Disclosure: I received an ebook copy in exchange for my review.
Book Title: Regina Shen: Defiance (Book 3)
Author: Lance Erlick
Genre: YA Sci-fi, Dystopian
Formats: Paperback, Kindle, NOOK
Content Rating: PG
Life as Leels Rating: 4 out of 5
On the run, outcast Regina Shen is determined to stop the Federation’s relentless attacks on her family and friends, but the stakes are much higher now and she is deep in foreign and hostile territory.
The Federation condemned Regina to live on the seaward side of barrier walls, but she crossed into the Federation where she continues to survive by her wits. Competing Federation agents vie to capture her and use her to acquire power, based on her genome being the key to prevent human extinction. When her sister is kidnapped again and agents close in, Regina flees west with a friend across deserts created by abrupt climate change.
Raised on swampy islands and underwater salvage, they must adapt to different harsh environments. Guided by her photographic (eidetic) memory of illegal print books from before the Federation, Regina is determined to defy the Federation and find a treasure big enough to barter for freedom for her and her sister. In the cat-and-mouse game, can she find allies and ways to escape the Federation dragnet long enough to discover something to trade?
Book three starts off essentially where book two ends. Time has passed, but I did not feel like there was anything that was missed or that we weren’t filled in on.
In Defiance, Regina is still on the run and Coarse Face is still after her. Only this time, she also has the wrath of Volpe on her.
A lot of realizations are made during this part of the story and I as we get closer to the last book in the series, I’m curious as to what the end really will be. (Of course, we were left with a cliff hanger at the end of this book, but that’s okay because book four is next on my list!)
It is surprising to me who is really for Regina and who is willing to help when it comes down to it.
I have been enjoying the series up to this point and cannot wait to see what comes next!
About the Author
He was raised by a roaming aerospace engineer, growing up in various parts of the United States and Europe, as well as traveling through Asia. He took to stories as his anchor, including the works of Asimov, Bradbury, and Heinlein, and has been writing since age eleven.
Growing up, he was inspired by his father’s engineering work on cutting-edge aerospace projects to look to the future.
In an ideal world, Lance would find time loops where he could step out for a week at a time to read and write. Then he would return to the moment he left, without life getting in the way. Of course, since everyone would have the same ability, he suspects life would still sneak in.
Lance is also the author of short stories and novelettes.