Idols (Icons Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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The Icons came from the sky. They belong to an inhuman enemy. They ended our civilization, and they can kill us.

Most of us.

Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas are the four Icon Children, the only humans immune to the Icon's power to stop a human heart. Now that Los Angeles has been saved, things are more complicated - and not just because Dol has to choose between Lucas and Ro, the...
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Idols (Icons Series #2)

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Overview

The Icons came from the sky. They belong to an inhuman enemy. They ended our civilization, and they can kill us.

Most of us.

Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas are the four Icon Children, the only humans immune to the Icon's power to stop a human heart. Now that Los Angeles has been saved, things are more complicated - and not just because Dol has to choose between Lucas and Ro, the two great loves of her life. As she flees to a resistance outpost hidden beneath a mountain, Dol makes contact with a fifth Icon Child, if only through her visions. When Dol and the others escape to Southeast Asia in search of this missing child, Dol's dreams, feelings and fears collide in an epic showdown that will change more than just four lives -- and stop one heart forever.
In this riveting sequel to Icons, filled with nonstop action and compelling romance, bestselling author Margaret Stohl explores what it means to be human and how our greatest weakness can be humanity's strongest chance at survival.
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Editorial Reviews

Booklist

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."

Holly Black

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

Lev Grossman

"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."
Richelle Mead
"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!"
Ally Condie

"Epic in scale and exquisite in detail -- a haunting futuristic fable of loss and love."
James Dashner
"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."
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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."—Publishers 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, believable flawed and driven..."—VOYA

"Epic in scale and exquisite in detail — a haunting futuristic fable of loss and love."—
Ally Condie, #1
New York Times
bestselling author of the Matched trilogy

"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

Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
Somewhere in the not very distant past, a prime directive went out that made it compulsory for every YA novel to be part of a trilogy. When the series is strong, the anticipation of another book is a gift. When the series is flawed, it becomes difficult to read to the end of each book. The fact that Idols is the second in the “Icons” series is not indicated on the book cover and will cause great frustration for readers who think it is a stand-alone. It does seem imperative for readers to have read the earlier book to know exactly what is going on in this story’s apocalyptic future in which the Earth has been all but destroyed by an alien invasion, driving survivors underground or into mission sanctuaries. Four of the survivors are Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas, freedom fighters with psychic powers who can read minds and prophesize through dreams. Doloria, the narrator, has dreamed of a fifth similarly gifted child in Southeast Asia. The search for Dol’s elusive “sister” drives the story and the journey that the quartet takes. During their adventure, the lives of these “Icon children” become further entwined as Dol, Ro, and Lucas explore their inevitable love triangle. The young woman torn between two lovers is a plot device that has seriously exceeded its shelf life. Not every romance, even those set in dystopian times, needs to involve three people. The momentum of this book is slowed by robotic “Embassy dispatches” that foreshadow future events on Earth. Meanwhile, there is an intriguing final reveal of the “Luke, I am your father” nature that is somewhat intriguing but not original. Readers may compare this series to The Fifth Wave which has a similar story but is far better written and executed. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross; Ages 14 up.
VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Elizabeth Norton
Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas are the Icon children—the only people on earth who cannot be killed by the evil alien Sympas. To defeat the Sympas, they must destroy thirteen Icons. Having destroyed the first, they are on the run along with their protector, the enigmatic Fortis, hoping to find safety with Fortis’s contacts in the Southeast Asia colonies. Meanwhile, Dol is struggling to choose between her two crushes, Ro and Lucas. As life on the run gets more and more dangerous, Dol has recurring dreams of a young girl who may be a fifth Icon child, but finding her and making contact leads to even more danger, as well as shocking betrayals. This follow-up to Icons (Little, Brown, 2013/Voya June 2013) packs nonstop action, but begins and ends abruptly, so readers will need to be familiar with the first installment in order to understand it. Dol is a believable, but not the most likeable, heroine, and her love triangle with Ro and Lucas feels forced and unnecessary. Interspersed throughout the chapters are memos and communication logs from the villains, which add a little suspense, but also render the final betrayal anticlimactic. Still, fans of the first book will not be disappointed by this one, and plenty of room is left for additional entries in the series. Reviewer: Elizabeth Norton; Ages 12 to 18.
School Library Journal
08/01/2014
Gr 8 Up—Dol and the Icon Children escape to Southeast Asia in search of another child who might share their superhuman qualities. Readers who haven't read the first book, Icons (2013), will be best served by starting at the beginning. Fans of the series will rush through this fast-paced sci-fi adventure and breathlessly await the third installment.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-14
Following Icons (2013), the Icon Children run for their lives while the mysteries behind the alien invaders unravel. With only the briefest of recaps, the narration drops the readers straight into action. Dol, the other three fleeing Icon Children, and their mysterious mercenary guide, Fortis, aren't flying a Chopper; they're crashing it. Evading the extraterrestrials so they can use their special powers to destroy the growing Icons—alien technology deadly to all but these teens and used to control the human population—the ragtag band on the run encounters cool locations such as an underground mountain bunker and Eastasia. They move with a specific purpose: Dol's dreams are visited by a fifth Icon Child, and they wish to find her. That is, if there really is a fifth. The extraneous-but-apparently-necessary love triangle among Dol, Ro (childhood best friend) and Lucas (new hot guy) is shoehorned in, as the nonstop plot doesn't leave much room for emotional arcs or character development. Continuing from Icons, nifty top-secret documents appearing between chapters flesh out the invasion—this time they're frequently transcripts of communications between Earth and the invaders, pre-invasion. These documents explicitly reference science-fiction classics—a bonus for genre fans—and keep readers a step ahead of the characters. Last-minute twists create a cliffhanger.A fast, fun read for fans of the first. (Science fiction. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316279789
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 7/8/2014
  • Series: Margaret Stohl's Icons Series , #2
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 65,004
  • 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, coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures series, and author of Icons. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her family.
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  • Posted October 12, 2014

