Defender by G X Todd is an imaginative thriller that draws on influences from Stephen King, Clive Barker and Neil Gaiman to create a new world - where the biggest threat mankind faces is from the voices inside your own head. If you loved The Stand, you'll love Defender, the first in a four part series.
In a world where long drinks are in short supply, a stranger listens...more
'The Road Trip From Hell' is the best way to describe what takes place within the pages of Defender.
The novel is set in a post- apocalyptic world, where 'normal' is a thing of the past. Something has taken over most of the population's minds and many of them experience auditory hallucinations, along with suicidal tendencies, with many taking those tendencies that step further. The 'voices' also ...more
It's excellently written, the silence and emptiness of ...more
Sold as a thriller with an imaginative plot to rival any Stephen King or Clive Barker book, I went into this skeptical that it could fill the big boots it claimed it could. Almost immediately I found that these weren't just false claims.
Set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland of our world we meet the individuals that have managed to survive through ...more
I blew through this one and by about 30 pages in I was loving it with the fervour of a true fanatic, my conversion to the world of Pilgrim and the girl he meets by the side of the road (aka Lacey) was complete. I didn’t then ...more
Actual rating 2.5
The premise of Defender is a fascinating one, there’s no denying that.
It sounds like it might have some of the same elements as Bird Box, with, of course, a decent helping of The Stand, and supposedly a little Clive Barker and Neil Gaiman. The blurb talks a mean game.
And sadly the book doesn’t live up to it.
What the blurb doesn’t tell you is that the story takes place seven years after the voices started making people kill themselves en masse, so the world we enter ...more
I've read quite a lot of dystopia, but none quite as smart and as erudite as this: the apocalypse has come not from external forces (disease, climate change, etc) but internal. Have you ever heard such a fantastic hook? The human race, mostly decimated because people have started to hear voices (of varying degrees - from benign to sinister) in their minds.
This is a pacey, enthralling and assured read; I felt in safe hands for the entire novel, never once ...more
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I received a free copy of the book courtesy of the publisher through bookbridgr in exchange for an honest review.
Defender tells the story of Lacey, a young girl and Pilgrim, a drifter and is set in the aftermath of the world going to hell in the wake of people starting to hear voices several years before. It’s a post-apocalyptic book that’s a part Road movie and adds a ...more
A few words about the plot:
the novel takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, in which self-aware voices have manifested inside most of the population's heads, causing the vast majority of humans to go insane and to commit suicide. This world is one of anarchy and chaos: no government, no electricity, no facilities and no gas, just relics of old cities in ruins and the occasional vehicle or food scavenged. ...more
This novel is a little odd as we all kind of talk to ourselves in our heads. So here we have two central characters, Pilgrim and Lacey plus a “contributor” called Voice. So the format of this novel can be rather frustrating.
I found Defender to be a SLOW novel with nothing much happening. It took ages to discover what had happened 7 years ago. Then Pilgrim and Lacey go on a journey with little ...more
Big thanks to those who've already done this
Seriously. It is rare now, in my jaded adulthood, that I pick something up and am totally blown away and utterly engrossed.
This book did that.
I managed to get a proof copy because the lovely author came in to do an event at the bookshop I work in.
I don't know what I expected but it was not this.
On the surface this could just be a run of the mill, end of the world survival story. But it is so much more than that. It is an incredible and really very creepy angle on that. And it is so ...more
However, as a genre, it is a hard one to get right, let alone rise above swathes of Mad Maxes, and Randal Flagg clones all jostling to get centre stage. It is a genre that probably suffers more from the long shadows of its past than any other. Yes the vampire genre has the likes of Dracula ...more
I can see why Clive Barker's work and ...more
The author puts you straight into the middle of her world.. a world where the majority have died, due to the voices in their head.. voices which have caused suicide or murder. This is information is fed to the reader ...more
‘On the cusp of sleep, have we not all heard a voice call out our name?’”
Defender is an action-packed, adventure novel; Pilgrim and Lacey travel through the wastelands, everyone they meet is a potential threat – who hears a voice that isn’t their own and who can be trusted?
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and was caught up in the adventure of it all. This novel had shades of Bird Box, in the sense that the majority of civilisation had been ...more
Thanks to Netgalley & the ...more
I was drawn to the novel by the synopsis, it promised to be not an average read, especially having in mind the comparisons with names like King, Barker and Gaiman. I was even being ready to disregard the mediocre cover that gave me the "Meh" vibe just because I was sure Todd had something to bring to the table.
I felt that the whole concept of hearing voices in your head could be developed very interesting almost ...more
I thought that Defender was an engrossing read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Set in a post apocalyptic world the story here was sufficiently different and well written to keep me totally absorbed.
You may notice from the book synopsis that this is a book of voices – voices inside peoples’ heads that incite them to ‘do’ things. As the story unfolds we learn that a number of years ago these voices caused some sort of mass induced suicide, people taking their ...more
There were one part though, that i found a bit too easy (view spoiler)[and that was when Dunmont left the message with details of their next location. I don't think a man like Dunmont would have done that at all, also considering that in his mind, Lacy was on the way to find his precious Red, so in his mind she would still be in the hands of his men and not running about looking for him (hide spoiler)]
That aside, ...more
Reading Time: 10h 40mins
Conclusion: Thrilling, fast-paced and incredibly well-written. This book needs to be adapted into a movie or a TV series as soon as possible.
The writing style was absolute perfection, perhaps just as good as Neil Gaiman's or G. R.R. Martin's. All the attention to the details, the characters' thoughts and feelings was incredibly immersive and every description was beautifully written. Interesting, compelling characters and the dynamics between them. ...more
This was a really good read with good characters. Pilgrim listens to a voice in his head. On his travels scavenging for provisions the voice in his head tells him to stop and buy lemonade from the girl sitting on a dusty road. Pilgrim and Lacey there is a reason they cross paths they just don't know it yet? Full of suspense I couldn’t put it down til I got to the last page. 4*. Netgalley and headline.