Fearless

Fearless

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by Francine Pascal
     
 

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I am powerful.
I am graceful.
I am angry.
I am pure.
I am raw.
I am alone.

I am Gaia.
I am just like you.
But I'm not -- I'm Fearless™.

NO RULES. NO LIMITS. NO FEAR.  See more details below

Overview

I am powerful.
I am graceful.
I am angry.
I am pure.
I am raw.
I am alone.

I am Gaia.
I am just like you.
But I'm not -- I'm Fearless™.

NO RULES. NO LIMITS. NO FEAR.

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Fearless introduces us to Gaia Moore, a girl born without the gene for fear. Gaia's mother was murdered, and her father, Tom Moore, a famous covert antiterrorist mastermind, is in hiding. Now 17 years old, Gaia is living in New York City with Tom's CIA friend, George, and his wife, Ella. Gaia is a prime target for terrorists and is in constant danger, but she is trained in all forms of combat so she can defend herself. Like Buffy and Xena, Gaia Moore is a force.

But she is also a high school student, trying to be like everyone else. As her friendships develop, we see that Gaia is in many ways a typical teen -- when she's not busy getting herself into and out of dangerous situations, righting wrongs, avenging hurts, and solving mysteries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743433006
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
06/22/2002
Series:
Fearless , #1
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
234,048
File size:
595 KB
Age Range:
14 Years

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Gaia

Losers with no imagination say that if you start a new school, there has to be a first day. How come they haven't figured out how to beat that? Just think existentially. All you do is take what's supposed to be the first day and bury it someplace in the next month. By the time you get around to it a month later, who cares?

When I first heard the word existential, I didn't know what it meant, so I never used it. But then I found out that no one knows what it means, so now I use it all the time.

Since I just moved to New York last week, tomorrow would have been my first day at the new school, but I existentialized it, and now I've got a good thirty days before I have to deal with it. So. like, it'll be just a regular day, and I'll just grab my usual school stuff, jeans and a T-shirt, and throw them on. Then just like I always do, I'll take them off and throw on about eighteen different T-shirts and four different pairs of jeans before I find the right ones that hide my diesel arms and thunder thighs. Not good things on a girl, but no one else seems to see them like I do.

I won't bother to clean up when I'm done. I don't want to trick my new cohabitants, George and Ella, into thinking that I'm neat or considerate or anything. Why set them up for disappointment? I made that mistake with my old cohabitants and...well, I'm not living with them anymore, am I?

George Niven was my dad's mentor in the CIA. He's old. Like fifty or something. His wife, Ella, is much younger. Maybe thirty, I don't know. And you certainly can't tell from the way she dresses. Middle of winter she finds a way to show her belly button. And she's got four hundred of these little elastic bands that can only pass for a skirt if you never move your legs. Top that with this unbelievable iridescent red hair and you've got one hot seventeen-year-old. At least that's what she thinks. We all live cozy together in Greenwich Village in a brownstone -- that's what they call row houses in New York City. Don't ask me why, because it isn't brown, but we'll let that go for now.

I'm not sure how this transfer of me and my pathetic possessions was arranged. Not by my dad. He is Out of the Picture. No letters. No birthday cards. He didn't even contact me in the hospital last year when I almost fractured my skull. (And no, I didn't almost fracture my skull to test my dad, as a certain asshole suggested.) I haven't seen him since I was twelve, since...since -- I guess it's time to back up a little. My name is Gaia. Guy. Uh. Yes, it's a weird name. No, I don't feel like explaining it right now.

I am seventeen. The good thing about seventeen is that you're not sixteen. Sixteen goes with the word sweet, and I am so far from sweet. I've got a black belt in kung fu and I'm trained in karate, judo, jujitsu, and muay thai -- which is basically kick boxing. I've got a reflex speed that's off the charts. I'm a near perfect shot. I can climb mountains, box, wrestle, break codes in four languages. I can throw a 175-pound man over my shoulders, which accounts for my disgusting shoulders. I can kick just about anybody's ass. I'm not bragging. I wish I were. I wish my dad hadn't made me into the...thing I am.

I have blond hair. Not yellow, fairy-tale blond. But blond enough to stick me in the category. You know, so guys expect you to expect them to hit on you. So teachers set your default grade at B-minus. C-plus if you happen to have big breasts, which I don't particularly. My friend from before, Ivy, had this equation between grades and cup size, but I'll spare you that.

Back in ninth grade I dyed my way right out of the blond category, but after a while it got annoying. The dye stung and turned my hands orange. To be honest, though (and I am not a liar), there's another reason I let my hair grow back. Being blond makes people think they can pick on you, and I like when people think they can pick on me.

You see, I have this handicap. Uh, that's the wrong word. I am hormonally challenged. I am never afraid. I just don't have the gene or whatever it is that makes you scared.

It's not like I'll jump off a cliff or anything. I'm not an idiot. My rationality is not defective. In fact, it's extra good. They say nothing clouds your reason like fear. But then, I wouldn't know. I don't know what it feels like to be scared. It's like if you don't have hope, how can you imagine it? Or being born blind, how do you know what colors are?

I guess you'd say I'm fearless. Whatever fear is.

