Review of Secondborn

January 8, 2020 Reviews 0 ★★★★

Review of SecondbornSecondborn by Amy A. Bartol
Series: Secondborn #1
Published by Brilliance Audio on August 1, 2017
Length: 11:11
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
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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?
Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins

Secondborn is a dystopia with the concept that people would be oppressed based on their birth order. If someone was first-born, they are privileged, but second-born are property of the state upon maturity, and third-borns are killed. The main character in the novel is Roselle, who is second-born and is thrust into ad adventure to change the fate of her world. The first book is mainly dealing with Roselle’s transition to being a soldier and navigating her new life thereafter. I found the story to be very entertaining, and Roselle to be a pretty strong character. It had a good page-turner quality, and I really enjoyed the story. I would say the whole setup, plot, world-building, etc. do have some questionable underpinnings, but not enough to keep one from enjoying the story. The narration was super great as well. I look forward to hearing the rest of the series.

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