The end is nigh for the adventurous DEFIANCE trilogy by C.J. Redwine and before you round out your collection with a copy of Deliverance. C. J. Redwine is an American writer of science fiction and fantasy, mainly for young adults. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the Defiance Trilogy. Defiance (Defiance, book 1) by C J Redwine – book cover, description, publication history.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Defiance by C. Defiance Defiance 1 by C. 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 Defiance by C. 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: 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.

Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Defianceplease sign up. Rebecca The romance, while not graphic, I feel is still somewhat sensual, and unhealthy. The boy and girl are always putting eachother down. Most of the …more The romance, while not graphic, I feel is still somewhat sensual, and unhealthy. Most of the characters are also, pretty perverted. There are instances of blood jetting out of throats and people getting trample and eaten by a monster.

This books is not something I would like my younger sibling reading. I actually stopped reading this book, myself because I couldn’t take the violence. Is the second book as good as the first? I’m nearly done with it but don’t want it to end! See all 6 questions about Defiance….

Defiance (Defiance, #1) by C.J. Redwine

Lists with This Book. Apr 09, Blythe rated it did not like it Shelves: Honestly, I am shocked by the large number of glowing reviews Defiance has gotten thus far. Once again, it looks like I’m the black sheep, here to reign my terror on fangirls and fanboys all over Goodreads, and give my honest opinion on what I thought of the overrated mess known as Defiance.

In the city of Baalboden, Jared Adams is declared dead by the ruthless Commander, and Jared’s daughter, Rachel, friend, Oliver, and apprentice, Logan, are gathered to the hearing of his will. In Jared’s will Honestly, I am shocked by the large number of glowing reviews Defiance has gotten thus far.

In Jared’s will, he left Logan to be Rachel’s Protector, acting as a bodyguard for Rachel and never letting her out of his sight. However, Rachel and Logan don’t believe that Jared is actually dead, and escape the walls of Baalboden to look for him.


I really don’t know where to start in this review. I might as well say that the plot itself was decent for the most part, when it wasn’t taken over by sappy, melodramatic drivel.

I told you this wasn’t going to be a happy review! But honestly, it’s hard for me to enjoy a fantasy novel to begin with, and if the world building in that fantasy novel is not up to par to what I think it should be, then I most certainly won’t enjoy the book very much. And in Defiance ‘s case, the world-building is almost nonexistent. In fact, the world building is so poor, we’re never actually given a time period in which this book takes place. And, if I were to take a guess as to which time period Defiance takes place – you know what, actually, I wouldn’t be able to take a guess.

The actions and misogyny in Defiance clearly hint towards an early time period, but the dialogue between characters, and even the character’s names, certainly do not. And speaking of Logan and Rachel Let’s just start with Rachel, and get her over with.

Needless to say, this change in character was not a very good one. Right in chapter one, we’re provided with very clear indications that Rachel has a strong hatred towards Logan, ever since she confessed her love hmph to him two years ago, and he rejected her. Then, after Logan was appointed as her Protector, basically made her move out of the comfort of her own house and into the discomfort of his, and just was an all around asshole towards her but more on that soon.

And while Rachel at times is a strong and self-reliant character, the sappy mess of a romance between her and Logan take over, and almost all of my respect for her as a badass killing machine is gone, just like that. Then there’s the love interest, Logan. Let me say it right now: I hated this boy with a burning passion. He was a controlling, inconsiderate and at times abusive asshole. But, so you can see some of the reasons while I wanted to desperately to strangle Logan, here are some of the things he’s said to Rachel, done to Rachel, and thought about Rachel, throughout Defiance or at least throughout the first half, because after that point I just didn’t care anymore and started skimming.

This was the first red flag this book gave me that I wouldn’t end up liking Logan. He said he’s going to lock her in his freaking attic for “as long as it takes”, for goodness’ sake! You’re lucky I’m not wringing your neck.

This book was lucky I was reading it on my Kindle, because if I had a paperback copy, that would have been the point where I would have, a thrown it out the nearest window and into the street, hopefully to get run over by a car or two; b shred to a million tiny little pieces and use it for litter in a gerbil cage; c ripped it to shreds by hand, and release those shreds into the wind in a My Sister’s Keeper fashion Damn you, Kindle!

Damn you for getting in my way of fury! Okay, there’s still more examples I have to show of why I hated Logan and why you should, too. Not that she doesn’t deserve some of it. I don’t think I need to explain my feelings of this statement, and how wrong it is, do I?


I’m not done with reasons why I hated Logan, but seriously, read the above things he’s said to Rachel, done to Rachel, and thought about Rachel. This is the love interest we’re supposed to swoon over.

This is the love interest that many readers love, and have swooned over. This is the love interest that is praised by readers.

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Or – and this is just another possibility – maybe you could be less of a condescending asshole and try say and what she clearly didn’t understand in a different light, and not ridicule her for not understanding you.

We have nothing more rewdine discuss. You can’t act this and then declare your love for her moments afterward. Rfdwine, scratch that – you can’t act like this at all. Hopefully now you understand the basis behind my extreme hatred towards Logan, because he refiance is an awful character, and an even more awful love interest. And the sad part is, Rachel eats all of this up. He commands her, she does what he says.

He abuses her both physically and verbally, she takes it.

He’s a complete and total asshole to her, and yet she “can’t bear to live without him. Gag me with a rusty spoon.

And maybe, somewhere, there’s a mediocre plot behind my blinding hatred for Logan and the melodramatic everything that takes over Defiance. Clearly there’s defianve redeemable about Defiancegiven all defiancee glowing reviews for it. I, unfortunately, did not happen to find that. View all comments. Dec 21, Emily May rated it it was ok Shelves: If this book was written years ago and I had read it then, maybe I would have liked it.

Back before the formula it uses was used in every single dystopian novel.

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Back when I was less likely to see the huge gaping holes in it. I judge a book on the entire story and effect, but also look at individual things – characters, writing, world-building and plot. And I must say that defianve book doesn’t do anything that well. Let’s look at the characters. There are two POVs, Rachel and Rredwine, a fact that these days immediately gives away the romance that is sure to come.

But whatever, that isn’t important.

More damning is the fact that these POVs seem identical – if their names were not at the start of the chapters, it would be hard to distinguish them from one another. In general, these are not particularly well thought-out or developed characters. Huh, haven’t seen that one before. Logan is her bland, but self-sacrificing love interest.

Rachel is clearly supposed to be tough and brave and yet her actions just seem stupid. Some people are brave, but most people are self-preserving first. If not, bravery quickly becomes foolishness. Not surprisingly, her rebellions mostly fail. In fact, the plot moves forward by cefiance.

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