Book Review: Defiance Book 3 of The Regina Shen Series by Lance Erlick

I have been sharing reviews from the latest young adult book series to top my reading list: Regina Shen. We have posted reviews of Resilience, Book 1 of the series and of Vigilance, the second book--and today--I am excited to share the 3rd book of the series: Defiance. What did we think of Defiance by Lance Erlick?

I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in my review. All opinions are my own. 

Quick Summary of Regina Shen:  Defiance (Book 3).
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?

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Erlick draws readers into Regina's world. I loved the author's setting creation in the first book--and really felt that Erlick's descriptive talents drew readers into this third book as well. I felt comfortable with Regina's environment again and could feel her surroundings through the author's words. I didn't feel that sense of belonging in the second book--so I settled more readily into this one than the last.

Defiance continues the series' action-packed pace. In spite of the changes to setting and the addition (and return) of characters--Erlick offers a lot of detail without slowing the fast-paced action that readers have come to expect from the series. Readers are moved ahead in time a bit at the start--but, won't feel that they have missed anything vital to Regina's story.

Would I recommend Defiance by Lance Erlick? I think this book is my favorite of the series so far. I love the author's writing style and the flow of Regina's story. I certainly recommend that readers begin this series from the beginning as the characters and the storyline grow and build little by little on each page of each book. This book ends with a cliffhanger to push readers on toward the final book. The author has created a very well-done series to keep readers on board for the entire set!

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Meet 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.

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.

Growing up, he was inspired by his father’s engineering work on cutting-edge aerospace projects to look to the future.

Lance is also the author of short stories and novelettes.

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  1. Thank you for being part of the tour and for the review.




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