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From the creator of "Sweet Valley High" comes a hip new series featuring seventeen- year-old Gaia Moore, a girl born without the fear gene. Trained as a blackbelt in karate with the reflex speed of an Olympic athlete, Gaia can throw a 175 pound man over her shoulder. She lives in New York City where there is plenty of opportunity to right wrongs, avenge hurts and save the world. And to fall in love.
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Overview

From the creator of "Sweet Valley High" comes a hip new series featuring seventeen- year-old Gaia Moore, a girl born without the fear gene. Trained as a blackbelt in karate with the reflex speed of an Olympic athlete, Gaia can throw a 175 pound man over her shoulder. She lives in New York City where there is plenty of opportunity to right wrongs, avenge hurts and save the world. And to fall in love.
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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671039417
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Series: Fearless Series, #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.78 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Francine Pascal

Francine Pascal is one of the most popular fiction writers for teenagers today and the creator of several best-selling 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. In writing her stories, Ms. Pascal is inspired by her own memories of growing up and by the experiences of her three daughters.

Francine Pascal lives in New York and the south of France.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    Fearless

    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.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Love the series, hate the price!!

    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!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

    Good

    Good series dont buy it on the nook u find cheaper for this book easiely get 20 of these for 9 bucks

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

    Fun, Easy, Nice

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2008

    Very fun!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2000

    Fearless books are the perfect book

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2014

    Love

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    To person who needs help...

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    To people who have read this book

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Twisted

    Has twisted came out yet?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2012

    Love it but.....

    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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  • Posted February 16, 2011

    great book

    where is the rest of the series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2006

    Fearless!!!

    I LOVE Fearless!! It's so empowering and just like the other people leaving reviews, I also think it's addicting. I read two or three in one day and I would have read all the ones I could in one day if I didn't have other things to do!!! I love this series!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2006

    BEST SERIES EVER

    i can't believe i didn't find this series sooner! it's prolly the best series out there! made me want to keep on reading the whole series, which i did, and was amazing. now im going to start the sequel to fearless, which is fearless fbi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2006

    Best Series Ever Written

    I love these books and I can't put them down. I just read 3 yesterday and I'm waiting for my new shipment to come in which shouldn't take me but a couple of days to read. This is the type of series you can read anywhere, anytime, and get totally hooked. Just read one and you'll see what I mean.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2006

    this is the best series i've ever read

    i cant believe that i didn't discover the series sooner! i just hope that i can catch up on them before the next one comes out!lol!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2005

    MG

    ok, see the thing is you have to read the book from cover to cover and then stop and think about it for sec then u will be like omg i just relized that. cuz i read the book for long time and everytime i stop i lafe and i make the people around me look at me crazy, hay it is not in purpos. so the thing is u have to read it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2005

    One of the Strangest Books I've Ever Read

    This book was awesome! It's a about a girl who's fearless, obviously, but this girl makes a friend, much to her surprise. She also make ememies and gives them more reasons to hate her. She has a msyterious past and I don't really care attitude. She has self defense skills that can get her out of the trouble she puts herself in. Fearless is a throughly enjoyable book as well as series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2004

    Dreamer

    Once i read this book i was shock because i was into the romance books to but then i read this one and i just couldn't put it down. i wish i was just like Gaia

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2004

    *Absolutely L-U-V this book!!*

    I would have never even looked at this because I was into romance novels and all that mushy stuff but now I realize what I have been missing!!!OMG, THIS IS THE BEST SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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