Monday, November 18, 2013

"The Rebel Within," by Lance Erlick

In the aftermath of another U.S. civil war, a different kind of rebel arises. Annabelle lives in a world where men are exiled, quarantined or forced to fight to the death in annual games. Encountering an escapee, the only safe recourse for her is to turn him in... but she puts everything at risk to give the boy refuge from his fate.

Intense action and compelling relationships make this dystopian thrill-ride a great reading choice... and when you're done there's a well-reviewed follow-up novel, Rebels Divided, available now.

The Rebel Within (Rebels), by Lance Erlick
Price: $2.99
270 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 10 reviews

"This book grabbed and held my attention from page one. Interesting premise - an oppressive world dominated by women. The author really got me into the mind of his heroine. I felt her pain and confusion as she went about trying to do the right things. Her challenges are many as she worries about her adoptive mother and struggles to keep her younger sister safe. Like Hunger Games, it's science fiction set in a bleak future, but the story transcends genre. You don't have to be a fan of science fiction to love it. Great read!" -- Amazon reviewer

"Readers will easily engage with this well-written tale. Annabelle is believably stubborn, yet also vulnerable and likable." "The novel has plenty of action and suspense, made all the more thrilling due to the investment readers have in the characters. The novel's psychological elements keep things interesting, as well." "Readers will likely think about this society long after finishing the book." - Kirkus Reviews

First book in Rebel series.

After the Second American Civil War, the Federal Union pursues a utopian world without men by rounding up the remaining males, and enforcing harmony. Central to their plan is EggFusion Fertilization and Female Mechanized Warriors based near Knoxville.

Annabelle (16) is a tomboy who lost her parents at age three. Despite her rebellious acts against a conformist society, the state pushes her to become a cop intern to catch escaped boys. Then she's forced to choose between joining the elite military unit that took her parents or being torn from her beloved sister and adoptive mom.

She 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. Then she meets a handsome boy who escapes prison. While trying to survive the rigorous military program and hunt for her imprisoned birth mother, Annabelle must choose between capturing the boy and helping him get away, and wrestle with the consequences of her actions.

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Meet the Author

Raised by a roaming aerospace engineer, 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.

Erlick writes speculative fiction, science fiction, dystopian and young adult and likes to explore the future implications of social and technological trends. He is the author of The Rebel Within and Rebels Divided, two books in the Rebel series. In those stories, he explores the effects of a world that discriminates against males and the consequences of following conscience for those coming of age.

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