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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?

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

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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!!

10 of 10 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

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Caro
  • Everywhere Georgia
  • 08-07-17

What a good book.....

Would you listen to Secondborn again? Why?

I'm not used to plain modern day Sci Fi / Fantasy,but...... I was intrigued by the short summary of this book and decided to give it a try. I was inno way disappointed. The plot line is new and original. The action is mostly fast paced. The suspense is palpable. Bravo!!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Secondborn?

The end is very surprising.

Which scene was your favorite?

Again I would say the ending. Although as with most books I TrueType enjoy,I wanted it to go on and on....

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Hard to say. I'm not much of a movie buff..

Any additional comments?

Exceptional story and narration.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Second born an original concept

Finally a new world to enjoy. Strangers worth getting to know. With enough drama to be entertaining.
Fresh, with likable and hateful characters.
A first in series well worth enjoying.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Creative, but just okay for me

Very imaginative, but ended kind of abruptly. I realize it's the first in a series, but this first installment didn't have a conclusion or a cliffhanger. It just ended. Also, this story was a bit more YA than I expected - not a bad thing, but might be important to potential readers. The narrator was fine.

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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!

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loved it

The story kept me entertained from beginning to end. Cant wait for the next part to come out!!!!

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Amazing

this book was amazing. can't wait to read the rest. it reminded me a little of Catching Fire

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Enjoyable read

I enjoyed this book and the narration, but the ending left you hanging until the next book. Overall the book was very enjoyable and you will not be disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Could Not Put Down

Typically, I am not a big fan of book series. However, this is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. I had a hard time putting it down. it was captivating with an intriguing storyline, and enough adventure to make it exciting. I have already pre-ordered book two. Wish it would be released before seven months. I am looking forward to reading again before book 2 to refresh the story. Well done!

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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 !

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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".

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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.