Author: Margaret Sthol
Release: May 2013
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.
I’ll admit, I was a little nervous about reading Margaret’s solo book. It’s not that I don’t love her writing, I do – but the writing I love is also co written. What if the humor or the visually descriptive writing that I love, isn’t in Icons? What if, what if, what if I am worrying for nothing….and of course I was.
Icons is very different from Beautiful Creatures; it is more dystopian sci fi, which I love so I was hooked from the first page. The visual descriptive writing that I was worried would be missing was right there, in prologue reassuring me that I am going to enjoy this book. And the humor was sprinkled in a little. Not a lot of room for the funny stuff in this one.
Oddly enough my favorite parts of the book where the little minute details that were added in – the “cover” page and the letters to the ambassador; letters from Doc and pieces of literature from the Grass Root rebellions. They were able to explain certain issues within the story in a very precise way – that made the story move along, with out slowing us down with lots of back history.
Dol/Dolly belongs to a group of children refereed to as the “Icon Children”(children with special powers – like Dol is an empath) . She doesn’t really know who she at first, she is just this timid child that has a special connection with her friend Ro. Everything changes when they are captured by the ambassadors soldiers; one of them turns out to be another Icon child and talks Dol into trusting him enough to turn themselves over.
This is where the story really gets interesting and I don’t want to spoil any of the story line. But here are the basics: there are four icon children, and the question is, are
they weapons/saviors for the human race or possibly something else? Just when you think things are going to go one way BAM, everything is mixed up. Throughout the story you will get these little hints and they lead you to conclusions that don’t always pan out the way you think they will.
Icons was a great setup for a series, I can’t wait to see how it all pans out. All in all I really enjoyed it, it sort of reminded me of Ender’s Game (the kids fighting an alien battle). I do wish the “how” to the invasion was explained more and that the third icon child(they are numbered) Tima, wasn’t so one sided. I would have liked the learn more about her and less about the lovey dovey stuff.