Defiance



✯ Defiance Books ✴ Author C.J. Redwine – E17streets4all.co.uk While the other girls in the walled city state of Baalboden learn to sew and dance, Rachel Adams learns to track and hunt While they bend like reeds to the will of their male Protectors, she uses hers While the other girls in the walled city state of Baalboden learn to sew and dance, Rachel Adams learns to track and hunt While they bend like reeds to the will of their male Protectors, she uses hers for sparring practiceWhen Rachel s father 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 she declared her love to and who turned her down two years before Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herselfAs 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

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  • Paperback
  • 432 pages
  • Defiance
  • C.J. Redwine
  • English
  • 28 October 2017
  • 0062117173

10 thoughts on “Defiance

  1. says:

    Honestly, I am shocked by the large number of glowing reviews Defiance has gotten thus far Once again, it looks like I m the black sheep, here to reign my terror on fangirls and fanboys all over Goodreads, and give my honest opinion on what I thought of the overrated mess known as Defiance In the city of Baalboden, Jared Adams is declared dead by the ruthless Commander, and Jared s daughter, Rachel, friend, Oliver, and apprentice, Logan, are gathered to the hearing of his will In Jared s will Honestly, I am shocked by the large number of glowing reviews Defiance has gotten thus far Once again, it looks like I m the black sheep, here to reign my terror on fangirls and fanboys all over Goodreads, and give my honest opinion on what I thought of the overrated mess known as Defiance In the city of Baalboden, Jared Adams is declared dead by the ruthless Commander, and Jared s daughter, Rachel, friend, Oliver, and apprentice, Logan, are gathered to the hearing of his will In Jared s will, he left Logan to be Rachel s Protector, acting as a bodyguard for Rachel and never letting her out of his sight However, Rachel and Logan don t believe that Jared is actually dead, and escape the walls of Baalboden to look for him I really don t know where to start in this review I might as well say that the plot itself was decent for the most part, when it wasn t taken over by sappy, melodramatic drivel I told you this wasn t going to be a happy review But honestly, it s hard for me to enjoy a fantasy novel to begin with, and if the world building in that fantasy novel is not up to par to what I think it should be, then I most certainly won t enjoy the book very much And in Defiance s case, the world building is almost nonexistent In fact, the world building is so poor, we re never actually given a time period in which this book takes place And, if I were to take a guess as to which time period Defiance takes place you know what, actually, I wouldn t be able to take a guess The actions and misogyny in Defiance clearly hint towards an early time period, but the dialogue between characters, and even the character s names, certainly do not I mean, Logan RachelAnd speaking of Logan and Rachel well, let s just say I ve got lots to say about them Let s just start with Rachel, and get her over with Rachel made a complete 180 turn in character, seemingly from one chapter to the next Needless to say, this change in character was not a very good one Right in chapter one, we re provided with very clear indications that Rachel has a strong hatred towards Logan, ever since she confessed her love hmph to him two years ago, and he rejected her Then, after Logan was appointed as her Protector, basically made her move out of the comfort of her own house and into the discomfort of his, and just was an all around asshole towards her buton that soon Trust me , she decided that she s, once again, in love with him I can t I just can t And while Rachel at times is a strong and self reliant character, the sappy mess of a romance between her and Logan take over, and almost all of my respect for her as a badass killing machine is gone, just like that.Then there s the love interest, Logan rubs hands together Oh, boy Let me say it right now I hated this boy with a burning passion He was a controlling, inconsiderate and at times abusive asshole But, so you can see some of the reasons while I wanted to desperately to strangle Logan, here are some of the things he s said to Rachel, done to Rachel, and thought about Rachel, throughout Defiance or at least throughout the first half, because after that point I just didn t care any and started skimmingand then I m going to lock her in my loft for as long as it takes. This was the first red flag this book gave me that I wouldn t end up liking Logan He said he s going to lock her in his freaking attic for as long as it takes , for goodness sake portion quote redacted because it is changed in the finished copyYou re hurting me, she says as she matches my pace through the torch lit streets You re lucky, I say That you re hurting my arm Her voice is full of its usual sass, but I hear unsteadiness beneath it No You re lucky I m not wringing your neck Once again, excuse me This book was lucky I was reading it on my Kindle, because if I had a paperback copy, that would have been the point where I would have,a thrown it out the nearest window and into the street, hopefully to get run over by a car or two b shred to a million tiny little pieces and use it for litter in a gerbil cage c ripped it to shreds by hand, and release those shreds into the wind in a My Sister s Keeper fashionDamn you, Kindle Damn you for getting in my way of fury Okay, there s stillexamples I have to show of why I hated Logan and why you should, tooFeel better Rachel asks, and I punch the wall again just to keep from letting my anger loose on her Not that she doesn t deserve some of it. I don t think I need to explain my feelings of this statement, and how wrong it is, do I I m not done with reasons why I hated Logan, but seriously, read the above things he s said to Rachel, done to Rachel, and thought about Rachel This is the love interest we re supposed to swoon over This is the love interest that many readers love, and have swooned over This is the love interest that is praised by readers Why After Logan said something barely understandable Maybe I should enunciate clearly, then she ll understand.Or and this is just another possibility maybe you could be less of a condescending asshole and try say and what she clearly didn t understand in a different light, and not ridicule her for not understanding youI m leaving you with Oliver for the day, Rachel We have nothingto discuss and,I Rachel am an equal part in this whole thing, and I want to help you find supplies Well, you can t Logan says So now you re acting like her father and controlling what she can and cannot do You can t act this and then declare your love for her moments afterward No, scratch that you can t act like this at all Hopefully now you understand the basis behind my extreme hatred towards Logan, because he truly is an awful character, and an evenawful love interest And the sad part is, Rachel eats all of this up He commands her, she does what he says He abuses her both physically and verbally, she takes it He s a complete and total asshole to her, and yet she can t bear to live without him Ugh Gag me with a rusty spoon And maybe, somewhere, there s a mediocre plot behind my blinding hatred for Logan and the melodramatic everything that takes over Defiance Clearly there s something redeemable about Defiance, given all the glowing reviews for it I, unfortunately, did not happen to find that

