Icons (Icons Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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Ro murmurs into my ear. "Don't be afraid, Dol. They're not coming for us." Still, he slips his arm around me and we wait until the sky is clear.

Because he doesn't know. Not really.

Everything changed on The Day. The day the Icon appeared in Los Angeles. The day the power stopped. The day Dol's family ...
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Overview

Ro murmurs into my ear. "Don't be afraid, Dol. They're not coming for us." Still, he slips his arm around me and we wait until the sky is clear.

Because he doesn't know. Not really.

Everything changed on The Day. The day the Icon appeared in Los Angeles. The day the power stopped. The day Dol's family dropped dead. The day Earth lost a war it didn't know it was fighting.

Since then, Dol has lived a simple life in the countryside with fellow survivor Ro-safe from the shadow of the Icon and its terrifying power. Hiding from the one truth she can't avoid.

They're different. They survived. Why?

When the government discovers their secret, they are forced to join faint-hearted Tima and charismatic Lucas in captivity. Called the Icon Children, the four are the only humans on Earth immune to the power of the Icons. Torn between brooding Ro and her evolving feelings for Lucas, between a past and a future, Dol's heart has never been more vulnerable. And as tensions escalate, the Icon Children discover that their explosive emotions-which they've always thought to be their greatest weaknesses-may actually be their greatest strengths.

Bestselling author Margaret Stohl delivers a thrilling novel set in a haunting new world where four teens must piece together the mysteries of their pasts-in order to save their future.
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Editorial Reviews

Ally Condie
"Epic in scale and exquisite in detail -- a haunting, futuristic fable of loss and love."
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Praise for Icons:

"Fans of Stohl's Beautiful Creatures series will find many of the same elements here — paranormal romance, a fast pace, and intriguing characters — but within a distinctly science-fiction setting. The strong messages of questioning authority, daring to resist injustice, and loyalty to one's group will resonate with teens who loved The Hunger Games."—Booklist

"Dol's narrative voice is particularly vivid . . . Will keep readers engrossed."—Publisher's Weekly

"Stohl's dystopia is well-written and well-structured. Action balances with character and world development, and interspersed documents reference deeper mysteries, gradually hinting at how the 'icon children' came to be. The multi-layered characters are mostly sympathetic, believably flawed and driven..."—VOYA



"Icons is epic in scale and exquisite in detail-a haunting, futuristic fable of loss and love."—
Ally Condie, author of the #1
New York Times
bestseller Matched

"I love this book. It's raw and riveting, a scorched-Earth future vision that feels frighteningly real. It's full of passion and deep truths and the kind of power that people only find when they're driven far, far past their limits."—
Lev Grossman,
New York Times
bestselling author ofThe Magicians

"Margaret Stohl is a genius when it comes to characters and their emotions. ICONS had me hooked on the first page, and I can't wait to read the sequel!"


Richelle Mead,
New York Times
bestselling author of the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series

"An action-packed, smart thriller that shows an excitingly different side of Stohl's writing and opens up a fascinating new world."—

Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author of the Modern Faerie Tales series

"The ultimate compliment I can give this book: I hate that it was written by someone else. It's just awesome. I hope this one gets made into a movie."—
James Dashner,
New York Times
bestselling author of the Maze Runner trilogy

"Short sentence structure adds to the tension, and the Embassy reports add a level of intrigue. Readers will be waiting for the next book in the series."—Library Media Connection

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316231992
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Series: Margaret Stohl's Icons Series , #1
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 54,222
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Margaret Stohl
Margaret Stohl is a lifelong science fiction fan, former video game designer, and coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures series. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her family.
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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 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

    Boaring

    Aliens and the end of the world and kids with psychic powers....And it was still dull as dishwater.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 25, 2013

    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 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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

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    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 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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    Just Ok

    I found the plot disjointed and confusing. The characters were boring and didn't seem fully developed. I had a hard time enjoying this book even though the premise sounded promising.

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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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  • Posted September 12, 2013

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    This is going to be tough to really describe, but I'm going to m

    This is going to be tough to really describe, but I'm going to make it short because I don't want to blast the book. It's not like that at all.

