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Secondborn

Secondborn, Book 1
Narrated by: Kate Reinders
Series: Secondborn, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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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?

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©2017 Amy A. Bartol. (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Highly recommended

Great book with a great narrator. No trouble keeping my attention. A unique dystopian universe.

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  • A. Capito
  • 14-02-2018

Bella Swan's Cousin

I was really hopeful that this would be a good read. The world of it was intriguing, and I kept hoping throughout that it would get better...For the lead character to become someone! Didn't happen. The characters are bland and plastic, except for just a few, and the lead is annoying and superficial (and yet, every single male in the book is drawn to her and pledge their loyalty and devotion to her at every opportunity). I finally had to just give up at Chapter 25. I couldn't take the weird plot shifts and the idiotic response of the lead, Roselle. Decent performance, interesting world and premise...awful characters and cringe worthy dialogue.

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  • Kevin
  • 02-10-2017

Plot with enough holes to make a fishing net

I've never read/listened to a book that made 'the willing suspension of disbelief' so difficult. It's like that moment in a horror movie when you wonder, "Why aren't they just using their cell phones?" Except it's a constant assault of those moments, which makes the book almost unreadable.

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  • Susan Poole
  • 23-10-2017

great for a teen

If I were 15 years old I would have loved this book. but at my age I found it predictable and wanting

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-12-2017

waste of time and $$

Same old story about a strong woman whos life revolves around the many males who worship her. Sure she has female friends but they aren't that important to her. She even admits to using them just to get closer to a guy.

Im so sick of these kinds of books. They are just cheesy damsel in distress tales masquerading as a strong female.

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  • Brian Lawler
  • 02-02-2018

Formulaic, predictable but still mildly entertaini

Covers the same basic ideas as lots of dystopian fiction. Not lots of novelty in the plot or characters. But entertaining enough. Good enough to help pass the time during long commutes.

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  • Amy G.
  • 26-02-2018

Very different

This is a really unique idea for a Society. Although we already know that cultures exist where firstborn children are preferred, in this society, secondborn children exist only to be servants and soldiers - and to be heirs if a firstborn dies.

But this has a downside, as some secondborns decide to kill older siblings in order to improve their status. This, in turn, has created a society that fears secondborns, and this treats them even more badly.

Creating a society where the most denigrated citizens make up your army? Yeah, that’s just setting yourself up for a rebellion.

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  • peace seeking lady
  • 26-02-2018

Nice audio

Ending a little dissatisfing but overall great story and naraation. One of the best purchases.

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  • AznAngelGurl
  • 25-02-2018

Great narrator!

I struggled to put the book down. Kate is a great narrator and I enjoyed the influctions and her voice. there are a few narrators out there I'm not as big a fan of. the story is good, with a mix of power struggle, love, and finding oneself.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-11-2017

Story okay, performance was good

Repeating signifiers: He/she murmurs, growls, orders, was irritating to me personally. The story had an overall interesting concept but was handled with lopsided grace. It doesn't leave me wanting to read the next book, but if I didn't have anything else to listen to, I'd try it.

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  • Livealittle
  • 23-10-2017

Creative, but just okay for me

Very imaginative, but ended kind of abruptly. I realize it's the first in a series, but this first installment didn't have a conclusion or a cliffhanger. It just ended. Also, this story was a bit more YA than I expected - not a bad thing, but might be important to potential readers. The narrator was fine.

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  • Fleetwoodboy
  • 02-10-2017

First class not second

A very good story. Exciting with a continuity of thrills and adventure. Very plausible story line had me unable to put my iPhone down and keep on listening. First of a trilogy ifbyhr other two books are as good it'll be money well spent . Narrator is top class and makes everything more enjoyable .

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  • caroline
  • 12-09-2017

Great kick ass female lead

This book has a great lead and lots of twists and turns so many possibilities have been built that you just don't know what will happen next !

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  • Poppey
  • 03-07-2018

Different

Not my usual genre, I purchased this on a whim and am glad I did. I found this book interesting, almost addictive, albeit a little reminiscent of Hunger Games. It is relatively fast paced and this first book was well worth the credit.

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  • Danielle
  • 07-06-2018

Interesting enough

I think the plot for the book is an interesting one, however it should have been thought though better as i can already see a few plot holes, parts that didn't make sense and parts could have been written better.
The way the romance part of the story is written sucks, it was too rushed and there was no real chemistry between the characters.

I can't put my finger on it, but I felt something was missing, I didn't feel the excitement of wanting to know what happens next that i felt when listening to "The gender game" or "The children of Eden".

I am interested enough to want to know what happens next, hopefully the next book in more interesting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-04-2020

liked the story line but had a few issues

The story line was good and interesting however the narration didn't always work.
the voice was too relaxed and tranquil especially during the action/fighting. there was not sense of thrill, danger, urgency or anything and fell flat.

another slight problem was that I felt things were a little spoon fed and things like 'a year later' was repeated so many times. ok we got it, time has passed. I don't feel like the story flowed well but again the idea was good just wasn't 100%sure on the execution or performance.

The romance wasnt believable, rushed, predictable and slightly irritating. Seemed as though there was a need to include a romantic aspect for the audience however it wasnt poorly done and a little overlooked... just wasn't believable even for a young romance.

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  • Lea
  • 12-02-2020

Exciting and Intriguing

A great story that is well written and narrated. Makes you want to keep on listening.

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  • Sam Lloyd
  • 21-12-2017

loved it

fantastic story. i think this could be the next hunger games, it would make a fantastic film!!

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  • Rebel
  • 15-08-2017

Surprisingly good!

Was a little put off by the whole first born second born angle however really enjoyed the story.

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  • minty-chan
  • 07-03-2019

amazing

definitely exceeded my expectations. I haven't read/ listened to a book this interesting in a while. the plot and the whole world of Roselle is enthralling.

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  • C Shea
  • 10-11-2017

I can't believe I bothered to finish this.

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if it was up to me, this review would just be sick emoji's, but apparently you need "words", too. Nonetheless, my choice of words is: "this book = sick emoji".

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