The Icons came from the sky. They belong to an inhuman enemy. They ended our civilization, and they can kill us.
Most of us.
Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas are the four Icon Children, the only humans immune to the Icon’s power to stop a human heart. Now that Los Angeles has been saved, things are more complicated – and not just because Dol has to choose between Lucas and Ro, the two great loves of her life. As she flees to a resistance outpost hidden beneath a mountain, Dol makes contact with a fifth Icon Child, if only through her visions. When Dol and the others escape to Southeast Asia in search of this missing child, Dol’s dreams, feelings and fears collide in an epic showdown that will change more than just four lives — and stop one heart forever.
Completely intense and gripping, this sequel to Icons blew my mind. There are reasons why I didn’t rate this 5 stars, but I’ll get to those later.
First off I want to point out how well paced this story is, and how diverse the characters are. Also, the development! Crazy. I found myself questioning everything, thinking I’d solved one mystery only to find out I was wrong. It had me turning the pages faster than I thought possible simply to find out what the hell was going on. Granted, it took me longer than I wanted to read this, but that was due to not reading it continuously. Y’know, I like to sleep and eat and take breaks. So sue me!
The book starts off with Dol, Ro, Lucas (<3 him!) and Tima with Fortis crashing a helicopter (or is it a plane? I can’t remember.) And from there we’re led on their journey to escape Sympas chasing them and the Icons that threaten to invade their world. Wherever they go, they’re not safe. Fortis goes missing and suddenly four teenagers are alone, lost, and out of water and food. They travel across deserts. They have to do a number of crazy things that nearly get them killed. It’s quite a journey. Dol finds out her family might not be completely gone, and also who to trust. And who not to.
I found that I both liked and hated Fortis. He was mysterious, for sure, but there was also a sense of caring. He seemed like he actually did care for these kids and even though he had his reasons for what he did and what he plans to do, he wouldn’t have hurt them. At least, I’d like to think so. Knowing the ending, however, I’m not sure. I don’t know how to feel.
Doc, the Virt, as they call it, was just as entertaining as in Icons. I like the humour that eased us from the tension.
Now, there were a couple issues that bugged me, and the reason why I didn’t rate this 5 stars was because…well you know my feelings – sort of – about Fortis, but that is why the rating. He was too complicated to understand at time. Also, Ro. His behaviour was pathetic. Towards Dol and Lucas and just everything. I get he’s got anger issues, but it just got a lil irritating. Lucas and Dol were so sweet together and I didn’t even think of Ro being an option. He’s like family to Dol, so yes she can love him but it’s obvious she feels in love with Lucas. They all have so much chemistry and such life threatening moments, of course they’d feel things for each other. Love triangles don’t bother me, because usually I only feel something for one of them.
We encounter a new character – actually, two – Bibi, and a fifth Icon Child – Sparrow. There is a lot of mystery (That word is used a lot, but it’s true!) around this character and it’s intriguing. I wanted to know who she was because Dol dreams about her once. Bibi is a kind of Monk that is involved with the story behind how the Icon children came about. Then there’s Null. There’s so MUCH to think about and talk about. But I won’t spoil too much.
The ending was well done. It led up to something epic and tragic, but I didn’t know what would happen, and I liked that. That it wasn’t at all predictable. They find out who they are, what they are, how they were made and it’s 100% mind blowing (well, for me) and I cannot wait for book three. I need conclusions. I need to find out how they take down the Icons (because I assume they do) Also the major thing that happens at the end was heartbreaking and I have my theories but argh.
Margaret Stohl is a genius in the making at writing books that leave you wanting more.
Definitely worth reading (even if you didn’t like Icons. Read this.)