Secondborn, by Amy A. Bartol

downloadOn 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?

This book was . . . mediocre. I wanted this book to be good. I really did. But it didn’t live up to my expectations, not in a bad way, it was just really forgettable. I wish that the characters were less bland and that the plot was more intense. The writing style was boring, though, and that’s what turned me off.

The writing style was just flat-out confusing. Sometimes the pacing was way too fast and sometimes the pacing was way to slow and I just wanted something to happen. And then there was the problem of formatting. About three-quarters through the book, the time changed. It moved one year in the future. There was no warning to this, except for writing above the chapter title that said: One Year In The Future. That was it. What I was really curious about though was why at this point they just didn’t start the second book. That was a pain in the butt to deal with but at least there was some warning.

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The characters were okay. They weren’t horrible but they also weren’t very good. And I forgot all of their names. I didn’t know anything about most of them and the romance was very unrealistic. Roselle was okay, but she was a little bit too much like Mare from Red Queen (sorry Red Queen). For people who haven’t been with my blog since it’s beginning, I hate the Red Queen series. The characters were also not very developed. All of them felt base and bland. I wanted to connect with them, there was just nothing to connect with. 

The plot was interesting at first glance but then I realized how little thought had been put into it. There were no interesting side plots, there was only one true action scene, and the pacing was really uneven. I wanted a book about a girl sent to live with her people, after being televised for her whole life, making everyone hate her, and her fighting to prove her worth. That’s not really what happened. Instead, Roselle was constantly making mistakes and other people had to pay for them. It was terrible and it only pushed me to dislike this book more.

I didn’t particularly like this book, but it wasn’t as bad as Red Queen. I wish that I enjoyed this book. I can’t honestly recommend this book to anyone. All opinions are entirely my own and were not influenced in any way. I got the summary for this book from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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