Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Icons by Margaret Stohl

Icons (Icons, #1)
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 wanted to like this; I really did. It sounded like such a good story, I mean, aliens and a post-apocalyptic world? Fabulous. Sadly, though the premise is good, the story falls quite short.

The main issue is the pacing. This book is SLOW. I know that when you have a bit of world-building to do the pacing will slow down, but throughout the whole book it doesn’t feel like much happens until the last sixty pages or so. For a YA book, this is not good. It doesn’t help that the characters themselves are quite dull, with nothing but their so called “powers” to differentiate them. None of them have any complexities, not even Dol, who is our narrator.

The love story, if it can really be called that, is not developed enough to make a difference. It doesn’t make the reader’s heart beat faster or increase the tension at all. It’s supposed to distract from the book’s failings and it doesn’t quite achieve even that.

This is just not a book I can recommend. It is so similar to so many other books in the YA genre that it’s amazing how anyone can bother with it. There's better stuff to read .  

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Shucks... I was going to be picking this one up next and I was already super skeptical about this something I was going to enjoy. Will still have to try it out but thanks for the review!
Bonnie @ Sweet Tidbits