The Twenty (Barronlands Trilogy, #1)
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The Twenty (The Barronlands Trilogy #1)

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Imagine living in a time when infertility runs rampant and babies are no longer being born. The world is crumbling around you as people start talking about the end. This is the world Hazel DeSales grew up in. After her mother dies from a mysterious cancer, Hazel finds herself taking care of her younger sister Netty and alcoholic father.

It's not until twenty women, known a...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published June 6th 2012 by Createspace (first published April 10th 2012)
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“The Twenty” by Claudia Carozza was an absolutely riveting read. I was enthralled by the style of Carozza’s writing. She seamlessly wove her words into a beautiful story of love, betrayal, destruction and hope. An extremely difficult task for any author, however, Carozza does it effortlessly.

When I first read the synopsis, it grabbed my attention because it reminded me of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The stories both include the plot of a barren society with just a few who can carry...more
Leigh Ann - Silver Wings Reviews
Full review and author interview here: http://flyingonsilverwings.blogspot.c...

I found "The Twenty" to be an absolutely captivating read. When I read the blurb the first thing that came to mind was The Children of Men by P.D. James. There's something about a society that's been decimated by infertility and the prospect of human extinction that I find fascinating. The characters in this book are so well rounded and likable. I immediately liked and respected Hazel. She is selfless and will do what...more
Mark
(June 25th 2012) I just started reading this book today and really didn't want to put it down, but alas I had to go to work.
I am loving the characters and clear easy flow of the story so far. This is a book I would highly recommend to my friends to read and even though I haven't even finished reading it I know its going to be one that has me eagerly awaiting the next in the series ( Trilogy ).
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(June 27th 2012) I finished reading the book today and tho...more
Lizzy Lessard
Between finishing a book and posting a review, I typically research what other people thought about the book. I like to point out things that aren’t mentioned in most of the reviews, so that readers can make a more rounded decision before buying. This time, not one of the reviews seemed to reflect at all what I read. What I did read wasn’t at all what I expected. I thought this would be a dystopian novel about a nurse caring for a woman who is one of few pregnant after years of national infertil...more
Christine DeLong
The Barronlands is divided into wards, and all of the tyrannical Officials rule out of First City in Ward 8, located at the center of the domain. Each ward beyond encircles the previous one, and the farther you get from the center, the worse conditions get. Hazel and her younger sister Netty live with their dad in Ward 7, and things wouldn’t be so bad if he hadn’t become a drunkard after their mother passed away from the cancer known as “The Affliction” that swept through the Barronlands when th...more
Stefani
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book was very enjoyable for me. I was prepared to spend a lot of time hearing about Hazel and I found her to be a rather interesting character, so this wasn’t a problem for me at all. Hazel lives in a world where the human race is going to be extinct soon, it’s just thought to be a fact. Babies are not being born, women are not getting pregnant, and the cancer epidemic that wiped out much of the...more
Lynne
I received this book in a GoodReads first-read giveaway.

The Twenty takes place in a dystopian future where infertility is the result of an epidemic plague call the Affliction.
Just when it appears mankind may be going extinct, twenty young girls become pregnant and the government takes them into the Capitol city ward to protect them during their pregnancies. They are referred to as ‘The Elects’.
Main character Hazel, and her sister Netty are chosen to go to work for the government at the Antitoc...more
Clara
The Twenty is an interesting book that I decided to read because it takes place in a dystopian world where there had an epidemic that wiped out all the humans. Then comes along a new government where you are ranked by which ward you reside in. The farthest ward you are from First City the less and less power the government has control of you and if they even care at all. The Twenty is about a group of twenty women who are pregnant during a time where it's very rare, and crying babies would stir...more
Jennifer C.
This story is set in a time after an Affliction has depleted the population with a "cancer" and all women have become barren. Then twenty women become pregnant and are taken into custody by the Officials. They are taken under the guise of being cared for until their children are born so that doctors can study them and the the children to find a cure for the Affliction and infertility that plague their society.

