Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on 07 May 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Place(s) Traveled to: Los Angeles, California – City is now called Hole (Future)
First Line(s): One tiny gray dot, no bigger than a freckle, marks the inside of the baby’s chubby arm.
First off I feel as though I should admit to not having read Beautiful Creatures, its a books I’ve tried to read but its also one that kept putting me to sleep. I did see the movie (my review) and so began thinking that maybe I should give Stohl and Garcia a shot but still haven’t gotten around to trying that book again. When I received Icons by Margaret Stohl I thought that even though its a standalone book by Stohl that here was a a chance to give these authors another shot and see if I liked their writing more. And the verdict? Well, the most I can say about Icons is that I finished it.
Icons’s plot is a bit of jumble that is jumping on both the alien and dystopian band wagon. Filled with people who are special, who don’t see or know they are special, and of course we can’t forget about the all important love triangle. *le sigh* The whole plot was just so very cliched and filled with all the usual tropes that there was nothing new or original. It was a fairly quick read but I think that was more in that I forced myself to finish more than a desire to know what happened. Because, for me, I found this one to be very predictable.
I think the story would have been a bit more mysterious and intriguing if it wasn’t for all those little peeks into that forbidden book with Dol had and then lost before she could read it. As this book was told from her POV it seemed a bit of a cheat for the reader to know all these mysterious things about what makes Dol and her friends so special as she struggles with whats going on. It just took away from the story. The rest of the book is pretty forgettable if you ask me. There was nothing that made this one stand out and I don’t have a burning desire to read more of this world. I don’t really care about the world or the characters.
I think what kept me reading was the writing. I did like how Stohl strung her words together and when I was reading the book I was in the world, just not immersed within it. Overall, I found Icons to be a very meh read and its not one that I can really recommend. If you are looking for unique and interesting dystopia/alien books then I strongly suggest that you try Mothership by Martin Leight and Ilsa Neal (my review) or The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (my review). I was totally shocked and blown away by each and both have me salivating for the sequel!
Icons Series Order
Book 1: Icons
Book 2: Idols (08 July 2014)
Book 3: Untitled (2015) – assuming