    I'm just not sure about the style of writing in this book. Unfortunately, I don't feel a huge connection with the characters, although they are somewhat interesting, especially Furo Costas.

    I like sci-fi and there are some promising factors in this, but I'm just not sure the pace of the book is fast enough to get people really interested to read on, even though I do plan on reading on myself, because basically I'm still interested in what's going to happen.

    There are times when the emotion that plays out feels forced, too, in the way she describes how Dol feels and how she feels the emotions of those around her. It can be a little confusing at times.

    I don't hate the book, though. I just hope the pace and the storyline are more clear and the characters more in depth in the sequel(s).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    Good Summer Read

    This book was pedictable and had too many endings. It felt a little anti-climatic, but didn't focus on the teen love-triangle angst that most authors have used to excess. It was a good light read for a dystopian ya book.

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    Posted August 2, 2013

    Calis book of messages

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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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  • Posted May 27, 2013

    2.5 - 3 Stars First I have to say, Icons was NOT what I was exp

    2.5 - 3 Stars

    First I have to say, Icons was NOT what I was expecting, AT ALL!

    It wasn't the worse book I've ever read, but it's was by far not the best or even close either! Icons was a HIGHLY Anticipated book for me, and when I was Lucky enough to win a copy on Winter Haven Books, I was SO excited & couldn't wait to start it. Unfortunately Icons was NOTHING like I thought, and even worse then I could of imagined!

    Okay, where do I start? The writing was not that bad, really I didn't think it was bad at all, but the plot is what fell real short! There was really no action, and the action that was there was so boring, I could barely even finish the book! But I stuck with it in hopes it would get better, It didn't, not for me anyway! It was too confusing with everything going on, all the secrets that were being hidden, not knowing what the Icons powers were and how they were all related and came too be, and the aliens or should I say The Lords as they call them, did not even make an appearance in this book, OR not one that I can remember!

    This book could of been AMAZING if it was more thought out with more/better action, and better schemes on the Lords/ambassadors part. And if everything was explain better and maybe even a little earlier then it was. Even after I finished this book I still did NOT have all my questions answered and still confused on a lot of parts ( I don't want to say what I was still confused on b/c it would spoil the book ). I mean their was so many reasons why this book did NOT work out for me!

    I was expecting an action-packed thriller that would leave me on the edge of my seat! Instead I got a bunch of boring bratty kids fighting with each other and turning on each other at every chance they got! Which was SO annoying!! They were ALL so jealous of each other throughout almost the whole book that I wasn't even able to get to know who some of the characters were because they were always hating on each other!

    The romance, if that's what you call it was TERRIBLE! And I really hate to say bad things about books but I have to call it like I see it! I know their was suppose to be romance, but really their wasn't that much and when their was it seemed forced and wrong, like it didn't feel right and really was a big turn off!

    I was so disappointed in this book, I wanted to love it, but I just couldn't! Their was just too many things wrong with this book, that I couldn't overlook!

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  • Posted May 14, 2013

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    ICONS started off in a weird way, but it still kept me intereste

    ICONS started off in a weird way, but it still kept me interested. I just felt like a person who was dropped in the middle of a story, someone's life, without any clue on what the hell is going on. See, this could go both ways, either it makes the readers excited and want to read more to figure out what's going on, or the reader loses interest. Fortunately, the first half of the novel managed to keep me interested. I am not one to give up easily, especially when it comes to dystopian novels. However the second half.. and especially towards the end, I started to grow restless and praying for when the book would just end. Even now, I just don't really get the whole point behind the Icon's children. Dol, the main protagonist, along with Ro, Tima, and Lucas each have a specific powerful feeling they can tap into or channel. I personally don't know the point of the whole feelings.. it does not contribute one bit to the plot or make them any special. Yes, these traits make them have some powers, but why did the author make us read countless pages about their feelings when the feelings themselves don't contribute to the plot? I know there is the possibility of Dol's use of sorrow that can allow her to read people's minds, but she never really uses it, also the author doesn't really explore that point. Something I also have to point out is the mislabeling of the novel, yes the alien invasion mark it as sci-fi or post-apocalyptic, but possessing power obviously puts it under fantasy at least right? or paranormal? I don't like being mislead by the genre categorization. This is another one of those hefty books I've been reading lately, and it is also a book that would have been better off reducing the page numbers by at least 100. Almost 450 pages is a bit too long for a book I could personally explain in a page or two. There were too many unnecessary things that made the whole plot slow down. Also the romance, while it barely took up much space in the plot, was a bit too insta-love for me but with a side of angst because of Dol's friend Ro. To wrap this up, this book didn't impress me in the slightest bit. I have tried reading Margaret Stohl's Beautiful Creatures but also found the same slow pacing problem there. It seems that Stohl's writing doesn't appeal to me. However, I do recommend you guys to at least pick it up and try reading it, especially fans of her previous work. 

