Review: Defiance by C.J. Redwine
Defiance by C.J. Redwine
August 28, 2012
Balzer + Bray
Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan–the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same one who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but a fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.
At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As 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.
DEFIANCE is a jaw-dropping journey into a dystopian world of heartbreak, terror, evil leaders, and a romance that will have your heart beating at lightning speed. Readers will be holding their breath through every page while the stakes get higher and higher. If you are a huge fan of any kind of dystopian novel, you are going to love DEFIANCE. It is sure not to disappoint.
Rachel is a fierce heroine whose heart has been hardened ever since Logan turned her down. She has a very close relationship with her dad and is one of those girls who will do whatever it takes to protect those she loves. My heart broke into a thousand pieces as her world crumbled around her. But when things seem like they may never get better, Rachel still manages to keep her chin up and her eye on the prize, or in this case, revenge. Don’t mess with this girl, especially when she has Logan on her side.
Logan is the epitome of what I look for in heroes. He is strong and determined, yet also has a vulnerable side that makes him that much more lovable. His refusal to let Rachel down and leave her unprotected is admirable. While the book is very dark like most dystopians, his best and worst case scenarios bring a touch of humor to the novel and I giggled a little every time he went through them. Readers won’t be able to stop themselves from falling head-over-heels for Logan like Rachel does.
I’m not sure why this book surpassed my expectations since I knew it would be awesome, but it did somehow. There isn’t a moment where the action falls or a character isn’t in danger. I couldn’t stop myself from getting the nervous jitters at times! C.J. Redwine is a fabulous writer who has a true gift with words. I need more of her writing, ASAP!
DEFIANCE was one of my most highly anticipated reads this year and I am so glad that it lived up to my expectations and more. Readers will fall in love with everything about DEFIANCE and be begging for more before it’s even over! Please, don’t miss out on this one!