Rebirth

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Fleeing their homes in the city, three teens find themselves on the run with little kids in tow. As people vanish and buildings crumble, they seek shelter in the nearby mountains. Survival depends on their ability to adapt with nothing more than the items pilfered from a crumbling store. Hovering in the background is the constant threat of being discovered by the aliens, adding to the pressure the teens feel having no shelter, a limited supply of food and the well-being of three children to ensure. They must come...
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Fleeing their homes in the city, three teens find themselves on the run with little kids in tow. As people vanish and buildings crumble, they seek shelter in the nearby mountains. Survival depends on their ability to adapt with nothing more than the items pilfered from a crumbling store. Hovering in the background is the constant threat of being discovered by the aliens, adding to the pressure the teens feel having no shelter, a limited supply of food and the well-being of three children to ensure. They must come up with some creative solutions before the inevitable onset of winter, while attempting to remain "invisible" to avoid capture. Being mature and responsible is no longer optional as they deal with their individual personalities, traumas, and learn to raise a baby. Unaware of the extent of the alien destruction, they can't help but wonder if all their efforts are in vain.
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*Rebirth* has everything a novel should have...action, drama, sci-fi and thrills...I truly enjoyed this exciting new story by Debbie Brown who is emerging as a talented creative writer in the YA Sci-Fi genre and I have no doubt we're going to hear lots more from her. I enjoyed the tension, character interaction and certainly the pacing because I just had to finish it in one sitting, definately a page turner...it seemed to end way too soon though. Perhaps a sequel is in the works ???..."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615739861
  • Publisher: GMTA Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/6/2012
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Over the years I have worked as a nurse, a school teacher, a martial arts instructor, baseball, figure-skating and gymnastics coach as well as an artist, selling my paintings in an art gallery. I have been part of an orchestra, flown planes and gone on wilderness hikes. I am an officer in the Canadian Forces, and though I have taught on different military bases, for now I work primarily with cadets. Writing full time is my next goal.
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  • Posted January 31, 2013

    Aleksei didn¿t know how it had happened. He didn¿t even know WHO

    Aleksei didn’t know how it had happened. He didn’t even know WHO did it. Although he suspected it was aliens who were attacking the town. And he was trapped in some rubble from a building. He had lost all hope when two brothers, Mitch and Jamie, found him and dug him out. They hid and were able to steal an abandoned Jeep (all the humans abandoned town). They drove out of the town and picked up more kids they found along the way. The other kids were Krisztina, Ally, and the baby, J.J. The group of kids drove outside town into a park with hot springs and caves. They set up a shelter and lived there. They realize they are alone. They have no parents to help them and aliens all around them. The kids have to get along, stay hidden in the caves and somehow manage to survive. until they came…

    The Boxcar Children is one of my favorite series from when I was littler. I loved to read how the kids worked together. I especially loved the first book where the kids had to survive out in the woods in a boxcar and avoid being captured. I remembered getting very involved in that story. So why am I talking about the Boxcar Children? I felt the same way reading this book! I think it’s kind of a cool dystopian Boxcar Children book… only with aliens! :) The kids live in the woods with no adults… But then the aliens come and… Nah. Not gonna tell. ;) I LOVED this story! Ms. Brown’s writing style had me on the edge of my bean bag chair while I was reading it. The characters were great and they all had different personalities. The only problem I had with the book was the amount of cursing in it. I reviewed another great story Ms. Brown wrote, Amethyst Eyes (see my review HERE), and it didn’t have all the cursing. I think the cursing in this book could have been changed for younger kids to read. :( That was upsetting. The ending of the book was awesome and like Amethyst Eyes, there is a great message in the book about why we should care for our environment. I recommend this book to kids 14+.
    **NOTE I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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  • Posted January 27, 2013

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    Every kid at one time or another has wished there were no adults

    Every kid at one time or another has wished there were no adults. Eating whatever one wants, skipping school, having no chores or bedtime all sound appealing.

    And then the end of the world arrives. Invaders attack our planet. People disappear. Not just kids or adults…almost everybody. A young teenager named Mitch and his younger brother Jamie find an older teenage boy in building rubble. His name is Aleksei. The three of them get a car and start driving out of the city.

    They come across a teenage girl named Krisztina outside of a crumbled apartment building. She’s angry and scared and doesn’t agree with everything the group believes. Aleksei becomes the group’s leader by default. He’s the oldest, he can drive, and he has survival skills because his parents have worked in other countries helping under-privileged people.

    The group stops at a store to gather supplies and finds a young girl and her baby brother. Their band of survivors makes it out of the city and finds a place they feel is safe from the invaders. They work together to create a home, preparing for the upcoming winter.

    The kids have to battle the elements, themselves, and eventually the fact that the invaders are watching them. There’s a reason the kids have been allowed to live, and they know they have to figure out what it is if they want to survive the invasion.

    While there are difficulties to overcome and conflicts to resolve, many things were accomplished without extreme obstacles. Aleksei had a few mini (mostly internal) meltdowns, but for the most part he reacted as an adult. No real loss or lasting trauma occurred.

    I loved the premise of Rebirth and the message it delivered. Middle graders and younger teenagers will enjoy this story. However, I think older teens and some adults will find the story a bit slow, a little preachy and not as gripping as other novels. Is this a bad thing? Absolutely not…which is why I recommend Rebirth to anyone looking for a story filled with adventure and meaning.

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    The book, Rebirth, kept me turning pages one after another as I

    The book, Rebirth, kept me turning pages one after another as I wondered how this group of children would fare on their own. Their city destroyed, families gone, they find one another and form a tight bond while surviving the Montana winter in the mountains and figuring out what happened to turn their lives upside down. 
    I enjoyed the characters very much and thought they reacted realistically in such a dire situation. It was fun having an infant included in the plotline, which was very unusual. I think my favorite character was six-year-old Ally. She’s one tough and smart cookie.
    I also enjoyed the survival knowledge included throughout the story. I thought the character of Aleksei, the oldest kid and the one with all of the survival knowledge, was a good combination of smarts and confusion.
    My biggest problem came in the second third of the book when things started coming together and the reasons for everything were revealed. It felt too preachy and forced. I think the message the author was trying to get across could have been said once or twice instead of the thick layering.
    This book would be excellent for Middle Graders and I think they would enjoy the survival aspect as well as the adventure. I think readers of YA fiction would find it too slow and preachy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2014

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    I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. This wa

    I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

    This was a fast-paced story that was hard to put down, finished it in one sitting. The author pulls you in from the first page and leaves you wanting more at the last page (in a good way). The only thing that I wanted was more development of characters. I enjoyed the characters but didn't really feel the connection that I like to feel when I read a book. Hope the author has a sequel to this one.

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