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Defier: The Girl Who Stood

(Defier #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  31 reviews
"A YA novel inspired by Christian bravery that is action-packed and faith-filled."

Redemptive Fiction Award of Excellence Winner

One girl's faith makes her a soldier...

Seventeen-year-old Lennox Winters lives an average life in a small Texas town where nothing ever seems to happen, but that all changes in a blink of an eye. After her parents are murdered on the street, she qu
Paperback, 270 pages
Published July 8th 2015 by Stouthearted Publishing (first published June 29th 2015)
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Mandy Fender I am hoping to have Sparrow (Book 2 in the Defier Series) released in July 2016! Thank you for reading and rating Defier!

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As a big fan of Christian dystopian, I happily agreed to read and review Defier: The Girl Who Stood when author Mandy Fender asked. Wow; I found it to be a very cool story, and am very pleased to have this beautiful book on my bookshelf!

Lennox Winters has just lost her parents, and is now trying to live life with her older brother and friends, as if her world doesn't feel like a tragedy. Things are going as well as can be expected ... until the night of prom. Suddenly, everything is thrown into
Hannah Rodes
Rating: Four point Five

The First thing that really stood out to me was the cover. It was love at first sight. ;) I mean, look at it! It’s gorgeous! I then looked up the book on Goodreads, and when I read what it was about, I immediately wanted it. After getting it, I excitedly tried to finish my current read quickly so as to read this, and I was not disappointed.

Let’s take a look at the characters, shall we? My favorite thing in this book had to be the characters. They were amazing, and I love
Hann Remraf
Heyo! Sorry this took so long for me to get around to... life's been getting in the way.

I came into this book with a high expectation. After all, little-known Christian dystopian; practically the exact genre I love and wish there was more of.
Sadly, my expectations were far missed.
Honestly, this has such a good dystopian premise -- a terrorist group; death; advanced technology; science experiments gone wrong -- but I don't think it was that well-executed. And rushed. If the pace would have been s
Mandy Fender
Mar 16, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
For some reason my account read that I rated my own book and while of course I love it ***smile*** I removed a star rating because I am definitely biased.

I wrote Defier to spark faith and courage in all who read it or, at least, that is my heart. I love to write and if I can give that back to God I am going to do it.

There is violence and Christian persecution in this series to portray the truth of what believers have and will endure for their faith.

I was inspired to write the Defier series after
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating 3.9

So, review time!
I liked this book! It was good. There where however a few things that I'd didn't like.

What I liked:
I really liked the really good quotes! I have so many pages folded over and underlined from the random beautiful quotes! I liked sky and Lennox's relationship and her faith nice.

what I didn't like:
There where quite a few time jumps and idk, I just felt like I was missing out on something. The writing was good but I really feel like I would have cared for the charact
Laura A. Grace
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Faith was a reason to fight." - Lennox

Truly this quote above reflects everything about DEFIER. Though I prefer first POV, I still was strongly touched by Lennox's story and how she came to be known as "the girl who stood." It was thought-provoking and I believe faith-challenging for me personally.

I had come to a place in reading where I had to stop and really think about if I am serving the Lord with my callings. I don't feel lead to be a missionary, but I see the impact as Lennox's life refle
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a world at war, one girl's faith makes her a soldier...

Synopsis: Lennox Winters is a normal 17 year old girl who goes through some very emotionally tough experiences in futuristic America that leave her faith barely alive. When she loses her parents to the terrorist group, the Regime, she has to make a run for it with her best friend. When Christ reveals Himself to her in a way she cannot ignore, she has to decide if her faith is worth fighting for. Is Christ worth becoming a Defier for? Will
Jaynne M. Seeburger
Standing up for Christ

Mandy has done a wonderful job at presenting her message to stand up for Christ. Her writing was compelling and inspiring. I thank her dad for directing me to Mandy and Defier.
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
My review shall be coming soon!!!
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
So, this book was... different.

I mean that in a good way, for sure.

As a first book (for a series) I feel it is a bit weaker than some first books I read. However, I still want to grab book two (Sparrow) and read it in one sitting to find out what happens next. (unfortunately, I have things I need to get done so I can't do that. But I did start reading it already.)

I am not a fan of overly preachy books. This book was a bit preachy when it comes to God and faith. It was supposed to be about Lenno
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I was so sure I was going to LOVE this book but I just wasn't impressed. The main thing being the writing felt amateurish and the dialogue weak. One thing in particular that bugged me was the characters never using contractions when they spoke, which I always hate in books because it makes them sound like robots. No one talks like that and it doesn't flow or feel natural!! Does this bother anyone else??? It also POV hopped a little bit. Not much, but enough to completely throw me off a few times ...more
Danielle Wright
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Great inspiring read. Wish there was more!

I found a sponsored ad for this book on Facebook one day, and the plot summary had me intrigued from the start. It's super easy for Christian fiction to get missed by most readers, and that is a shame.

DEFIER is 2 things: an action novel, and an inspiration to any Christian who ever comes under persecution, or who may fear it one day. Because you know what, God's got your back!

Lennox is a very well developed character. She goes through just about every em
Melanie Kilsby
Who do you decide to follow?

In the end...
Will you be brave enough to stand for your faith in Jesus?
Or will you choose fear?

A world of choice, not too different from our own at the moment. A very relevant yet, futuristic story. I loved Lennox and Sky. Her struggle was very tangible and her character arc was well written.
I also loved Kira, and Clover, and Oliver. I truly admired the bravery and strength that sprung into my heart as I read through the pages.

