Author: C. J. Redwine
Blurb: "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." - from goodreads.com
Book Rating: 5
Cover Rating: 4
When the man Rachel loves most in the world, her father, is proclaimed dead after failing to return from a mission, she knows she has to be the one to find him. Only thing, she doesn't know she is not the only one who is planning on finding her beloved father. Enter Logan, her father's apprentice and her newly appointed Protector. But, it's not just the treacherous Wasteland outside the walls of Baalboden they have to be wary of, they have to watch out for the Commander, who is determined to find out what Rachel's father was really up to. Will Logan and Rachel be able to put their past behind them and move on? Let's hope so.
So, my review may be a little biased because the main characters name is Rachel (even though they spelled it wrong ;) ). But honestly, Rachel was an amazing character to follow on her journey to get her father home. Most women in her city are quiet and the men are always in charge. That is definitely not the life for Rachel. She has a kind of 'screw you' attitude toward people who tell her what to do, especially Logan, the boy who broke her heart years ago. It was awesome that for once the swoon worthy boy is actually smart. Logan is an amazing inventor and is just trying to make his way through life. I absolutely loved him! Also Commander Chase, a.k.a the evil character, was perfect. The whole time I just wanted to hit him in the face, with a chair, very hard. I really hated him, which was awesome, seeing that he was the bad guy and all.
This book grabbed me from the very start and never let go. I loved how it had strong charterers. In a way it reminded me a little of Legend by Marie Lu (another great book)! If I had to change something about this book it would be the relationship of Logan and Rachel. It happened supper fast and then the book ended and I was left kind of wondering what just happened.
What I loved
- Rachel was a strong kick a@# girl
- Not only did they fight against the psychopath Commander Chase, but also the Cured Ones (which reminded me of that giant snake thing game)
- The book is written in dual POVs
What I wished were different
- Logan and Rachel's relationship was great when there was a lot of tension (pretty much from Rachel hating him), but once it got more serious I got kind of board.
If you are looking for an amazing story unlike anything you have ever read, pick up a copy of Defiance by C.J Redwine!