Top positive review
Great Atmosphere, Story and Characters. Also Family Friendly
on 7 January 2015
This book has the brilliant atmosphere and creativity of series such as Animorphs, though Defiance Rising also covers adult fiction ground with some darker aspects of the supernatural powers and the post apocalyptic setting. Many characters have lost people close to them and no one has gone untouched.
What is great about this is that it is realistic for a post apocalyptic time. People are cowering and struggling to survive and, sometimes, people are left out on their own.
There is a strong romance theme throughout. The protagonist, Illyria is pulled between two characters - Eamon and Bastien - and her decision between the two comes down to more than just what she wants. While the element of struggle and sacrifice in the text is realistic for the environment, I didn't feel that her final choice was properly explained.
The reasoning was delivered offhand and without proper urgency. The "what happens if she doesn't go with that person" part was unclear. It was also unclear what the benefits were. In addition, I felt that many parts of the action after she made the decision backed up her making the opposite choice so once again this flimsy reasoning was suspect. I can see from the author's FAQ on her website that she was thinking about rewriting/tweaking this book so this is something I feel I should point out as it leaves the reader confused and annoyed at the almost irrational choice that was made.
However, this is the only thing holding my rating back. The story is great and typos/grammar errors are few and far between. Aliens have taken over earth and are like us, but different (again, much like Animorphs). The human resistance has the odds stacked against them and loses people because of this. The romance is strong and vibrant but doesn't go beyond heavy kissing/light upper body petting so is safe for younger audiences.
Defiance Rising is a satisfactory length, has an ending that keeps me wanting to read the next book in the series and has main characters which have faults but are still wonderful at what they do, in their own way. I would highly recommend this book to lovers of post apoc. fic. and would suggest an age range of 12-30. For an indie book, this is well up there with the trad. pub. novels.