Sunday, 23 December 2012
book needed to go into more detail about how the cities, their commanders and the Cursed One came about.
Rachel is an interesting character - she's really headstrong and independent yet when it comes to Logan she's like putty. I enjoyed these two different sides but I did find it a little unrealistic... Logan is her father's apprentice and very technologically orientated though he can use his knives when he wants to! They both hate the Commander and refuse to believe Jared, Rachel's dad is dead. Half the book follows Logan and Rachel attempting to find a way out of the city in order to resume the search for Jared. The actual search and the showdown with the Commander is a little brief and rushed for my liking and this detracts from the book's otherwise detailed plot. There are various other characters in the book like Oliver who all contribute to the plot by reinforcing Rachel's hatred of the Commander and giving an incentive for the book to keep going - rather than Rachel and Logan just finding Jared and running instead they begin to realise that this is bigger than just them and they must do all they can to bring down the Commander.
Defiance is going to be a trilogy and I think it will be one worth reading - Defiance reminds me a little of the Inkheart trilogy. It is printed by Atom an imprint of Little Brown and you can get it from Amazon for £4.54. It is a good buy if you're looking for a YA novel with a little more to it! For me Defiance would get a 4 out of 5 as I would have liked more work on the setting but don't listen to some of the negative reviews is got... I really really don't agree with them!
Buy! Buy! Buy!