Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Review: Icons by Margaret Stohl

Title: Icons
Author: Margaret Stohl
Publisher: HarperCollins (May 2013)

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?

I was really excited for this title. That was probably my first mistake. My second was willingly coughing up the full price for a book I probably won't ever finish.

For those of you just joining me, I am a notorious bargain hunter. I love sales. I love finding titles on my reading hitlist on sale. So you can understand why I am loathe to pay full price for a title. It is not that I am a cheapskate. I think this stems from my student days where I could easily read a book a day.


Icons started off really well. But then the lack of world-building, forced love-triangle and meaningless character interactions took over and I was left bored and disinterested. There is also the slight whiff of trying-too-hard that you can never really shake.

I have a feeling that they author and publisher were hoping this one would ride off the success of similiar, superior novels like Divergent and The Hunger Games. add that to the relative sucess of Stohl's previous series, Beautiful Creatures that she co-wrote with Kami Garcia. Sadly I feel this one is going to join the ranks of other mediocre YA that has very orginality to offer.

Is there anything good to say about Icons? It has an ending.

Rather read The 5th Wave. It also deals with aliens but is fun, fast-paced and has great characters.

1 comment:

  1. I had to smile when I read that you are also a book bargain hunter. I have many, many bargains that have stayed unread . . . so sad! There are so many "aliens vs earth apocolypse books" these days that I wish I can find just one of the actual war and not just the aftermath of the invasion. Even though this book has something good going for it (it has an ending), I think I will keep looking . . .
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