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Fearless

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  977 Ratings  ·  155 Reviews
The smartly painted exterior of the City Community Faith School hides a disturbing secret. Behind its walls, 1000 girls are forced to labour in the city's laundry, separated from their families and deprived of their freedom. One of these girls is Little Fearless who never gives up hope that one day she will be rescued.
Hardcover, 266 pages
Published June 4th 2007 by Walker & Company (first published 2007)
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Joe
Apr 11, 2010 Joe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, young-adult, dystopia
My name is Tim Lott and I have a ton of Very Important Political Observations to make! I could research global diplomacy (or lack thereof), red-handed corporate lobbying, and the insidious duality of any and all political parties, whether left or right, and use that information to write a scathing non-fiction book, or...

Or I could write a shitty young adult novel.

I think I will write a shitty young adult novel! So much easier! Kids don't care about quality, right? They wouldn't know stilted, ob
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Brandy
Oct 28, 2007 Brandy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007reads, teen
If a book is released as an Advance Review Copy, the publisher is probably trying to generate some advance buzz for it. Get some good reviews going ahead of it and make people want to buy this book. I think that, if that's the case, the book has some obligation to be good.

Fearless is what happens when an adult author tries to write a kid's book, but doesn't really know how. All language gets dumbed down, every little detail gets spelled out, exposition grows like mold. It's like Lott hasn't even
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Benna
Jan 03, 2013 Benna rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young Adult readers and Adults
Recommended to Benna by: We are going to read it for English this year
Shelves: favorites
I loved this book. Now, I know many will disagree with me but what made Fearless appeal to me was Little Fearless's strength of character-her courage and her spirit not only contributed to what other people saw her as but to who she was. The fact that here she was, in a prison, an institution, yet she told stories and disobeyed the rules-to receive the cruelest punishment without entirely selfish motives. Little Fearless was a lifeline of hope for all of the girls who had been torn from their fa ...more
Bex
Jul 30, 2009 Bex rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2009
The premise was interesting... Kind of 1984 or Brave New World- but what happened to the kids in these societies. So you would think- hey this should be cool.

Yeah- not so much.

Dialogue. HORRIBLE. Characters? Totally 2-dimensional. Maybe he wanted to keep them simple because this society was breaking them down so they didn't resist the rule. But if that was the case, why did Little Fearless just suck? She didn't say anything new. She had the same conversation over and over.

also the bit about hidi
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Amelia
Amongst the plethora of dystopian fiction, Fearless is bland, trite, unremarkable. Despite the fact that it tells the story of a children's prison, the reader never feels any connection to the children's fate, probably because Lott never bothers to write any scenes that actually show anything particularly bad happening to them. He doesn't show us their backbreaking work in the laundry; he never really describes their time in the punishment cells; even when they are in danger of being burned to d ...more
Corinne
In a world where rules and blind obedience have taken the place of good judgement and compassion, there lives a girl named Little Fearless. She spends all her days in The Institution, where she's taught to listen and obey. Problem is, as much as they try to teach it, she's not really learning it. Little Fearless knows that she, and all the other nameless girls at the Institution, deserve something more. Deserve families. And freedom. Of all the girls, Little Fearless has the guts to find a way.

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Ella
Interesting one. This book is presented as "dystopian" but it lacks some of the key elements in the current trend of teen dystopian novels.
First of all, it's narrated in 3rd person, in a sort of modern fairytale style. It's quite formulaic (Little Fearless escapes, finds someone who does not believe her, then gets back).
Secondly, the main characters are children of unspecified age, but we are talking about school age so I imagined them to be somewhat between 10 and 16.
Thirdly, which I'm sure
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Jenna
Mar 14, 2015 Jenna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teenagers; young adults; anybody who seeks an interesting story
Recommended to Jenna by: Friend
I first discovered this book a few years ago from an online friend who fell in love with it. Taking her advice, I eventually got hold of Fearless from my school library, and ordered it online for myself sometime later. I read Fearless when I was about twelve or thirteen, and have since read it over a good few times.

