Book Review: Secondborn by Amy A. Bartol


32972153Title & Author: Secondborn by Amy A. Bartol

Genre: Young Adult- Science Fiction, Dystonia

Release Date:  August 1st 2017

Series: Secondborn #1

Publisher: 47North

Source:  Purchased

Description: Firstborns rule society. Secondborns are the property of the government. Thirdborns are not tolerated. Long live the Fates Republic.

On Transition Day, the second child in every family is taken by the government and forced into servitude. Roselle St. Sismode’s eighteenth birthday arrives with harsh realizations: she’s to become a soldier for the Fate of Swords military arm of the Republic during the bloodiest rebellion in history, and her elite firstborn mother is happy to see her go.

Televised since her early childhood, Roselle’s privileged upbringing has earned her the resentment of her secondborn peers. Now her decision to spare an enemy on the battlefield marks her as a traitor to the state.

But Roselle finds an ally—and more—in fellow secondborn conscript Hawthorne Trugrave. As the consequences of her actions ripple throughout the Fates Republic, can Roselle create a destiny of her own? Or will her Fate override everything she fights for—even love?


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It’s no secret that Amy Bartol is one of my favorite sci-fi authors. She has these crazy well thought out and imaginative stories that I just crave. Like on a molecular level. Crave sci-fi? I pick up Bartol’s books. Want to read something with great writing? Pick up a Bartol book. Want smoldering romance with high stakes action? Reach for my Bartol books. Yup, it’s that good.  When i was able to pre-purchase Secondborn through Kindle First to Read I screamed. And then promptly devoured the book. And then hated myself because it was two months before publication and the next book was going to be months and months away.  I have zero chill.

Image result for both gifBasically Bartol took all the parts I craved and loved from her Kricket series and went all out in the sci-fi world with her new series. This is the first of three books and I’m honestly torn between telling you to buy it and read it now or wait for the last book to come out so you can binge. Why not both?

Roselle St. Sismode is the perfect main character. She’s equal parts fierce, calculating, naive and damaged. On one hand you have this perfectly trained killer since she could walk and on the other you have someone who is naive in the outside world and how corrupt the government and society is around her. Secondborn’s are essentially used as backups in case the Firstborn died. Other than that they are the property of the government and used as soldiers, servants, etc. Basically anything the Firstborn’s refuse to do they have a Secondborn to do it. There are many injustices in this system and anyone who is Thirdborn, or pretty much any child after the second is killed on spot. Obviously this causes a lot of issues and conflict within the society and there is a ton of action and civil unrest because of it.

Roselle is met with disdain and judgement from all sides given her upbringing and mothers status as the Fate of Swords. Other Secondborn soldiers resent her, Firstborns want nothing to do with her. She struggles to find a balance in her new life while juggling the many issues and twists Bartol throws at her. I won’t give spoilers away but near the end we meet my favorite character. *insert dreamy sigh*

Overall this story is fast paced, the world building is amazing and the characters range from hilarious to swoon worthy to instant rage. There is something for everyone in this new series and I highly, highly recommend it.


Would I buy this book? Already did and would be willing to do it again!

Would I recommend it? YES!!!!

Would I re-read it? Yes! I’ve read this twice already.

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