Series: Icons #2
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on July 8, 2014
Reviewed by: Kate
The Icons came from the sky. They belong to an inhuman enemy. They ended our civilization, and they can kill us.
Most of us.
Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas are the four Icon Children, the only humans immune to the Icon's power to stop a human heart. Now that Los Angeles has been saved, things are more complicated - and not just because Dol has to choose between Lucas and Ro, the two great loves of her life. As she flees to a resistance outpost hidden beneath a mountain, Dol makes contact with a fifth Icon Child, if only through her visions. When Dol and the others escape to Southeast Asia in search of this missing child, Dol's dreams, feelings and fears collide in an epic showdown that will change more than just four lives -- and stop one heart forever.
In this riveting sequel to Icons, filled with nonstop action and compelling romance, bestselling author Margaret Stohl explores what it means to be human and how our greatest weakness can be humanity's strongest chance at survival.
Whereas ICONS was a fast-paced, rush of a novel, IDOLS is a slow burn, with bits and pieces offered to the reader throughout until the big reveal (and cliffhanger) at the end. While not a bad thing, my expectation was for a higher level of action, and I was mildly disappointed at the resulting slowness. As the four Icon children, Dol, Ro, Lucas and Tima, take a long journey with Fortis, you get the feeling of waiting for things to happen to them, whereas previously, the four were the ones that made things happen around them.
Dol, our narrator, has a very unique voice, and I really enjoyed that about the book. It’s so honest and raw, and the way the reader knows everything she is thinking really adds to the tension that grows as they near the end of their journey. Once again, I also enjoyed the snippets in between chapters as they gave the reader a chance to know some backstory that Dol isn’t aware of. Sometimes, I was even more interested in the backstory - maybe someday there’ll be a prequel that explains all about how the aliens came to Earth and Fort and Doc’s story.
One frustrating bit was the love triangle between Dol and Ro and Lucas. When boys are involved, Dol seems naive and young, which is at odds with her marginally more assertive personality that shines through a few times. Though she is scared, she is also brave, but the boys seem to sap any personality and turn her into a wishy washy teenager.
All in all, there’s a lot to like about IDOLS. Even if my mind wandered a bit, the cliffhanger ending pulled me back into the series, and now I’m very much waiting for book three. Surprises abound in IDOLS, and it is fun to take the journey with the four Icon children and Fortis. I wouldn’t suggest picking this one up on its own, but if you’re already a fan of ICONS, IDOLS is a good next step in the series - a series I hope to see get even better!
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