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A Girl Undone: A Novel (The Girl Called Fearless Series) Hardcover – June 23, 2015
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“A deftly plotted portrait of the evolution of a teenage girl into a dystopian heroine.” ―Kirkus Reviews on A Girl Called Fearless
“I find myself wanting to demand the sequel right now, this very second, to find out just what Avie has planned and what was in Sparrow's message. All in all, very dystopian, very hard (emotionally) to read and very interesting.” ―USA TODAY on A Girl Called Fearless
“Linka's world-building is detailed and thought-provoking, recalling aspects of Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.” ―Horn Book Review on A Girl Called Fearless
“The concept of a nation mourning multiple generations of women (other countries had long since banned American meat) is gripping, and the action flows at a steady and satisfying pace, propelling readers through to the cliffhanger ending...There is something achingly vulnerable in this novel where almost everyone seems to search in vain that will likely linger with readers.” ―Center of Children's Books Review on A Girl Called Fearless
“Readers who are fans of dystopian fiction will appreciate the action and suspense that both Avie and Luke have to work through, as well as the rebellious nature that both characters exude.” ―Voya Magazine
“A thought-provoking look at what it means to be a revolutionary and how change can be brought about by just one person.” ―Booklist
“Gripping, memorable, and heartrending. An ordinary girl becomes extraordinary in her fight for freedom.” ―C.C. Hunter, NYT bestselling author, Shadow Falls series, on A Girl Called Fearless
“Breathlessly written and terrifying in its implications, Linka's debut is not only a thriller but a warning.” ―Gennifer Albin, author of Crewel, on A Girl Called Fearless
“With a frightening reality, a forbidden romance, and a main character to root for, Fearless is a riveting read.” ―Megan Miranda, author of Fracture, on A Girl Called Fearless
“With civil liberties on the ropes and paternalism gone rampant, it's time for a brave young heroine to ring out the news. Can it be merely coincidence that her name is Reveare?” ―Tim Wynne-Jones, author of Blink & Caution, on A Girl Called Fearless
About the Author
CATHERINE LINKA is the author of A Girl Called Fearless, which is a finalist for the SCIBA Young Adult Book Award, an ABA Summer Kids Indie Next Selection, and nominee for the ALA's Amelia Bloomer Project. With an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, Catherine is the children's and young adult fiction buyer for an independent bookstore in Los Angeles, and a frequent speaker at book fests and writing conferences.
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With renewed interest in dystopian worlds we are given a rare new work in A Girl Undone by Catherine Linka. Where marriages and women are bought and bartered, Avie has escaped her own confines with her real love Yates. After a confrontation with the government, he has been hospitalized in critical condition and she is on the run. She carries information that she must get to the Paternalist party if she can locate the correct person.
With the help of another friend, Luke, she tries to help keep them alive while finding the exact person who can use the information she now carries. Her face is on every news channel and a huge reward has been offered by the man who holds her own marriage contract. How can she move forward safely?
Can she find the only man who can make sure the information is used in the right manner before she is captured or worse? Garnering feelings for Luke, she is unsure what her next turn should be. She knows Yates is her only real love, and yet she is conflicted in her feelings. Can Yates survive his own wounds, and even if he does, will she be able to someway break free of the bonds that bind her to another man. One who is extremely ruthless and embarrassed at her running away?
Linka has given us a dystopian world with harsh guidelines and rules. Those who do not cave to the rules are often killed or disappear with no one the wiser. Avie’s only protection from death is the man she fears the most, the one that holds her contract. His character is one of the more complicated, and you will enjoy the process as Avie gets closer to her goal.
Avie is a character both bold and conflicted. She is never quite sure of herself and has some flaws that keep her from being too strong. Unsure of her direction, but undaunted in the task she has, she is compelled to move forward for a better world. That she is torn between her feeling for both Yates and Luke only makes her just a bit more human.
If you enjoy dystopian and futuristic worlds you will enjoy this work. There is romance, danger, mystery and at all times a belief in freedom that transcends the characters. The thrill of the chase and the tense romance will keep you reading to the very end.
This would be a fun book for a book club or reading group, with much dialogue about freedoms and other rights of individuals.