4* Review Rebel Within

The Rebel Within

The Rebel Within has a different feel to it. It’s not your ‘typical’ young adult dystopian. While it fits the dystopian category, it has a more science fiction feel to it. It’s about a society that is run by women and men are turned out or imprisoned.

I loved that Annabelle questions things and pushes to find out more about things. At the same time she works to be cautious so that she doesn’t put her family in danger. She’s cautious, but doesn’t let people walk all over her. In this book she’s discovering a lot of truth but finding she can’t take much action on her own. She’s a strong and bold character and I really enjoyed reading about her.

The world was pretty easy to picture, though maybe not so easy to imagine. Not that it’s far out there, but it’s hard to imagine that men would ever be pushed that far and no longer be part of society at all. But it really makes you think a lot about how things aren’t black and white. I know I often think of the villains as being male, but it’s not always the case. In this book there are lots of females that aren’t good people, but there are some that are.

It’s been awhile since I read the book so it’s hard to get specific about things, but the thing that stood out to me the most was how much it really made me think about things and assess what the future could hold. Maybe it’s not as drastic as in this book, at least not in my lifetime, but it’s not exactly headed in the right direction either. Or maybe it is, and we’re focusing on the wrong aspects. Either way, to me this book is definitely worth reading, just to see some things from a totally different angle.

(Candace’s Book Blog, http://www.candacesbookblog.com)

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4* Review Rebel Within

The Rebel Within

I can’t say too much about the plot without spoiling it so I’m just going to go with what I thought! The Rebel Within was a really unique and somewhat fascinating read. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where the females rule and the males are on the run!! I’m all for girl power and this takes it a step forward.

Annabelle was an awesome character. She is strong, tough, smart but also kind and compassionate. In a world where women think men as nothing more than things to be hated, Annabelle finds herself questioning everything. She hates the thought of hurting any boy or man but how can she do anything else? She has been drafted into the Mechs, an elite group of women who patrol and police the Outlands. Mechs are meant to capture men, they are meant to release them into the Outlands and make sure none enter their lands, but Annabelle doesn’t want to be one of those! She longs to meet a boy and find out exactly what they are. I loved her inner strength and her need to be the best.

There are quite a few characters in the book but each adds something to the overall feel of The Rebel Within. Sam is the epitome of a strong independent woman. She trains the Mechs and pushes them all to be the best. Dara is the main competitor for Annabelle in the Mech competition. She is a huge aggressive girl and I found it hard to like her. Yet she pushes Annabelle to always be and do more. Then we have Annabelle’s sister, Janine. Annabelle will do anything to protect her from harm. She doesn’t want Janine joining the Mechs because its not a place for a softhearted girl. I really liked their relationship and the trust Janine has in Annabelle.

I liked the idea of the Rebel Within, an all-female society where women are trained to become the strongest, toughest cops out there. Men are all forced to wear collars and are used for what the women need. You may think it would be everything any women needs, but not so. They are ruled with an iron fist. There is no joy in the world as such, the Union doesn’t allow any loud music, any additives like salt or sugar is banned and its all Union regulations for everything. This is why Annabelle longs for more and I could totally relate to her in that.

I did have a few things about the book that stopped me from enjoying it more. They were only minor though, like Annabelle’s’ fascination with Morgan. She only sees him 2 or 3 times yet she thinks about him constantly. I know she has never met a boy but I do think it was a little overboard! I also wanted to know more about the Underground movement and what Annabelle’s mum had to do with them. We could of done with a little more of the boys perspective in this as well. We see glimpses of them fleeing but we never get to meet one or see what they were doing. As I said only minor things and they didn’t detract from the story that much.

So overall, I really enjoyed the Rebel Within. It’s an action packed and tense read and a solid start to the series. The training of the Mechs was really well described and very scary stuff. The poor girls go through an awful lot to become Mechs. The characters as well were well developed and for the most part likable. There are a lot of unanswered questions and I’m hoping we get the answers in future books. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next for Annabelle and hope to see more of the Outlands.

(http://bookloverslife.blogspot.ie/2014/10/the-rebel-series-by-lance-erlick-blog.html)

Interview–Regina Shen 4

What would you like readers to know?

I hope readers will enjoy taking the journey with Regina Shen as much as I have. She is an entirely different character than Annabelle from the Rebel series. Aside from living three hundred years apart, I can’t help wondering how the two would react to each other. Annabelle is kick-ass. Regina Shen is as book-smart, in a world that bans books, as she is swamp and life-smart at such a young age. She is fifteen in the first book and seventeen in books two and three. Maybe one of these days they will meet.

