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Before you stands the future.

Straight-laced 16-year-old Rebecca can't wait for her Acceptance. A fancy ball, eligible bachelors, and her debut as an official member of society. Instead, the Machine rejects Rebecca. Labeled as a future criminal, she's shipped off to a life sentence in a lawless penal colony.

A life behind barbed wire fences with the world's most dangerous people terrifies Rebecca. She reluctantly joins a band of misfit teens in a risky escape plan, complete with an accidental fiancé she's almost certain she can learn to love.

But freedom comes with a price. To escape a doomed future and prove her innocence, Rebecca must embrace the criminal within.

A teen and young adult dystopian adventure of crime, romance, and survival.

©2014 Sarah Negovetich (P)2017 Sarah Negovetich

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Outstanding!!

This book is very well written and narrated! The story keeps you guessing and coming back for more. There were several times I thought I knew what was coming and each time I was pleasantly surprised that I was wrong.
The narration was EXCELLENT! Stacey Glemboski has been added to my very short list of favorite narrators that I will listen to anything they narrate.
This book is fabulous all the way around. I will definitely listen to the rest of the series as soon as possible!! I didn't expect this but I LOVED IT, LOVED IT, LOVED IT!!!!
I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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excellent listen

This was a very good listen. The story was interesting and the pace was steady with interspersed action scenes that were gut clenching. The narration was excellent with each character having their own voice and personality. The book ended in a major cliff hanger.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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This was Amazing...and I am an adult male

Yes...I know this is a "Young Adult" book, but I truly enjoyed this story. Sarah Negovetich really tells an excellent story and captures the emotions wonderfully.

Stacey Glemboski is a wonderful narrator. She really brings the characters to life. Plus her recording quality is exceptional. She was the perfect choice for this audiobook.

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Riveting and Enjoyable

This is one of the best dystopian stories I've listened to or read. The characters are well written. The plot is excellent. I would recommend this book to anyone...adult or teen. Well done.

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This book was dark

I love dystopian listens. Many books in this genre leans towards the dark. That was definitely the case here.

The reasons behind the machine rejecting people is the side B to this story. The side A is the world building and the abject despair for those living in The Pit. Actually, this could have been darker but trust me, it was dark enough.

The ending shed some light on the situation and while there was resolution, there is definitely a want to check out book two.

The narrator was really good. In fact, she was so good that a few times I actually forgot this was a single narration.

If you like dark dystopian novels, this one delivers.

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Brilliant and gripping

Some what dystopian this story is both spellbinding and disturbing. Once a year a ceremony is held where 16 year olds are either accepted into society or rejected as someone who will become a criminal. But it's far from a simple thing.

This book combines loyalty with betrayal, love with disappointment, and fear with hope to create a story that is gripping and leaves you wanting more. Bring on book two!

Beautifuly written and filled with characters you can't help but love, this is a story that will not disappoint.

The narration is perfect, great character voices and a pace and tone that draw you into the story and enhance it.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Thoroughly enjoyed this one.

I love dystopian stories, but it's been quite a while since I've read one like this...romantic/YA centric, and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Negovetich introduces an intriguing world and some interesting characters in this opening volume in the Acceptance series. Definitely a series I'll be continuing with.

This book is narrated by Stacey Glemboski. It's the first time I've heard her work and IMO she knocked it out of the park. I'll be looking into more of her work in the future.

I received a copy of this audio title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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The Strong Will Survive!

Excellent Book! I don’t usually listen to books about dystopian society’s; they just aren’t my thing but this book was so good. After listening to a clip of the book I decided to give it a try since the clip seemed to pull me in from the start. Just a heads up before I get into the review this is a 3-part story so this book ends on a cliffhanger. Rebecca is 16 and waiting for her acceptance ceremony to be completed so she can enter society and become a contributing adult. Something goes horribly wrong and she’s rejected and sent to the pit. Now in the fight of her life she must band together with others if she wants to survive. As she slowly learns the real reasons as to why some people are sent to the pit she’s determined to escape and speak out against the cardinal to others. Rebecca, along with her friends Daniel, Eric, Elizabeth and Molly spends all her time planning their escape. Along the way not only do they have to deal with everyday life in the pit but they must also overcome betrayal, deal with loss and find love in order to discover their true strength. Rite of Rejection is truly a great book. The story is always moving, there’s never a dull moment or a time in the book that drags. Everything that happens is relevant to the story and there’s no outside or over the top drama. I think it could be a relatable story if we lived in a dystopian society. I can’t wait for the next books to be released on audible.

I was given this audiobook free at my request for my honest and unbiased review.

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Best novel of its kind I've read in years

Unlike most modern dystopian novels, I immediately felt hooked, emotionally and story-wise. Good concepts, clearly written with no phony plot filler to get in the way of the story. Well written, good characters and solid world building. The best novel of it’s kind I’ve read in many years.

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Missed some more descriptions

Every year the Rite of Acceptance is celebrated in Carnal City. Teens from all territories must participate when they reach the age of 16 to be accepted into society. There is a special machine that detects any potential criminal, and those are sent to the Pit. Rebecca Collins has always been a good girl, and for her this is just another step in the way, nothing to worry about. But the machine has a different opinion, and Rebecca is sent to the Pit, where she will meet new friends and will try to understand why and how their society really works.

I loved the premises of this book. A dystopian society where everybody seems happy but is watched with a magnifier by a leader. People who are unjustly rejected and erased from society just because they may think different or have certain abilities that could pose a danger to the leader.

From the few details we got, the story is set in the future. There is some technology unknown to us but not extremely developed, so it could be just near future. Somehow society has evolved just oposite as it should. Women’s aspirations are getting married and having children, and this really shows in Rebecca, the main character. I sympathized with her, but only to a certain point. The damsel in distress attitude, and her obsession with boys was just too much for me. I understand that she was only sixteen, but her mantle of victimhood and the need for a knight to save her was just the opposite to anything I want to see in any girl. Fortunately Rebecca evolves during her stay in the Pit, and towards the end of the book she becomes a different person.

The story is focused in Rebecca, her feelings, and the little group of friends she met. I missed more descriptions about the world in general and the Pit in particular. If the machine did not only send criminals to the Pit, but different people in general, why was this place so dangerous? It is true that there were no rules of respect from the guards towards the prisoners, but among all the people there, there should have been more good people than the ones Rebecca met. I got especially angry at the ordeal she had to pass to gain acceptance to the group, and I would have stayed away of toxic people who would ask me the impossible just to avoid accepting me. There were very few background characters, and from the story and descriptions it was difficult to have a real idea about the Pit and the people inside. I am sure there would have been many different groups, but this was just not in the book, which is a pity, because it would have contributed to make the story richer.

The book ends on a massive cliffhanger, but as it is just the first book in a series, this is something we are getting used to.

Stacey Glemboski’s narration was absolutely amazing. She delivered different voices for all the characters, and transmitted Rebecca’s emotions in a such a powerful way that took away my breath several times. Her voice is clear and helped to improve the final product. The audio production was perfect.

I enjoyed the story, and the way that Rebecca felt close, even though our personalities are very different. I think this book would work on young audiences and anyone with special interest in dystopian novels.

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.