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(Defiance #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  8,165 ratings  ·  656 reviews
Baalboden has been ravaged. The brutal Commander's whereabouts are unknown. And Rachel, grief stricken over her father's death, needs Logan more than ever. With their ragged group of survivors struggling to forge a future, it's up to Logan to become the leader they need—with Rachel by his side. Under constant threat from rival Carrington's army, who is after the device tha ...more
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Published August 27th 2013 by Balzer + Bray
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Natali Gramajo No sex. A little violence. They speak about killing, but not in a way a twelve-year-old would not have heard of in a history class. The most gruesome …moreNo sex. A little violence. They speak about killing, but not in a way a twelve-year-old would not have heard of in a history class. The most gruesome thing that happens is a burn. (less)

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Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I can't wait to read this book. I can't believe people would leave such insulting remarks. If you disliked the first book so much why bother commenting on the next one if its not worth your time?

I've waited a long time to read this and I really enjoyed it. I once again fell in love with Logan and felt so bad for him, having the weight of the world on his shoulders.
I loved the duo POV, swapping between Rachel and Logan. Although I really liked Rachel I wished she would just open up a little. The
Frankie Lovely
2.5 stars
Review to come?

Ok ....
so I have rants on this book and they mostly revolve around the nothingness of oh about 70% of this book! Seriously I feel like this series has been stretched out to make it 3 books when it should have been 2.

The good news? The last 30% of this book was an EASY 4 star rating. Unfortunately the first 70% was a 2 at best (because nothing happened!). I think they just needed to talk less, travel faster, and condense this into a duology and this would have been a great
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Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE WHO LOVED DEFIANCE. EVEN IF YOU HAVEN'T READ IT. But read Defiance first.
Shelves: books-i-own
Deception, how I love thee! Let me count the ways....oh wait too many to count! In all honesty this book was seriously to die for. After loving Defiance to death last year, this book was easily my most anticipated. And boy did Redwine deliver a powerful sequel. My mind is blown. To smithereens. Now floating in the atmosphere...okay you get the picture. Basically my worries about Deception having Second Book Syndrome? Blown to smithereens. Something is seriously wrong with me.

Just as in Defiance,
Whitley Birks
Aug 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, almost-good
This was not a book about Rachel. Yes, I know she’s on the cover and I know the blurb goes on and on about her. But this was not Rachel’s book. This was Logan’s book. Rachel spent the majority of the book going on about being broken and basically hollowing herself of all emotions and being a shell of a character that just floated through the plot. She was utterly unremarkable. Logan, on the other hand, had all the angst and all the drama and all the action and all the backstory and all the chara ...more
Chester Carstairs
So... what happened?

I was really looking forward to reading this. After Defiance, I just know there's so much potential for this series. But boy, was I disappointed. First, let me say that I love books that focuses on... the humanity of people. No matter what plot there is, what action scenes or love scenes there are, it always goes back to "How do you hold on to being humane in spite of everything that's happening?". This kind of books almost always have a lot of me-time with the main protagoni
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
These days, eight out of ten middle books in trilogies are complete letdowns, but as long as there are shining stars like Deception, I won’t stop hoping that more authors will find a way to make those second installments less clichéd and more interesting. Fortunately for me and her other readers, this is a lesson C. J. Redwine doesn’t need.

Deception picks up mere days after the end of Defiance. Logan was chosen as leader of their group, which consists of around a hundred Balbodeen survivors and
Jan 31, 2014 rated it liked it
I don't know why it took me so long to pick up the sequel. When I'm reading these books I'm thoroughly enjoying them!
Jodi Meadows
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Gorgeous characters.
Gorgeous writing.
Gorgeous worldbuilding.
Gorgeous FEELINGS.

