by Amy A. Bartol


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Secondborn by Amy A. Bartol

Firstborns rule society. Secondborns are the property of the government. Thirdborns are not tolerated. Long live the Fates Republic.

On 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477848357
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Series: Secondborn Series , #1
Pages: 321
Sales rank: 151,678
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Amy A. Bartol is the award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of The Premonition Series, The Kricket Series, and a short story entitled “The Divided.” She lives in Michigan with her husband and two sons. For more on Amy and her work, visit her website,

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Secondborn 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
I loved this! This was a great start to a new Dystopia series and I had a really hard time putting this down. I listened to the audible version and have nothing but good things to say about the narrator. I am limited to when I can listen and if I had the time, I would have listened straight through to the end. I'm a fan of this kind of series and I especially love a female warrior. I really liked Roselle's character. The unfairness to her situation and all Second Born situations makes you root hard for her to succeed. So much seems to be against her that you can't really see that happening. I also liked that I couldn't predict what needed to happen for her to cause change. By the end of this book, I'm still not sure how she is going to succeed. This did have the feel of Hunger Games, but with it's own unique twist. I will be anxiously waiting for book 2!
JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
Ms. Bartol certainly has a knack for immersing her readers in worlds of make believe. I always know when I pick up one of her books that I am going to be in for one heck of a ride. Secondborn has a very Hunger Games/Divergent feel to it. The story was a tad overwhelming in the beginning just because there was so much information to take in. By the end I had the players down pat and I am looking forward to seeing where Roselle’s journey will take her.
224perweek More than 1 year ago
Just not interesting. Not my style. Could not get into it. I tried very hard.
CherylLovestoRead More than 1 year ago
I was entertained and spellbound from the first page. The romance was sweet, though it did not dominate the story, and there was plenty of political intrigue, deception and plot twists to keep me rapt throughout. Overall, this was a great read and I could not put it down. It definitely left me wanting more of Roselle and her fascinating world and I can’t wait for the next book.
CrazyCat_Alex More than 1 year ago
First off, thank god I'm a first born. In Bartol's world I would not be able to live Roselle's life as a second born. Being on live feed from birth for all to see, that's just wrong. Sure, she has some privacy but it's very limited. I'm glad she has Hawthorne watching out for her since she was a little girl. Because with such a horrible mother Roselle needs all the help and love she can get. This mother of her hers made me so angry, I wanted to slap her. And then there is Agent Crow. Urgh! I hate, hate, hate him. All I could think was: Can someone please kill him?! Overall, this was a very good start to a new series and I can't wait for the next book. I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thanks to NetGalley and 47North!