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From the Editor

“It’s agony and relief to watch my life end.” So begins Amy A. Bartol’s inventive and captivating new dystopian novel. From that opening sentence to the final page, Secondborn’s intriguing contradictions move in a gorgeous dance—a vivid, transfixing romp through a lushly imagined speculative world.

Of course, it’s not all pretty. Our heroine and narrator, Roselle St. Sismode, has long known that her eighteenth birthday will mark the end of her opulent upbringing in the Palace of the Sword, most of it televised for as long as she can remember. Born into the Fates Republic, a society in which only the firstborn enjoy the rights and freedoms of full citizenship, secondborn Roselle is destined for a short and brutal life in the military. But Amy equips her characters with an array of lavishly distinctive clothing, futuristic vehicles, extraordinary weapons, and whimsical vocabulary that are as fun as the culture of the novel is horrifying—thirdborns are flat-out forbidden, for example—and the result is a mesmerizing juxtaposition of beauty and terror.

Punctuated by pulse-pounding action scenes, the book balances the cold elegance of the Republic’s inflexible structure with the roiling passion between Roselle and her forbidden lover, Hawthorne Trugrave. With romance, action, and cinematic science fiction in equal measure, Secondborn offers a one-of-a-kind, genre-straddling escape into a dystopian world that’s as surprisingly sumptuous as it is alarming. And with a heroine like Roselle at the helm, you won’t soon forget it.

- Jason Kirk, Editor

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“A skillful balance of intrigue, romance, and tension…” Publishers Weekly

“Exciting, intriguing, and romantic, Secondborn will make sci-fi and romance fans swoon.” Bustle

“[Bartol] creates a rich world and an appealing main character in Roselle.” SYFY WIRE

Secondborn, an exciting, new dystopian romance, kicks off an enthralling series with a fierce heroine who is sure to resonate with fans of Sarah J. Maas and Suzanne Collins. This epic adventure, rich in world-building detail and intense romantic drama, will have teens and adults alike rapt and on edge until the final page.” USA Today’s Happy Ever After

About the Author

Amy A. Bartol is the award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of The Premonition Series, The Kricket Series, and a short story entitled “The Divided.” She lives in Michigan with her husband and two sons. For more on Amy and her work, visit her website,

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  • File Size: 2709 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477848355
  • Publisher: 47North (August 1, 2017)
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N6HKIN8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,464 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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