A Girl Called Fearless (Girl Called Fearless Series #1)

A Girl Called Fearless (Girl Called Fearless Series #1)

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by Catherine Linka

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Avie Reveare has the normal life of a privileged teen growing up in L.A., at least as normal as any girl's life is these days. After a synthetic hormone in beef killed fifty million American women ten years ago, only young girls, old women, men, and boys are left to pick up the pieces. The death threat is past, but fathers still fear for their


An Indie Next Pick!

Avie Reveare has the normal life of a privileged teen growing up in L.A., at least as normal as any girl's life is these days. After a synthetic hormone in beef killed fifty million American women ten years ago, only young girls, old women, men, and boys are left to pick up the pieces. The death threat is past, but fathers still fear for their daughters' safety, and the Paternalist Movement, begun to "protect" young women, is taking over the choices they make.
Like all her friends, Avie still mourns the loss of her mother, but she's also dreaming about college and love and what she'll make of her life. When her dad "contracts" her to marry a rich, older man to raise money to save his struggling company, her life suddenly narrows to two choices: Be trapped in a marriage with a controlling politician, or run. Her lifelong friend, student revolutionary Yates, urges her to run to freedom across the border to Canada. As their friendship turns to passion, the decision to leave becomes harder and harder. Running away is incredibly dangerous, and it's possible Avie will never see Yates again. But staying could mean death.
From Catherine Linka comes this romantic, thought-provoking, and frighteningly real story, A Girl Called Fearless, about fighting for the most important things in life—freedom and love.

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“A deftly plotted portrait of the evolution of a teenage girl into a dystopian heroine.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Linka's world-building is detailed and thought-provoking, recalling aspects of Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.” —Horn Book Review

“The concept of a nation mourning multiple generations of women (other countries had long since banned American meat) is gripping, and the action flows at a steady and satisfying pace, propelling readers through to the cliffhanger ending...There is something achingly vulnerable in this novel where almost everyone seems to search in vain that will likely linger with readers.” —Center of Children's Books Review

“Gripping, memorable, and heartrending. An ordinary girl becomes extraordinary in her fight for freedom.” —C.C. Hunter, NYT bestselling author, Shadow Falls series

“Breathlessly written and terrifying in its implications, Linka's debut is not only a thriller but a warning.” —Gennifer Albin, author of Crewel

“With a frightening reality, a forbidden romance, and a main character to root for, Fearless is a riveting read.” —Megan Miranda, author of Fracture

“With civil liberties on the ropes and paternalism gone rampant, it's time for a brave young heroine to ring out the news. Can it be merely coincidence that her name is Reveare?” —Tim Wynne-Jones, author of Blink & Caution

“The short chapters keep the action moving in this solid selection, best for readers who enjoy plot-driven stories.” —Kirkus Reviews

“I find myself wanting to demand the sequel right now, this very second, to find out just what Avie has planned and what was in Sparrow's message. All in all, very dystopian, very hard (emotionally) to read and very interesting.” —USA TODAY

Kirkus Reviews
In a darkly patriarchal dystopian future America, one girl finds the strength to fight for both love and revolution. A mere 10 years ago, Scarpanol, a hormone used in American beef, spread cancer in 50 million women, wiping out generations like wildfire. Now, the Paternalist Movement controls the government, and teen girls are sold as wives under Contracts. Sixteen-year-old Avie Reveare lives a sequestered life under the care of her father, the CEO of Biocure Technologies, and her watchful bodyguard, while sneaking longing glances at her former best friend, student-turned-activist Yates. But it isn't long before Avie's sold for $50 million to Jessop Hawkins, a major supporter of the Paternalist Movement rich enough to save her father's company from ruin. When Avie realizes her true feelings for Yates, it isn't long before she's spurred to flee to Canada, the only nearby country that welcomes girls breaking their Contracts. But the roads toward freedom are neither smooth nor short. Linka weaves a believable, disturbing dystopian future and never shies from violence or tragedy. Avie evolves into a bold protagonist at a brisk but authentic pace. Though Yates isn't very compelling, the romance quickly takes a back seat, letting the revolution and the tense escape plot shine. A deftly plotted portrait of the evolution of a teenage girl into a dystopian heroine. (Dystopian romance. 14-18)

Product Details

St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
Girl Called Fearless Series , #1
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Read an Excerpt

