Review of Rebelborn

February 4, 2020 Reviews 0 ★★★★

Review of RebelbornRebel Born by Amy A. Bartol, Kate Reinders
Series: Secondborn #3
Published by Brilliance Audio on August 13, 2019
Length: 11:11
Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
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Roselle faces a mind-reeling showdown with the deep state agent controlling her psyche....

Roselle St. Sismode is many things: victim of a conspiracy, unwilling host of an ever-evolving mind algorithm, spy for a rebel army, and heir to the Fate of Swords. As a warrior, she’s also the anticipated main event at the Secondborn Trials. When the opening ceremonies erupt in chaos, Roselle is abducted by a sadistic agent with a diabolical plan: transform Roselle into a mind-controlled assassin to topple society. But a rogue scientist has implanted Roselle with a genius technology that is far more powerful. It renders her untouchable. Faster... Stronger... And maybe immortal!
With her enhanced abilities come the highest stakes yet, as Roselle confronts shifting realities at every turn as well as her own mother’s stunning betrayal. Racing against time with a determined resistance group, can Roselle overthrow the forces of destruction and reclaim the most valuable of commodities - her humanity?

So this book took a completely different turn from the other two. I was expecting more of a book about how they rebuild society and put Roselle in charge, but instead it goes off into a wild science fiction direction about mind-controlled humans (introduced at the end of book 2), and a fantasy about gods. This did seem a bit disconnected from the first two, even though there was a few tiny hints here and there about where the trilogy was heading.

Once I put my expectations aside and just listened to the story, it became pretty good. Crowe was still one-dimensional but there was a tiny, tiny bit of exposition about his past. Roselle ultimately becomes extremely strong and thus faced little obstacles, but it was still an entertaining read and at least closed the story satisfactory. Overall, a good if not strange conclusion to the series.

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