Icons by Margaret StohlIcons by Margaret Stohl


byMargaret Stohl

Paperback | April 8, 2014

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Ro murmurs into my ear. "Don't be afraid, Dol. They're not coming for us." Still, he slips his arm around me and we wait until the sky is clear.

Because he doesn't know. Not really.

Everything changed on The Day. The day the Icon appeared in Los Angeles. The day the power stopped. The day Dol's family dropped dead. The day Earth lost a war it didn't know it was fighting.

Since then, Dol has lived a simple life in the countryside with fellow survivor Ro-safe from the shadow of the Icon and its terrifying power. Hiding from the one truth she can't avoid.

They're different. They survived. Why?

When the government discovers their secret, they are forced to join faint-hearted Tima and charismatic Lucas in captivity. Called the Icon Children, the four are the only humans on Earth immune to the power of the Icons. Torn between brooding Ro and her evolving feelings for Lucas, between a past and a future, Dol's heart has never been more vulnerable. And as tensions escalate, the Icon Children discover that their explosive emotions-which they've always thought to be their greatest weaknesses-may actually be their greatest strengths.

Bestselling author Margaret Stohl delivers a thrilling novel set in a haunting new world where four teens must piece together the mysteries of their pasts-in order to save their future.

Margaret Stohl is a lifelong science fiction fan, former video game designer, and coauthor of theNew York Timesbestselling Beautiful Creatures series. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her family.
Title:IconsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.25 inPublished:April 8, 2014Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316205192

ISBN - 13:9780316205191


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Stale... I'm not going to lie, I felt dissappointed with this after devouring Margaret Stohl's Beautiful Creatures series. I felt it lacked a proper hook, and clarity at times.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kept My Attention! Wow what a beginning to a series. Some of the book was a little slow and the trip into the Hole seemed out of place for the story, but overall I really enjoyed it. The characters were all really well written and developed; they were truly complex and diverse characters. There was a lot of terminology and names of things in the book that were used interchangeably for somethings but then were used to mean something than what I thought it meant, which made it really confusing. The plot seemed to jump around a lot without much explanation given. The world building was done outside of the actual novel in the last pages of the chapter like the doctor's notes and autopsy reports, which I found irritating because it could have easily been placed within the story and not have given semi-spoilers about the course of the plot. Some of them tended to be confusing to me and because of the spoilers that were in them, I didn't want to read them but knew that I had to because they helped progress the plot along. I didn't really like that. I am not sure I liked that it was written in first person in Dol's perspective because she can literally feel people's feelings so it could have been done from an omnipresent narrator that could describe Dol and her ability while still describing everyone's feelings towards certain situations. This became a minor problem towards the end of the book for me. It is definitely one I would recommend to people who enjoy dystopian novels and young adult in general. Overall: 4/5 stars because it kept my attention and I really like how Margaret Stohl writes.
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 2.5 Stars Ugh. I don’t have much to say about this book, other than I wasn’t a fan. The premise sounds interesting, but it just wasn’t executed very well, unfortunately. The story felt incomplete to me. There were numerous plot holes and rooms left unexplained-unelaborated on. I don’t get these alien things. They came to Earth, killed a billion (I think) people, and then what? They just left their ships where they landed and what? Where are the aliens? What are they doing? What was the point of all that? We don’t see or hear from any aliens throughout the entire book. The closest is at the end (which I can’t elaborate on without ruining the story). I just don’t get it. I don’t get the point. The story failed to pull me in and captivate me. I was semi-interested, mostly just to find out more about the aliens and cure my curiosity and confusion with this aspect of the world building, but this never happened. Since I wasn’t all that into the story and there were some things that super bugged me, this book is only getting a 2.5 rating from me. I won’t be reading the sequel.
Date published: 2015-06-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good It was a bit confusing at the start. The beginning just had a lot off new terms that it hadn't explained so I was lost but the story line was cool
Date published: 2015-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Icons review I am really injoying this book. It has really good charicters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!READ IT!!!!!
Date published: 2015-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from EA Interesting. Very, very interesting
Date published: 2014-08-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst Book Ever. I wish I could rate this at 0 stars. The story is broken, and shallow. I could barely get through it. It looks really promising, but the writer clearly was out of her realm while writing it. I have never hated a book more. Really disappointed. Would never recommend this. Go read the Divergent series by Veronica Roth.
Date published: 2013-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good it was a good book, a little long at times but overall a great read
Date published: 2013-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Read! I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book, it sounded really good and I wasn't disappointed. I've had a bit of a thing for dystopia for the past year. Add in science fiction and I'm going to probably read the book. I've also read and enjoyed Beautiful Creatures, so to read something by just Margaret was nice. The main protagonist is Dol, she was only a baby on The Day, she knows she's different from others, but doesn't know why. She's captured by the Embassy and they study her and the other three teens that are known as Icon Children. All four have strange abilities, but no one will tell them anything. Their world has basically been taken over by a race of aliens that they have never seen. The aliens are very deadly though, as they showed on The Day. Giving a demonstration of their power, instantly killing everyone in an area. The only hope against them might be the teens and their abilities. Icons is a very amusing read, there were a few places where the story got a bit slow, but I still really enjoyed it. It just took a bit longer to get past those parts. I liked Dol and Ro, how they wanted to help free everyone, even at the cost of their own lives. Tima was a great character, very brave and would do anything for Lucas. Lucas was kind of a jerk though, he was the only one with any sort of privileges. But the characters were likable. The world was easy to imagine, which was good, it helped me get sucked into the story even more.The writing was good, there only being the few slower parts. Overall, I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series.
Date published: 2013-05-20

Editorial Reviews

"Short sentence structure adds to the tension, and the Embassy reports add a level of intrigue. Readers will be waiting for the next book in the series."-Library Media Connection