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    When I read Icons by author Margaret Stohl I had mixed feelings

    When I read Icons by author Margaret Stohl I had mixed feelings on the novel. The sci-fi portion of it was pretty badass and the idea of the Icon Children was pretty unique. The way that the novel ended definitely left room for a potentially awesome sequel. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been a huge fan of Margaret Stohl’s ever since I read her co-written novel Beautiful Creatures, but Idols was missing the same punch that Beautiful Creatures packed. Still I was interested in getting to find out where Dol and the Icon Children’s story would go.

    In Idols, Dol and the four other Icon Children have just saved Los Angeles but this has only made things more difficult than they could ever imagine. For Dol this is because she must choose between the two loves of her life: Lucas and Ro. One of which she has known practically forever and the other who she has been attracted to since they met. Now on the road again to an outpost that is supposedly sanctuary, familiar faces reappear and something new surfaces. A young girl appears before Dol calling them both sisters and forcing Dol to find a possible fifth Icon Child. As their search leads to Southeast Asia the Icon Children discover secrets about the reasons behind their existence and face a new unexpected threat from the Icons.

    What I noticed first off was that Idols has way more action than the novel before it did. There are more explosions (literally a lot of explosions) and more threats against the lives of the characters. I love action. Seriously fight scenes are the best thing ever since sliced bread. However in moderation (just like bread) actions scenes are kickass. While I felt that Idols had a little bit too much where there could have been better room for character growth/plot development—we still got those explosions and their aftermath.

    Compared to Icons, Idols was a bit lacking. There were a lot of things that happened too quickly or too slowly and there wasn’t a set-pace. There would be moments that were high and moments that were low but there wasn’t a definitive pacing. Some moments I would be bored and the others I would be on the edge of my seat. That mixture can be good sometimes and work for some people but if you’re anything like me you want consistency.

    The love triangle that is used in Idols didn’t really have me cheering on either guy. I’ve felt distant from Lucas and Ro since Icons and this novel didn’t help me clear it up any more. We know that inevitably Dol must choose one of them as is a must with love-triangles. She does choose in this novel and it isn’t a very surprising choice. In terms of this love triangle I found it wasn’t executed as well as it could have been but still added some drama to the plot.

    What I loved most about this novel was what happened between the chapters. There are conversations between a scientist and a space entity called NULL which act as a bit of a pre-story to the current plot. I loved it. I loved the way it was written and how much was described and said with only transcripts of a conversation. That is the kind of writing I wished I could have seen throughout the novel because it was phenomenal.

    Idols ends in a way that sets it up for another book and I am pumped for it because it seems like Dol’s character is going to do some pretty crazy stuff. The kind of crazy that I am a big fan of. I can’t wait to see what she’ll do and if it’ll all be worth waiting for on my part.  I would recommend this series to fans of sci-fi, readers who love love-triangles and to any readers who are fans of Beautiful Creatures and want to read more from one of the authors.

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