The beginning was tough to weed thro
Rachel Gordon
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was so thrilled to have won this book through the goodreads giveaway page!!!

This book is so fantastic! Lennox has such great faith in God to get her through the trials. The most beautiful part of this story is when she is in the middle of a trial and she just stands in complete trust and raises her hands and praises God. This story left me wondering if I would be able to stand in my faith in God as strong as Lennox! I really enjoyed the whole story overall and it was very believable that this
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm an avid dystopian reader, and though I've had this book since December of 2015, I didn't actually read it until a couple of days ago. I'm Christian, as is my family. A day or so before finally reading Defier I had been telling my mom about one of the dystopian books I had just read, which is something I frequently do, and she made a comment basically about how she wished there were Christian dystopian books where Christianity is a good thing instead of Christianity being the villain oppressi ...more
Kara Swanson
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-ya
Defier is a bold adventure story of a young girl who must learn what it means to stand for her faith against a world of persecution. Set in the near future, Christianity has become outlawed, as a mysterious force known as the Regime threatens to enslave America. When her parents and best friend are murdered in terrorist attacks fronted by the Regime, Lennox Winters must decide if she is going to hide in the shadows, keeping her faith hidden and survive. Or, if she is willing to risk it all--and ...more
Amber Delaina
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just can’t say enough about this book! I enjoyed it so much. It had amazing faith content, an interesting plot, sweet characters, and pages that could not be turned fast enough. I am looking forward to reading the second book. Oh, that reminds me! Can we talk about this cover? It’s amazing and the story inside is even more amazing! Just reading the dedication page, then flipping and seeing the Bible verse in huge font. I knew this was going to be a wonderful story! I was not let down. Of cours ...more
Kathryn Spurgeon
Great book!

Fast pace and well written with believable and likable characters. I'm looking forward to reading the next book. Good job!
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
There were some inconsistencies and the story failed to really hook me at the beginning, but the later 1/2-2/3 of the book was more exciting and suspenseful.
Elle Bee
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Christian YA You’ve Been Looking For!

Defier wasn’t just hard to put down, it was painful. I wanted, nay, needed to know what happened before moving on with my life. If I were to take selfies of where I read Defier, they would include:
• Sneaking a couple minutes before the class I teach.
• The five minutes I had while my niece ran into the library.
• The moment I walked in my house, before losing the shoes or getting a drink.

On the drive home I wished I had it in audio and almost asked my n
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So I never put my review on Goodreads (I'm Awful.. D:)

I absolutely fell in love with Defier. Mandy Fender wrote such an amazing story. The characters were well developed, and pull you into the story. I couldn't put the book down. I loved how the book doesn't lead to the idea of a dystopian book until you get a few chapters in. It was a breath of fresh air, with all of the Dystopian books out these days, that throw you right in the middle of all of the chaos, and just expect you to figure it out.
K.J. Masters
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! A real page turner! I couldn’t put it down. The author does a fantastic job of describing the surroundings in detail, making you feel like you’re there. The in-depth characters make you feel like you know them and relate to them. My heart would race in the intense moments and I found myself repeatedly cheering them on. I love the powerful message of this book—with faith in God, all things are possible! The main character, Lennox, has the same struggles in life we can all relat ...more
JoAnn Koening
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Must Read! I love this Christian book! I have always been a slow reader; however, Defier had me so mesmerized and captivated from the very first chapter, I read it in one day! There are no slow parts. This book gets the reader involved from the very first chapter until the very end. It is written in a way that facilitates the reader to feel like he/she is actually in the story, because the reader actually is in the story! The reader has no choice but to make a choice while reading Defier. It t ...more
Great story! Appropriate for young adults and all adults who want their faith increased!

I really enjoyed the story of Lennox, the girl who stood. I want to have her kind of faith, but sure don't want to have to go through her troubles to get it. I pray that I would overcome in such situations, though.

The world-building in Defier is great. I can be right by Lennox's side in the various locations and scenarios easily. I can easily identify with all of the characters' feelings and reactions, as we
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
When I started this book, I really didn't think that I would like it. I don't read many futuristic books, so I wasn't thinking this one would be any good. Well, it actually was! I won't give anything away, but I actually really liked this book. I could feel the character's real struggles, and by the end, I was totally drawn in. I'm not saying the future will happen like the book portrays, but it was a great example of faith in Jesus Christ even to the end.
Le'Shea A
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honest Reviews

This book was awesome!!! This book was really good I am a Christian and I loved how scripture was involved in the book. Lennox was a very great character she had trouble believing if God was truly with her because she was going through so much but in the end she realizes God was always with her. This is definitely one of my favorite books! I can't wait for the next one!
David Bergsland
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun dystopian thriller

This was a fun read. It's a bit predictable, but the twists are interesting. The tale is fun--the good guys and gals are admirable. The scenario is exciting. It's good Christian entertainment.
Judith Noameshie
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy but impactful read

I enjoyed reading this book. It was fresh, easy to understand, but has also deep meaning. I would say though that it's missing some chapters that would have added more depth to the stories but it was still a good read.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
the book had me on the edge of my seat
Michelle Fritz PA
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very Inspirational! This was one sweet story. God's word is lovingly crafted onto these pages. It's message is strong and purposeful. Ms. Fender has created a very real world that could possibly be realised in the future. I will say that I did struggle with the pacing and flow. It seemed at times that events popped up out of nowhere almost as an after thought. From reading the first few chapters I had no idea that this was not a modern day setting. But..... that in no way diminishes the message ...more
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“If you don’t fight for your faith, you will lose it. Your faith is worth fighting for, Lennox.” 1 likes
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