The story follows Hazel and her sister who are hired to work in the facility where the...more
Jennifer R  Ricketts
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review through the Making Connections group on Goodreads.

As soon as I read the synopsis, I knew I had to read this book, and I was not disappointed! The concept behind it seemed so plausible, it gave me chills just thinking about it. Cancer affects so many people, both survivors and victims, and many women are affected by infertility. In my mind, it wouldn't be a stretch for cancer and infertility to run rampant one day. T...more
Soma "Insomnia Of Books"
I had this book for a while, but when I saw the cover of the 2nd book on the author's website, I had to start reading it. And let me say, I regret not reading it sooner.
Hazel lives in Ward Seven of the Barronlands (her country) that had been dominated by cancer. That cancer started an infertility disease. So now, no female can get pregnant. Hazel takes care of her younger sister, Netty and her drunk father. She has lived on her mother's jewels and money for years but they are running out and s...more
Jessica
My first thoughts after reading The Twenty was that fans of the Birthmarked Trilogy and The Hunger Games would enjoy this book, my second thought was, if I can be blunt, the book needs some work. While I found the story and plot to be interesting the writing, character development and world development fell flat. I didn't feel any real connection to the characters or their relationships with one another. There was a scene where they are about to be ::spoiler:: caught escaping ::end spoiler:: and...more
Samantha Adams
The story begins with Hazel DeSales, who is a young woman older than her years. She had to raise her younger sister, Netty when her mother died of the affliction - cancer - and her father became a complete drunk.
Bartering and selling items has become a way of life for Hazel to keep her sister and her fed, clothed and of course supplying her father with alcohol.


The scene of the story reminds me of The Hunger Games, as in this post-apocalyptic setting, the remaining people and towns have been divi...more
Jess
Although the conflict in the storyline is different, my first impressions were that this book is really similar to The Hunger Games as it was set in a time when there are segregated 'wards' and classes of societies, a younger sister that leans on the older sister, and a group of oppressed classes that are trying to overthrow the wealthy 'officials'.

Doesn't really live up to The Hunger Games standard (but then again they are big shoes to fill) andI thought that some of the characters were really...more
JadeMary:)
Omg! Why did it have to end there? Grr, cliffhangers. Nevertheless, I loved this book! To my knowledge, this is the authour's first book and I have to say that it's some great work by an author with some definite talent for writing. The characters grew on me; Hazel, Shane, Luka, Netty and even Maria and Elisa. (though I loved Hazel and Shane from the start) I couldn't get enough of this book and I wish it were longer. I can't wait for the reunion with Shane and to see how it all unravels for Haz...more
Natalie Sullivan
Claudia,
I read your book last night. I literally could not put it down. I need to get the second one soon.

Your writing is very captivating. I found myself feeling with the characters as they went through their different adventures. Your imagery is so clear and your unique presentation of the Barronlands was absolutely believable. Great job!
Natalie
Leah
I won this on first-reads.

A beautiful intro for a dystopian romance series. The lovely world of the barronlands and the mysteries ward eight holds are enchanting and hold twists at every turn. The author introduces lovable characters with guts and guns, and one mysterious character who hovers on your subconscious. Waiting for the next one!
Cdee
I know, you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but as soon as I saw this one I knew I wanted to read it. I love dystopians and this was no exception. The idea was original from any others i have read and I found it an easy quick read. Can't wait for the sequel :) x
Kennadi
when i first got this in the mail i wasnt that excited...but when i picked it up yesterday morning i could not put it down!i was hooked the 2nd chapter!it was amazing!i finished it in one day...im really excited for the 2nd one to come out!
Stacey
This is the first book in a trilogy. As of right now, I'm not sure if I'll get the second book. The book ends in a cliffhanger and I'm intrigued to see what happens next. But, the writing was amateurish and the story line was a bit flat.
Dariya


If it had more depth to it I would have given five stars easily. The story was interesting it just needed more...soul
Victoria Bryant
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway!
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