[Review] Defiance by C.J. Redwine

(The Courier’s Daughter #1)
Author: C.J. Redwine
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: August 28th, 2012
Pages: 403 (Paperback)
Genre: YA – Dystopia, (slight) Fantasy, Post-apocalyptic

Rachel Adams has a secret. While the other girls in Baalboden 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 city’s brutal 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 find him herself. But what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

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 daughter. Logan is determined to protect her but soon 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.

Cover impression:

It does look gorgeous and I’m a sucker for gorgeous covers – that what made me buy this book in the first place. I guess we all judge a book by its cover at some point, don’t we? 😉


When every girl in Baalboden needs a male Protector and doesn’t know how to fight, Rachel has been taught by her father how to use weapons, how to defend herself and how to survive in the wilds. Needless to say, she’s a very kickass and headstrong heroine. Throughout the book she faces a lot of terrible things and that makes her break down and lose control sometimes. I think it makes her character more real, but to be honest I found it a bit…scary…when she goes outrageous. Logan is unlike any male character I’ve ever encountered in YA books so far. He’s an inventor which means he’s a super smart and a tech-head, not those typical hot bad boys. Despite his geeky side, he’s also a tactician and strong fighter. He thinks before he acts and he always tries to keep his promises, no matter how bad the condition he gets stuck in. (Off Topic: I don’t how anyone picture Logan, but I kept getting a younger Chris Pine while I was reading this!)

However, things don’t always go as planned and C.J. Redwine is definitely not afraid to add twists and turns in the story. The pacing is a bit slow for my taste but I had no trouble enjoying this book because there are no dull/filler moments and I loved reading about Logan and Rachel’s journey. Defiance and its characters are so well-written that I didn’t want to stop and I stayed until midnight to read this book. The romance is really good too and more importantly, it doesn’t take over the main plot. Some people might consider it as insta-love but to me, it’s definitely not cause Rachel and Logan technically have known each other since they were kids.

Defiance switches POV between Rachel and Logan. Worst case scenario (lol, Logan’s style! xD) is the voices get meshed up together and you have no idea who is who. Although you can tell the narrator by the name written on the chapter beginnings, I didn’t need them to identify the narrator because Rachel and Logan have distinct voices. Logan is the more calculating and analytical one in my opinion. Rachel’s emotion is also written fantastically and speaking of the writing, I think C.J. Redwine has done a great job! It wasn’t hard for me to picture the actions and the setting.

Although I had no trouble imagining the setting, I did get confused a few times and I felt the worldbuilding was not solid enough. I mean, this book has dystopian elements (Baalboden is surrounded by Wall which separates the city from the Wasteland; the leader of the city is a very evil and dictating; rebellion is mentioned a couple of times) but it also contains post-apocalyptic survival and there’s a hint of fantasy (dragon-like creature called the Cursed One which lurks in the Wasteland). And this book seems to be in a medieval era but it has technology at the same time. However, the worldbuilding is actually very unique and interesting. Too bad there’s a lack of explanation or backstory in this book. Then again, worldbuilding usually doesn’t bother me. Maybe we’ll get more in book two Deception?

This is probably one of the longest reviews I’ve ever written so far. Defiance is truly a fantastic read with its genre blending, strong main characters and plenty of actions including twists and turns. I gotta say that I’m so glad to judge a book by its cover this time! If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have read this lol xD


4.5 Cakes!

6 thoughts on “[Review] Defiance by C.J. Redwine”

  1. I read Defiance last year when it came out and I felt like it was okay.. Logan was great but I guess I wasn’t as into it as you are. But great review all the same! Deception is coming out in August, right?

    P. S. Ooh.. pretty background 🙂

    -Ariella @ Secrets of Lost Words

    1. I liked how Logan isn’t the same old same old YA hot bad boys. I can’t wait for Deception and yeah, I guess you get to read it first haha. If it’s August in the US, I can’t imagine when it will come out in Indonesia…

  2. I have this but haven’t read it yet! I like that the love isn’t the main plot and that the two characters both have distinct voices, it’s hard for characters to be realistic if they practically have the same voice. It looks really good, if in a weird setting, looking forward to reading it. 🙂

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