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My chest tightens, and I quicken my steps to get away from the stares. Around a corner, I find myself alone with my Father's face. Another The-General-loves-you slogan screams at me.

Father, if you loved me, you never would have deactivated me. I worked hard to fit in like a nice cog, obeying your commands as the good little soldier you wanted. But I could never please you.

Though as much as you hurt me, I still wish you could love me. I'd have devoted my heart and not just my body if you had given me one nod of approval.

I was two years old when you first sent me to your scientists. You put nanoids in my brain to control my thoughts and filled my body with metal parts. Look what you've done to me--I'm not even human anymore.

You turned me into a killer.

Don't tell me you love me.

I run past the sign, my eyes burning with unshed tears. Now is not the time to cry.

About the Author

Throughout her childhood, Rita J Webb travelled around the country with a book always in hand. Rita finally settled in Ohio where she attended college to study Computer Science and then began a career as a Software Test Analyst, a beautiful title for an empty position.

Rita's love for books and great stories pushed her to start writing when impending layoffs forced her to reconsider her dreams and goals. Having tested software for ten years, she wanted to create something more meaningful than a test manual, something that would move hearts.

With her husband TJ, Rita home-schools her three girls, who keep her busy with art, science projects, books to read, and walks about the park.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Robot Playground Inc (May 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615513557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615513553
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,120,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In her novel "Tears", Rita Webb tackles a difficult subject from a difficult perspective.

The protagonist, a teenage girl who has been tortured and emotionally abused by her father while she was drilled to become an assassin, carries the heavy responsibility of saving the world from her father's greed and inhumanity. As if a horrible childhood and adolescence in a dystopian world weren't enough to twist her like a pretzel, Lelea must also make sense of the dreams and visions that populate her tormented mind, keep a group of rebellious and stubborn teenagers together and evade her father's henchmen while she seeks to save everyone's future.

Big chunk to chew at for a Young-Adult novel, and occasionally peppered with explicit content of sexual or violent nature (though nothing a young 21st century teenager can't handle).

The core message of "Tears", though, is very positive and heartening -- life must and will prevail as long as there is hope and courage. The tough aren't always big and strong; sometimes the toughest are also the most unlikely and vulnerable, like Lelea.

Don't be deterred by my subjective 3 star rating! It's all a matter of taste in the end, and I had to reconcile my stubborn predilection for hard sciences and "adult" fiction with Rita's rather poetic and emotionally laden YA story.

I recommend that you take the plunge into Lelea's synesthetic experiences and adventures, and find out how her innocence and daring change the fate of her world.
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KIDLET#1 REVIEWS! I've interviewed my daughter as to why she loves this book.
Please note that her opinions are 100% her own.

Kidlet#1 Review: Tears, By Rita Webb.
Review by Kidlet#1 (13 years old)

What was the book about?
It was about Lelea, a cyborg who was sort of insane because her mind lives in the past. And she started to rebel against her father, the evil Father General (muahaha!) by lying and then swearing her own oath to take him down and free her people. She goes on an adventure to find the dragon eggs and save the universe from her father. Along the way, she finds love.

What did you like best about the book?
I like the adventure and description of the characters, I liked how immensely powerful the words are.

Did anything bother you about the book?
Nothing bothered me.'

Who was your favorite character?
My favorite character was Jadon with her self-esteem & endurance.

How many stars do you give this book? All the stars possible.

Kidlet#1 signing off...and read this book people, it rocks.

Wendy's note: She read the book in 1 day, then turned around and read it again the next. That never happens. It speaks volumes for how well this resonated with her.

Mrs. Webb, I'd say you hit your target audience spot on.
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Tears in my opinion is a mix of sci-fi and dystopian.

The main character Lelea is physically strong but emotionally unstable. She has little self esteem and thinks she is crazy. She sees things no one else does, she can enter into dreams and talks to dragons.

Her entire life she has built to be a solider, she's endured many surgeries to make her into the ultimate solider for her father the General. She finds ways to rebel against the General all the time. She wants life to be back the way it was many years ago before her father took over. Lelea and her sister along with a few others steal a space ship and take off to find a way restore their land. Along the way she finds love and the magic to free her people from the General.

While I loved this story I felt lost at times. I wasn't sure what was real and what Lelea was dreaming. There were parts that I didn't think need to be said in a young adult novel but that is just my opinion. There were things I found a little disturbing but in the dystopian end of it I imagine they could happen. Although I would never hope they would in real life. It is a good book but somewhat different than what I normally read. The ending felt slightly rushed and some story lines I would liked to have seen develop more. I am hoping that there is going to be a sequel because while it could be a stand alone, there is some unanswered story lines. Overall I am giving it 3.5 stars.

This was given to me by the author for review. It did not affect my review in any way.
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I would not have made it through the first three chapters if I had not promised a friend to read this book. They were dry, unpolished and frankly confusing. Luckily the author found her voice a few chapters in and instead of tearing my focus out of her story every few pages, her plot began to suck me in. The characters in the book are agreeable and i found myself pulling for them. Overall I was pleased with the book and would not be adverse to reading more by the author.

This book contains some sexual references. Nobody makes it past third base, but it is still described and therefore should be pointed out.

The book loses two stars for three reasons:

1. I have already complained about the opening of the book.

2. Word choice.
Language. The author takes a idea often used in television and creates her own curse words. I found this distracting and considering the sexual content , unnecessary.
Nonstandard definitions of English words. The author uses several words through out the book that do not make contextual sense using there normal definitions. The problem with them is that the author never takes the time to acquaint the reader with her definitions of the the words she is using.

3.The ending is rushed, the final conflict takes place over the space of a few pages and the climactic part of the conflict is described in just a few sentences.
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