Review: Icons by Margaret Stohl

Posted May 3, 2013 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments


Series: Icons #1
Author: Margaret Stohl
Publish Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Number of pages: 448
Buy:  Amazon | B&N
Source: Won from LBYR
Book Description:
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 started this expecting it to be slow paced like Beautiful Creatures, boy was I wrong. Icons is a great dystopian/sci-fi book.

Dol is a character that grows throughout the book.  At the beginning she’s scared, and doesn’t know what to do, or who to trust.  She’s also not sure what makes her so special to the government and rebels.  She slowly begins to take on a strong persona. She wants to know the truth, and will stop at nothing to get it.  She makes her closest friend mad at times, but knows that he’ll get over it.  She NEEDS to find out their purpose when it comes to the Icons.  Ro is hot-headed.  He lives off of being angry.  It’s not entirely his fault.  It’s in his DNA.  Lima is probably my favorite character.  She’s fierce, and says what’s on her mind.  She uses her intelligence to help her, and her friends, as much as possible.  Lucas got on my nerves, a lot.  He’s flighty, and downright annoying at times. He refuses to believe the facts laid out before him.

We are able to learn about how Dol and Ro were raised. They lived a very simple life.  From there we are swept into the life of the Embassy.  Though the kids are treated like “guests” they are guarded non-stop. Each day they are there more questions pop up about why they have the emotions they do.  It seems the only one willing to help is Fortis. (Who is awesome by the way.)  They piece together the information they receive.  They still make mistakes about where they place their trust, but figure their way around the madness.
It’s a quick and fun read. Even though there are many moments of uncertainty, you can’t help but hope this group finds their purpose.  I highly recommend it.  And oh the end!!!! I need the next book NOW!!!!
Favorite Quote:
“I am powerful because of who and what I am.  Not because of who I am not.” Pg. 384
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About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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