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  • Posted May 11, 2013

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a re

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction/Blue Door, Voyager and Netgalley.)
    16 years ago, 13 strange metallic ‘Icon’s’ dropped from the sky, and situated themselves in the largely populated areas of the world, killing millions of people, and turning others into slaves.

    17-year-old’s Dol and Ro live in the wilds outside of one of these epicentres, away from the Embassy and the ‘Sympas’ (sympathisers who have become traitors to humanity). Dol and Ro are special though, on Dol’s wrist is a small blue dot, and on Ro’s wrist are two red dots, which can be connected.

    When Dol’s adopted family are killed and she is kidnapped, Ro follows her and tries to rescue her, only to find themselves both captured. What they are about to realise though is that they are not the only ones with these special dots.
    What do the dots mean? How many people have them? How are they linked to the Icons? And can Dol and Ro really change things for the better?



    This was an okay story, but I have so many questions at the end of it that it might just drive me crazy!

    Dol and Ro were both okay characters, although Ro had serious anger management issues. I think that this was to do the whole ‘icon child’(dots) thing, but even so, his temper was pretty fierce. I didn’t really feel anything for Dol at all, she was a bit boring if anything.
    The other two Icon children that we met were Lucas and Tima. I liked Lucas at first, then I didn’t like him, and I didn’t really like Tima at all. The group dynamics were just difficult, and someone always seemed to be irritating someone else, and Ro’s temper and Tima’s jealousy and bitterness did not help matters.

    The four ‘Icon children’ had these dots on their wrists, but I didn’t really understand the point of them – they did this weird thing they called ‘bonding’ where they held their wrists together, dot-to-dot, and this was a really intimate thing to do –almost like sex!! I’m not sure why they did this, other than it being something to do with emotions – Dol did it to calm Ro, or how they figured out that they could do this. I didn’t really understand why there were ‘Icon children’ at all, and why were there only 4 icon children when there were 13 icons? Baffling.

    We also got the obligatory love triangle/square. Dol mentions about loving Ro, but isn’t sure if they can go from being best friends to being something more, never mind that they do this bonding thing with their dots. But then she’s off with Lucas, and he is trying to get her to bind dots with him (Gosh that sounds ridiculous!). Then we have Tima who is obviously in love with Lucas, and so not happy that him and Dol want to bump dots, and Ro who obviously loves Dol, and wants her to only want his dots (sorry, the dots thing amuses me, I wonder if Lucas’ dots are better than Ro’s as Lucas has 3 and Ro only has 2?).

    I have to say that my biggest complaint with this book was the world building. I didn’t understand why the Icon’s had arrived or who really caused their arrival, I didn’t really understand why some people died and some didn’t, I didn’t get why Dol and Ro were living out in the middle of nowhere and how this was even possible. I didn’t really understand who was in charge, and why, who the ‘Lords’ were (think they might have been the aliens)…this list goes on, and on. I’m confused to say the least.

    Thankfully the book did have an end. The four Icon children did achieve something after all this, although it was very much the start of the revolution rather than the end. I suspect though that all four icon children will not survive this entire series, I just hope that we don’t take on one icon per book, because that would be a very lengthy series, and I really just want some answers!

    Overall; a confusing and sometimes bizarre dystopian novel, which raises more questions than it answers.
    6.5 out of 10.

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