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Defiance: Number 1 in series (Courier's Daughter Trilogy)

Defiance: Number 1 in series (Courier's Daughter Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

C.J. Redwine
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The start of a fantastic and fast-paced new coming-of-age fantasy series

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Rachel's world is confined to the protective walls around her city. Beyond them are violent wanderers, extreme terrain, and a danger straight out of legend: a beast called the Cursed One that devastates everything in its path.

When Rachel's father goes missing, she is desperate to search for him. But her attempts to flee the city bring her to the attention of its overbearing ruler. His efforts to control her make the world within the walls seem as dangerous as that outside.

Her only chance at escape is Logan. Once her father's apprentice, and now her only protector, he feels that helping her might mean losing her completely. But if he can put his feelings aside, they might be able to save more than Rachel's father. They might be able to break down the walls, and set their people free.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 487 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Atom (6 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008H33U7M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #103,985 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy meets dystopian in this teen epic. 21 Aug 2012
By Kate Phillips TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I feel it is only fair to warn you all that this review is going to be extremely gushy. Before reading this I had a lot of expectations which normally leads to me being disappointed, well not this time because this book blew me away. I utterly adored it. Defiance is one of those books that just seem to get everything right. I loved the plot, the characters and the writing. Redwine took a risk mixing dystopian with fantasy but it worked extremely well, and she managed to take the best of both genres and mould it into something new.

Another thing I loved about this book, and what made it stand out from the rest of the pack was its ability to constantly surprise me. I don't mean that it was a mystery novel that did its best to keep its truths hidden, what I mean is that the characters would do the unexpected when challenged instead of traveling down the well-used, and overly dramatic YA route that we are all used to seeing. It made such a pleasant change and managed to keep me on my toes.

I really have to applaud Redwine for managing to write in a beautifully descriptive way whilst keeping the excitement of the action scenes. It was extremely well done. I love to see beautiful writing in YA and there are beautiful moments in this book. Redwine also proves that she is not scared to take her writing to some dark places. There are moments of brutality, violence and death. Also The Commander is probably one of the most shockingly brutal and menacing villains I have seen in YA fiction.

The Commander is not the only character that stands out. Rachel is a great female lead. She is tough, head strong and smart without being arrogant. Other characters like Oliver and Melkin are also worth mentioning but it is Logan who really stands out. I really liked this guy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully unique flavour combination 9 Sep 2012
Caroline for Big Book Little Book
Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Like the thick stone and steel walls which surround the city of Baalboden, the archaic rules of the society are as restrictive to the people as they are protective.

Under the guise of Protection women are brought up to be dependent on the males in their life and obedient to them. Designated to the care and responsibility of a Protector, usually their father and later, a husband, women have no autonomy. Instead all decisions, from where a woman can go to whom she can marry, are made for her.

Every movement is chaperoned and traceable and the punishments for non-compliance are extreme; the last woman caught visiting the market without her protector accompanying her, was subjected to capital punishment.

While her peers were playing house Rachel, a motherless only child, was training with knives, swords and a bow. When her cohort's educations focused on their future role as wives and mothers, Rachel was encouraged to think for herself.

Impulsive, often to the detriment of those associated with her and despite the potential repercussions, Rachel has no qualms about dropping everything, scaling the wall that encloses the city and searching for her missing father Jared.

As the only other person with the conviction that Jared still lives, Logan should be a natural ally in the search for Rachel's missing parent. But an animosity exists between them, born out of hurt pride, humiliation and awkwardness.

While Rachel is impetuous, Logan is a deep analytical thinker, considering the best and worst case scenarios for every plan of action.
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When I first came across Defiance a few years ago I knew it would be right up my alley. I had just starting reading, and obsession over, dystopian books so it really was a no brainer whether or not I was going to read this book. However, for whatever reason, I put it off for a long time. When I first heard that a friend was going to be doing a read-a-thon, and that this was one of the books I knew I was going to take part, if not only to finally get around to reading it. I wish I could say it was worth the wait, but for whatever reason me and book just did not get along.

It had everything I normal love in a dystipian book. The city controlled by a viscous dictator, people thinking for their self and not swallowing everything they were told, a sense of community and family. So why did I not become hooked like I normally do?. I love multiply POV in books, when done right of course. But the whole point of different point of views is because the people have different personalities and different things they can bring to the book, right? Well sadly I didn't get that from this one. It felt like Rachel and Logan not only had the same sort of thoughts but as they were on the same path and both had the same goals, I didn't feel like different POV was really needed in this book

The characters in this book just didn't grip me either. I didn't really anything towards Rachel. I liked Logan, but I think my biggest grievance was with the Commander. I know he was suppose to be horrible, stop at nothing to get what he wants no matter who he has to kill to get there person. But I'll be honest with you, at times it felt like the author had tried too hard to make him do awful things, that in the end he just came across as ridiculous and annoying to me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointment!
this book has alot of promise but it just didnt live up to my expectations sadly!
The problems in this book! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alice
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED this book!
I LOVED this book! Fast paced, brimming with action, a strong, feisty female protagonist and a dragon that puts all the dragons that came before to shame. What’s not to love? Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sue Holmes
4.0 out of 5 stars A heart-pounding read!
I'm not really sure where to start with Defiance because it's been a few weeks since I read it and I'm still a bit shocked by how much it surprised me. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Book Passion for Life
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing
Jared Adams, father of Rachel Adams, left on a Couriers mission. He didn't return, and the Commander, leader of Baalboden, gave him the limited duration of 60 days to return,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Naomi
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This book is brilliant I love the journey of Rachel and Logan. I couldn't put the book down. As soon as I finished it I went right on to the 2nd book Deception!. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Defiance & Deception!
5.0 out of 5 stars Gutted when the book ended
I loved this book. The story and characters were well written. The book never tired, it was a real page turner, I had it read in a weekend and wanted more. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. R. Fitzgerald
5.0 out of 5 stars Defying fabulous!
I really enjoyed this. I am slightly apprehensive when ordering a book with a strong lead lead female as although the plot can be sound, the character herself can be bland and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Cavetti
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique exciting storyline
Defiance by C.J. Redwine is a (I think post-apocalyptic) novel that follows Rachel Adams on her quest to find her 'declared dead' father before the Commander does. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Smithjamest
3.0 out of 5 stars Defiance by C.J.Redwine
Ok story with a few twists. Found it hard to get into the story, if you like a story with girl power this is for you but I wouldn't overly recommend.
Published 18 months ago by SAT 18
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive debut YA fantasy novel
I had been lusting after Defiance for some time before its publication, not only because of the beautiful cover (Strong heroines for the win! Read more
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