, it doesn't quite measure up. Pacing is slow, and stock characters are predictable and two-dimensional. With so many dystopian novels on the market, this title is not one of the better options.—Alissa J. Bach, Oxford Public Library, MI

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062117182
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/28/2012
Series:
C. J. Redwine's Defiance Series
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
305,817
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 8.28(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

What People are saying about this

Lisa Mantchev

“DEFIANCE defies all reader expectations, giving us both a post-apocalyptic setting rife with history and a plot that’s as much about the discovery of one’s own humanity as it is about survival.”

Julie Kagawa

“Spellbinding, romantic, and impossible to put down.”

Rae Carson

“C.J. Redwine’s DEFIANCE is a gritty, thrilling adventure sprinkled with moments of breathtaking tenderness. I read it in one sitting.”

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