Interview–Regina Shen 2

Do you have a specific writing style?

My writing style varies from story to story. Of my published stories, Rebels Divided was the first written. I did extensive notes on world building, some sixty thousand words. I also heavily outlined because I had two storylines I needed to have come together and I wanted to make sure they worked before I wrote. Rebels Divided is now the third book in the Rebel series. I next wrote The Rebel Within, or should I say Annabelle dictated it to me, often in the middle of the night. She had a story to tell and I was the vehicle. It helped that I’d already fleshed out the world. I did virtually no outline, but from the beginning I knew how her story started, what her major hurdles would be and how it would end. The Regina Shen series began pretty much like The Rebel Within, driven by a strong character, a beginning, hurdles, and an end. The first story in the new series was the novelette (Regina Shen: Into the Storm). Like Annabelle, Regina wouldn’t leave me alone until I continued her story. Unlike the Rebel series, each book of which was written as a standalone novel, the Regina Shen novels were written from the beginning as a series. What I found after writing the first book and launching into the second, was that the more of the second I wrote, the more I had to go back and change the first. Thus, I waited until I’d completed all three books in the Regina Shen series before seeking publication.

Book Blitz; Chance to Win Free Ebook

Sage is sponsoring a book blitz to celebrate the new covers for the Rebel series.

The Rebel Within The Rebel Trap Rebels Divided

You can check out the raffle for one free ebook copy of the short story collection at https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/70954c79125/

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Here are the sites for the book blitz:

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To support the blitz and celebrate the new covers, we are offering on Kindle only the first book in the series (The Rebel Within) for 99c over the weekend.

Lance

Rebel Within 99c

The Rebel Within

To celebrate the new Rebel series ebook covers, we are excited to offer the first book in the series (The Rebel Within) for only 99 cents until December 24, 2015 on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Apple Itunes.

Help us celebrate the cover change and promotions.

Thanks,

Lance

Promotions and Freebies

Lots of timely news.

Regina Shen Resilience

First, we’re holding a Kindle Countdown for Regina Shen: Resilience, the first book in the Regina Shen series, only 99 cents until December 17, 2015. Visit Amazon to check it out.

Second, we’re delighted to offer free novelettes in the Rebel and Regina Shen worlds for those who sign up for our newsletter.

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By signing up, you’ll receive occasional notices about new releases, special offers, other free materials, and news related to my stories. To get your free downloads, just tell me where to send them here.

Lastly, we’re in the process of changing the covers on the Rebel series. You can still see the old covers on the print books:

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The Kindle covers have already been changed:

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We would love to hear your thoughts and comments on this change.

To create a little excitement over the new covers, we will be offering the Kindle version of the first book in the Rebels series (The Rebel Within) for only 99 cents from December 18-23, 2015 on Amazon.

Help us celebrate the cover change and promotions.

Thanks,

Lance

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Masquerade Tour – Rebel Series

Check out Masquerade Tour for the Rebel series this week with interviews and reviews. There will be a raffle for a Kindle Paperwhite. In addition, Kindle prices for the Rebel series novels will be discounted until December 8, 2014 as follows: The Rebel Within ($0.99), The Rebel Trap ($2.99), Rebels Divided ($2.99).

New Release Promotional Pricing

To celebrate the release of The Rebel Trap, now the second book in the three book series, we are offering promotional ebook prices on the entire Rebel series from October 6-17, 2014 on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Lance-Erlick/e/B00C1PKYSA.

Kirkus Reviews called The Rebel Trap “inventive dystopian sci-fi drama” and a “well-thought-out science fiction world”

Voices in sixteen-year-old Annabelle Scott’s head aren’t God or signs she’s going mad—yet. Despite being a military recruit, she rebels against her female-dominated régime by not only refusing to kill Morgan, a handsome boy she’s attracted to, but also helping him escape. Auditory implants and contact cameras allow her commander to watch her 24-7. Morgan hacks the implants to ask for help. Annabelle wants to help him yet needs to find the link between an attempted assassination of her adoptive mom, a corrupt police captain, and the geek institute that holds Morgan’s brother without destroying her family or getting killed.

Go to Amazon for promotional ebook pricing October 6-17 at http://www.amazon.com/Lance-Erlick/e/B00C1PKYSA.