Now I need the third please!
Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! 4.5 stars

I cannot believe I was going to give up on this book. It was dragging on for the first 30% but then POW! I got sucker punched right into the story until I was freaking knee deep in it with no escape out until I read to the very end. And boy, oh boy, oh boy what an ending it was. I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING AT ALL. Got me good and clean. This goes to show how much of an exceptional writer Redwine is. To not only weave such a suspenseful and plot twisting story, but a worl
I can't decide if I like this book better than the first or not. It started out great then kind of sagged in the middle only to have a great last 25% or so. Also, despite Rachel being on the cover, this was more a Logan book - thank the heavens.

Picking up where the first left off, Rachel and Logan are trying to keep their people safe and at the same time find a way to stop the Commander. But nothing comes easy for our group as they are chased through the Wasteland by the Commanders army and als
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Deception is full of exactly that--Deception. Who can you trust when the greed for power takes precedence over loyalty? The ruthless Commander is back to claim the tech device and he has paired up with another city-state.

Logan and Rachel have their hands full. Not only does Logan have the weight of leading the remaining Baalboden citizens, but he is constantly having to reassure them that he is a nineteen-year-old fit for the job, even if he questions it himself at times. He doesn’t want to disa
Apr 30, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
OH.MY.GAWD. I read defiance in less than 3 hours and I was a crazy person in my house trying to convince my sisters how good the book was. I seriously cannot wait to see the LOVE in this book, ^-^ the couple in defiance was seriously freaking A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E, ugh -_- but i really hope there isn't a love triangle...and for those of you who have absolutely no idea what i'm talking about here is the preview.
Baalboden has been ravaged. The brutal Commander's whereabouts are unknown. And Rachel, grie
Olivia Duff
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I read Defiance, I just couldn't stop reading it. This book series is WAY better than the Hunger Games. This is how dystopian YA books should be written. The plot is genius, the characters amazing. Not to mention she added a monster that could possibly be related to Godzilla. What more could you want. I am dying to read this book, and can't wait for it to come out. This series is definitely a must-read.

I am adding this second part of of the review because now I have actually read the book.
Dec 12, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: pub-2013, ya, ft-dystopian
Emmi Rose  (emmirosereads)
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: four-stars

I REALLY enjoyed this book! I loved it a lot more then I expected and a lot more then book one even though that was a good enough book. In general the plot felt much deeper and more interesting. We get to know so many new characters and get to know our orgional characters even more as well.

I've noticed in a lot of fantasy and dystopian sequels I read they tend to be able to fall into the survival category. They're betrayed, or kicked out or disowned and left to survive in the wild. For wh
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it
3.25 stars

I feel utmost obliged to appreciate how wonderfully C.J Redwine writes. Damn, the feels tho

As for the plot, I felt it was quite dragged... I was bored till the 50% of this book. Only few parts were interesting. Redwine was stretching the book, honestly. Thus it took me a while to finish...
However, after 50-60% the story got intriguing! I was at the edge of my seat! Damn! The pain of the characters is so amazingly described. And the some secrets were discovered, quite unexpected really
Stormy :)
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Brandi Kosiner
I loved this follow up to Defiance and I can't wait for the next book in the series. I loved being back with Rachel and Logan and loved them both as much as I remembered from Defiance. Deception is full of action, emotions, small steamy scenes, healing, friendship, betrayal, secrets and fighting against all odds. This is in no way a filler book, and I loved every second.
Revenge is a big theme in this one, and we see how it drives so many of the survivors. They all have lost people and their h
Valeria Andrea
Dec 17, 2012 marked it as to-read
Is that ash falling off the sky?
Interesting. I just like the cover. Why must I get cover biased every. single. time? I mean, I had such great problems with Defiance so my instincts SCREAM I should stay away from this but...

Pretty Cover, fuck it.
Hmp. If I read this, what could go wrong? Really guys, give me options.
Could it be possible that this book defies all the logical conception of mathematics & goes upward (unlike its predecessor)...?

