Today, I am the last stop in the tour for the Rebel series by Lance Erlick. I was interested in this story, because I love stories of dystopia, science fiction, and alternate realities. In this case, the universe is female-dominated and men are sort of seen as pesky animals? Although I’m not sure how realistic the universe is, I enjoyed reading a different prospective. One does get tired of the Game of Thrones style of treating women.
My review is next, then you can read the synopsis of each book under that and enter the giveaway below!
The Rebel Within Review
The Rebel Within follows the adventures of 16 year-old Annabelle in a society where men are almost extinct. Annabelle works to navigate the world of growing up in a politically and military-dominated society where she doesn’t agree with mainstream politics.
I found the writing and plot in The Rebel Within interesting, but my favorite thing about this story was imagining if a female-dominated sodiety really would be like described in the book. In the book, the women basically act like men (which isn’t difficult in this case since it was written by a man). Every now and then, I forgot that they were supposed to all be women. In reality, I don’t know if a female-driven society would be man like or if it would be even more prissy, for lack of a better word. In this universe, I suppose since there was a recent war it might promote tougher women, but in a society lacking entirely in men, I think it might play out differently.
My favorite part of this book was the relationship between Annabelle and her adopted sister Jamie. Annabelle protects her younger sister and is always looking out for her.
My least favorite part about The Rebel Within was the pacing. The entire book felt like it was a set-up for the rest of the series- which while fine, felt a little boring in spots.
Overall, The Rebel Within is a solid 3 star book- enjoyable and entertaining to read. Fans of dystopian and female-driven books should enjoy reading this series.
Action packed first book in Rebel series.
Annabelle (16) faces adult dilemmas and a fight for her life. Orphaned at age three when the military took her parents, she’s a tomboy who rebels against her conformist society, which pushes her to become a cop intern to catch escaped boys. Then she’s forced to choose between joining the elite military that took her parents or being torn from her beloved sister and adoptive mom.
The Rebel Within turns our male dominated world upside down. After the Second American Civil War, the Federal Union pursues a utopian society without men by rounding up the remaining males, and enforcing Harmony. Central to their plan is EggFusion Fertilization and Female Mechanized Warriors.
In this world, Annabelle faces a cop intern boss who hates her, a military commander who demands too much, and an amazon bully who won’t leave her alone. She meets a handsome boy who escapes prison. As she tries to survive rigorous military training and hunt for her imprisoned birth mother, Annabelle must choose between capturing the boy and helping him escape, while she wrestles with the consequences of her actions.
THE REBEL TRAP
Voices in 16-year-old Annabelle’s head aren’t God or signs she’s going mad—yet.
The Rebel Trap sweeps readers into a haunting world with no privacy. Written as a standalone story, it also follows Annabelle’s adventures from The Rebel Within.
Auditory implants and contact cams allow her military commander from the unit that took her parents to watch her 24-7. A boy she helped to escape hacks her implants to plead for her help. She’s forced to be a cop and military spy investigating her police captain as well as capturing escaped boys. Observed constantly, Annabelle has to dance between helping the escaped boy she likes free his brother from a heavily guarded geek institute, her job to capture him, and the feud between her military commander and the police chief she’s expected to spy on.
A pawn in a bigger game, no one believes she can handle this, which may be her greatest asset.
Rebels Divided is a fun thrill ride written as a standalone action story, but also part of the Rebel series, three years later.
The first time Geo sees Annabelle, they meet as enemies and she doesn’t kill him. That’s worth something. Geo (19) is a rugged frontiersman who hungers to see more of the world than the impoverished Outland glen where he and his pa hide from local Rangers. Annabelle (19) is a tough yet fragile tomboy who lost her parents at age three to the Mech Warriors. Then she’s forced to become a Mech.
After the Second American Civil War, the nation divides into two ‘utopias’. The Federal Union enforces Harmony and an all-female society protected by Mechanized Warriors. The Outland promotes rugged individualism, but Thane Edwards holds a monopoly of power with his Rangers. The Union’s Tenn-tucky governor and the Outland warlord conclude a secret deal, pledging Annabelle to the warlord to provide heirs, and putting a bounty on Geo and his pa.
Hunted by military from both sides, Geo and Annabelle struggle to overcome mutual distrust in order to work together to rescue her sister and gain justice for the murder of his father.
About the Author
Lance Erlick grew up in various parts of the United States and Europe. He took to stories as his anchor and was inspired by his father’s engineering work on cutting-edge aerospace projects to look to the future. He studied creative writing at Northwestern University and University of Iowa.
He writes science fiction, dystopian and young adult stories and likes to explore the future implications of social and technological trends. He is the author of The Rebel Within, The Rebel Trap, and Rebels Divided, three books in the Rebel series. In those stories, he flips traditional exploitation to explore the effects of a world that discriminates against males and the consequences of following conscience for those coming of age. Erlick lives in the Chicago area with his family.
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