by Lance Erlick
Annabelle and Geo meet as enemies. She has him in her sights and doesn’t shoot, which baffles them both.
After the Second American Civil War, Annabelle was drafted into the dreaded Mechanized Warriors to protect the Federal Union. An enemy warlord kidnaps Annabelle and her sister, while her community abandons her to a cruel fate. Geo is a rugged Outland frontiersman whose father the warlord kills.
Annabelle escapes, but hunted and unable to locate her sister, she seeks out Geo’s help. With the warlord closing in, can Geo and Annabelle overcome mutual distrust and work together to rescue her sister and gain justice for his father’s murder?
Perfect for fans of the Hunger Games, Divergent, and Maze Runner. Rebels Divided is the third book in this science fiction action/adventure series.
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“Unexpected an addicting … engrossing … action-packed … keeps readers on their toes … even more twists and turns than its prequel … this is not a novel to be missed.”
In Erlick’s sequel to The Rebel Within (2013), tensions mount even higher when a young girl and boy begin an illicit relationship in a female-ruled society.
Followers of the series will be more than happy to find Annabelle Scott just as feisty and zealous as she was when last they saw her. Before she’s sent on a high-priority mission to capture a boy dangerous to their female-dominated, sexist society, she learns in a surprise twist that she’s to be part of an arranged marriage with Thane Edwards in order for the region of Tenn-tucky to make an alliance with the Outland, Thane’s people. Disgusted by this, Annabelle goes on her mission along with her beloved sister, Janine, and her former nemesis, Dara. Everything takes a turn for the worse when Janine is captured by the Rangers, a brutal, hostile male force in the Outland. The Rangers leave Annabelle with no choice but to take off her mech suit, thus losing nearly all her power. She wakes up on Thane Edwards’ estate and narrowly escapes before finding refuge with Geo, her adopted mother’s biological son who’s also a freedom fighter against both the Rangers and Tenn-tucky’s sexist, militaristic rule. After Geo loses his father to the Rangers, he and
Annabelle hesitantly come to trust and rely on each other, as Annabelle desperately searches for her sister and Geo wishes to avenge his father’s death. They come to realize that much more holds them together than they initially thought. Like its prequel, this engrossing YA novel keeps readers on their toes. In this volume, the magnetic love between Annabelle and Geo is especially intriguing. Both raised in a society where the other sex is not to be trusted, they’re initially surprised and somewhat horrified to find how attracted to one another they are. Although, as a whole, the novel reads well with a great sense of pace and excitement, in a few instances the plot points and emotions can be overstated. For example, Annabelle’s concerns—“She hoped [Geo] hadn’t misled her. She didn’t think so; he acted too sweet and smitten” —almost defuse the sparks between them. Rather than diving into both Annabelle’s and Geo’s perspectives, a bit more emotional mystery would have made the novel even stronger.
An action-packed love story with even more twists and turns than its prequel.