Nah. Don't think so.
At all. As long as Rachel
Mar 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Here's my favorite thing about this sequel: Rachel sort of loses her stuff. I love that. How many books have we read where the main character kicks butt -- but almost in a machine-like manner. Rachel's a pretty kick-butt heroine, but she's so humanized in this book in that she's racked with grief and guilt and breaks down pretty majorly.

It was hard to read (and sacrificed some of the romance I loved in the first book, booo), but it was really refreshing!

Check out for the full revi
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 0-audios, favorites
Well call me pleasantly surprised by this one. I'll be honest, the first 30% of it was pretty slow. I had to make myself continue on with the hope that it would eventually pay off in the end and boy did it pay off! Big time. The twists and turns and surprises were bigger and better than I anticipated. I can honestly say that I was leafing through the pages lick a mad woman through the last quarter of this book. Will definitely be reading the last book in this trilogy for sure.
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)

WOW. If I had one word to describe this thrilling sequel to Defiance, it would be INTENSE.

Goodness, where do I start? This book picked up right where the first left off, with Baalboden destroyed and the Commander escaped. It jumped right into the action with the survivors setting out into the Wasteland. And from there on, the story grabbed me and didn’t let go! The pacing was fast and action-packed, with danger at every turn. They couldn’t get a break! With the Carrington army breathing dow
Dark Faerie Tales
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty:Beautiful story with amazing characters, wonderful romance, and heart pounding adventure! There were a few times I lost a little interest in the story, but overall this was an amazing read!

Opening Sentence:“What are you going to tell them?”

The Review:

With their home destroyed and nowhere else to go, the people of Baalboden decide to follow Logan and Rachel to a new home. They set out into the wilderness to travel to a neighboring city where they
nick (the infinite limits of love)

It's rare that there are second books in YA trilogies that do not suffer from any form of sophomore book syndrome. Deception, fortunately, strays away from any kind of second-book syndrome and managed to stand strong next to it's predecessor, Defiance, one of my favorite reads of 2012. Redwine weaved together a story with strong characters without falling into holes of cliches. For me, Deception was quite the exceptional read!

Rachel and Logan were both spectacular main characters in Defiance. I
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)

Deception has become one of my new favorite books of the year, if not ever! It has lived up to all the hype and more!

This was wonderfully suspenseful, amazingly crafted, masterpiece, by no other then C.J Redwine herself. She has grown in her writing, and it drew me in and grabbed me into her thick-plotted, action-packed, fight for survival, that left my heart pounding, hands shaking, and needing more! I loved every minute of it. Now I just need book three!

To be honest, Defiance the first bo
Emily Blake
A very solid follow up to a strong first book, this book took what was created in the first installment, expanded on it, and took us on a new adventure.

The same elements that I enjoyed so much about the last book were still present here. The characters were deep, the action was enthralling, and Redwine wasn’t afraid to make the hard choices. After all the bloodshed and misery in the first book, I thought she might let up a bit in this one, but nope. She most definitely did not. Somehow, despite
Pixie/PageTurners Blog(Amber) C.
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: coveted-books
Deception is a very intense read. Everything emotion is just pushed to the limit; you feel like you are walking a tightrope the entire story. You never know what is going to happen.

The storyline picks up a few weeks from the ending of Defiance. Logan has been voted leader of the rag tag group of civilians. Some support him 100% and some of giving him a hard time -but, they seem to be recovering and starting to move forward. He isn't sure why he is in the position, but he is going to do whatever
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh... My... Jellybeans...

This book was so amazing I don't have the words to describe it! It was so worth the wait from the library let me tell ya! As I've mentioned a LOT of times, I'm an emotional reader and when a book invokes a reaction in me, they are at the 4 star level. But when they make me cry, laugh, and jump around like a crazy person because I'm so caught up that I think it's happening to me or my best friend? That is a five star book.

Deception gave me that reaction. There is a lot of
Dec 27, 2015 rated it liked it
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