Born (Born, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Born (Born #1)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  4,132 ratings  ·  387 reviews
"It's us and them, Em. There are no regular people anymore."

Ten years ago when the world ended she ran for her life.

Five weeks ago the world she'd hidden from came knocking on the door of her secluded cabin.

Ten days ago she found salvation hiding amongst the dead.

Yesterday she went back for the living.

Today she wonders if she will live to see tomorrow.

What do you do when t...more
ebook, 1, 274 pages
Published September 19th 2012 by Tara Brown Publishing (first published September 2nd 2012)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Born, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Born

The Steward by Christopher  ShieldsAngelfall by Susan EeThe Nightlife by Travis LuedkeFables of the Reconstruction by Hunter S. JonesIn My Dreams by Cameo Renae
Best Unknown but must be Known books
142nd out of 4,535 books — 3,917 voters
Easy by Tammara WebberBeautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuireHopeless by Colleen HooverWanted by Kelly ElliottOn Dublin Street by Samantha Young
Indie Authors Everybody Should Read
245th out of 2,675 books — 3,105 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Welcome to the unofficial Hunger Games - complete with a somewhat-stoic heroine, a love triangle from hell, striking socio-economic differences, blood, guts, more blood, and plenty of fire imagery.

In case anyone thinks I'm exaggerating, let me do a checklist of Born components versus Hunger Games components:

- A dystopian Earth? Check
- A girl whose objective is to survive? Check
- Her father is dead? Check
- Girl is very handy with a bow and arrow? Check
- Girl falls for two guys? Check
- Girl...more

This review can also be found here at my blog as well as many other reviews!

Currently on Goodreads, Born has a 4.11 average rating. . . 4.11 . . . how?

Born is about a girl named Emma who has lived since she was 9 by herself in a world with the infected, gangs, and her timber wolf. She meets a bunch of boring people and they all instantly become best friends. No joke. They then continue on to do a bunch of other stuff like free a breeding camp and whatnot.

~Warning, before reading, this rev...more
Ornella (Nyx)
This book has a lot of things going for it, like the characters, the premise, the action, and just the awesomeness of Emma. The downside: the romance...

Emma is an incredibly strong character, she does what needs to be done, she survives at all costs, she is fierce and she is loyal, but unfortunately when it comes to relationships, it just isn't gonna happen.

She has been alone for the majority of her life so it stands to reason that the girl is a bit of an antisocial, which is fine, my problems...more
Raquel Valldeperas
Got this for FREEEE! on Amazon today

Image and video hosting by TinyPic


Image and video hosting by TinyPic

This book had so much potential. I'm going to make this review short, because, well, I just don't feel like dragging it out.

The things I liked: The characters, for the most part. They made decisions based upon their previous decisions, unless they experienced some growth which was done realistically and subtly. It wasn't an overnight thing for Emma to suddenly have feelings for human beings, just like it wasn't a blink of an eye thing for Will to reali...more
I really, REALLY wanted to love this book, but I made it a third of the way through (my minimum for rating a book) and had to give up. My main reason for slogging through that much of it was the protagonist, Emma, who is bad. ass. I love her. She might get scared, but she's tough as nails and keeps going. I also loved the world building: Emma's post-apocalyptic world is gritty, tense, and creepy.

So why did I abandon it? Easy: not enough proofreading. The book reads like a second, maybe third, d...more
This book started great and had such promise the world building was interesting Em and Leo where kick arse and the whole farm house set up was great then we meet jake and Anna and i like them, the story is still coasting along as it should. Then about half way in stupid shit started happening. These are a few of the things I had a problem with;

