Defiance by C.J. Redwine (synopsis from goodreads): 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.
Mix Dystopian with Fantasy and a little Steampunk
One thing, I love in literature is a mix of genres, since this often leads to a unique exhilarating storyline. In Defiance, I found a rather great mix and even more, something I didn’t expect! The world Rachel and Logan live in can be seen as a Dystopian version, however exactly when and where the story takes place is not revealed. Personally, this is something that never bothered me. I can get lost in a story without having an idea where and when I am! To this dystopian ground concept add a little bit of fantasy and steampunk – although this is probably a wrong definition, so don’t hold me on this!
Rachel’s and Logan’s POV in an effortless mix of storytelling
Recently, we find more and more shared POV stories in YA literature and there is definitely a great value to this. Firs, you can connect in a deeper way to both main characters, second you never feel left out and we find ourselves rarely confused with story loops. Defiance comes with Rachel and Logan and I truly believe this story needed both POV dearly. It was easy to fall in love both with strong, stubborn determined Rachel as well as charismatic, smart and deeply loyal Logan.
Kick Ass heroine? Kick Ass Hero? We get both!
One of the most alluring aspects of Defiance is the kick-assery of both protagonists! Neither Rachel, nor Logan would ever be considered as a victim or as weak! Loving both was easy and instant. However, both have the fair share of flaws, but together they match perfectly and equal they flaws are even stronger and more awesome!
The Romance, The Love and The Butterflies
Knowing me, you know that I am a big sucker for love and romance. I don’t need much but I need a little! I can happily report that the romance in Defiance is sweet, adorable and strong! There is not an instant love connection here, but they do see very soon how perfect they are for each other and I loved to follow their thoughts when they both realize how important and necessary the other part became for their survivor… Did I get the Butterflies, yes I did! Not epically with sunshine and angels music but enough to satisfy the romantic heart!
Since this story is told from both POV’s Defiance definitely counts for the All Male Challenge we are hosting right now! C.J Redwine has a Pinterest board for the Defiance Trilogy! You truly should check this out, there are some amazing pictures! Just a little Teaser how she envisions Rachel and Logan (Chris Pine!)
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Love this picture so much!!!! That’s absolutely the perfect Rachel and the perfect swoon worthy Logan!!! Check our her board from more inspiration! I so love when authors have a pinterest board for their books!!!