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Defy (Defy, Book 1) (Defy Series) by [Larson, Sara B.]
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Book 1 of 3 in Defy Series (3 Book Series)
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From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up—In Alexa's world, young men are soldiers and young women are the means to breed new ones. There is no alternative. So when Alexa's parents are killed and their home destroyed by a sorcerer, Alexa cuts her hair and enrolls in the army to save herself from the breeding house. Trained by their father and polished by the army, "Alex" and her twin, Marcel, earn places in the prince's guard as the best swordsmen in the kingdom. But the palace is full of secrets and as the story continues to build in suspense, it's clear that Prince Damian has more than most. Alex is a bold heroine whose priorities are protecting her prince and her people, but the lines between good and evil blur as she gleans more truth about the royal family she serves. Her destiny is revealed when her own power comes to fruition, a power that could end the greatest corruption of all. Larson's debut is full of passion and adventure, urging readers to cheer and weep simultaneously at Alexa's astounding courage. Those interested in strong female characters, such as Katniss from Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games, will find new affinity in Defy.—Jamie-Lee Schombs, Loyola School, New York City

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When a war changed her life, Alexa (known as Alex among the prince’s guard) narrowly escaped being separated from her twin brother, Marcel. Now, in a secret known only to Marcel, she lives as a man among the King of Antion’s army and finds herself trapped between two men, two sides of a war, and two sides of her identity. She guards herself closely against her attraction to Prince Damian and fellow guard Rylan, until the three of them are kidnapped and held captive by opposing forces. Alexa is physically strong and determined, but in her mind, she is not as confident, wondering who she is, what she wants, and what the war really means to her. Mature concepts, such as breeding houses, and slightly stilted language reserve this historical fantasy for older readers. Though the first half of Larson’s debut suffers from a somewhat slow pace, it picks up considerably after the kidnapping, imbuing the plot with grand adventure, romance, and thrilling political intrigue. Grades 9-12. --Stacey Comfort

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  • File Size: 10964 KB
  • Print Length: 341 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (January 7, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 7, 2014
  • Sold by: Scholastic Trade Publisher
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ED05G9S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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