The love triangle..actually square. It is not ok to tag guys along. girls don't like it so why would a guy? And their brothers no less. Em had no real rea...more
Theresa Davis
I have to admit that I got the book because it was free and really didn't think it would be good but I love dystopian books. I LOVED it!!! And I cannot wait for part 2. The Characters are all great. Poor Emma has no really social because she was a lone for so many years, it’s us and them. When you throw in Anna (who is sweet and strong), Jake (no survival skills but is funny and caring) and Will (who is not sure how to treat Emma but knows he want to protect her) you have an interesting and funn...more
Okay,.. so I was on a total reading binge this weekend and hooked up with my girl Tara Brown and her kick-ass story telling. (Shoot me, i had a husband free weekend and an entire weekend by myself and enjoyed every second of it)
Born,.. what can I say about this book to adequately say all that needs to be said about the beginning of this series. I don't know if i can and give it the review it deserves.
What i can say is that Ms. Brown created a world (a bit like the walking dead series and a smid...more
♥ Marlene♥
(Disclaimer. read my p.s 2 before reading my rant.

Pissed off cause I have decide a while back not to read a book of a series that is not done. I am very forgetful so when book 3 comes out and it has been a year or more, it means I have to re read book 1 and 2.

I checked and on amazon I noticed book 1 and 2 were out and book 3 would be out on July 15. So I thought yes I can safely give this series a try.

To discover that coming book is one of those stupid shorties. Another trend of late. The YA adu...more
Emmy Styles
I'd give this book either a high 2 or low 3. It had really good bits, but also bits that made me want to scream. Initially, I liked Emma, but her behaviour about Will and Jake irritated me. You can't just randomly state that you love a person after two minutes of knowing them. You can't just randomly state that you hate someone then be all lovey dovey with them four seconds later. Plus, her reactions to things were not sane or reasonable a lot of the time. Also, all the males in this book apart...more
Sabrina Riley
If some crazy stuff happens and we arrive at "the end of the world as we know it," I hope I meet someone like Emma.

Strong, capable, smart, with a hint of empathy and heart, she goes from being not much more than a loner (with a freaking amazing animal friend) in a world with little hope to a savior, leader, and hero. And the best part is that she does it for only one reason, unlike so many female leads in stories in this genre: because it's the right thing to do.

That's not to say there isn't a...more
This and other reviews can be found on my blog:

Well, this is clearly a self-published book. Nothing wrong with that, but it could do with some polishing up, more drafts, some editing, etc...

This book definitely felt a little rough to me, especially in the beginning on of the book. The first few paragraphs didn't suck me in right away and I was a little confused about what the story was about. I should have some inkling within the first chapter, not everythi...more
♥ Sarah
This isn’t my first brush with indie-YA/NA dystopia. But it is my first Tara Brown book. I didn’t know quite what to expect, but for $1 on amazon, I figured I’d give it a try.

First, the story is told in third person narrative, but focuses primarily on Emma. I don’t want to rehash the summary, but I liked the way the story was told. The survival element was spot-on, and the level of suspense exceeded my expectations. And I was fairly pleased with the ‘dystopian’ elements, and world building.

The story of this is decent. Girl lives alone in the woods after the zombie type infection took over the world. There is a knock on the door and a girl begging for help which changes her life forever. Into a world of genetically engineered babies and refugee camps it had the makings of a great book. This is my problem with it, the main character is just a little ridiculous. I know she would be socially awkward after living by herself most of her life and other things you learn in the book, but s...more
Rebecca Partridge
Wow! Post zombie apocalypse survivalist adventure is not typically my genre of choice, but WOW! Of course, it doesn't start out like this. The initial premise is an odd young woman living alone in a bunker, and over time you're fed the disturbing details, and before I knew it....completely couldn't put it down!
After reading Born I logged into the Kindle storefront and ordered EVERYTHING ELSE Tara Brown has written. She kept surprising me and just like the main character, Emma, I couldn't stop lo...more
Angie Taylor
This is the second time I'm writing this review. I decided my first review wasn't accurate about what I really thought about the book.

