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Publisher's Summary

Firstborns rule society. Secondborns are the property of the government. Thirdborns are not tolerated. Long live the Fates Republic.

On Transition Day, the second child in every family is taken by the government and forced into servitude. Roselle St. Sismode's eighteenth birthday arrives with harsh realizations: she's to become a soldier for the Fate of Swords military arm of the Republic during the bloodiest rebellion in history, and her elite firstborn mother is happy to see her go.

Televised since her early childhood, Roselle's privileged upbringing has earned her the resentment of her secondborn peers. Now her decision to spare an enemy on the battlefield marks her as a traitor to the state.

But Roselle finds an ally - and more - in fellow secondborn conscript Hawthorne Trugrave. As the consequences of her actions ripple throughout the Fates Republic, can Roselle create a destiny of her own? Or will her Fate override everything she fights for - even love?

Please note: The audio references supplemental material that is not included with the purchase of this audiobook.

©2017 Amy A. Bartol. (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Bella Swan's Cousin

I was really hopeful that this would be a good read. The world of it was intriguing, and I kept hoping throughout that it would get better...For the lead character to become someone! Didn't happen. The characters are bland and plastic, except for just a few, and the lead is annoying and superficial (and yet, every single male in the book is drawn to her and pledge their loyalty and devotion to her at every opportunity). I finally had to just give up at Chapter 25. I couldn't take the weird plot shifts and the idiotic response of the lead, Roselle. Decent performance, interesting world and premise...awful characters and cringe worthy dialogue.

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Plot with enough holes to make a fishing net

I've never read/listened to a book that made 'the willing suspension of disbelief' so difficult. It's like that moment in a horror movie when you wonder, "Why aren't they just using their cell phones?" Except it's a constant assault of those moments, which makes the book almost unreadable.

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waste of time and $$

Same old story about a strong woman whos life revolves around the many males who worship her. Sure she has female friends but they aren't that important to her. She even admits to using them just to get closer to a guy.

Im so sick of these kinds of books. They are just cheesy damsel in distress tales masquerading as a strong female.

48 of 50 people found this review helpful

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great for a teen

If I were 15 years old I would have loved this book. but at my age I found it predictable and wanting

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Formulaic, predictable but still mildly entertaini

Covers the same basic ideas as lots of dystopian fiction. Not lots of novelty in the plot or characters. But entertaining enough. Good enough to help pass the time during long commutes.

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Story okay, performance was good

Repeating signifiers: He/she murmurs, growls, orders, was irritating to me personally. The story had an overall interesting concept but was handled with lopsided grace. It doesn't leave me wanting to read the next book, but if I didn't have anything else to listen to, I'd try it.

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Amazing Story

I honestly was reluctant to read this book because I wanted Bartol to focus writing more books related to the Kricket story. I'm glad I gave in. This is an amazing book. I cannot wait for book 2 to come out. I think that it'll be released sometime in 2018 🙁.... It's too long of a wait!!

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This book was the perfect mixture of everything!!!

First may I say I loved this narrator! She read the book at the perfect pace and the performance absolutely sold me. Lovely voice!

I don't review books often but I couldn't resist with this one. This book is the definition of perfection! The author is so brilliant not only in her phraseology, but her design and layout of the story structure. The plot had an easiness, yet did not lack depth. You can tell when authors are truly wizards at their craft, and Bartol is masterful. There was action, suspense, mystery, love, and more action and it was seven layers of awesome!

I LOVED this book! Loved! It was everything I was looking for and so much more! Secondborn is such a wonderful and refreshing read for those who love a luxurious, dystopian, sci-fi novel with a touch of forbidden romance.

I can't say enough good things. The description and vocabularies used to describe Roselle's world didn't leave me scratching my head.
The love scenes weren't overbearing, awkward, or annoying. I LOVED Hawthorne.

Such a great book! I'm full blown fangirling and I cannot wait for the sequel!!! 2018, please come sooner! Thank you for a wonderful book!

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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She always produces great stories

I loved this new book and hope to see a second one soon. Great leading female character.

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Wow! Another awesome Amy Barton Series!

Can't wait to read the next one! Her tales keep you on the edge of your seat and draw you in with every page!

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  • Fleetwoodboy
  • 10-02-17

First class not second

A very good story. Exciting with a continuity of thrills and adventure. Very plausible story line had me unable to put my iPhone down and keep on listening. First of a trilogy ifbyhr other two books are as good it'll be money well spent . Narrator is top class and makes everything more enjoyable .

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  • caroline
  • 09-12-17

Great kick ass female lead

This book has a great lead and lots of twists and turns so many possibilities have been built that you just don't know what will happen next !

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  • Poppey
  • 07-03-18

Different

Not my usual genre, I purchased this on a whim and am glad I did. I found this book interesting, almost addictive, albeit a little reminiscent of Hunger Games. It is relatively fast paced and this first book was well worth the credit.

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  • Danielle
  • 06-07-18

Interesting enough

I think the plot for the book is an interesting one, however it should have been thought though better as i can already see a few plot holes, parts that didn't make sense and parts could have been written better.
The way the romance part of the story is written sucks, it was too rushed and there was no real chemistry between the characters.

I can't put my finger on it, but I felt something was missing, I didn't feel the excitement of wanting to know what happens next that i felt when listening to "The gender game" or "The children of Eden".

I am interested enough to want to know what happens next, hopefully the next book in more interesting.

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  • Sam Lloyd
  • 12-21-17

loved it

fantastic story. i think this could be the next hunger games, it would make a fantastic film!!

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  • Rebel
  • 08-15-17

Surprisingly good!

Was a little put off by the whole first born second born angle however really enjoyed the story.

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  • C Shea
  • 11-10-17

I can't believe I bothered to finish this.

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if it was up to me, this review would just be sick emoji's, but apparently you need "words", too. Nonetheless, my choice of words is: "this book = sick emoji".

2 of 9 people found this review helpful