The story follows a brave child nicknamed Little Fearless, who has been banished to an institute to become a proper Cityzen. The opening chapter is beautifully written, proving to be
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Carol Yu
Apr 02, 2011 Carol Yu rated it it was amazing
I really do love this book, once i picked it up it already seem special. Every page there is a title and a quote. Not to mention but it keeps me suck in when ever i read more and more, is like the way the aurthor wrote the story line is so thoughtful. At first page one, you know nothing at all, nothing it just talks bout someting you ave no idea of, but later on as you read on you have that feeling like "ooohhh i get it!" Which to me makes me feel really good.
Little fearless is the main charact
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Kirsty
Apr 17, 2008 Kirsty rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
Here is a prime example of an author who has taken too many writing classes.
There is no need, particularly in a YA novel, to have a metaphor on every single page.
There is no need to over-describe everything.
There is no need to have dialogue like this:
"Have you no heart? Do you not care?" wondered the commander, clearly astonished at her remarkable self-possession.
"I care," she said evenly. "And thank you...But if you think that using cruel facts as hammers to break my spirit, you are wasting
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Olivia.g
Jan 13, 2014 Olivia.g rated it it was amazing
To be honest, I am a massive book reader and my three cabinets of books can prove that. And, although I criticize books often, I found this book very inspirational and a really good read. Warning, tears will be spilt and feels will be felt. But, I recommended it to all my friends, and they all loved it, so I see no problem why you shouldn't as well. It is meant for a young adult audience, and is definitely worth buying. I'm not going to spoil the book for you like some websites *coughwikipediaco ...more
Rita Grim
Aug 31, 2014 Rita Grim rated it really liked it
Back in the day I really liked this book (only just remembered that I'd read it in primary school). I identified heaps with Little Fearless and overall, reading a book full of female characters that were my age was really great. Lady Luck was a cool character, from memory and Beauty reminded me of my friend at the time. Also, I remember the setting being this sort of barren, minimalist dystopia kind of thing and I liked that a lot. I see a lot of people in the reviews knocking this book, but kee ...more
MsThomas
Aug 23, 2009 MsThomas rated it liked it
I hesitate to call this book science fiction because so many people don't like that genre. It's set in the future, and tells the story of a girls' "school" that is actually a prison where girls who get in trouble are sent. The girls have been taken away from their families and locked into this facility, which the public believes is a school. Then one of the girls attempts to escape and get help from the outside...

It's recommended by JACQUELINE WILSON and is a smooth, easy read with an engaging p
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Charlotte Green
Apr 16, 2016 Charlotte Green rated it it was ok
The term’thought-provoking’ is rarely applied to children’s books and yet it in this case the phrase could not be more true. Set in a parallel universe, Fearless follows one girl’s journey as she decides to breakout of the system and set her fellow prisoners free. The novel addresses such themes as terrorism, religion, and society’s attitudes towards these, all from within a fairy tale structure.

The protagonist, a girl known as Little Fearless, lives in the City Community Faith School for Retrai
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Myblankie6
May 04, 2015 Myblankie6 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fearless
By Tim Lott

Little Fearless lives in the Community Faith School for girls, also known as the Institute. Everyone hears that its a great place for misbehaving girls to stay and learn how to n=be proper, but what they don't know is what happens inside. First the young girls are suppose to leave there names behind, and they are given numbers and a letter for there names. The girls give each other nicknames like Stench and Bellyache. The Institute doesn't teach the girls anything,instead they
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Cassie
Mar 26, 2016 Cassie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting read. The YA market is saturated with dystopian literature, so to compare this novel to others (like The Hunger Games or -- perhaps more appropriately -- The Maze Runner) is easy, and yet it is a mistake. Certainly this novel is dystopian, but it's also a bit of a fairy tale that follows the quest story pattern. There's a rose that seemingly appears from no where in a spot where the main character (an archetype of Cinderella, BTW) sheds a tear, there are things that o ...more
Readingee
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Clickety
Jul 30, 2013 Clickety rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ownit, ya, fiction, dystopian
I freaking loved this. The clear, simple, sparse prose. The fable-ish storytelling style. The fact that it's a dystopian adventure in which almost every single character is FEMALE. The fact that the character noted for her beauty has DARK skin. The fact that the author got me to switch between rooting for and against the SAME CHARACTER. (Stench, in case you were wondering.)

