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I loved that we are finally given a female character who has to LEARN self-defence and how to fight, but more importantly, her talent is in coding and computers! So often we're told that girls can't do those things and don't have those kinds of skills but Rebellion works to subvert that "view". I thought that Cass was a really over-ambitious character, but in the best way possible. She was fuelled by her frustrations and her passions, and put those emotions into the achievement of goals which may have initially seemed unattainable. I also enjoyed seeing the different ways in which the act of "rebellion" was stretched between the two groups in the book. Violence vs Non-violence. It's always an interesting aspect, when people are fighting the same cause but through different aims and with opposing ideals. Drummer and Jono - brilliant characters, and personally for me, they were the light in some of Rebellion's scenes that otherwise would have been very dark and heavy. The situation that the GDO has everyone in is frightening, and these characters really do add a lot of much needed humour.
If you love Dystopian or YA novels, or even just looking for a book with a strong female lead, I'd recommend Rebellion!
Rebellion is first person present which to be frank is my least favourite tense to read or write in, however for once I wasn't immediately turned off to this. I kept going when usually I might struggle to push through and it proved worth it. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and perhaps I will rethink my adversity to the tense the next time I come across it.
The chapters are set out as weeks which makes the time pass very quickly I find, sometimes leaving me with a feeling that details and events have been skimmed over due to not wanting to have chapters that are exceptionally long. I'm not sure if I'm just fond of indulgence and details on everything when reading but this fast pace made me look at it differently. I don't however, believe this is a negative because actually it only made me read it faster because the pace was set by the author.
I wouldn't say Rebellion gripped me in the same way novels had in the past but it did attract me and evidently, I didn't stop reading either way. The storyline is straight forward and easy to get into - I kept waiting for the big plot twists that never came. Nothing really surprised me but maybe that's why I enjoyed it. I really did enjoy it, it was different because of the pace and that's what peaked my interest. The lack of twists kind of relaxed me because these days they're so full of all of these 'shocking' plot twists that either you can't keep up with or it just becomes almost boring. I found this refreshing instead.
I don't generally write long reviews, I'm not good at them and I realise this as I write what sounds like a review that says "it did everything I don't like but I liked it". I actually thoroughly enjoyed it but considering these factors, I can't actually put my finger on why. I just did. I will continue to read this series when the sequel is released next year and I shall always look out for Josephine Boyce on the shelves!
Although we, thankfully, don't like in the world controlled by the GDO, sometimes it feels as though absolute corporate power isn't that far away. I like the parallels of reality in this-hopefully an awakening to politics for readers too.
The love story is really compelling as is the action. A perfect combination of head and heart! Looking forward to the second instalment!
Europe has been conquered by a military organisation called the Global Defence Organisation. Our main character, Cassia, decides to enter the military in order to help her mother, who needs life saving drugs, and to break her father out of prison.
There are many things to like about this novel. The characters are well drawn, and the romance develops naturally. Cassia isn’t some super hero planning to take on the state, merely a young woman who simply wants to save those whom she loves.
The reason for four stars rather than five is that at times I felt as if I’d read the novel before. The use of a computer virus, a prison break, and a nasty superior trying to wrest sexual favours from an underling felt familiar. The plot was well constructed but I was never caught by surprise.
A good start and it’ll be interesting how the author develops in her future works.
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