The Rebel Within, regularly $2.99 will be only 99 cents during this promotion. The new second book in the series, The Rebel Trap, and Rebels Divided, both regularly $3.99, will be reduced to $2.99.

Thanks and hope you enjoy.

Lance Erlick

The Teen Rebel

(by Lance Erlick)

History is full of youthful rebels who took up causes when faced with uncertain futures in the world they were about to enter.

In 1832, after the death of a popular leader, Parisian students rebelled against what they saw as repressive conditions in France and the establishment of the monarchy of Louis-Philippe. In the 1960s American students rebelled in reaction to racial practices and the Vietnam War. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 altered government policy with regards to race, but society in general was slow to change, giving hope to some and uncertainty to others. In the case of Vietnam, as the war dragged on, it became increasingly unpopular because the government couldn’t justify the cost in American lives.

Teen rebellion is often a reaction to uncertainty about their futures. In the case of the 1832 Paris revolt, it came from the loss of a popular leader and anxiety over what they could expect from the new monarchist government. In the case of the 1960s, there was radical change coming in racial policies as a result of the Civil Rights act, the riots of the 1960s, and an opening up of interracial communication as a result of the number of African-Americans who served in Vietnam.

On top of this was the gray cloud of the military draft. A young man could be drafted at any time with limited notice, making it difficult to plan his life. There were student deferments, but that only delayed the draft until the young man gradated and wanted to start a job. Then he had the prospect of military service in an unpopular war.
President Nixon quieted much of the dissent against the war when he changed the draft to be predictable with his annual draft lottery. After each lottery, most young men were confident they would not be drafted while others knew for sure they would be. This removed the doubt as to their future and many young men who were relieved of the draft moved on with their lives.

It is interesting to note that during the longest wars in U.S. history (Afghanistan/Iraq) there was none of the protests from the 1960s. This is likely due to the all-volunteer military in which those who chose not to serve didn’t have to. There was none of the uncertainty from the 1960s since they were not personally affected.

Teen rebellion has also been a reaction against the traditions and practices of a previous generation that for the young have outlived whatever purpose may have been intended. Thus, today we wrestle with issues of gender and sexual orientation that young people are more accepting of than their predecessors. Tradition has held that polygamy and homosexuality are wrong because they threaten family values and yet both existed for thousands of years during which families thrived.

What is interesting is that while we have always had the rebel as a thorn in the side of our traditions, the majority of people throughout history just wanted to be left alone. It was so during the French Revolution despite the terrible conditions under King Louis XVI and during the American Revolution. We tend to forget that the Second Continental Congress in 1775-76 was convened to address grievances with England and in the process they declared American independence. The Constitutional Convention was convened in 1787 to modify the decentralized Articles of Confederation and instead developed a new federal Constitution.

For my novel The Rebel Within, Annabelle’s rebelliousness is in reaction to losing her parents to a government crackdown, and against her government’s policy of oppressing males. Her society challenges the traditional male-dominated world around us. I intended this reversal to let people experience things from a slightly different perspective and I believe I’ve done this without being heavy-handed about it.
The world Annabelle lives in has become a strict, conformist one in order to enforce an injustice—the expulsion and abuse of boys. In order to maintain the New Harmony, the government and social structure demonizes males and forces young girls into military service, much like the American draft in the 1960s.

Annabelle rebels because she feels out of step with her society. She has a gut level remembrance of being torn from her birth mother by government forces. Overcompensating, her adoptive mom, whom she loves, confides too much about her son, Geo, who had to flee to the Outland with his dad. That creates a hunger in Annabelle to meet this boy and boys in general, and to experience something different than her society allows.

For my novel Rebels Divided, Annabelle’s rebelliousness continues with the added pressure of an unacceptable forced marriage. This novel introduces Geo, who rebels against a different society as a neighbor to Annabelle’s. Geo lives in a world that promotes rugged individualism and yet his entire society is controlled by a powerful and ruthless thane. His pa strives to keep Geo out of the thane’s Rangers. Geo rebels against his pa in order to become a man, and then against the Thane for attacking his family.

Free ebook copy of The Rebel Within

Hi,
I need your help. In exchange for honest reviews, I am giving away free ebook copies of The Rebel Within through Story Cartel (http://storycartel.com/books/581/the-rebel-within/) over the next 20 days. There is also a raffle for those who read and review.
Thanks,
Lance Erlick