  2. says:

    1 1 2 stars If this book was written 5 6 years ago and I had read it then, maybe I would have liked it Maybe Back before the formula it uses was used in every single dystopian novel Back when I was less likely to see the huge gaping holes in it.I judge a book on the entire story and effect, but also look at individual things characters, writing, world building and plot And I must say that this book doesn t do anything that well Let s look at the characters There are two POVs, Rachel and 1 1 2 stars If this book was written 5 6 years ago and I had read it then, maybe I would have liked it Maybe Back before the formula it uses was used in every single dystopian novel Back when I was less likely to see the huge gaping holes in it.I judge a book on the entire story and effect, but also look at individual things characters, writing, world building and plot And I must say that this book doesn t do anything that well Let s look at the characters There are two POVs, Rachel and Logan, a fact that these days immediately gives away the romance that is sure to come But whatever, that isn t important More damning is the fact that these POVs seem identical if their names were not at the start of the chapters, it would be hard to distinguish them from one another In general, these are not particularly well thought out or developed characters Rachel is an orphaned girl rebelling against the sexism in her dystopian paranormal future alternate society Huh, haven t seen that one before Logan is her bland, but self sacrificing love interest.Rachel is clearly supposed to be tough and brave and yet her actions just seem stupid Constantly putting your life at risk without having a real plan isn t realistic or clever Some people are brave, but most people are self preserving first If not, bravery quickly becomes foolishness Not surprisingly, her rebellions mostly fail In fact, the plot moves forward by failures Every bit of drama is created out of Rachel and Logan constantly screwing up their plans and getting themselves in a load of trouble At first, it was just cringy to watch them constantly propel themselves into bad situations, later it became boring.The story is actually pretty vague Rachel and Logan live in this town called Baalboden, surrounded by a wall, and we learn in the beginning that Rachel s father has not returned from doing something over the wall and now he s been declared dead Rachel refuses to accept it and decides to go find out what really happened to him Because of Rachel s idiotic actions, Logan gets caught up in it too.Then there s this world What world is it anyway There is little world building and it s hard to tell if this is supposed to be our world in the future, an alternate version of our world, or a completely different world entirely We are told that the modern world was destroyed by the Cursed Ones and this society was formed with its wall to keep them out And the founders of this society happened to be crazy sexist too.Lots of books, particularly YA dystopias, use sexism to engage the readers yeah, make us angry Make us want to scream at the unfairness but here it feels just like a plot tool There s no depth to it, no social critique, no examining why it exists in this society or what it means for them It s just a bit of added drama to try and draw out sympathy for Rachel it doesn t work.The sexism is just oneelement of this book that hasn t been thought about It s just been thrown in As is also true of the cruel, mindlessly evil antagonist The Commander is literally the equivalent of a cackling man sat in a high backed chair, enjoying the doom he is imparting He flogged Logan s mother to death, threatens to rape Rachel, and randomly kills his guards for LOLZ I get it he s the bad guy.Also, I ve heard other reviewers sometimes talk about over writing , but I don t think I ve ever really appreciated what they mean until reading this book There are some very strange phrases, metaphors and analogies used for things that could have and should have been said quite simplyI d rather combine every element on the Periodic Table and take my chances with the outcome than humble myself before the CommanderThat s a really awkward and weird way of saying you don t want to humble yourself before the Commander So strange.I m glad I finally read this just to satisfy my curiosity Now I can move on to better books and not look back at this series.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Pinterest