Whimsical, dark, and imaginative, this book is a great gateway into dystopian fiction.
Hope
Jan 25, 2014 Hope rated it really liked it
It takes a really good book to make me cry. No ordinary novel can evoke such emotion from me. No, it takes a book like Fearless, a book that touches the reader so deeply, to do it. Tim Lott plays on the very essence of human behavior, with his memorable themes, interesting elements, and things that just plain out make you ask why.

A huge theme in Fearless is hope. The main character, Little Fearless, appears to symbolize this theme, as she always is the one to lift spirits and to spur determinat
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Kathy Wawer
This book reads like an allegorical fairy tale.
Little Fearless is in an institution for girls who need attitude correction, according to their parents or the state. The outside world thinks this is a wonderful school but it is really a workshop. Little Fearless is convinced that if the world knew what was going on, all the parents would come and rescue their children. She sneaks out and returns 3 times, each time not able to make anyone believe her. She stays innocently optimistic through it al
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Andrea
Dec 29, 2013 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Betsy Long
Shelves: ya, dystopia, sci-fi
I haven't loved a book this much in a long time! Highly recommend.
Fireflie
Jan 27, 2009 Fireflie rated it did not like it
Really didn't like it..good basic idea but was written in an annoying style.
Relena_reads
Aug 20, 2014 Relena_reads rated it did not like it
I finished this book because I really like the feel of square books. Literally. This is why I finished.

This isn't a YA book. This is a book that happens to have "children" in it. I don't normally use scare quotes, but these aren't children, they're constructs to further a particular world view. Only two of them have growth, and they don't have much of it.

There are also blatant holes. Why does no one react to the child among them who reeks of trash? Why does Tattle's hair still smell like her whe
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Shayla Bowler
Apr 25, 2014 Shayla Bowler rated it liked it
I just stumbled across this on a 'most underrated books' list. I had completely forgotten this book's existence until now. But I remember lying on my grandmother's lounge room floor, I think I was maybe 12 years old. I read the whole book in one sitting. I do remember feeling slightly disappointed. But I also feel so much nostalgia for those moments and the books I read back when I would just pick something at random from the library shelf.

I am constantly being amazed by how many dystopian's I
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Jessica
Apr 15, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-own-classics
Fearless was amazing. This book isn't humorous, it's quite serious actually, but it's artistically written. It wasn't a book where good and evil are clearly defined. The two lines merged, in a profoundly enlightening way. It didn't have a fairytale ending, it actually made me cry, but the characters found peace and hope in the end. There wasn't really any violence, but it was heart wrenching and for a while there was a sense of hopelessness. It was captivating and and I'm glad I read it. I would ...more
Rebecca
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Sage
Feb 27, 2011 Sage rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the book Fearless by Tim Lott the future spells bad news for girls who have been "bad." The girls are locked up in the City Community Faith School. The towns people think that their little girls are inside happy and safe, however they are deadly wrong. The "City Community Faith School" is more like a prison. The girls are stripped of their birth names and instead given a number and a letter. So to help them keep a little faith, they come up with nicknames for each other such as Star Gazer, Be ...more
Ms. Yingling
Fearless is in the City Community Faith School, where girls who are considered somehow not right are kept in abusive conditions in a dystopian world, supervised by The Controller. They work long hours, are fed little, are live in filthy conditions. Fearless (the girls are called by numbers but have nicknames for each other) feels that there is something more outside of the school, and comes up with a plan to escape and let the parents of the girls know how bad the conditions are. With the help o ...more
Josh
Jan 27, 2011 Josh rated it really liked it
This book is great for people who are interested in thriller & suspense. The main character "Little Fearless" finds herself trapped in a supposedly Community Faith School, but it's really an institution where "juvies" or "mindcrips" are locked up. When kept in this institution you're given a number and your birth name is taken away! After you are given a number people will come up with nicknames to describe someone, such as the main character's nickname "Little Fearless". This little girl i ...more
Tori
Oct 04, 2011 Tori rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was okay the first time i read it but boring and just plain out stupid the second time. With this book i found that it was too realistic to be a fantasy, but at the same time too unlikely to be realistic. I have found that books like Harry Potter and even The Hunger Games are more realistic. Maybe if 'Fearless' was written further in History and the situation was explained more this book would be better. But the date and country was not set by Tim Lott. Also the girls specific age was ...more
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