Icons - Margaret Stohl
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.
*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you to Net Galley & Harper Collins*
As a lover of Dystopia, I had to request this book. It sounded amazing and it definitely lives up to its expectations. I loved this book. Absolutely loved it. It was original, action packed, full to the brim with emotion and so well written. This was my first experience of Ms. Stohl's writing and it was flawless. She writes eloquently and her world building is wonderful. The novel itself is told in two ways, one from the first person narrative of our protagonist, Dol, and the second is a stream of reports on various political/ medical actions that are being undertaken at the Embassy. I loved this layout. It allowed us insights into the events occurring from both sides, the Icon children and the people that are trying to control them.
Despite this novel being classed as Dystopia, it also contains post-apocalyptic and science fiction aspects. Two genres I absolutely adore. This book honestly could do no wrong. The novel takes us on a journey alongside Dol, Ro, Lucas and Tima, in which they are discovering exactly how important they are to fight against the Lords and the Icons. During their childhood, the aliens invaded earth and killed the majority of people, including Dol's parents. This is referred to as The Day throughout the novel. The Lords are now in control, with 13 Icons scattered, preventing anyone from getting near the Lords life force on Earth. We join our protagonists as they build up their relationships, discover so much hidden information about themselves, and come to terms with how special they actually are.
I loved the characters within this book. I don't have any complaints about any of them, which is something that hasn't happened for a very long time! Dol begins the novel as innocent, wounded and very young. As the novel progresses, we see her bravery develop and she begins to fight more for what she believes in. The development of Ro, Lucas and Tima is also fascinating. Tima is cold and distant, but eventually warms up as they begin working as a team. Ro and Lucas are constantly at each others throats, but they always end up doing what's right. The most fascinating was the link between them. They each have individual markings on their wrist, signifying which of the Icon children they are, and the colours reflecting the powers they possess. It's such an original concept and I loved it.
I'm looking forward to learning more about the villains of the tale. I can't wait to see the development of Captain Catallus - the main captor and completely vicious individual - in the next novel. The only character I was slightly disappointed with was the Ambassador herself. Being the mother of Lucas, it had the potential to show so much familial conflict but this was absent. I am also looking forward to reading more about the figure of Fortis. He was hilarious to read and comes with a massive revelation which I absolutely loved! Another character is Doc, or Hux, or Orwell (LOVE the classic dystopia author names!), a computer which runs security for the Embassy, but again has his own little secrets.
I really enjoyed this book. I felt that the Icons could have done with a little more exploration but am really looking forward to the next one. Hopefully many of the questions I have left will be answered and I cannot wait to find out what happens next! Highly recommended to anyone that loves dystopia, science fiction and just a touch of romance!