Rebel Born (Secondborn, #3) by Amy A. Bartol
Publisher: 47 North
Publication Date: June 4, 2019
Genres: Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Format: e-ARC
Source: the publisher via NetGalley
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Roselle faces a mind-reeling showdown with the deep state agent controlling her psyche….

Roselle St. Sismode is many things: victim of a conspiracy, unwilling host of an ever-evolving mind algorithm, spy for a rebel army, and heir to the Fate of Swords. As a warrior, she’s also the anticipated main event at the Secondborn Trials. When the opening ceremonies erupt in chaos, Roselle is abducted by a sadistic agent with a diabolical plan: transform Roselle into a mind-controlled assassin to topple society. But a rogue scientist has implanted Roselle with a genius technology that is far more powerful. It renders her untouchable. Faster… Stronger… And maybe immortal!

With her enhanced abilities come the highest stakes yet, as Roselle confronts shifting realities at every turn as well as her own mother’s stunning betrayal. Racing against time with a determined resistance group, can Roselle overthrow the forces of destruction and reclaim the most valuable of commodities – her humanity?

*Note:  This book was provided to The Book Hookup by the Publisher via Net Galley but that did not in any way influence this review!

Wow!  I’m exhausted and my head is spinning…but my heart is  definitely full.  Rebel Born, the conclusion to the Secondborn series, had me turning pages faster than I wanted to and had my brain running to keep up with the complexities and the creativity of this plot.  As the story progressed, the tension increased and, for every answer we though we had, a new question seemed to appear.  The storytelling and world-building were exquisitely intricate…so many moving parts, so many roads to travel.  And all the while, Roselle’s strength was the backbone that kept both the characters and the story moving forward.

This installment moves with precision and speed.  We’re treated to the complexities of a world run by evil and the relative simplicity of hope for a better future.  Roselle never lets go of her belief that she and her ragtag team can face this evil and overcome…and she had me believing every step of the way as well.  Of course, a bit of romance never hurts.  In the world of Roselle and Hawthorne and Reykin and Clifton, we finally get a resolution and I, for one, was completely content with the outcome.  Amy Bartol always manages to write a story that glues me to it’s pages and a hero that has my heart swooning and this series once again ticks both the boxes.

I don’t want to tell you much about the actual story because, of course, it’s the conclusion and it deserves to be experienced only after you’ve immersed yourself in this world and fallen in love with it’s characters.  And, once you dive in, you’ll find yourself in awe of Ms. Bartol’s creativity, imagination, and exquisite writing…I know I am!  If you enjoy sci-fi, adventure, twists and turns, and a large pinch of romance, this book, and this series, is definitely for you! Enjoy!

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