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Icons [Paperback]

Margaret Stohl
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8 April 2014 Icons

The first book in a breathtaking new series from Beautiful Creatures co-author Margaret Stohl

Your heart beats only with their permission.

Everything changed on The Day. The day the windows shattered. The day the power stopped. The day Dol's family dropped dead. The day Earth lost a war it didn't know it was fighting.

Since then, Dol has lived a simple life in the countryside – safe from the shadow of the Icon and its terrifying power. Hiding from the one truth she can't avoid.

She's different. She survived. Why?

When Dol and her best friend, Ro, are captured and taken to the Embassy, off the coast of the sprawling metropolis once known as the City of Angels, they find only more questions. While Ro and fellow hostage Tima rage against their captors, Dol finds herself drawn to Lucas, the Ambassador's privileged son. But the four teens are more alike than they might think, and the timing of their meeting isn't a coincidence. It's a conspiracy.

Within the Icon's reach, Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas discover that their uncontrollable emotions – which they've always thought to be their greatest weaknesses – may actually be their greatest strengths.

Bestselling author Margaret Stohl delivers the first book in a heart-pounding series set in a haunting new world where four teens must piece together the mysteries of their pasts – in order to save the future.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (8 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316205192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316205191
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,009,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Margaret Stohl is a lifelong science fiction fan, former video game designer, and co-author of the New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures series. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her family.

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‘Epic in scale and exquisite in detail – a haunting, futuristic fable of loss and love’ Ally Condie, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Matched Trilogy

‘Fans of Stohl's Beautiful Creatures series will find many of the same elements here – paranormal romance, a fast pace, and intriguing characters – but within a distinctly science-fiction setting. The strong messages of questioning authority, daring to resist injustice, and loyalty to one's group will resonate with teens who loved The Hunger Games’ Booklist

‘I love this book. It's raw and riveting, a scorched-Earth future vision that feels frighteningly real. It's full of passion and deep truths and the kind of power that people only find when they're driven far, far past their limits’ Lev Grossman, New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Margaret Stohl is a lifelong science fiction fan, former video game designer, and co-author of the New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures series. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her family.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Icons book 1 13 July 2013
By Kate Phillips TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Icons is a quick, enjoyable read that kept me very entertained but didn't blow me away.

Alien invasion novels are the new big thing in YA literature and Icons has stepped up to join the others that have already been released this year. In Icons we do not get to meet the aliens that have taken over and I felt like the otherworldly aspect was really played down which will work for some readers but not for others. I didn't really mind but I felt like the end of the world could have come from anything and I would have liked to have seen a little more input from the little green men.

Icon is a good dystopian but it stays within the popular parameters of the Genre. There is a corrupt government, a rebellion, a love triangle and teenagers that are the answers to the end of the world. In short it did nothing that we haven't seen before.

The storyline itself is good and does throw up a few small surprises. It was interesting and well put together and I was entertained all the way through it. The writing was also good and Stohl's world building was strong and creative.

The characters were decent enough but I didn't really fall in love with any of them. Dol was a bit boring and sappy. Ro and Lucus were a little too similar in personality to Gale and Peta from The Hunger Games. The most interesting one was Tima, she had some depth to her.

The love triangle didn't really work for me either. I couldn't really understand how Dol went from loving one guy to practically forgetting him and then going off with the other one so easily. The one she leaves feels betrayed and I honest cannot blame him.

Icons is a good dystopian YA, it didn't blow my mind but I enjoyed it and will read the next one in the series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Let down by serious pacing issues 21 May 2013
Icons fell into the same category for me as Beautiful Creatures.

"Difficult to pick up but hard to put down"

While a compelling read, it was a slog to get through. I hate to say that because overall it had many strengths but the undeniable fact is that more than once I felt like I was pushing the backside of a woolly mammoth through a tar pit and going *nowhere*. There have been plenty of books about vampires, angels, and androids in YA fiction over the years and 2013 is the year of the Aliens.

Icons is the story of Dol, a young girl living in the Californian countryside, away from the watchful eye of the Sympa troops who enforce the rule of the Lords, aliens who arrived on "The Day", when Icons were dropped onto thirteen major cities around the world, killing millions and enslaving the rest, emitting an immense power charge that ensures no human can get close enough to destroy it and take back control of their planet. No human except Dol and her friends...

The most interesting aspect of Icons for me was the four Icon children themselves, Dol, Ro, Tima and Lucas who are all brought together seemingly by coincidence until they discover there is something insidious lurking underneath their connection. Each of the Icon children have a special power, Dol can sense emotion and connect with a person's memories, Ro has uncontrollable rage which at times is difficult to consider a power but it does come in useful when it needs to be incited in others to get things done. Lucas is the Tom Cruise of the group with bucket loads of charisma and can charm others into doing what he wants. Tima is capable of turning a person's fears against them and weeding out their weak spot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic With Lovely Writing 26 Sep 2013
Icons took me much longer to read than I expected it too - not because it was a bad book, but because it was quite full on and a heavy read. The amount of detail and information in Icons is pretty overwhelming, but also fascinating and interesting at the same time. Right from the beginning of this book you are dropped into this post-apocalyptic world where Aliens - known as Icons - have taken over the earth and are ruling. The world itself is amazing and very descriptive, however I did find myself lost and very confused at quite a few times intervals throughout the book. It seemed as if Margaret Stohl had just wanted to cram as much information and details into the first book, when really I thought it would have been a bit better if she'd toned it down a little. However, this did not detract from the fact that this book was a wonderful read.

Dol is our main protagonist and lost her parents on The Day when she was just a baby. I loved Dol's character, she was fantastic - but she was also; strong, loyal and well grounded - everything I love in a protagonist. I'm always on the lookout for awesome characters that I'd love to be friends with, and Dol definitely fits into that category. Dol definitely knew how to stand up for herself and say what she means, which I found really admirable. I can't wait to see if she progresses into an even better character in the next book.

Ro is Dol's best friend, they grew up together and have a special bond that is incredibly hard to describe. Their friendship was amazing to read about, and I loved reading the scenes where it was just the two of them together. Their friendship was so raw and deep and they have a wonderful connection.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get anywhere with this book, even had to ...
Couldn't get anywhere with this book, even had to go back and check what it was all about when asked how many stars.
Published 1 month ago by JansManor
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but not Spectacular
I wasn't completely sold on the style with this one, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Aliens usually aren't my thing, but the alien presence in this book didn't put me off. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Corazie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great idea
Not sure what age this is aimed for - it seemed more like a young adult read but I enjoyed it anyway (mature reader!). Read more
Published 13 months ago by Karenisu
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal.
I had first expected it to be a run-of-the-mill dystopian society, but it was written by Margaret Stohl, whose writing I love, so I was always going to read it regardless. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Saruuh Kelsey
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing
I was expecting great things after the Beautiful Creatures books, but found this somewhat lacking, it really didn't hold my interest although the concept itself was a great idea... Read more
Published 15 months ago by The Shopping Angel
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I loved the Beautiful Creatures series so when this came out I couldn't wait to read it. Unfortunately I couldn't finish it and had to keep starting up to read it again and still... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lizzie
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and absorbing
I found Icons to be an interesting and absorbing read; I couldn't put the book down for me than a second until I had finished. Read more
Published 15 months ago by L. Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, looking forward to more
Dol lives in the countryside with Ro and some other survivors. Survivors from when the Lords landed and the Icons dropped - no one has seen the Lords or know why they're here, no... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Thoughts Of A Scot Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing and Bizarre.
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction/Blue Door, Voyager and Netgalley. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Sarah
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