  3. says:

    It s probably my job to tell you that life isn t fair, but I figure you already know that So instead, I ll tell you that hope is precious and you re right not to give up Gorgeous cover the real reason I picked up the book, actually , gorgeous character and plot development, gorgeous Logan and Rachel gorgeous everything Rachel is the perfect heroine in my opinion, she wasn t blindly stubborn, or wishy washy, and she wasn t annoying She was a true badass and a very real person Her dad It s probably my job to tell you that life isn t fair, but I figure you already know that So instead, I ll tell you that hope is precious and you re right not to give up Gorgeous cover the real reason I picked up the book, actually , gorgeous character and plot development, gorgeous Logan and Rachel gorgeous everything Rachel is the perfect heroine in my opinion, she wasn t blindly stubborn, or wishy washy, and she wasn t annoying She was a true badass and a very real person Her dad taught her how to take care of herself but she could recognize when she needed help and she accepted it I love how she loves Logan but she doesn t depend on him to protect her, hunt for her or make all the decisions Logan is an amazing inventor I really find his nickname tech head very amusing who is very logical and smart He can figure out almost any problem that s thrown at him and he s the complete perfect match for Rachel He s fiercely protective of her and loves her to death but he doesn t try to smother her with his protectiveness or try to lock her up in a gilded cage to keep her safe He knows she s a strong independent woman who can take care of herself and he loves her for it The two POVs added to the whole story, it gave itdepth because you weren t seeing the events from the eyes of just one person, soo I really liked that a lot Favorite quote Silent acquiescence in the face of tyranny is no better than outright agreement

  4. says:

