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Though I’m not the fastest reader, I found ‘Rebellion’ a real page-turner and raced through it over the course of a single weekend. The author has an easy, natural style, and the book is well written without being overly wordy. One of my favourite aspects was the slightly unusual take on the resistance theme, with Cassia and her friends attempting to infiltrate their oppressors and bring them down from the inside. This leads to complications because, like Cassia, not everyone within the army sympathises with the GDO cause; many have enlisted because they have few choices if they wish to survive, which certainly muddies the waters. In addition to Cassia, who is brave and resourceful without swerving from her strong moral code, ‘Rebellion’ benefits from a cast packed full of likeable characters. Drummer and Jono provide comic relief, and there’s a romantic subplot as Cassia struggles to resolve her feelings for childhood friends Jake and Luca. Perhaps a bit more detail into the circumstances leading to the rise of the GDO would have added depth to the plot, but I think there’s plenty of opportunity to develop the backstory in the sequel. Overall, ‘Rebellion’ is an excellent start to the series, and I look forward to discovering where the author takes the story in the next book.
A great deal of care and thought was put into the motivations of the characters in this action-oriented novel. Week by week, Cassia and Luc gradually slide into a more violent form of rebellion and I thought the author did an excellent job in making her characters and scenes believable.
However, at times, the story arc felt a bit generic. There isn’t a lot of world-building. I was left wanting to know more about the story’s ‘bad guy’—the GDO, a giant, evil superpower that controlled the world. Where did they come from? What kind of person could lead such an organization? For what reason, and how, did they dominate the entire planet? Maybe those questions are answered in a sequel…I don’t know. But more background on the GDO might have provided the story with a unique concept, given the book's dystopia a distinctive quality. As it is, this rebellion felt like it could have taken place in any war, at anytime, anywhere.
It's still an enjoyable read. The story moves along smoothly and as an action novel, I thought the book succeeded. 4 stars for constructing a believable, easy to follow story with likable, believable characters. I’d recommend this book to those looking for a fast-paced, action-packed read with a strong female protagonist.
The story centres around a 17 year old girl, Cassia Fortis and her friend, Luca Kemei, who gets drawn into her plot to break her father out of prison in the nearby town of Camberg. In order to do this, they have to join the GDO army to get closer to the prison in which he is housed.
From there, the story develops into a mixture of espionage, hi-tech thrills and a deadly game of cat and mouse between Cassia and her nemesis, Captain Kolher, the commander of the division she is a part of.
The story itself is very well written and the plot, thick and exciting. I found myself not wanting it to end, but thankfully it looks like it has been left open for another chapter....which can't come soon enough.
If you like stories with dystopic undertones and a great amount of grit, you'll love Rebellion. I highly recommend it!
Europe has been conquered by a military organisation called the Global Defence Organisation. Our main character, Cassia, decides to enter the military in order to help her mother, who needs life saving drugs, and to break her father out of prison.
There are many things to like about this novel. The characters are well drawn, and the romance develops naturally. Cassia isn’t some super hero planning to take on the state, merely a young woman who simply wants to save those whom she loves.
The reason for four stars rather than five is that at times I felt as if I’d read the novel before. The use of a computer virus, a prison break, and a nasty superior trying to wrest sexual favours from an underling felt familiar. The plot was well constructed but I was never surprised, including the ending.
A good start and it’ll be interesting how the author develops in her future works.