Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 1, 2013
RATING: 3 STARS
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.
The main character, Doloria, was incredibly annoying. Dol seemed to focus on all of the wrong things. I did, however, enjoy Dol's best friend, Ro, and her not quite friend but not quite enemy, Tima. They were fun characters that brought life to the book and made it enjoyable by adding some much needed humor. It was interesting that even though I knew who the "bad guys" were, I still found myself sympathizing with them. The actions of the Ambassador and those she was leading seemed logical, and I was able to understand why she was doing what she was.
ICONS was a bit lengthy, which made me get bored with it several times. The pacing was very slow, and I think it would be possible to reduce the length of the book by a third and still have the story make sense. While I will not be rushing to the bookstore in order to buy the next book in the series, I will not turn my nose up at it if I am given the opportunity to read it. ICONS was a little ho-hum for me, but I am still interested in what will happen next.