    A thoroughly melodramatic misfire that ends like a B grade Godzilla movie Yeah, that definitely describes Defiance to a tee, I don t think I ve been bashed so hard so many times over the head with manufactured emotions since, well, ever Whether it s the melodramatic overwriting, the cruel, harsh, cookie cutter dystopian landscape, the one note antagonist, or all the awful things that happen to Rachel in the first chapter of this seventy one chapter mess, wow what an annoying book I m sure tho A thoroughly melodramatic misfire that ends like a B grade Godzilla movie Yeah, that definitely describes Defiance to a tee, I don t think I ve been bashed so hard so many times over the head with manufactured emotions since, well, ever Whether it s the melodramatic overwriting, the cruel, harsh, cookie cutter dystopian landscape, the one note antagonist, or all the awful things that happen to Rachel in the first chapter of this seventy one chapter mess, wow what an annoying book I m sure those who have no problems being told how to feel by paragraphs of obtuse language will have no problems loving this, but as for me, no thank you.I like books that are subtle with their emotions, Defiance announces it with as much finesse as the lumbering Cursed One that wanders around and kills people like the prehistoric fire breathing dinosaur that it is See chapter one basically, where every third sentence tells me in a variety of maudlin ways how depressed Rachel feels that her father hasn t come back and is presumed dead In fact, it s so overwritten I had to figure out he s been missing for sixty days from two lines of dialogue yeah, that would ve helped me understand Rachel s worry Instead, apparently Redwine thinks emotions are best conveyed and measured by the number of synonyms of and similes for sad she can cram into a chapter Except sometimes, they don t even make sense One of Logan s lines, for example, is I d rather combine every element on the Periodic Table and take my chances with the outcome than humble myself before the Commander. What does that even mean When a book is so overwritten that I m supposed to feel emotions just because, I m not impressed.Then, there s the whole contrived and not well thought out dystopian setting created solely to elicitemotions Basically, a whole bunch of Cursed Ones woke up, destroyed all of modern society, except the government manages to kill all but one before it collapses, and the survivors, living in fear of an attack by the last surviving monster, are now crammed into a bunch of towns protected by the soldiers who killed the other Cursed Ones Got it Ok, except Rachel just happens to live in the misogynistic town, where all the woman hate is supposed to make me feel sorry for her Yeah, no dice, I have plenty of sympathies for real life women in situations like that, but for a fictional book, I expect the dystopian setting to have a point, like, I don t know, social critique, besides just the, yeah, how horrible, sympathize with her Sympathize There s no point to the misogyny here, sorry And now let s talk about the leader of this town, Commander Chase Want to know the cheapest, laziest way to write a villain that ll guarantee universal loathing Write him with what I like to call kick the puppy syndrome That s right, Chase is evil just because, so of course he s going to be cruel and ruthless enough that he s willing to do anything to get what he wants, heck he ll even kill minions and kidnap pregnant women just to make a point Except, even though Rachel and Logan constantly remind me of how evil he is, and maybe this is because I m a guy, but by the halfway point of the book I started pushing back against their Chase is an evil bastard obsession Like in one scene, the Cursed One attacks and causes a stampede, Chase rides out to confront the monster, and one guy gets trampled by his horse Bummer Rachel and Logan s response What a horrible person to run down one man in a mass panic to save everyone else But, you know, I see the Commander doing exactly what he has to do to save the rest of the town, and this fixation on how evil Chase is and needs to go just shows me Redwine is unwilling to tackle the potential complexities that could ve been with the character and took the easy way out instead.I don t have a problem with Rachel or Logan, the characters, but honestly the tough orphan girl with emotional problems and the possessive guy who won t admit his feelings are a dime a dozen in young adult books, particularly dystopians It s the way they re written, angst filled, melodramatic, that annoys the hell out of me When you have a male character in a dungeon, bruised, battered, broken ribbed, nose bloodied, weak, feverish, lethargic, sore seriously stop If every page is riddled with oversentimental tripe, honestly, how can I appreciate the parts I actually want to care about, like the two major character deaths Instead, I m rolling my eyes at the cartoonish way Logan escapes from the dungeon by using a portable drill to dig a tunnel under a wall Wile E Coyote style Oh, and the point of view alternates between chapters which are fairly short except Rachel and Logan sound almost exactly the same I can tell Logan apart when he s talking about logic, science, or plans, but when he s narrating, talking about the plot, his voice, sounds the same as Rachel I think I m gonna skip the many plot holes, which are the least of this book s problems, except to say in one scene, Rachel shoots an animal, jumps on top of it, slices its throat, flips it over and realizes it s a boar Hmm I wonder what else it could ve been Nah, the only thing remotely enjoyable about this cheap tearjerker is watching these woe is me characters get one upped by the one note villain 2.5 5

  5. says:

