Actual rating 2.5
The premise of Defender is a fascinating one, there’s no denying that.
It sounds like it might have some of the same elements as Bird Box
, with, of course, a decent helping of The Stand
, and supposedly a little Clive Barker and Neil Gaiman. The blurb talks a mean game.
And sadly the book doesn’t live up to it.
What the blurb doesn’t tell you is that the story takes place seven years after
the voices started making people kill themselves en masse, so the world we enter is more akin to reading part two of The Passage
, without first having read part 1, picking up when the country is largely deserted, rather than while there are still enough people for there to really be any kind of battle between those who can hear voices and those who cannot. The bicameral concept is there as background more than anything, rather than something central to the plot. It features, and adds value to some characters, it’s the catalyst for the world of Defender being the way it is, but essentially this is a book about a world gone mad, and the reader has missed all the fun stuff.The rest of this review can be found HERE!