I really liked the beginning of this book. I felt that Tara Brown did a really good job at portraying how alone and hopeless Emma was, even though she had Leo, for company. I think Emma's self-sufficient nature really added to her inner conflict when it came to finding and helping Anna and Jake. This was well done. I also thought this inner conflict really added t...more
I've read the original Born, and the newly re-edited Born (May 14, 2014), and I love the additions and minor changes included. I felt it added a lot to an already great story. Tara Brown does a fantastic job describing this new world, and all the dangers in it. Makes you wonder -- which is worse, humanity or the infected?

When I find a book I want to read, there are some things I scan reviews to find out. I’ve outlined what I often like to know up-front in hopes that it can be helpful for you as...more
Overall, I really liked the concept of this book so I am giving it a good review. It was a slow starter for me but once the story picked up I was really interested and didn’t want to put it down. Emma is definitely one of the strongest female protagonists I have ever seen in a book. This fact alone encouraged me to stick with the story despite a few minor issues I had. One particular issue I noticed was that the beginning is a little opaque. It’s a dystopian story but readers aren’t given much c...more
P.A. Warren
I was given a copy of Born For an Honest Review.

Born is the Story of Emma and her surviving in a world where it ended and something horrible began.There are those that are evil and she has learned to survive on her own.Jake and Anna are brought into her life by Jake having an accident and Suddenly Emma is thrust in a world that isn't so solitary.She even meets Will down the road who is Jake and Anna's long lost brother.The others are zombie like creatures(I liken them to The Walking Dead guys)...more
When the infection hit Emma was only a little kid but her dad knew something like this was going to happened so her trained her in every way possible. Emma has lived on her own for 10 years with her pet wolf. She's strong and brave and can do everything from hunt for food or stitch a wound up. She hasn't had any human contact in 10 years so when a young girl name Anna and her brother Jake enter her life she's weary of them. Soon they find a way into her heart and when Anna gets took and sent to...more
Erika Lynn
So as I was browsing through Amazon I came across a different book by Tara Brown and it hit me, "Why does she sound so familiar?" So I immediately jump to Goodreads trying to figure it out. I don't remember authors names unless they influence me in some way. In other terms, unless their book(s) are GOOD! I knew, as soon as I saw the cover for this book, that I hit a gold mine. Why oh why have I not read the remaining books in the series? Well, simple, because I wasn't as much of a bookworm back...more
3 stars. This book was, well, conflicting for me. I loved the characters, the world she created, the ideas behind this book. I really did love Emma, the characters she built are ones you will care about and relate to. The story was absolutely terrifying, adventurous and also a believable post apocalyptic world that I really dug reading about. So those elements are definite 5 stars for me. Why did I rate this only three stars? Well, while I am not a total snob about writing and typos and grammar,...more
Jessy (BookEnd 2 BookEnd)
What just happened? I feel like I'm just getting out of a trance from the best freakin movie I've ever seen!!! Holy macro this author can write!! I don't even know what to tell you but she has me hooked. I'm secretly in love with her!
Emma and her sidekick Leo. A wolf. Her protector and her friend. They have ten years surviving on their own. After the sickness and camps started Em used every survival skill her dad taught her. Then one light knock on her cabin door changes everything. She's gone...more
Since I enjoy dystopian fiction, this "YA" title landed on some to-read lists. Are there elements of this book that are young adult? Yes - especially Emma's naivete and reactions to encountering the first young men of her life. Plus, most of the main characters are in the 15-25 age range and there is an animal sidekick. Emma is 19. However, there are decidedly adult themes, including sexual assaults - in a variety of forms for a variety of characters - that should give pause to some readers/pare...more
I really liked reading this book. Emma evolves in so many ways. At first she is all alone and had to fend for herself for her father dies when she was but 9 years old. Her independent nature is refreshing as she strives for survival with the help of her pet wolf Leo. Eventually she lets people in and her behavior is both that of someone who clearly has no social skills and that of a person who will one day be an amazing mother, annoying at times yes but completely understandable given the situat...more
Ever read a book that is simultaneously poorly written but also impossible to put down? This is one of those books. To be fair, it's not terribly written; it could just be better. My qualms with this book lie in lack of plot development. Too many things seem to "just happen" or are told to the reader rather than illustrated or experienced (e.g., what's going on with the world, the "secrets" about the breeder camps, etc.).

