Summary from Goodreads:
While the other girls in the walled city-state of Baalboden learn to sew and dance, Rachel Adams learns to track and hunt. While they bend like reeds to the will of their male Protectors, she uses hers for sparring practice.
When Rachel’s father 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 boy she declared her love to and who turned her down two years before. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself.
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.
I enjoyed Defiance but I didn’t love it. I hate to say that because I was really looking forward to it but there were just some things that didn’t quite sit right with me.
One of those things was world-building. For the most part, Redwine did a great job of building a world I could mentally immerse myself in but the lack of continuity was a little bothersome. For example, the culture was very misogynistic and women and men seemed to dress like they lived in centuries past (maybe 17th-18th?) but then they would have technology that super-ceded our modern technology. I know this is supposed to be a dystopian novel but I find it hard to believe that technology would evolve and dress/customs would devolve that much.
Another issue I had was with the characters. I liked Rachel and Logan at times but at other times I found them both to be disappointing. At first, I thought Logan was your typical quiet and kind boy-next-door. However, as the novel progressed I could tell he cared about Rachel but he would make little digs at her that just unsettled me. And as for Rachel, she seemed to almost have a Katniss-vibe going on but then she would become such a shell of herself, it was difficult to swallow. I understand she went through a lot of personal tragedy but the amount of self-pity she experienced didn’t mesh with her former heroine-extraordinaire persona.
Other than those few things I did enjoy the overall plot of the story and found it to be really interesting, combing dystopian and paranormal elements. I will definitely read the next book in the series and would still recommend this book. I just didn’t find it as rave-worthy as a lot of other readers.