ARC Review: Icons (Icons #1) by Margaret Stohl – An Unexpected Hit!
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ICONS by Margaret Stohl
Series: Icons #1
Published by: Little Brown Books for Young Readers on May 7, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, YA
Source: ARC From Publisher
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About the Book:
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.
ICONS was an EPIC hit for me! I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been stuck in a romance/paranormal rut or because I just freaking love aliens, but I loved it. Read it in a day and a half. And then decided to re-read it to see if I felt the same emotional high. Thankfully, I did. Honestly, I had no clue how this book would turn out, nor what to expect from the characters. So I dove in, wide-eyed and patient. And let the narrative take me away. After the first chapter, I was HOOKED. DROWNED. Submerged by the connection between the main characters and the world they lived in. Most often, I was shocked, in love, teary-eyed, and over-the-moon. Every word breathed onto the pages drew me in and kept me there until I finished. And it is a looooong book. But gosh it was so WORTH it!
This novel is told from Dol’s perspective. Though it is mostly about Dol, we also glimpse into the lives of Ro, Tima and Lucas. Each teenager is identifiable and very well written. At no point did I feel one character out shined the other. Each character had their own personal hardships and it was easy for me to fall in love with them for their personalities, struggles, and their constant need to survive. And how each chose to survive. Some made decisions that broke my heart and made me want to curl into a ball and cry myself to sleep. Others made decisions I loathed. But, I still rooted for them. Cheered them on until the last sentence. This shows the authors true talent. Making someone love characters they should hate, and root for two people to be together who shouldn’t, is an amazing feat. And yes, there is a LOVE TRIANGLE. One that I actually cared for, though I’m still not certain which fantastic boy I want to win the girl. Both Ro and Lucas are great in their own way. Though Ro is just so dang beautiful on the inside. Neither is the “typical” swoon worthy character but in this type of setting and with their upbringing, it works in their favor. There is nothing I would change about them, and you’ll see why if you read it.
Overall, I HIGHLY recommend ICONS to anyone looking for a Dystopian fix with a different style of characters. They are awkward at times, but they are lovable complex teenagers trying to survive in an unlivable world. The novel is VERY different. Rough around the edges with its own unique spark. Make sure you buy this one when it comes out May 7th. Trust me, you won’t regret it!
5 out of 5 Controllers