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Icons by Margaret Stohl

Posted by Caitie F on May 6, 2013

Title: IconsIcons
Author: Margaret Stohl
Hardcover: 448 pages
Pub Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Rating: ++++

Summary from publisher:

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.


I have never read Beautiful Creatures, but when I saw the description of this dystopian book, I knew that this had to be a priority. I am a sucker for dystopian, especially is there is a science fiction twist.

This book is exciting. The plot never seems to slow down, which makes it a hard book to put down. At the end of each chapter, there are government documents that give hints to what happened one The Day and what is going to happen in the future. It is an interesting structure and makes it more difficult to put the pieces together.

Just because it is hard to put down doesn’t make it a plot-driven novel, the characters are very well-rounded. Seeing what is in Dol’s head make the reader feel more compassion for those is pain and reveals the other main characters feelings in a different way. It made it easy to understand not just Dol’s emotions and instincts, but also the other hostages. It also makes it hard to be on their side when they do things that are wrong. Ro was my least favorite character and is part of the reason that I liked the book and didn’t love it.

The other main issue I had was there was yet another love triangle. Well, kind of two separate love triangles. I am really getting sick of them, especially since one really feels like insta-love. Due to the special power the person has, it makes a little sense, but not enough for it to be okay.

Overall, this is a strong first book in the new series and I am really interested in finding out what happens next. The aliens and genetics make it more science fiction which is great to see in a young adult book.


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