In a world where long drinks are in short supply, a stranger listens to the voice in his head telling him to buy a lemonade from the girl sitting on a dusty road.
The moment locks them together.
Here and now it’s dangerous to listen to your inner voice. Those who do, keep it quiet.
These voices have purpose.
And when Pilgrim meets Lacey, there is a reason. He just doesn’t know it yet.
Defender pulls you on a wild ride to a place where the voices in your head will save or slaughter you. – Goodreads Description
Defender is a post apocalyptic thriller that explores the idea of the voices that
we all have in our heads becoming sentient and the repercussions that has on the world. The world has essentially been destroyed and civilisation has collapsed as some of those sentient voices have driven their hosts to violence and mayhem. Defender focuses on two types of people, those with voices and those without and Boy Scout, one our our two protagonists has a voice whilst our other protagonist, Lacey doesn’t. Boy Scout has been on his own for a while until he comes across Lacey on the side of the road one day. Boy Scout has been travelling and surviving on his own whilst Lacey hasn’t left the relative safety of her grandmothers home since she was a child when the apocalypse first started. Obviously their fates collide once Laceŷ manages to convince Boy Scout to let her tag along on his journey so she can find her sister though things obviously don’t go as smoothly as they hope.
This book is so fast paced and exciting that I kept thinking about it every time
I had to do something else. The contrast between the two character voices
were so distinct and interesting, G X Todd manages to write two amazing and
equally interesting protagonists without slacking on the plot. There’s also an
interesting mystery aspect to this story as their are unknown villains and a
possible conspiracy to be unveiled which I found really intriguing as the
author only allows little clues to keep you guessing. To be honest, one of my
favourite genres is post apocalyptic/survival novels and this book combines
both aspects in a really interesting way. It felt like a combination of The
Walking Dead and Mad Max in novel form and I’m really excited to see where
the story goes, especially after that cliffhanger ending. I definitely recommend picking this up if you’re looking for something fun to read. Thanks to Headline for the review copy!
Thanks for reading!
P.S I’m sorry if this a bit of a rushed/messy review as I just wanted to get it up ASAP but haven’t really been able to write much recently due to problems I’ve mentioned in my previous post.