Idols by Margaret Stohl
Release Date: July 8th, 2014
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 432 Pages
Source: eARC via Netgalley (thanks!)
Sub-genre: Science Fiction
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Icons #2
Follow up to: Icons
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.
I don’t want to get too spoilery with this review because the revelations are really interesting, so I’ll keep it short. The main characters are the Icon Children who each embody & exude a different emotion. Fear (Tima), sadness (Dol), rage (Ro), and happiness (Lucas). These intense emotions felt by each character can actually be harnessed and used to defeat the Icons that have taken over Earth, killed the majority of the population, and are preparing the planet for their own species.
With some help of some interesting accomplices, Dol (our MC here) is able to come up with a plan that might be able to stop the alien species that has taken control of Earth.
I really enjoyed Stohl’s sequel to Icons, but it was really hard to get back into after such a long stint between reading the first book. The premise of this entire story could have been a disaster without the proper world building and character development, however, in my opinion, the author pulled off this post-apocalyptic/sci-fi.
I gave it a 3 stars on Goodreads mainly due to my personal opinion that the storyline dragged in some places or went too quickly in others. The action scenes were pretty good, but I think reading the “classified” memos & communication was really interesting. I will admit that I enjoyed reading about the sci-fi neuroscience/psychology since it is my educational background.
Final Note: The ending wasn’t too predictable and I was a little shocked at how Stohl decided to end it. However, there was still something left to be desired when I finished.