Genres: Dystopian, Sci-Fi, YA
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First book in Rebel series that also works well as a standalone story.
After the Second American Civil War, the Federal Union pursues a world without men by rounding up the remaining males.
Annabelle is a tomboy who lost her parents at age three. Despite her rebellious acts against a conformist society, the state pushes her to become a cop intern at age 16 to catch escaped boys. Then she’s forced to choose between joining the elite military unit that took her parents or being torn from her beloved sister and adoptive mom. Meanwhile, she meets a handsome boy who escaped prison, and helps him get away.
While facing a cop intern boss who hates her, a military commander who demands too much, and an amazon bully who won’t leave her alone, Annabelle struggles with conscience. Will she risk everything by hunting for her imprisoned birth mother and helping escaped boys avoid the federal roundup? Can she stand up to the amazon? Will she survive the rigorous military qualifying program so she won’t be sent away, while remaining true to herself and protecting her family?
After the Second American Civil War, a nation divided. The Federal Union controls most of the country enforcing harmony and an all-female society with the help of EggFusion Fertilization and Female Mechanized Warriors based near Knoxville. The male-dominated Appalachian Outland promotes rugged individualism, but Thane Edwards has a monopoly of power, church, and the economy. He enforces this with his Rangers, loosely modeled on the legendary Texas Rangers. The governor of Tenn-tucky and the Outland warlord conclude a secret deal that each believes will enhance their power. Geo is a Daniel Boone type frontiersman who hungers to see more of the world than the tiny impoverished Outland glen where he and his pa hide from local Rangers. Geo fights Union mechs and Outland Rangers to protect friends, neighbors, and refugees fleeing the Federal Union and Ranger brutality. Annabelle is a tough yet fragile tomboy who lost her parents at age three and was raised by Geo’s estranged Mom. Annabelle develops a rebellious streak in her conformist society (Federal Union). She becomes a mech warrior to see the forbidden Outland. When she refuses a politically arranged marriage to the Outland warlord, he kidnaps her and her adopted sister. Pursued by Union mechs and Outland Rangers, Geo and Annabelle must come together to rescue her sister and gain justice for his pa’s murder. While trying to survive, can they trust growing feelings for each other despite being sworn enemies?
About the Author:
Lance Erlick grew up in various parts of the United States and Europe. He took to stories as his anchor and was inspired by his father’s engineering work on cutting-edge aerospace projects to look to the future. He writes speculative fiction, science fiction, dystopian and young adult and likes to explore the future implications of social and technological trends.Author Website @LanceErlick
1 autographed print copy of The Rebel Within (only mailed to address within the US)
3 ebooks of The Rebel Within (mobi or epub)