Tuesday, April 15, 2014

[Book Review] Icons by Margaret Stohl

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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.


With insane world-building, complex and creative characters,Icons has become one of the creative works of Margaret Stohl. After writing Beautiful Creatures, she became super popular and everyone who read her first book and a fan of it, has to read Icons. 


The story begins with introducing us to the events that happened on The Day. It doesn't explain it in details but gives us some sort of background on what happened. Fast forward about 15 years, Dol is with RO, a boy who she grew up with. Since the Aliens, or they call them Icons, took over the world, there have been different stations set up for people who still wants to have some sort of limited freedom. 

On her birthday day she gets a present from Padre. A book that is about Dol and her powers that she suspects she has. But when alians kill Padre, she is taken to the Embassy to meet the woman in charge and meet others who are more like her than she suspected. 

“I am powerful because of who and what I am. Not because of who I am not.”

I was surprised at how much I was enjoying Icons. Not that I wasn't enjoying the book but usually the complex world-building takes a lot of details to put together and actually make sense. I did think that Stohl did an incredible job. The story took a slower pace after about half way but kept the action going, although at slower rate. I really liked Dol at first but as the book goes on, being in her head is exhausting and I really wished to see other's POVs to get a better view of the story. Overall, this was a neat read and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

Audiobook Notes: Narrated by Therese Plummer, the story took a better turn and made us see more of the situation that was going on. In between the chapters, there is a secret file that is being said as "Doc" - automated program that meant to serve people as a secretary, security, and overall Embassy protection. This audiobook feature really makes the story stand out and be memorable.