    Defiance doesn t waste any time at throwing you right into the story Once Commander Chase declares her father dead, Rachel Adams wastes no time in trying to come up with a plan to find him Of course, Logan McEntire Anyone think of Myra McEntire I do doesn t plan to let her leave the safety of Baalboden on her own Defiance is certainly filled with plenty of action, which is something I think a lot of dystopians are, oddly enough, missing Because Defiance is written in dual POVs, we get Defiance doesn t waste any time at throwing you right into the story Once Commander Chase declares her father dead, Rachel Adams wastes no time in trying to come up with a plan to find him Of course, Logan McEntire Anyone think of Myra McEntire I do doesn t plan to let her leave the safety of Baalboden on her own Defiance is certainly filled with plenty of action, which is something I think a lot of dystopians are, oddly enough, missing Because Defiance is written in dual POVs, we get to experience both Rachel and Logan s thoughts and experiences when they re separated While I think Redwine handled the dual POVs very well, when I stopped reading and returned quite a bit later, it was hard to tell whether I was reading from Logan s perspective or Rachel s perspective for a page or two The characters themselves are very easy to love Logan and Rachel are both fighters in their own way, both heroes Rachel is stubborn, sometimes impulsive, and very determined Logan calculates things, makes plans Together, they work perfectly to level each other out But sometimes they just didn t have unique voices in their narratives When it comes to the romance between Rachel and Logan, however, I wasn t really satisfied It felt a bit rushed to me, even though I know it wasn t since Rachel and Logan have known each other since forever, basically The tension between the two of them in the first half of the book is written perfectly but then suddenly I feel like it fizzled out The two of them are still perfect for each other, of course I just feel like there could have beenSpeaking of , the only other issue I had was the world building It s easy to see that the world Rachel and Logan live in is dangerous But I didn t really understand the world itself at all That s always been an issue for me, so maybe it wouldn t bother anyone else.And Commander Chase I spent half of the book wishing I could punch him in the face He s a merciless, power hungry, mysterious leader I can t wait to find out what s really going on with him in the next book Overall With strong characters that also know they need help from one another and action packed chapters with smooth writing, Defianceis a dystopian you don t want to miss out on 4 stars

  6. says:

    It s probably my job to tell you life isn t fair, but I figure you already know that.So instead, I ll tell you that hope is precious, and you re right not to give up Seventeen year old Rachel Adams can t believe it when all the searches are called off, and her father, Jared, is declared dead He is the best tracker courier for the city state of Baalboden Rachel s heart is crushed with grief and despair, but she knows deep down that if anyone can make it in the Wastelands that lie beyondIt s probably my job to tell you life isn t fair, but I figure you already know that.So instead, I ll tell you that hope is precious, and you re right not to give up Seventeen year old Rachel Adams can t believe it when all the searches are called off, and her father, Jared, is declared dead He is the best tracker courier for the city state of Baalboden Rachel s heart is crushed with grief and despair, but she knows deep down that if anyone can make it in the Wastelands that lie beyond the city gates, it s her father She now must attend the reading of his will to find out who will be assigned as her new Protector Rachel has no doubt that Oliver, the trusted family friend and surrogate father, is the one that will be named She is beyond shocked when Logan McEntire, her father s apprentice and the one man she s been avoiding for the last two years, is named as her Protector This is the man she gave her heart to, only to have it handed right back No matter though, because she doesn t plan to stick around long enough for that decision to affect her She starts planning a way to skirt over the protective city Wall and look for her father Nineteen year old Logan is shocked to find out he s been assigned as Protector over Rachel, the daughter of the man he considers his father One who professed her love for him two years ago, but no longer even glances his way Logan feels there s no way he can take on this responsibility, especially when he has so little time to plan and execute a mission to locate Jared Added to all of these problems is the Commander, the cruel and wicked ruler of Baalboden, who is watching every move Logan and Rachel s makes They figure out he doesn t believe Jared is dead either and is suspicious that Logan or Rachel know he s not I loved everything about this story The characters, the pacing, the world, and of course, the romance You will find no insta love or triangle in this story There are just two well rounded and believable main characters This is told is in dual POVs alternating between Rachel and Logan, and I felt the method worked rather well We re able to see the story and how things are felt from both sides, making it easy to connect with both main characters Lack of communication between Rachel and Logan leads to them making bad decisions with major consequences But shock Because this seems to be so different from many YA stories These characters actuallylearn from their mistakes and do not keep repeating them Thankfully, you aren t frustrated throughout the entire novel, having to grit your teeth at every stupid decision Their romance is very sweet, and like I said, no insta love, but instead a slow and satisfying build up Here s a little snippet to tempt youHer lips brush mine, sweet and hesitant, and I open my eyes She s all I can see All I can taste when I breathe in Her body molds itself to mine like she was made for me, and I want her to feel it too To acknowledge it I guess you would call this a steampunk novel set in a post apocalyptic future world There are futuristic gadgets, and yet much of the advanced technology we have available in our world is gone Customs and traditions seem to have reverted back to the past The role of women has taken a big leap back, which left me furious in a few instances Fortunately for Rachel, her father chose to ignore that custom and trained her to be a competent fighter I can t talk about the characters without mentioning the cruel and sinister Commander I cringe at every scene he s in He seems to always have something up his sleeve, and I m wondering if there s something to that There are reasons he s in power, and I hope we ll find outin the next installment There are enough questions and things left undone that I m anxious for the next book Yet, we re not left with the pain and frustration of a cliffhanger, just excited anticipation awaiting the next book This is a brilliant debut from author C.J Redwine I forgot to add, I love this cover and it s so perfectly suited to the story which is nice for a change Thank you to Balzer Bray and Edelweiss for allowing me to read this wonderful storyQuotes taken from uncorrected proof and may change in the final copy You can find this review andat The Readers Den

