Since The Hunger Games people have been searching for their next dystopian fix, and so many books have claimed the title of "the next Hunger Games!" And while that's great I think it's important to realize that unless it is The Hunger Games it's not going to be The Hunger Games. That being said If you are looking for a great new dystopian novel Defiance really does hit that mark. C. J. has created a really full world and it even has a dragon-thing in it! Who doesn't like dragons!? The novel starts off with a bang and it doesn't let up until the very last page, and C. J. really does love to screw with her characters lives. There is so much emotion in Defiance and the romance between the two main characters is so amazing. I've always been a fan of the kind of romance that comes from two characters who butt heads all the time (although don't get me wrong, I love love that comes from best friends) and C. J. has managed to crank up the sexual tension up to 10; torturing us before we finally get that realization from the characters. The other thing I loved was the fact that the book was told from a male and female POV. I love seeing inside the heads of both of the main characters, and I think that if you can manage to write a book like that you are very skilled. This book was sold as the first in a trilogy, and I'm very pleased that there will be two more books for me to read with these same characters (and I also hope the dual POV will continue in the next installments) but I think it could be read as a standalone, seeing as there isn't a huge cliffhanger at the end, and although there are strings left unattended to that is the way that life is. I look forward to reading the next two books in the series, and if you like dystopian and adventure books you should pick it up.