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SECONDBORN by Amy A. Bartol. Book 1 in a new dystopian science fiction series, Publishers Weekly calls SECONDBORN, “a skillful balance of intrigue, romance, and tension.” SECONDBORN will be published by 47North on August 1, 2017.
“A skillful balance of intrigue, romance, and tension…” —Publishers Weekly
Letter from the Editor
“It’s agony and relief to watch my life end.” So begins Amy A. Bartol’s inventive and captivating new dystopian novel. From that opening sentence to the final page, Secondborn’s intriguing contradictions move in a gorgeous dance—a vivid, transfixing romp through a lushly imagined speculative world.
Of course, it’s not all pretty. Our heroine and narrator, Roselle St. Sismode, has long known that her eighteenth birthday will mark the end of her opulent upbringing in the Palace of the Sword, most of it televised for as long as she can remember. Born into the Fates Republic, a society in which only the firstborn enjoy the rights and freedoms of full citizenship, secondborn Roselle is destined for a short and brutal life in the military. But Amy equips her characters with an array of lavishly distinctive clothing, futuristic vehicles, extraordinary weapons, and whimsical vocabulary that are as fun as the culture of the novel is horrifying—thirdborns are flat-out forbidden, for example—and the result is a mesmerizing juxtaposition of beauty and terror.
Punctuated by pulse-pounding action scenes, the book balances the cold elegance of the Republic’s inflexible structure with the roiling passion between Roselle and her forbidden lover, Hawthorne Trugrave. With romance, action, and cinematic science fiction in equal measure, Secondborn offers a one-of-a-kind, genre-straddling escape into a dystopian world that’s as surprisingly sumptuous as it is alarming. And with a heroine like Roselle at the helm, you won’t soon forget it.
- Jason Kirk, Editor
About the Book
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?
About the Author
Amy A. Bartol is the award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of The Premonition Series, The Kricket Series, and a short story entitled “The Divided.” She lives in Michigan with her husband and two sons. For more on Amy and her work, visit her website, www.amyabartol.com
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