Fearless. Tim Lott
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Fearless. Tim Lott

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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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Brandy
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...more
Joe
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...more
Bex
Jul 30, 2009 Bex rated it 1 of 5 stars
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...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.

F...more
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...more
Matt Guion
This book requires a bit of open-mindedness. It requires you to acknowledge that there are many different ways to tell a story like this. It requires you to suspend your disbelief, abandon the pretense of reality, and fully acknowledge that this is a story. Personally, I find that we are WAY too wrapped up in the desire for realism in a story. We don't WANT to be aware that we're reading a story. And to be honest, it was kind of refreshing to read a book--especially a dystopian novel--that compl...more
Carol Yu
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...more
Kirsty
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
...more
MsThomas
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...more
Clickety
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
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...more
Andrea
Dec 29, 2013 Andrea rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Really didn't like it..good basic idea but was written in an annoying style.
Shayla Bowler
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...more
Olivia.g
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
Jessica
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
Sage
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
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
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
Jimmy Zaarour
"Fearless" by Tim Lott is a book about a dystopian society in which girls are tortured at a prison institute that is disguised as a community faith school for troubled kids. The main character, Little Fearless, decides that she has had enough, and that she wants to help the girls escape by tearing the walls down with all of the citizens, but after she goes through all the trouble of escaping the institute and finding the citizens, no one believes her. She is then left with the problem of decidi...more
Benna
Jan 03, 2013 Benna rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Jalyn Ely
I’d never heard of the book or the author when I saw it on store shelves. But I like dystopian stories, and besides, it was on clearance – and I figured for three bucks, I really couldn’t go wrong.

This was my workout book – I propped it open on the elliptical machine and read it while I worked out every morning. And every day, I looked forward to working out just because I wanted to find out what happened next.

The setting was one very chilling dystopian world, where the government took away free...more
Jenna
Oct 01, 2012 Jenna rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
Tara
Fearless

I’m not usually into doing book reviews, but I just had to for this book. It is one of the most touching and meaningful books I have ever read.

I started reading this not knowing what to expect from it. After about three pages, I could not put it down. I am moving very soon, and I was in the garage in my back yard, and i start putting these books from an old bookshelf into a box, and there I come across Fearless. I read the back of the book, and I’m like ‘what?’

Being the curious girl...more
Miriam
Jul 20, 2009 Miriam rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: distopia completists
Shelves: science-fiction
Distopian fable about a society where girls who have gotten in trouble or whose parents are political dissenters are sent to slave in a giant laundry where they have no names or rights.

I'm unclear as to why Lott wanted to make this story about children when he clearly never talks to kids. In the narrative sections Lott's writing seems competent, but the dialogue and ideas of the children were utterly unnatural and unbelievable. The little girls spoke like lobbyists declaiming their positions, ve...more
Katie Rose
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Amy
I do not lightly give 5 stars. I picked this up thinking it would be similar to the other dystopian books out there. Man was I wrong. This book has layers and layers and it makes you think and it makes you feel a wide range of emotions. It is poetic at times and horribly cruel at other times. Set in the future, Little Fearless lives in a girls 'school' which is really like a prison. She knows that if people in the city knew how badly they were treated that they would help them escape. Fearless m...more
Candy Wood
Another 2007 Guardian longlist book, this is a dystopia with a folktale structure: Little Fearless makes three journeys to the city and back, gives away three objects to get help each time, and plants a seed of doubt each time even though the Cityzens turn her away and seem not to listen. Because of enemy attacks, the people of the City have accepted increased security and send girls who don’t fit in to Institutes where they do jobs no one wants. The harsh treatment is extreme: numbers rather th...more
Lizzi- Lou
Feb 24, 2008 Lizzi- Lou rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: v-gd-reads
"The girl could hear sobbing in the front room. Her mother was alawys crying about something or other, so the girl didn't take much notice. She just kept staring at the vidscreen in the corner of her bedroom. There was an advert for a holiday showing, all blue sea and white waves and sand like a field of honey. She wished she could just climb into the vidscreen and stretch out on the sand, dip her toes into the water from the other side of the screen"

This is the opening paragraph to fearless by...more
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