Something was up with Dayla.
She stared out the window twisting a strand of hair around her finger as my bodyguard, Roik, drove us to my house. Usually, she’d be pawing through my purse for gum or lip gloss before we’d even cleared the school gates.
I tugged on her skirt, and she slapped my hand away before she caught herself. “Sorry, Avie,” she whispered.
“You okay?”
She glanced at Roik. “I’m fine,” she said, but I knew: Day was saving the truth for later.
Roik turned off Arroyo, and I sat up in my seat. The Lean Dog was eight blocks away. I smoothed my hair and asked the universe to grant me a favor: red light at Fair Oaks. Come on. I could really use one today.
Green lights shot us past apartments, the hospital, the post office and sub shop. I glanced at my phone. Damn. We’re too early.
One block away, Roik sped through a yellow, and I set my finger on the window button, but I didn’t have much hope.
Up ahead, the light was green. Bright, annoying, missed-chance green. It flipped to yellow and then at the last second, red. Roik braked.
I leaned forward to block Day, because I couldn’t trust her to behave. The rules were clear: I could lower the window, smile, and give Yates a wave, but no calling out. No arms outside the car. Bodyguards had their rules, and these were Roik’s.
The smell of hamburgers hit me as I scanned the café windows. I breathed through my mouth, trying to evade the memories it triggered.
I spied Yates handing a customer a bottle of ketchup, and the guy shook a fry at him. They laughed like they were sharing a joke.
Roik tapped the accelerator. The light was going to change. Look over here, Yates.
Yates brushed his hair off his face and his blue eyes caught mine. He smiled and swiped his thumb down his nose.
Hi, Fearless.
I waved back, keeping my hand inside the car. I wasn’t Fearless, but I loved how he called me that. My tongue ran over my now perfect tooth as I relived the skateboard and the cement steps. Yates giving me a hand up. The crazy awe in his voice when he said, “You’re fearless!”
I wanted a shot of him just like this with his dark hair falling over one eye and his sideways smile—different from the one he slapped on for customers.
But if I took one, Roik would make me hand over my cell. A drive-by was one thing. A photo? Not happening.
The light turned green.
“You two would be perfect together,” Day said.
My heart skipped, and I checked the rearview mirror. Roik was watching the traffic, so he must not have heard Day. But still.
“Don’t be weird,” I said. “He’s like my big brother.”
“Oh, right.” She smiled slightly and gave me a look I didn’t understand.
I ignored her. She was still holding on to that embarrassing crush I had on him when I was twelve. Yates and I had known each other forever. Even longer than I’d known Dayla, because our parents were old friends and our dads ran Biocure together.
These thirty seconds after school when I got to see Yates were the proof that someday soon, I’d have a normal life again. I’d go to college and hang out with guy friends like Yates and maybe—I’d even fall in love.
The world had changed in horrible ways, so Yates and I weren’t allowed to talk or be alone together. Maybe I was lying to myself, but the connection we made through the glass made me feel that the future wasn’t impossibly bleak.
Dayla huddled against the door. I didn’t have any idea what was going on in her head, but it had to be bad.

Copyright © 2014 by Catherine Linka

Meet the Author

CATHERINE LINKA was almost thrown out of boarding school for being "too verbal." Fortunately, she learned to channel her outspokenness and creative energy into writing. A passionate traveler who has visited Iceland, the Amazon, and the Arctic circle, Catherine has seen five types of whales in the wild, but no orcas. Yet. She doesn't believe in fate, but she did fall in love with her husband on their first date when he laced up her boots, because she had a broken hand. A Girl Called Fearless is her debut novel.

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A Girl Called Fearless 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall, I really liked this book. I love how dynamic Avie is and how much she changes. Through her distress, I could really feel how trapped she was, how much freedom was stolen from her. The only.complaint I hate is that after all the crazy, death defying escapes and chases and hardship, I feel as if it was a bit anticlimatic. But it was still amazing and I definitely recomend it, you won't regret buying it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very fast paced. Detailed and exciting. Great read for those who like first person accounts of distopian life.
Anonymous 8 months ago
This is my life in a nut shell. I am a 14year old girl who was thinking about running away to canada to find freedom, love, and happyness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Main character is annoying and weak. Writing style and plot are subpar.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good read, kept me wanting more...so much so that I got the next book too
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This author came to our school and she seeemed rreally cool. She gavee me advice on writing and being an author( My dream) and she said this might soon become a tv show, soREAD now!