Thursday, March 3, 2016

Book Review: Defier: The Girl Who Stood by Mandy Fender

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Title: Defier: The Girl Who Stood

Author: Mandy Fender

Series: Name Unknown

Genre: Dystopian

Audience: Young Adult


In a world at war, one girl's faith makes her a soldier ...

Seventeen-year-old Lennox Winters is no stranger to loss. She's lost her parents, her home, and is in constant danger of losing herself. As she struggles with what to believe she encounters Christ in a way that she cannot ignore. The raised scar on her chest reminds her she has a purpose. Kept alive by her newfound faith and accompanied by her loyal best friend, Lennox bravely emerges into a world at war on a quest for the truth. Only after Lennox has journeyed through perilous territory, eluded biologically altered predators, and overcomes the most intense of challenges does the real work begin.

Will Lennox continue to fight for faith no matter how personal the cost?

The fate of humanity rests in the answer.

**4 stars**

As a big fan of Christian dystopian, I happily agreed to read and review Defier: The Girl Who Stood when author Mandy Fender asked. Wow; I found it to be a very cool story, and am very pleased to have this beautiful book on my bookshelf!

Lennox Winters has just lost her parents, and is now trying to live life with her older brother and friends, as if her world doesn't feel like a tragedy. Things are going as well as can be expected ... until the night of prom. Suddenly, everything is thrown into chaos, and all Lennox knew has changed.
     The ultimate battle for her life - and her faith - begins.

I really enjoyed this story! At first, I was kind of wondering if I would end up liking it, because it was so contemporary (modern-day) feeling. It didn't feel like the dystopian worlds I was used to. But then the action and craziness comes! And there was plenty of cool sci-fi/dystopian-ish stuff.

My favorite thing about Defier: The Girl Who Stood is the faith aspect. And the kind of 'Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednago and the fiery furnace" theme. The girl who stood! I love this display of standing for your God, no matter what. Of finding victory over crippling fear, through Christ. Of walking through the valley of the shadow of death, in a way, yet fearing no evil, because my God is with me! It is a very beautiful thing, and resounds powerfully. So that was definitely cool. LOVE Christian dystopian!!! <3 Such hope and fearlessness displayed amidst very dark and scary times.

There were a few things that made me pause, namely when it seemed Lennox was the POV character, but then it went and told what her brother or friend was thinking. That kind of pulled me out of the story for a moment. But overall, this was a lovely and easy read that kept me quite interested and turning pages!

I enjoyed the cast of characters. Lennox is relateable, especially with her fear and doubt. I really liked her, especially as the story progressed. From the bit we are shown, I loved her friend! Sky was also a very nice character, as well as his sweet grandpa! And Lennox's brother. And the other good characters you meet along the way! *smiles*

So, even though it's set in tense and dark times, a really neat story! As I mentioned above, it is more of a easy read, which is actually what I needed at the time. Great for teens to young adults. I myself am quite looking forward to more of this intriguing story!

I received a copy of Defier: The Girl Who Stood from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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