I enjoy the love story, and I like the characters, who I would say are wel...more
A dystopic story about a 19 year old girl who has been on her own since she was 9 after the bombs and the disease and the other horrors that the UN unleashed on the world in their misguided attempt to 'save the world'. Emma is a unique heroine in that she is brave and has killing skills in spades, but she's not full of the typical teenager angst because she didn't have siblings and her dad (a survivalist) had her in camps since she was 5. Her lack of pop culture knowledge was a bit endearing as...more
T & G
T & G Book Boutique Reviews:

Tara Brown

"I am the hero of my own story. The girl who lived in the woods and never needed anyone. The girl who is going to free the other girls."

Dear readers when I first read Born it was a confusion in the beginning. I wasn't sure what was going on but that didn't last long because Tara Brown had me completely hooked on the book with every page I flipped on my kindle. This is not a book about zombies, but about the infected (wh...more
Amy O
It was a quick fun read... But, I found myself getting a little irritated with the main character towards the end. I don't expect characters to be perfect people - after all, we're all flawed, but Em's newfound need to help everyone and also blame herself for everything, is a bit much considering her personality when we meet her at the start of the book.

There were a couple plot "twists" that didn't really make sense. For example, why would Serg help her escape the birth farm, but then come back...more
Kathy Langdon
I'd just like to state that although I'm writing the review for Book 1 of The Born Trilogy "Born", I have indeed read all 3 books - And let me tell you, if I'd written the review straight off the bat without having read books 2 and 3, it would be a hell of a lot different. A LOT of the storyline that others have read in book 1 which made them declare they'd not be continuing with the series, actually comes together seamlessly with books 2 and 3. It just falls into place and when it finally "clic...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
YA Book Gang!!: Born, By: Tara Brown *Spoilers* start: April 1 220 52 Apr 19, 2014 02:04AM  
  • Rogue (Exceptional, #2)
  • The Scourge (Brilliant Darkness, #1)
  • Until the End (Quarantined, #1)
  • Taking on the Dead (The Famished Trilogy, #1)
  • Sunset Rising (Sunset Rising, #1)
  • Dissidence (Dissidence, #1)
  • Out of Darkness (The Starborn Saga, #1)
  • Bluewing (The Frost Chronicles, #4)
  • After the Fear
  • Contagious (The Contagium #1)
  • State of Emergency (Collapse Series, #1)
  • Haven (Apocalypse Chronicles, #1)
  • Until the End of the World (Until the End of the World #1)
  • Kahayatle (Apocalypsis, #1)
  • Darlings of Decay
  • Zoo (The Enclosure Chronicles, #1)
  • Ravenous (The Ravening, #1)
  • Land, A Stranded Novel
I am not going to talk in the third person. It feels weird.
I am a Canadian author of Paranormal Romance, Post Apocalyptic and Fantasy novels. Mostly because I think I have Writers ADD, I like to call it WADD. It might be a real thing.
I write New Adult, my books have sexual content (Heck yes) and Swearing. You have been warned. Now enjoy!

I have a beagle named Buster, a husband who I force to read e...more
More about Tara Brown...
My Side Born to Fight (Born, #2) The Lonely (The Lonely, #1) Reborn (Born, #3) Cursed (The Devil's Roses, #1)

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »

“The world sits quiet, as if sighing and taking a long inhale after what seemed like forever with mankind and the noise pollution.” 4 likes
“I can't help but laugh inside at how I still felt safer leaving through the backdoor, even though there is no front or back. There are only doors. They don't go anywhere anymore, because there is no direction.

Nothing goes anywhere.”
More quotes…