Author: Margaret Stohl
They’re different. They survived. Why?
The entire world changed on The Day. The power went out. Cities were destroyed. People dropped dead. Dol’s family was some of those people. She and her best friend, Ro grew up at The Mission out in grasslands, living the simple life out of the range of the Icon and its deadly power, and relying on only each other.
When the government destroys their home and kidnaps them, they’re forced to join up with two other teenagers, Tima and Lucas. Together they are the Icon Children, the only people immune to Icons that The Lords left across major cities. And together, the Icon Children plan to take each and every one of them out, though their escalating emotions may make that difficult. Dol finds her heart is torn between hothead Ro and kind Lucas, but can she get past her own sorrow to figure out her heart. To help the world? Lucas’s desperation to please his mother, The Ambassador may threaten their mission. Ro’s intense feelings for Dol could put him in an early grave. And Tima, with her own secrets trust nobody but Lucas.
This was a very interesting book. Aliens, for lack of a better terminology, have come to earth and instead of co-existing, they rule over everybody and everything. From Dol’s POV, we see a world without one of the most basic luxuries that we have. Electricity. While for some, it’s no different since they’ve lived decently without relying on it too heavily, for others, like those who live in The Hole (what used to be Los Angeles), it’s harder and more life threatening.
Dol is completely driven by her emotions and that’s precisely how Margaret wrote her. I found that to be quite unique. But it was also a bit problematic in many places. Solely reading from her emotions didn’t allow me to get a strong handle on the characters. They were all over the place. There also wasn’t enough information on the characters. The small details you learn about a character as you read just seemed to be missing here. Also, Dol was very assuming, as if me, the reader, was supposed to know what she was telling me already and, uh, I didn’t. For example, she often says—“that’s how Ro is” or “because that’s what Ro does”. And this comes after Ro already doing this ‘something’ that she feels the need to point out, or for some reason, emphasize.
There’s a chance that it’s just me feeling oddly tweeked about how off kilter this part makes me feel. LOL.
It just came off very weird, to me. It was interesting that it breached that dimension, though, much like an actor on stage of a play talking straight to the audience.
A delightful addition was the snippets at the end of each chapter. Each one was different and really gave me a visual for what this broken down world looked like apart from what Dol was trying to show me. I really struggled seeing through Dol’s eyes because details were so limited, so these bits really gave me an outside look.
I have the sequel and have already started it. I am hopeful that it’ll be a little better, more open and revealing I guess is what I’m trying to say because while there is great potential, I’m just feeling lost. There’s not enough to keep me tethered.
“Their hearts stopped beating. They died where they stood. Quietly. Instantly. Every person, every age. Everyone close enough to the Icons.” (Lucas, p. 111)
“Fear is a dangerous thing.” (Dol, p. 151)
“The Grassboy who loves the Grassgirl goes out with the tides. The Grass Revolutionary comes in them.” (Dol, p. 322)
“Be brave. Be alive. Be free.” (Dol, p. 406)
“Feelings are memories. Memories are also feelings.” (Dol, p. 426)
More to come soon…
P.S. Song today? Walkin’ on the Sun by Smash Mouth