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From the Editor

If the world hadn’t already seen an actual one-child law, then the basic premise of this wonderful debut novel might be a stretch. But the precedent exists, and The Rule of One asks, “What about twins?” Enter Ava and Mira Goodwin, born into an imagined near-future USA. For eighteen years, the identical twins’ existence has been carefully hidden from the ruthless enforcers of “the Rule of One,” but when they are discovered and their secret revealed, the two young women must run for their lives, and this mile-a-minute adventure begins.

Oh...and did I mention that the book is written by identical twins?

By imagining a world in which their own lives would be a crime from the moment of their birth, debut authors Ashley and Leslie Saunders have created a dystopia like no other, supplemented by a whirlwind pace, a series of lucidly depicted settings, and a villain that readers of all ages will absolutely love to hate.

And in beginning this series with the alternating perspectives of Ava and Mira, the Saunders sisters have crafted a novel in which the fictional twins’ own sense of self develops on the run. It’s a core idea for a story like nothing else I’ve come across, and I’m thrilled now to introduce it to readers everywhere. I hope that, like me, you’ll also finish this book, chanting, “Resist much! Obey little!”

- Jason Kirk, Editor

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The Rule of One is about family, adventure, self-discovery, and the search for space to belong. [It] hooks readers with the idea of a one-child policy in the future United States and a tightly held secret.” Los Angeles Times

“Ava and Mira’s world is an all-too-believable mix of advanced technology and environmental collapse. In their debut, Saunders and Saunders, themselves twins, lend an authentic voice to the girls’ first-person narration…Readers are in for a fast-paced ride, poised for a sequel, as the twins embrace their father’s call, in the words of Walt Whitman, to ‘resist much, obey little.’” Kirkus Reviews

“Dystopia fans will enjoy this adventure set in an all-too-plausible future America.” School Library Journal

“A suspenseful and timely dystopian thriller that should appeal to both adults and teens.” Library Journal

“Utilizing a sf-fantasy setting and a survival-oriented plot, the Saunders sisters are careful to promote growth and differentiation between the twins…There are parallels to current news stories, such as immigration, environmental resources, and an autocratic political system. Try this with fans of James Dashner’s Maze Runner series, Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Double Identity, or such clone books as Rachel Vincent’s Brave New Girl.” Booklist

“The apocryphal nature, strong female heroes, and similar concepts to the movie What Happened to Monday and to Margaret Haddix’s book series Shadow Children, are reflected in this plot-driven book. Readers of the genre will appreciate the page-turning action, the close calls, and the authors’ development of distinct personality differences between the twins.” VOYA

The Rule of One, penned by IRL twins Ashley and Leslie Saunders (with another book to come), will be your new favorite YA series.” —HelloGiggles

“The descriptions of everything are incredibly vivid and make you feel as if you are running for your life…This story was completely compelling.” The Nerd Daily

The Rule of One offers a loving look at the relationship between two sisters against the backdrop of a totalitarian government…The book tells a heartwarming story highlighting the relationship between twins that transcends time. If you like young adult novels, loving families, a story about sisterhood, a believable dystopia or just a trek through the near-future United States, then you’ll like The Rule of One by Ashley and Leslie Saunders.” The Daily Texan

“Fans of the Divergent series by Veronica Roth as well as The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins will be sure to love this book. The Rule of One, with its totalitarian government and futuristic setting combined with a great plot and cast of characters will satisfy any dystopian lover…” —Teenreads

The Rule of One is a compelling, fast-paced dystopian story that challenges our sense of personal freedom and security. This fast-paced story will appeal to young adult readers of all ages.” —Kids’ Book Buzz

“Twin storytellers Ashley and Leslie Saunders are modern-day soothsayers who beautifully spin a suspenseful tale of the not so distant future. Pay attention—this could be what 1984 was to 1949.” —Richard Linklater, Academy Award–nominated screenwriter and director

“Ashley and Leslie Saunders have created a masterpiece in this dark futuristic tale of twin sisters who must share one identity in a society where control is the order of the day. Intense and descriptive, the twists and turns this story takes, as well as the obvious love the sisters share for one another, make for an unforgettable journey.” —Kathy Parks, author of The Lifeboat Clique and Notes From My Captivity

About the Author

Hailing from the suburbs of Dallas, Texas, Ashley Saunders and Leslie Saunders are award-winning filmmakers and twin sisters who honed their love of storytelling at The University of Texas at Austin. While researching The Rule of One, they fell in love with America's national parks, traveling the path of Ava and Mira. The sisters can currently be found with their Boston terriers in sunny Los Angeles, exploring hiking trails and drinking entirely too much yerba mate. Visit them at or follow them on Instagram @saunderssisters.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1602 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Skyscape (1 Oct. 2018)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B076V3MZGT
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,556 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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