Author: C.J. Redwine
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Defiance Book #1
Genre: Young Adult/Dystopian
Review Copy Source: Edelweiss
Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, 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 boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but 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.
When Rachel's father Adam is declared dead she is pretty much given to Logan as his to protect. Rachel and Logan have a hate hate relationship since she declared her love for him and he turned her down. Rachel is very bitter towards him and it makes for some very childish and frustrating moments. Rachel refuses to believe her father is dead and starts doing extremely stupid and dangerous things to escape Logan and the city to go find him.
I thought I would really enjoy Defiance but instead I found myself incredibly bored. Rachel annoyed me to no end with her attitude and total lack of caring for what could happen to others from her stupid stunts. There were many times as I was reading that I found that my eyes where skipping over multiple lines on the page just to get through the situation that was happening at the time. The world that the characters live in isn't built very well. I had no clue when the book took place, I didnt really get the rules and I honestly disliked most of the characters that made up the book. I felt like I was reading the same thing over and over and over again and waiting for it to move on already. She loves him, she hates him, he loves her, he hates her, they are leaving, they cant leave yet.....
After forcing myself to finish the book without skipping to many paragraphs I was left ecstatic that it was finally over and I could go on to something else. DEFIANCE definitely was not for me and I have no want to know what could possibly happen to the characters in the future.
I gave it 2/5 stars and that is only because I did in fact get through it.