  7. says:

    Yikes I took almost two weeks to finish this And to think, once upon a time I gave this book 5 stars and endless praise It s amazing how opinions can change within a few years, huh This book was fine The me from 3 years ago remembered it as awesome and heart stopping and jaw dropping and whatnot, but I suppose I was a tad too easily impressed at the time My tastes have since developed and I no longer find much unique about this book You know how I usually say that there are some slower pac Yikes I took almost two weeks to finish this And to think, once upon a time I gave this book 5 stars and endless praise It s amazing how opinions can change within a few years, huh This book was fine The me from 3 years ago remembered it as awesome and heart stopping and jaw dropping and whatnot, but I suppose I was a tad too easily impressed at the time My tastes have since developed and I no longer find much unique about this book You know how I usually say that there are some slower paced, character focused books that could still keep my interest Well for once the opposite has happened This book is the epitome of action packed, but it stull left me yawning and it was very putdownable I still liked it, I just didn t lurve it like I did back then It was justfine.I ll still finish the series, if not only for the sake of finishing it cause I own all 3 books

  8. says:

    Rating 2.5 Stars If I had to describeDefiance in one word, it would be forgettable Like so m any books before it,Defiancehas all the right ingredients to be an incredible novel, from its heart stopping cover to its kick ass heroine to its intriguing plot, but somehow, it just didn t work for me I went into this novel with low expectations, simply because so many trusted reviewers had given this a low rating, and I absolutely have to agree with themDefiance, far from being a defiant Rating 2.5 Stars If I had to describeDefiance in one word, it would be forgettable Like so m any books before it,Defiancehas all the right ingredients to be an incredible novel, from its heart stopping cover to its kick ass heroine to its intriguing plot, but somehow, it just didn t work for me I went into this novel with low expectations, simply because so many trusted reviewers had given this a low rating, and I absolutely have to agree with themDefiance, far from being a defiant cry about the re emerging fantasy genre in YA Fiction, has only made me extremely wary of it For those of you who know me well, you ll know that two things make or break my opinion of a novel its characters and the world building Rachel and Logan, while proving to be intriguing characters from the surface, are truly quite flat First and foremost, it should be known that their dual narration was very poorly written and if it were not for their names appearing before every chapter, I would not be able to tell them apart Both of them lacked any true voice which was quite disappointing Over and above that though, Rachel came across as petulant and whinythan kick ass and Logan, for all his romantic moments, was also controlling and seemed to look down upon Rachel from time to time Yet, whatreallysealed the deal was the fact that I simply wasn t able to care for these two In this novel, both Rachel and Logan go through dire circumstances, experience piercing grief, and come out stronger for it and while I read about all this happening to their character, I didn t reallyfeelany of it and was strangely withdrawn from this novel the entire time I read it Even the romance, which I loved because of its slow build up and interesting twists, was something I didn t care for because it was the love story ofRachel and LoganIf you had inserted two different characters into this equation, I guarantee you that I would have been completely invested in it, especially as the story arc for it was so well done Yet, even beyond the characters, what definesDefianceis its genre fantasy There is one thing, and one thingalone,which defines a novel as fantasy and that is world building Strangely enough though, I still knownothingabout the world ofDefianceI read in another review that this was a futuristic realm where man had dug down so deep that they had awoken a beast, The Cursed One, who terrorized the people in this story, but this book could just as easily have been set in a fantasy realm or on another planet for all I know It was simply very confusing and to add to that, the plot didn t engage me in the least It was fast paced, but I found myself skimming through multiple chapters and I couldn t feel the desperation of these peopleat allIt s a horrible situation for sure, but the villain just made me feel like laughing with his clich d plans and I really couldn t summon up much feeling for this story even though I truly wanted to Overall, this story just lacked alotIt lacked world building, it lacked feeling, it lacked character depth and it now also lacks my stamp of approvalDefianceis a novel I know alotof people will love and it s honestly notthatbad, but if you re someone like me who has read fantasy novels on the levels of Melina Marchetta, Meghan Whalen Turner, Kristin Cashore, and Juliet Marillier, I m afraid that this is going to be one giant bowl of disappointment You can read this review andon my blog, Ivy Book Bindings

