Defy - YA Review by Perrin S.

Reader: Perrin S.
Age: 15
Title: Defy
Author: Sara B. Larson
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pub Date: 01/07/14
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book:  In this book I found that the characters uninteresting, nothing about them was intriguing or really likable. Aside from the characters being boring, they also seemed unrealistic, I often found them doing or saying things that didn't fit what their character would do. And relationships between the characters were fairly dull. Larson's writing was choppy and hard to read at times. There was no elegance or beauty to her writing and made the book that much more bland. There was little to no flow between the sentences and paragraphs.
Memorable or Forgettable:  This story plot seemed like one I have heard dozens of time. Really, its been done before. There was nothing in this book to make it memorable against the hundreds of young adult fictions that share virtually the same plot. Except that fact that at many parts I found the book rather offensive. Specifically, when the main character was hiding her 'weak' emotions because they would reveal her as a girl.
Cover: I was attracted to the book by the knife on the cover. However the cover as a whole was a little off-putting. The colors, like the book, were dull and seemed faded. And overall, the cover made it seem like a book for a younger age group.
Age Range: Under 12
Quality: 1Q How did it get published?
Popularity: 1P Yech! Forced to read it

tags: fantasy / high fantasy / science fiction / magic / adventure / romance / ya lit

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