Defiance (Defiance #1) by C.J. Redwine
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 practice.
When 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 herself.
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.
What you’re in for: Sexism. Protectors. Walled community. Wasteland. Death. Hope. Brutality. Romance. Fighting. Dungeon. Action. Adventure. Fear. Tree People. The Cursed One.
Probably my only complaint with this book was the fact that I wasn’t able to really feel like I was there in the story. I was just going through the motions. I was able to get into the story, but not so much that I felt like I was there watching it all go down. Does that make sense?
Everything was done well in this book. The world building is thorough and easy to follow. The story is very good, captivating, full of action and adventure, makes you really feel for the characters, and it’s uniquely crafted. The characters are well developed and have distinct voices. It’s easy to connect with and sympathize with the characters, and you definitely root them on. The characters are mature and independent, yet don’t disregard the importance of adults like some YA books do.
Rachel is badass, loyal, strong, and imperfect. While most other women and girls succumb to the way this society wants them to be, Rachel stands apart from the rest with her fierceness and her strong will. She is not the kind of girl to just lay down take it. She’s the kind of girl that fights back.
Logan is badass, kind, protective, loyal, and techy. He fights back too. He’s not about to let the system dictate his life or Rachel’s.
There’s really nothing else I can complain about in this book. The only thing I didn’t really understand I’m sure will be explained later in the series. If not, I’ll complain about it then (I can’t really say anything about it at this point without possibly ruining it for you). But I’m not super excited about it either. That’s why it’s a 4.5 instead of a 5. I really liked it, but I don’t feel the need to rave and gush about it.
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