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The Rebel Within (Rebels Book 1) by [Erlick, Lance]
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About the Author

Lance Erlick likes to explore the mysteries of intriguing worlds with remarkable, often strong female guides facing and overcoming adversity as they try to change their world. He writes science fiction thrillers for young adult and adult readers. He is the author of The Rebel Within, The Rebel Trap, and Rebels Divided, three books in the Rebel series. In those stories, he explores the moral consequences of following conscience for those coming of age. He is also the author of the Regina Shen series—Regina Shen: Resilience, Regina Shen: Vigilance, and Regina Shen: Defiance. This series takes place after abrupt climate change leads to the Great Collapse and a new society under the World Federation. Lance is also the author of short stories and novelettes. To learn more about the author and his stories visit his website at http://www.LanceErlick.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2214 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Finlee Augare Books (5 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C0WEZ48
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #325,393 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Well, it was exciting enough to hold my attention long enough to finish it, but the author seems to be one of those Americans who think that universal healthcare and food-safety rules are the stigmata of an evil dictatorship, which is irritating. The supposedly adorable younger sister is a simpering brat so insanely annoying that I spent the whole book wanting to punch her, and was expecting at any moment that she would turn put to be an enemy spy because I thought the author couldn't really be *serious* in presenting this whining, pouting, clingy little parasite as one of the good guys.

Also, much of the plot centres around the other characters' inability to defeat in unarmed combat a very tall, muscle-bound fighter who charges her opponents like a bull, even though anyone with even the most glancing acquaintance with martial arts knows that a tall opponent who charges into combat is easily toppled and just begging to be thrown into a wall. *I* could take her, and I haven't done judo for 40 years. And absolutely nobody in the whole book, including the author, appears to possess anything remotely resembling a sense of humour.

All in all, if you want to read a story in which males are either obsolete or have been reduced to second-class citizens, imo you'd be better off with Consider Her Ways by John Wyndham, When Voiha Wakes by Joy Chant, Black Maria by Diana Wynne Jones or the wonderful Chanur series (The Pride of Chanur, Chanur's Venture. The Kif Strike Back, Chanur's Homecoming and Chanur's Legacy) by CJ Cherryth.

[NB Black Maria was sold as Aunt Maria in the US, where people don't know that a Black Maria is a type of British police van used to transport prisoners.]
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I cant say too much about the plot without spoiling it so Im just going to go with what I thought! The Rebel Within was a really unique and somewhat fascinating read. I don't think I've ever read a book where the females rule and the males are on the run!! I'm all for girl power and this takes it a step forward.

Annabelle was an awesome character. She is strong, tough, smart but also kind and compassionate. In a world where women think men as nothing more than things to be hated, Annabelle finds herself questioning everything. She hates the thought of hurting any boy or man but how can she do anything else? She has been drafted into the Mechs, an elite group of women who patrol and police the Outlands. Mechs are meant to capture men, they are meant to release them into the Outlands and make sure non enter their lands, but Annabelle doesn't want to be one of those! She longs to meet a boy and find out exactly what they are. I loved her inner strength and her need to be the best.

There are quite a few characters in the book but each adds something to the overall feel of The Rebel Within. Sam is the epitome of a strong independent woman. She trains the Mechs and pushes them all to be the best. Dara is the main competitor for Annabelle in the Mech competition. She is a huge aggressive girl and I found it hard to like her. Yet she pushes Annabelle to always be and do more. Then we have Annabelles sister, Janine. Annabelle will do anything to protect her from harm. She doesnt want Janine joining the Mechs because its not a place for a softhearted girl. I really liked their relationship and the trust Janine has in Annabelle.

I liked the idea of the Rebel Within, an all female society where women are trained to become the strongest, toughest cops out there.
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I received a copy of The Rebel Within by Lance Erlick in return for an honest review. I recommend the story, particularly for YA readers the action takes place in a dystopian world in which the protagonist Annabelle struggles to come to terms with a regime that actively discriminates against men to the extent that boys are kept under strict lock and key at home or imprisoned, and trained to fight to their deaths.

Annabelle dreams of escape but most importantly she is driven to protect her younger sister within the regime. Annabelle has an empathy for the males who live in her world and the story evolves as she tries to defy authority and to help some to escape. The Rebel Within refers to Annabelle's drive to follow her own moral code (much like her parents who suffered for their actions, so that now she lives with a polyamorous adoptive family). The plot is action-packed centred around Annabelle's training to become a "mech" warrior which she doubts she will survive. The angst that Annabelle experiences in learning to be true to herself and her heart is a compelling coming of age drama.

The book is written in the first person which I tend to dislike however the twisting plot was part adventure, part love story, part suspense and Annabelle's experiences and dilemmas were interesting enough so that her narration was only a mild irritation in an otherwise enjoyable and thought provoking dystopian tale.
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I chose this raiting because I can't wait to Read the next book. I liked the fact that it was different to normal story's about the future when everything went fubar. I would recomed to anyone that likes a good read
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