Friday, August 28, 2015

A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka

YA Friday! Today I have a review of a release from St. Martin's Griffin, A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka. The second book in the series, A Girl Undone, was just released June 23, 2015.

The Story-
10 years ago a synthetic beef hormone killed fifty million American women. Only young women, old women, vegetarians, men and boys survived. Avie lives the life of a wealthy privileged teen growing up in Los Angeles. She goes to a private school where she learns how to be a good wife and mother, but that's not all Avie wants to be. She wants to go to college and explore the world. She wants to date who she wants and fall in love. However, in this new world, the Paternalists keep girls in a gilded cage, selling them off to the highest bidder.

When Avie's father sells her, she wants to escape to Canada with Yates, a boy whom she has budding feelings about. However, security is tight, as she's been sold to one of the wealthiest men in America. Running away is dangerous. Staying is not in her plans.

My Thoughts-

This book is very thought provoking. At first I chaffed at the way these young girls were treated, but then I saw the reality, that this could be possible. Just like a government that has no checks or balance system, these Paternalists ruled the roost and were able to pass any law they favored with little opposition. The rights of women where overlooked for their own "safety". And with the dominate voting group being male, women now could make no changes in government. It was an absolute abuse of power, and it made me mad as I read. Yes, a book that made me think and feel.

I also loved that the book headed in a direction I didn't think of. When I picked it up I thought it would be an adventure about Avie's escape into Canada. Boy, was I wrong. This book delves deeper into the injustices occurring and the rights of the few who are trying to stop an overwhelming majority. I also at first questioned the title. Avie is in no ways fearless in the book. In fact, it is only in the last sentence where the reader sees the change in Avie  and understands that it is not about fear, but about her standing up for what's right while being afraid. A thought provoking and interesting read. 4 stars!

2 comments:

  1. Very interesting. Thanks for this review. I hadn't heard of this book.

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  2. rom page one this story takes off and grips the reader. The ending suggests additional books in a series may follow. I certainly hope so, because A Girl Called Fearless is the Handmaid's Tale for this generation.

    Brilliant and tremendously entertaining.

    Mariz
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