Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Page Count: 403 pages
Series: Defiance #1
Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city's brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls 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 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 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.
Epic... this book is EPIC!
The first few chapters were pretty slow, but after we hit that part about Rachel looking for her father, it hits the ground running. I was sucked into this story immediately and it hurts when I put it down. I couldn't torture myself from not reading this book.
The main heroine Rachel Adams is what we (the readers) need nowadays. Just reading the synopsis, I knew that the main protagonist would be fierce and a total bad-ass.
About maybe 10 pages in we are introduced to Logan, the love interest. The best thing about Rachel and Logan's relationship is that they both think its forbidden and all that nonsense, but they clearly see they both have feelings for them. The thing I loved most about Logan was that he is undeniably loyal! He's strong yet very smart.
And then we come to the Commander, who is seriously pisses me off. He makes me so frustrated. He's clever and really tortures Rachel and Logan. (view spoiler) Even after all his crap, he's still an awesome antagonist.
BOOK TWO, PLEASE COME SOONER!! I need it now. Please go read this its flipping awesome! It's totally worth it. Action packed, full of romance, and a page tuner... I present you... Defiance.