I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Defiance by A.G. Henley
Series: Brilliant Darkness #2
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
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It hasn't been long since Fennel, a Sightless Groundling, and Peree, her Lofty Keeper, fell in love and learned the truth: the Scourge, and their world, are not what they seem. Fenn and Peree are determined to guide their people to the protected village of Koolkuna, but first they must convince them that everything they believe is a lie. An impossible task, especially when someone seems hell-bent on trying anything--even animal sacrifice and arson--to destroy the couple's new bond and crush the frail truce between the Groundlings and the Lofties. Not everyone wants to uproot their lives in the forest, and those who stay behind will be left terribly vulnerable. Fenn and Peree's resolve to be together, and the constant threat of the Scourge's return, push both groups to the breaking point. Unable to tell friend from foe, Fenn must again decide how much she's willing to sacrifice to ensure the future of the people of the forest. Only this time, the price of peace may be too high to bear.
In the Defiance, Fenn and Peree try to convince their people to leave for Koolkuna, while factions within the two peoples try to prevent that.
I did enjoy continuing along with Fenn and Peree, learning more about them and their world. Several characters really surprised me with the shades of gray. You question their motives, who can be trusted, and who is good and who is bad. Throughout the novel someone is working to sabotage relations between the Groundlings and Lofties. It is a bit of a whodunit, but by the time we find out who it is, it really doesn’t matter much anymore.
This novel was much darker than the first one. Fenn and Peree are in real danger throughout the whole novel, and they have a terrible time trying to convince others to come back to Koolkuna with them. Several characters die. Overall, it was just dark and depressing through most of the novel, but there is hope and light in the end. Not as much of a fun read as the first one, but still very well done and in the style of the first novel. Many series I’ve read and enjoyed in the past typically have some darker sequels (Hunger Games, City of Ember, etc.) so this is not to be unexpected.
Overall I’m glad I read it and ot wrapped up the story nicely. Things are set for the third novel which will no doubt take place away from the two villages we’ve come to known so far. I’m really looking forward to that.