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Dead Girl Running (The New Order Book 1) by [Noser, Ann M.]
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Inspired by a newspaper article and a sudden image of a young woman in a dark apartment surrounded by dead plants, DEAD GIRL RUNNING is a YA/NA dystopian cross between The GiverThe Handmaiden's Tale, and Agenda 21.

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Eight years ago, SILVIA WOOD's father died in an industrial accident. After suffering through years of Psychotherapy Services and Mandated Medications for depression and multiple suicide attempts, she longs to work in Botanical Sciences. When the Occupation Exam determines she must work in Mortuary Sciences instead, she wonders if the New Order assigned her to the morgue to push her over the edge. 

To appease her disappointed mother, Silvia enters the Race for Citizen Glory, in an attempt to stand out in the crowd of Equals. After she begins training with "golden boy" LIAM HARMAN, she discovers he also lost his father in the same accident that ruined her childhood. Then Silvia meets and falls for Liam's older cousin, whose paranoid intensity makes her question what really happened to her father. 

As the race nears, Silvia realizes that she's not only running for glory, she's running for her life.

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  • File Size: 1551 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press (October 26, 2015)
  • Publication Date: October 26, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B014L9Z51Y
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I very much enjoyed Ann M. Noser's "How to Date Dead Guys" so when I saw that she had written a dystopian novel I snapped it up.
Glad I did because "Dead Girl Running" is a really great read with intriguing characters, a world that - though set in the future - mimics our own in many ways, and a well-honed narrative.
In her novel, Noser introduces us to Silvia Wood, a young woman in a post-nuclear-war mega-city where individual freedoms have been sacrificed in the name of security. Ordinary people are, for example, closely monitored, have their food and water rationed, are selected for jobs based on a host of tests, and have their reproductive rights seriously curtailed. It is a city governed by The New Order; a band of oligarchs who dictate almost all facets of life.
There may be a way for Silvia and her widowed mother to live better, however; a way to increase what is a pretty dreary standard of living.
All Silvia has to do is win a race.
If she does, or at least finishes in the Top Ten, she can secure a better future for herself and her widowed mother.
That, at least, is what The New Order promises those who enter.
As Silvia trains for the race - a grueling half marathon - we learn not only about her past and present but also about the inner workings of the city and its dictatorial rulers who, in Orwellian fashion, have convinced the population that only by surrendering their personal freedom can they prevent future wars and all manner of evil events from occurring.
Silvia Wood is a wonderful character: She is beset with memories of her dead father, works in a morgue, is more rebellious than she should be, and is on the verge of discovering what it means to fall in love.
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I read this book after reading Ann Noser's first novel, How to Date Dead Guys (another awesome read!). I loved her first book, and this one does NOT disappoint either! Silvia, the main character, lives in a future world created & managed by the New Order, which allows for no hunger, homelessness, or war. Everyone contributes in a way that "fits" them in this society. Silvia lost her father at age 8, and has never truly let him go. She has a wonderful friend in her boss and co-worker, Gus, who has a few secrets of his own. Silvia also still has her mother, whom Silvia tends to clash with as they walk on pins and needles, trying not to talk about Silvia's father or his untimely death. Her mother believes whole-heartedly in the mission of the New Order... Silvia isn't so sure after the brutal treatment she received at the hands of "the Suits" when she was mourning her father. But she signs up for this New Order sponsored Race for Glory at the urging of Liam Harmon, a cute boy who is coveted by every girl at the local gym. Liam thinks Silvia can help him win, while Silvia realizes she has the potential to win herself!
Within this framework, Noser weaves in a budding love story (but not with who you think!), characters with enviable senses of humor, and a depth of characters that makes them seem like people you know "in the real world"... people you are rooting for... and people who are despicable enough that you wish nothing good for them. There are plot twists, and I agonized at the end of the book because I wanted MORE, MORE, MORE of these characters, of this story, of the answers that surely are on the way in the next book.
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It's rare that I find a book that has selected such a perfectly appropriate title. Every word in the title has much deeper meaning after reading the book.

There are many unexpected twists in this dystopian thriller. I loved how Ms. Noser combined a love of running, yoga, and dystopian novels into an exciting ride. I found myself deeply engaged with the characters, reading deep into the night. Better yet, the ending leaves me hungry for book two.

I enjoyed Ms. Noser's previous book, How to Date Dead Guys, and she's shown she can put a unique spin on another genre. I highly recommend Dead Girl Running to all lovers of dystopian fiction.
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Imagine a world where there’s no war, homelessness or citizen unrest. Welcome to the New Order, a society in the not-too-distant future, where citizens are slotted in appropriate occupations, eat rations and get birth control implants (to prevent unwanted pregnancy). The overseers of the New Order are referred to as Suits (reminds me of The Matrix) and there’s always someone watching (surveillance for society’s protection, of course).

Meet Silvia Wood, an eighteen-year old young woman still grieving the loss of her father eight years ago. After two suicidal attempts and a mother who wants her to “fit in”, she seems a perfect match for mortuary sciences. She finds solace in her job and her boss, Gus, is like a father-figure to her.

One day, at the gym, a handsome guy named Liam Harman asks her to enter the Race for Citizen Glory. She’s wary at first but eventually agrees. The increase in rations, alone, is a definite perk. As she and Liam train, she gets to know him better and finds out he lost his father in the accident, too. They quickly become friends and he introduces her to his older cousin, Franco.

Franco is different from anyone she has ever met. His piercing stare sees right into her soul and she quickly falls for him. It doesn’t matter to her that he’s years older than her but he plays hot and cold so she keeps her feelings for him to herself.

Events start happening that cause Silvia to question the world around her. Soon, the race is here and she’s running not only to make her mother proud of her, but to survive.

I’m not a dystopian fan, as a rule, but the premise intrigued me. Ann’s debut novel, How to Date Dead Guys, is still a personal favorite of mine so I had high expectations going in.
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