Rebels Divided

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The first time Geo sees Annabelle, they meet as enemies and she doesn't kill him, which mystifies them both. Hunted by military on both sides, can they overcome mutual distrust and work together to rescue her sister and gain justice for the murder of his father? More
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About Lance Erlick

Lance Erlick writes science fiction thrillers for adult and young adult readers. In 2018, he launched his Android Chronicles series with Reborn and continued it with Unbound and Emergent. This series follows the challenges of Synthia Cross, wrestling with the download of a human mind and emergent behavior while confronted by humans who seek to control her. Xenogeneic: First Contact is about alien pilgrims who lost their civil war and come to our solar system. They kidnap aerospace engineer Elena Pyetrov to prevent her from discovering them. As their prisoner, she’s the only one who can uncover their plot and stop them from decimating Earth. The Regina Shen series takes place after abrupt climate change leads to collapse and a new World Federation. As an outcast, Regina must fight to stay alive and help her family while she avoids being captured. In the Rebel series, Annabelle Scott faces a crisis of conscience after she’s drafted into the military to enforce laws she believes are wrong. Find out more about the author and his work at

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About the Series: Rebel
A second American Civil War leaves the nation divided under a shaky peace. The Federal Union, which controls most of the country, pursues a utopian society of Harmony without men. They exile, quarantine and force males to fight to the death to train their military elite. The Appalachian Outland promotes rugged individualism, but is controlled by a warlord who has a monopoly of power, church, and the economy, which he enforces with Rangers.

Annabelle Scott is a tough yet fragile tomboy who was orphaned at age three when the Federal Union took her biological parents. Adopted by a state senator in the opposition, she rebels against her society, hunts for her biological mother, is curious about boys she’s prohibited from meeting, and is over-protective of her younger sister.

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Reviews of Rebels Divided by Lance Erlick

Sue Chenoweth reviewed on Aug. 23, 2013

I thought this was even better than The Rebel Within. It moved fast and was quite engaging.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
The Eclectic Bookworm reviewed on Aug. 18, 2013

I loved this book as much as the first, despite some issues I had with the ending.

This book takes place three years after the end of the first book. Annabelle is a mech, an elite female warrior who is charged with protecting the border, rounding up boys and enforcing regulations.

This book also lends more insight into the “Second American Civil War”. As with the first book, this absolutely fascinates me. “When the Progressive Reunion seized power, men got suckered into supporting the Patriots; they saw no alternative. After war broke out, they learned that entrepreneur Adrianne Picard secretly provided the Progressive Reunion with mech gear and drones. The war ended quickly. Radical Patriots clung to Appalachia and limited government”.

The way this is conveyed throughout the book is in a simple manner that is plausible in light of today’s political issues. I live in the great state of Texas, which would probably be at the forefront of any “Patriot” party movement.
In this book, Mr. Erlick further examines the problems that usually plague any sort of “utopian” society. In the Progressive Reunion stronghold, known as the Federal Union, Annabelle learns that the rules don’t apply to all. She sees things in her capacity as a soldier that further questions the confines of her society “we’re all equal, except the elite. She tried to remember where she had read that. Some banned book her mom kept hidden? Animal Farm maybe.”

Also in her capacity as a mech, Annabelle can help the unfortunate boys that are discovered living within the borders of the Federal Union. She becomes part of the Underground Railroad that leads boys and men to safety in the Outland. In this activity, she regularly meets with her adoptive mother’s banished husband. And in a fateful turn of events, meets Geo, her adoptive brother that she has never met.

They both have to collaborate to survive as well as bring peace to their prospective homes.

Again, I love the character of Annabelle for many reasons. Her humanity and her compassion only deepen in this book. She also pieces together many parts of a complex puzzle and is able to avert disaster.

I also fell in love with the character of Geo. He is strong, loyal, very intelligent and also works for what is right. I loved reading about his conflicting feelings for Annabelle.

I also loved reading about the gadgets and techniques Geo and his father came up with while living in the Outland. They have electricity. They have saferooms. They have homemade weapons and other ways to ensure their safety (for the most part).

The problem I have with the ending is that it essentially abruptly ends. Also too many loose ends are tied up at once in a nice pretty package. As much as I love happy endings, things just seemed a little too convenient by the end.
I would have liked an epilogue that sketches out Annabelle’s new life or a hint that everything is alright beyond the last pages of the book.

But overall, a very satisfying conclusion to the adventure Annabelle began in the first book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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