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Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite
In Defier: The Girl Who Stood by Mandy Fender, Lennox's whole world was shattered when she lost her parents to ruthless murderers. In the wake of overwhelming grief, she found herself questioning her faith; if God loved her so much, how could He let this happen? As she was starting to get back on her feet, the monsters struck again, leaving Lennox in hospital fighting for her life, and taking with them another dear life. With her brother off to the military, the only rock she had left was her best friend and together they set off to finish her parents' work and honour their sacrifice. The journey saw the two teenagers trekking several miles daily, under the most harsh conditions, on a mission to deliver Lennox's mother's locket to Sparrow City because in it lay the key to the survival of Christianity and humanity as they knew it.
Defier: The Girl Who Stood by Mandy Fender is a moving YA novel about sacrifice, courage, self-rediscovery and faith. Mandy Fender used a truly compelling plot and fresh characters to portray what it takes to hold on to one's faith, even in your darkest hours when it feels like God has given up on you. It is a story about making choices - choosing the right path when the easier option would have been to go the other way. Lennox's grief is so heart-wrenching and her inner struggle so deep and touching. There are moments when I had to reach for some tissues, but there were also several others when I was overwhelmed by the amazing courage and faith. Defier is an award winning novel with a plot of such profound depth, delivered with flawless writing. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series to see where Mandy Fender takes us next in this incredible journey about the extraordinary things you can do with and for your faith.