Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Review: Icons (Icons #1) by Margaret Stohl

Title: Icons (Icons #1)
Author: Margaret Stohl
Published: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0316205184
Source: Library
Format: Hardcover; 428pg
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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.


I have yet to read the Beautiful Creatures series (even though it's on my Kindle lol), but I knew that as an author Margaret Stohl was extremely hyped up. I wanted to see if she was worth the hype. I probably should have started with Beautiful Creatures though and will definitely try to read it someday. However, I wasn't really impressed with Icons.

On "The Day", an alien race came and conquered Earth, killing millions of people in an instant. Now, the "Lords" keep a tight hold on the humans, basically forcing them into slavery. Which is about all I got out of this book. Stohl didn't go into much detail about anything at all. Such as the "Icon Children" which I know are special and have unique gifts but what they are is somewhat of a mystery to me. Maybe it will be revealed in Book two?

The general writing was done well enough. This was perhaps my favorite statement in the whole book...
"I am powerful because of who and what I am. Not because of who I am not. I'm not going to apologize for what I feel."

The relationships felt extremely forced and the "love triangle" made no sense to me. The story was sluggish and drawn out. I kept reading because I really thought it had a lot of potential from the synopsis, however, Icons did not live up to the hype for me. It was definitely lacking something.

2 stars to Icons.

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