June 15, 2013

Review of Icons by Margaret Stohl



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.

add to goodreads Icons (Icons #1) by Margaret Stohl
Publication Date:  May 7, 2013
Publisher:  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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Gabby NewI loved reading the Beautiful Creatures series that author Margaret Stohl co-wrote and was super interested in starting the first book of her new series. I only skimmed what the novel was about, got the gist of the plot, and dove right in. From start to finish I was left on the edge of my seat. Al I can say is that this book was awesome. This book was great. This book deserves a sequel that is just as fantastic. What didn’t I love about it? Icons is Rick Yancey’s The Fifth Wave meets Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy.

Icons takes place in a future where aliens invaded the Earth and created contraptions that give them the ability to control how long you live. Main character Dol has lived since the Day and has been living in the countryside, far away from the Sympas, the cities and the Icons. On Dol’s birthday Sympa soldiers invade the safe haven the Padre created and in the end, capture Dol and her best friend Ro. The two are taken to the Embassy. Immediately Dol and Ro are worried and have many questions like what their new lives in the Embassy entail.

While in the Embassy, Dol and Ro meet a captured girl named Tima and meet Ambassador Amare’s son, Lucas who Dol is drawn to. What brings them all together are the strange birthmarks that are on each person and the strange abilities that they all have. Dol can feel emotions and she knows that the others can do superhuman things as well. After giving up a book that might have had all the answers Dol could ever need, the group begins to wonder if they are part of something larger than themselves and if their sudden meeting is not so much of a coincidence as they believe.

 Icons throws you right into action, mystery and a seriously fast pace. The first hundred-or-so pages seriously sent my mind spinning and had me hooked. The novel starts with a prologue that takes place on the Day when Dol’s entire family drops dead and the Icons show off their true power. As if that isn’t insane enough (and leaves readers thinking “What just happened…?”) the novel slows down as Dol and Ro celebrate Dol’s birthday. Everything seems fine and happy, it’s the future and it all seems pleasant until the Sympas show up and there’s action and murder all over the place. Totally awesome-sauce (except for all the death… death is only okay in literature guys…).

The one thing that makes Icons very different than most novels I’ve read are the classified documents that come before every single chapter. They are sometimes letters between the Ambassador and other character that have transcripts of events or articles from before the Day or snippets from the book that Dol gave away. It’s really cool and makes the novel feel really authentic and real. I was worried about the authenticity of the novel at first, but after all of this, it became clear that Icons is as authentic as it gets.

The characters in Icons are ones that I think are memorable and will leave readers wanting to know what happens next to them. Throughout my time reading Icons all I could think about were the characters and how much I loved and cared for them. When something bad happened I was already freaking out for them and hoping that they would survive until the end of the book. I’ll just add in now that while reading Icons keep in mind that your new favorite characters will be thrown into danger more times than you can count.

The romance in Icons is realistic in that it isn’t instant. It takes time for relationships between Dol and other characters to be established and for that I’m thankful. Dol’s love interests seriously took my heart and wrung it. I’m envious of her.

I’d recommend Icons to readers that are looking for a dystopian novel with a twist, readers who are fans of alien invasions and readers who want a story about love and death.





Margaret Stohl is the #1 New York Times, PW, USA Today, LA Times and Internationally bestselling co-author of the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES NOVELS (Fall 2009-2012) and author of THE ICONS SERIES (Spring, 2013.)

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  1. Alexa

    Wow that is the first positive review I have read about this book. I have read so many people say the book was slow or confusing at times but it sounds like you really loved it and that it was a great read. I shall have to give this a chance then.

    Thanks for the great review!

  2. Chapter by Chapter

    Really? The first? I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews and I do agree that at certain points the novel does get slow and confusing. Other than that it is a really fun read :)

    – Gabby

  3. Kayla

    I’m really glad you liked it! I was disappointed to see so many people give negative reviews for it. I happened to really enjoy it, though not as much as I loved Beautiful Creatures. I was confused at a few points and there are some things I would change if I could but I still really liked it!
    Thanks for the review!

  4. Chapter by Chapter

    I’ve seen so many mixed reviews but I’m glad that like myself you enjoyed Icons (however Beautiful Creatures is still pretty awesome). Thanks for stopping by :)

    – Gabby

  5. Danielle

    I’m glad you liked this. I could not connect with it, I kept seeing an underlying brilliance but I never felt it found its feet tbh. I am looking forward to book two, I definitely want to see where this is going!

  6. Chapter by Chapter

    It’s too bad that you couldn’t connect with it! I too am looking forward to the sequel and am hoping for the best. Thanks for stopping by :)


  7. Nicole Phillips

    Yea the book was amazing and after the end of each chapter left me on the edge of my seat. I really fell in love with the characters . the emotion was very realistic and over all the book was great

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