Icons (Icons #1) by Margaret Stohl
Your heart beats only with their permission.
Everything changed on The Day. The day the windows shattered. The day the power stopped. The day Dol’s family dropped dead. The day Earth lost a war it didn’t know it was fighting.
Since then, Dol has lived a simple life in the countryside — safe from the shadow of the Icon and its terrifying power. Hiding from the one truth she can’t avoid.
She’s different. She survived. Why?
When Dol and her best friend, Ro, are captured and taken to the Embassy, off the coast of the sprawling metropolis once known as the City of Angels, they find only more questions. While Ro and fellow hostage Tima rage against their captors, Dol finds herself drawn to Lucas, the Ambassador’s privileged son. But the four teens are more alike than they might think, and the timing of their meeting isn’t a coincidence. It’s a conspiracy.
Within the Icon’s reach, Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas discover that their uncontrollable emotions — which they’ve always thought to be their greatest weaknesses — may actually be their greatest strengths.
Bestselling author Margaret Stohl delivers the first book in a heart-pounding series set in a haunting new world where four teens must piece together the mysteries of their pasts — in order to save the future.
Ugh. I don’t have much to say about this book, other than I wasn’t a fan. The premise sounds interesting, but it just wasn’t executed very well, unfortunately.
The story felt incomplete to me. There were numerous plot holes and rooms left unexplained/unelaborated on. I don’t get these alien things. They came to Earth, killed a billion (I think) people, and then what? They just left their ships where they landed and what? Where are the aliens? What are they doing? What was the point of all that? We don’t see or hear from any aliens throughout the entire book. The closest is at the end (which I can’t elaborate on without ruining the story). I just don’t get it. I don’t get the point.
The story failed to pull me in and captivate me. I was semi-interested, mostly just to find out more about the aliens and cure my curiosity and confusion with this aspect of the world building, but this never happened.
Since I wasn’t all that into the story and there were some things that super bugged me, this book is only getting a 2.5 rating from me. I won’t be reading the sequel.
Best Aspect: Uniqueness (if only it would have been executed better…)
Worst Aspect: Holes! (plot and World building)