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    I can just imagine the conversation that must have taken place with this book So, I ve got this manuscript about a girl who lives in this fantasy setting Fantasies aren t big right now Can you make it dystopian Um, I guess we could just say that the world got destroyed and this is what s leftover Great, let s go with that That fact that it makes no sense will be beside the point Tell me about the main character Her name is Rachel, and her dad is missing so she has to go find him usi I can just imagine the conversation that must have taken place with this book So, I ve got this manuscript about a girl who lives in this fantasy setting Fantasies aren t big right now Can you make it dystopian Um, I guess we could just say that the world got destroyed and this is what s leftover Great, let s go with that That fact that it makes no sense will be beside the point Tell me about the main character Her name is Rachel, and her dad is missing so she has to go find him using the skills he taught her So she s a Strong Female Character Those are very big right now Well, she uses weapons, but technically Good, make sure you stress that she s a Strong Female Character Those are very big right now How do I stress that Just have people talk about her strongness a lot That s all you really need Whatever But Rachel, see, she has to go find her dad, and she gets this boy she has a crush on to help No, they should be in love What No one writes crushes any They should be soul shatteringly in love And there needs to be a love triangle There isn t Can you set up for one in the next book Will you buy my book if I do Yes sigh Okay There s so much in this book that s just so weird The setting makes no sense Just straight up, don t bother trying to reason it out, it makes no sense But it goes beyond that into almost fetishizing misogyny I don t know how else to explain it, but it s something I ve seenandlately The culture of Baalboden is extremely misogynistic, to an absolutely ridiculous degree, and it feels like the only purpose is to delight in heaping all that misogyny flavored angst on Rachel It s there to show off how awesome Rachel is for bucking it, and also to present contrived hardships But it goes beyond that I m making a wild speculation and I want to right now separate the book from the author because writing is a fickle beast and authors can end up saying stuff they don t mean by accident HOWEVER It really does feel like this book has a powerful Big Male Protector kink Even though it sorta says that the treatment of women as property in this culture is wrong, it delights in using those same roles on Rachel and Logan and it stresses Logan s role as being responsible for her and tasked with protecting her from the big bag world And Logan s actions and comments are never criticized He s supposed to be the good guy The overall tone I got from the book is people keep saying this is wrong so I guess I should too, but I kind of get off on this And that made me very uncomfortable.Rachel is also a textbook case of how not to write a Strong Female Character At first, she was just a character, and I sort of liked her She was brash and unruly, a bit juvenile, but that was acceptable given her age I got the impression from her that she was very sheltered, since she was laboring under the impression that she could just shout things and get her way Very teenager I thought her character growth would be her developing beyond this tantrum throwing, but nope, apparently we re supposed to admire her spirit Though I didn t mind Rachel in principle, thepeople went on about how strong and awesome she was, theI hated it She s not strong The fact that she can use weapons is not strong She was thoughtless and prone to throwing fits, she was always either running off to do things without thinking or trailing behind her menfolk, she didn t make any serious plots or plans or contribute to anyone else doing the same, and every now and then she d just sort of fall over and cry for a while Any time she did do anything on her own, it was always a disaster that got her scolded afterwards There s a level at which I don t mind this, but that level is potential to grow up and be strong, not hey, she can stab stuff, let s talk for six pages about how strong and awesome she is The bad guy was also a big gripe for me He was too over the top and quite stupid, especially given the set up Supposedly, he s allowed to repress women right into non person hood and murder and torment people at the drop of a hat and do all these horrible things because he has the power to keep the Cursed One out of their city Erm, no All this supposedly takes places 50 years after modern day, and there s no way our current culture would put up with this We would find out how the Commander does his keep away trick and then either force him to do it or copy it In fact, it turns out his trick is just a necklace that repels the monster Why not just take that from him and then stab the guy in the face Also, all this takes place after modern day, but supposedly no one could defeat the Cursed One because its scales are impervious to arrows and swords Um hello atom bomb They even manage to injure the thing with some mild explosives in this book, but no one thought hey, let s nuke the fuck out of that monster Like I said, this is a fantasy setting that clearly got shoehorned in to dystopia just for the sake of calling it dystopia.It s a shame, because the core plot of this book wasn t bad It was quite engaging, actually The book had the potential to be amazing, but it got held up with poor characters and creepy kink and abysmal logic gaps And the attempts at science downright hurt me If only they d been kept as straight up magic this book is begging to be a fantasy

