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Defiance, C.J. Redwine

Baalboden Turned to Ash!


Yes, you heard it folks! Baalboden has been turned to ash! A run-away soldier tells us the insides on what’s been going again. It all starts from two young teens, called Rachel Adams and Logan McEntire, who did not like the rule of Baalboden’s cruel Commander, Commander Chase. This soldier tells us that brave warrior, Ms. Adams and technical genius, Mr. McEntire, planned on trying to find Ms. Adam’s missing father. He was last seen going on a courier mission in the Wasteland, but apparently, je created a device there that controls The Cursed One. This device is something that the Commander of Baalboden wants. Ms. Adams was sent out into the Wasteland, without the protection of Baalboden’s wall, to go and get the Commander the device. Sadly, Mr. McEntire was put into prison for trying to stand up to the Commander. That does not separate Ms. Adams and Mr. McEntire. Mr. McEntire escaped and found Ms. Adams in the Wasteland. They lead The Cursed One, with the device to go and destroy Commander Chase. This ended up failing because The Cursed One was not under their control anymore. The device stopped working. The Cursed One destroyed Baalboden and killed many lives. The coward (Commander Chase) ended up running away. Rowansmark trackers are on the look for Ms. Adams and Mr. McEntire. We want the device. Read our next report to find about who stole Christopher’s Banjo!

A Message To The Commander: Listen

I think that this song goes very well with one of the author’s message. I think that the author’s message is to stand up for yourself and your beliefs. If anyone is giving you their opinions on things that irritate you, stand up. I think that this is the author’s message because Rachel and Logan do stand up, with makes them good role models. They do not like what the Commander is doing and they are determined to make a change. They do not like the way he treats others. He treats people like they are lower than him and they worth nothing. For example, after The Cursed Ones first attack, when the Commander sent The Cursed One away, he was going through the city like there were not hurt people on the ground. He even stepped over people who got in the way of his horse. Also, he would not let Rachel and Logan get to their only family left, Rachel's father. He also killed Oliver in front of Rachel. In my opinion, it is right to stand up against the Commander. I think that "Listen" is about standing up for your beliefs and dreams and if someone is doing something that is going over-board with irritating you, you should stand up. In the song "Listen", it says "Oh the time has come for my dreams to be heard. They will not be pushed aside and turned into your own. All cause you won't listen." I think that this has a very good connection with Defiance because I think that Rachel has had enough. I think that after not being able to get to her father, she wants her thoughts and dreams to be heard by the Commander. She wants him to hear her out, obviously. I think that Rachel is fighting for it to be heard that she wants and needs to go on the search with Logan to find her father. The Commander keeps turning her dreams into his own. He's crushing the little hope she has of seeing her father again by telling her she's under his control. This is all because of the Commander not listening to her and Logan. Also, the song is called listen. That itself has a connection to the story. The Commander has done everything but listen to two young adults about how they want to work together to find their only family. Also, in the chorus, it says "I’m not home in my home." Baalboden (one of the two settings) is Rachel's home. It's where she grew up and where she lived. I think that Rachel is at home, but she isn't being accepted there. In your home, you are surrounded by people who accept you for who you are... your family. Since Rachel is taking action against the Commander, she's not "ordinary" or "normal." It's something that not many people have done before or attempted. In the end, she's at home, but not at home. There are many connections with the song to Defiance but I'm going to list two more. "I am alone at a crossroad," is something that Beyonce sings in the song. A crossroad is a road that leads splits into two or more roads. You can go one way or another. Rachel could have gone into the pathway leading her to being a "normal" Baalboden citizen and not stand up to the Commander. Her brave warrior comes out when she chooses the path to stand up for herself, goes on the path she thinks is right for her and stood up to the Commander. This song also says "There is someone in here that I thought had died so long ago." I think that this is talking about hope. To stand up for yourself, you need something that's going to convince you that it's all going to turn out all right...hope. This concept works with Rachel too. When she found out that Oliver and her father had died, it seemed like she had lost hope of getting her life back together. She found hope still by keeping in mind about how the Commander started this all and it's her job to get revenge. The hope inside of her didn't actually die; she just found it in a different way.

NinNn

Beyonce_Listen by NinNn

Listen by Beyonce

Listen to the song here in my heart

A melody I start but can't complete


Listen, to the sound from deep within

It's only beginning

To find release


Oh, the time has come

For my dreams to be heard

They will not be pushed aside and turned

Into your own

All cause you won't

Listen


[Chorus:]

Listen, I am alone at a crossroads

I'm not at home, in my own home

And I've tried and tried

To say what's on my mind

You should have known


Oh, now I'm done believing you

You don't know what I'm feeling

I'm more than what you made of me

I followed the voice you gave to me

But now I gotta find my own


You should have listened

There is someone here inside

Someone I'd thought had died

So long ago

Oh, I'm screaming out, and my dreams will be heard

They will not be pushed aside on words

Into your own

All cause you won't

Listen


[Chorus:]

Listen, I am alone at a crossroads

I'm not at home, in my own home

And I've tried and tried

To say what's on my mind

You should have known


Oh, now I'm done believing you

You don't know what I'm feeling

I'm more than what you made of me

I followed the voice you gave to me

But now I gotta find my own


I don't know where I belong

But I'll be moving on

If you don't

If you won't


Listen to the song here in my heart

A melody I start

But I will complete


Oh, now I'm done believing you

You don't know what I'm feeling

I'm more than what you've made of me

I followed the voice you think you gave to me

But now I gotta find my own

My own