If I see some big guy beating up on a little guy, I just dive in and finish him off. And I can. Because that's the way I've been trained. I'm so strong, you wouldn't believe. But I hate it.

Since I'm never afraid of anything, my dad figured he'd better make sure I can hold my own when I rush into things. What he did really worked, too. Better than he expected. See, my dad didn't consider nature.

Nature compensates for its mistakes. If it forgot to give me a fear gene, it gave me some other fantastic abilities that definitely work in my favor. When I need it, I have this awesome speed, enormous energy, and amazing strength all quadrupled because there's no fear to hold me back.

It's even hard for me to figure out. People talk about danger and being careful. In my head I totally understand, but in my gut I just don't feel it. So if I see somebody in trouble, I just jump in and use everything I've got. And that's big stuff, and it's intense.

I mean, you ever hear that story about the mother who lifted the car off her little boy? That's like the kind of strength regular people can get from adrenaline. Except I don't need extra adrenaline because without fear, there's nothing to stop you from using every bit of power you have.

And a human body, especially a highly trained one like mine, has a lot of concentrated power.

But there's a price. I remember once reading about the Spartans. They were these fantastic Greek warriors about four hundred something B.C. They beat everybody. Nobody could touch them. But after a battle they'd get so drained, they'd shake all over and practically slide to the ground. That's what happens to me. It's like I use up everything and my body gets really weak and I almost black out. But it only lasts a couple of minutes. Eventually I'm okay again.

And there is one other thing that works in my favor. I can do whatever I want 'cause I've got nothing to lose.

See, my mother is...not here anymore. I don't really care that my dad is gone because I hate his guts. I don't have any brothers or sisters. I don't even have any grandparents. Well, actually, I think I do have one, but she lives in some end-of-the-world place in Russia and I get the feeling she's a few beans short of a burrito. But this is a tangent.

Tangent is a heinous word for two reasons:

1. It appears in my trigonometry book.

2. Ella, the woman-with-whom-I-now-live-never-to-be-confused-with-a-mother, accuses me of "going off on them."

Where was I? Right. I was telling you my secrets. It probably all boils down to three magic words: I don't care. I have no family, pets, or friends. I don't even have a lamp or a pair of pants I give a shit about.

I Don't Care.

And nobody can make me.

Ella says I'm looking for trouble. For a dummy she hit it right this time.

I am looking for trouble.

Copyright © 1999 by Francine Pascal

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Meet the Author

Francine Pascal is the creator of several bestselling series, including Fearless and Sweet Valley High, which was also made into a television series. She has written several novels, including My First Love and Other Disasters, My Mother Was Never a Kid, and Love & Betrayal & Hold the Mayo. She is also the author of Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later. She lives in New York and the South of France.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While a book with a good idea, Fearless is written like the inside of a teenagers mind-angst and all. The book also features many spelling errors and even some missing words, no important words, but still enough to detract attention from the story. I've only read the first book and I don't intend to read the others solely based on the fact that the way it was written just wasn't for me. Chances are if you're a teenager or tween you'll probably like this book; unless your a teenager like me who reads a wholly ton of books, and knows enough to know when I'm reading a good one. I will say the main character in the book is a bit refreshing but even though she lacks fear; she still deals with usual boy problems. However, her lack of fear does make it a little more interesting. All in all for an 8-9$ book it's okay and is still something one could find interesting enough to read.
SW808 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this series, it's great. But 9 dollars for a book that I can finish in 2 hours, and there's 25 more of them at that price, is absolutely ridiculous. This series needs a e-book bundle, or even for a great book, isn't worth it. Give me a bundle!!!
PO_PIXIE-reading_nolifer More than 1 year ago
These books are short but really enjoyable and good for teens looking for a nice easy read for a a break. The series cycles around a girl named Gaia who doesn't feel fear. The writing is almost poetic at times with short chapters with cool names. I have read the first 4 and am happy to see there are many more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm way too old for these books (I got out of high school eight years ago), but they're so fun! Gaia very complex, yet such an average girl. I really enjoy her character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The fearless books are greatest books ever!! You must read them...I finished mine in 24 hours..you can't put them down! It doesn't end on the first page either. So if you buy #1 you will want to buy # 2 also
sabina01 7 months ago
THE PRICE SUCKS! considering I have 90% of these books I have been carrying around since I was 15 ( 31 now) you think they could have lowered the price on these books right? You can go to a half price books or any second hand used store and pick them up for a quarter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I own this book and there was three stories in it and then i read the second book FEARLESS 2 and there was three to vthat one too and i love this seris
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although this series has many grammar issues, it is a great read. And if you are a good reader, you can read over thr bad grammar and auto-correct it in your head like i do...
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I would like to know if this is really worth reading. I read that it has grammar and spelling errors which I really don't like, but it seems to be a goid book. Please help. - confused
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Has twisted came out yet?
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Why the heck are these books so hard to track down?! I have checked so many places. I've only found one complete set for $100 bucks.. which is reasonably cheap compared to the nook books but i dont undersyand why they seem rare. My library doesnt have even half of them! I just dont understand! :(
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Good series dont buy it on the nook u find cheaper for this book easiely get 20 of these for 9 bucks
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