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    Well, it seems I can still enjoy dystopian after all Now, this statement and my delight may seem a bit odd to those of you who don t know me very well, but I was never a big fan of the sub genre in the first place, and there are only a handful of dystopian titles that I actually loved Tahereh Mafi s Shatter Me trilogy and Ann Aguirre s Razorland are the only two that quickly come to mind I wasthan a little surprised andthan a little thrilled when I was able to add Defiance to Well, it seems I can still enjoy dystopian after all Now, this statement and my delight may seem a bit odd to those of you who don t know me very well, but I was never a big fan of the sub genre in the first place, and there are only a handful of dystopian titles that I actually loved Tahereh Mafi s Shatter Me trilogy and Ann Aguirre s Razorland are the only two that quickly come to mind I wasthan a little surprised andthan a little thrilled when I was able to add Defiance to this very short list The story is equally divided between two points of view, Rachel s and Logan s These characters won me over in a heartbeat Rachel, our heroine, is a strong, independent, stubborn girl in a society in which girls like her shouldn t exist While her peers sat demurely with their mothers or their Protectors and learned embroidery, Rachel was secretly being taught how to survive in the wilderness by her liberal father Logan is her father s apprentice, a brilliant young inventor who was orphaned as a boy when his mother dared walk the streets without her Protector and was whipped to death on the town square As much as Rachel hates living under the Commander s iron fist, Logan hates it evenbecause when he looks at their leader, he sees the man who murdered his mother.When Rachel s father disappears outside the town limits, where there are no guarantees of safety and a huge monster, the Cursed One, preys on the unprotected, Rachel and Logan will have to go against the Commander to bring him back Now that I think about it, the worldbuilding wasn t nearly as complete as I d have liked it to be, but in all honesty, I got so caught up in the action and the romance that I completely failed to notice until much, much later In retrospect, there really should have beenbackground,explanations offered What little there was, however, I liked well enough The romance was multilayered and complicated, just the way I like them, and I was feeling things along with Rachel and Logan from the very first page There were, however, hints of a love triangle in the last part and I fervently hope that C.J Redwine won t take that road and that she ll continue to build the wonderful, honest, warm romance between Rachel and Logan without unnecessary drama I need Logan Not because he could plan our way out of this But because on some basic, soul deep level within me, he is the solid ground beneath my feet The one who will move mountains to keep his promises The one who looks at me and sees. Which brings me to Logan himself, again and let me tell you, he is one amazing guy He s not just Rachel s love interest, he is a hero in his own right I love that he s both a skilled fighter and a brilliant inventor, and that he knows exactly what his goals are and what sacrifices he needs to make to accomplish them My hat s off to you, C.J Redwine I can t wait to see where you ll take them in the next book

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