Defy was one of those books that the cover always drew me in, but the synopsis was never enough to make me buy it. I've never been a fan of the "girl disguised as a boy" thing, or a fan of love triangles, which the synopsis states very clearly. But as a fantasy lover, I decided to give it a shot.
I'm glad I did! While there were quite a few moments I had to stop my eyes from rolling, Defy was still a good book. The story is interesting the entire way through, and Alexa was one of those heroines that always got back up, even if she didn't want to, and she always took action in the face of danger (which is the true definition of bravery if you ask me!). As predictably as the love triangle went, and the development of romance between the characters, in the end Defy really did focus on the main issue at hand: overthrowing a kingdom.
The world that was built could have been stronger. While many descriptions were given, they tended to focus on the same few descriptors (like the heat of the jungle, the sunshine vs. shadows). It got a little tiring hearing about how sweaty everyone was. However the descriptions given for characters was plentiful, and they came to life right off the page!
Fans of The Hunger Games should definitely check out this book.