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Fledge (Fiona Frost Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 231 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Age Level: 12 - 18

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  • File Size: 1105 KB
  • Print Length: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Penny Greenhorn (January 11, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 11, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AI13T0O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,307 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Penny Greenhorn sleeps by day and writes by night. She's like an owl, no, a superhero! She even has a secret identity, concealing herself behind a pen name. Yup, totally a superhero. Minus the powers... and spandex, she never wears spandex. She doesn't really save anyone either. Okay, maybe she's more of an owl. Owls are cool.
Check out Penny's work: the Empath Series, the Fiona Frost Trilogy, and her stand-alone urban fantasy, Harbinger.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By PMSteve on June 28, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Fledge is about a seventeen year old farm girl on a desert-like planet who is the first and only female to be drafted into an all-male military force (as an experiment).

Fiona Frost finds the experience to be intimidating but soon manages to gain the respect of her comrades because of her intelligence and her refusal to quit.

The problems that I have with the story is the protagonist's willingness to be easily lured into committing vandalism, theft, using drugs, and becoming involved in a sports cheating scam. Hardly the innocent little farm girl that the author portrays her as being.

Naturally the author glosses this all over to make it seem so innocent but this is what she in fact does.

It is an interesting story for all of that but ends suddenly in a cliffhanger with no doubt of a sequel. Reminds me of a modern version of "The Perils of Pauline". If you've never heard of that - go ask your Grandmother.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Turtles on December 9, 2012
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This was an interesting book. In the near future Earth has discovered other planets: one containing a friendly race, another containing an aggressive culture that kills everyone aboard a ship it passes, and the last planet Earth terraformed and colonized. This planet is Providence, it is broken into 6 Utopias (which you don't hear much about) and a center farming district. The farming lands are strangely backwards, despite all the adults/parents being directly from Earth, women have little role other than marriage and kids. But Fiona's Father didn't have any sons and he petitioned the government to let his daughter be a farm hand with a share of land. So Fiona grew up a bit alienated. They didn't imagine she would be conscripted into the Military, as all sons are for 1 year. But she is taken to a camp and appointed to a squad of soldiers. Since she is smart, she excels at the academics but is physically weak at physical training. Along the way she makes friends, enemies, and falls in love. At the end of service is a war games, of sorts, and Fiona has to go with her squad of misfits.

I liked the idea of the mixture of wild west/agriculture vs. space fighting, very Firefly/Serenity. But that women were so swiftly shoved into an inferior role, after barely 1 generation was a stretch. It would make more sense if the Great-grandparents or further were from Earth... but not that an entire community of adults reverted hundreds of years. I also found issue with the lack of technology, other than some clever elements from the new planet, there was little in the story. I also failed to see the usefulness of securing only a single year of services from every son, if you're just going to have them run around a camp.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 18, 2014
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I've read a lot of science fiction and fantasy and I have to say I really enjoyed this book. It brought me into its world and I was able to have a good cozy read with a work that is substantial (not a short story posing as a novel). Especially when you compare it to other free, self-published ebooks out there this one is a stand out for several reasons: excellent character building - solid plotting - and the high quality writing.

The basic plot other reviewers have detailed: it's a military, space opera, coming-of-age storyline. Farm girl that doesn't fit in is selected to be the first female in an all male military training camp because humans are fighting mysterious aliens. For those who wrote that women's status wouldn't have gone down this far in such a short period of time, I have to write that my feeling was the world was already settled by a conservative religious group that selected an agrarian, low tech lifestyle.

Greenhorns' writing ability - wow! She really has the gift and again this is something that is hard to find with authors that are self publishing. Her story drew me in and I really settled into her world, Fiona's character, and how she beat the odds that were against her. This is an author I have put on my "must-watch" list as the other books I read by her shows she is clearly improving as she hones her craft.

A few have complained that there is a cliffhanger ending. Anyone who has read space opera books will know that it's not uncommon for them to end with a cliffhanger or a continuing myth-arc although I agree that too many self-publishing authors are publishing "serials" (aka short chapters) to con us into buying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharon on February 15, 2014
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Fairly standard plot, farm girl sent to military camp for unknown reasons in a society where women are not expected to go outside their role.

The storyline was interesting enough but I found the difficulties the main character found herself in to be annoying. I realize that she was supposed to be naive and find socializing difficult but she allowed herself to do things that were basically stupid and illegal for reasons I found unbelievable.

Those inconsistencies were followed by an absolutely unanticipated cliffhanger ending, no indication this was Book I of a series. Since this is a particular pet peeve for me, I dropped the rating another star to indicate my dislike of this fact.
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