Publication Date: September 1, 2012 by Baltzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
[Special thanks to Fully Booked for the review copy!]
Rachel Adams has a secret. While the other girls in Baalboden sew dresses 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 city’s brutal 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 one who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but a fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to find him herself. But what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.
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 daughter. Logan is determined to protect her but soon 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.
It’s been a long time since I last read a book like this. I’ve been reading a lot of contemps lately and I missed reading dystopian fiction. I’m glad I got the chance to read Defiance. There were no regrets.
First, the title. The moment I saw the title, one word struck me.
Tris doesn’t want to be controlled. She defies the rules of the society that she’s in. I felt (not just saw, but felt) Rachel’s connection with Tris. They’re both brave and smart. They would do anything for the people they love. Even their flaws are similar. They tend to be reckless at times. They find it very difficult to just sit there and say yes to everything the authority presents for the sake of peace. Even their love interests have trouble in taming them sometimes.
It’s as if they were versions of the same person put into two separate worlds. I love them both.
Defiance reminded me of Under the Never Sky, too. There’s this enclosed city where you’re safe from what’s beyond the walls. Break a rule, and you’re out. You’ll need to survive the outside, where something deadly awaits you. Under the Never Sky is very special to me, and the things that it shared with Defiance made this new book worth more than I expected.
Another book that crossed my mind while reading Defiance is Matched. The Claiming Ceremony is similar to the Matching Ceremony. Matched also took place in an enclosed area, a perfect world where no one is supposed to worry about anything. The circumstances are harder in Defiance, for the people of Baalboden just chose what they thought of as the lesser evil. They would rather be puppets to a dictator than turn to ashes after being burned alive by the Cursed One.
The spirit of a Divergent + The survival skills one needs Under the Never Sky + The inconvenience of being Matched with somebody you don’t love even just for a short time = Four hundred pages of Defiance
THE DEFIANCE TRILOGY QUOTE ROUNDUP WILL BE POSTED SOON.
Initial Rating: 4.875/5
Final Rating: 6/5
Defy or be defined.