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A Girl Called Fearless (A Girl Called Fearless #1)

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  723 Ratings  ·  163 Reviews
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Avie Reveare has the normal life of a privileged teen growing up in L.A., at least as normal as any girl's life is these days. After a synthetic hormone in beef killed fifty million American women ten years ago, only young girls, old women, men, and boys are left to pick up the pieces. The death threat is past, but fathers still fear for their daughters'
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Nov 30, 2014 Liralen rated it it was ok
'It's over. Aveline is under contract to me. She belongs to me. Do you understand?' (page 155)

I was sitting in a food court once, reading, when I overheard a conversation at the table next to me. A (young) man was telling a (young) woman -- presumably his girlfriend -- not to listen to her family or friends, that she belonged to him. 'You belong to me.' And I hoped so fervently that she would find a way to leave him, because that doesn't even begin to approximate a healthy relationship model. I
Sep 20, 2013 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Linka's excellent debut is set in a near future that, while frighteningly possible, bears little resemblance to the world we know now. Thanks to a ovarian cancer-causing hormone injected into cattle, most women have died. The girls that are left are a highly-prized commodity: sheltered, protected, and with ever-diminishing rights. Avie has never known any different, but she's beginning to chafe against all the rules and regulations. The last straw comes when her father sells her to a man twice h ...more
Jun 11, 2015 Tikaa rated it liked it
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I received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.

See, the thing between Dystopian and I, is that we don't have the best friendship. We started off the best of friends actually, then Dysto (his real name, and yes he's a GUY) began acting a bit shady. He became distant, our once interesting conversations turned mediocre, boring, and predictable. Oh and let's not forget his " tape-
Kayla (The Thousand Lives)
May 22, 2014 Kayla (The Thousand Lives) rated it did not like it
Where do I even begin... I can sum up my experience with this book in one word: disappointment. Linka had such a stunning, mind-blowing concept that I just about danced when I was approved for the egalley. But as soon as I got to reading, I had this sinking feeling in my stomach. It just didn't go where I was hoping, at all. Rather than a thought-provoking exploration of sexism and womens' rights in a unique dystopian world, as I was hoping, I reada shoddy attempt at a Romeo and Juliet type stor ...more
Mary McCoy
Apr 12, 2014 Mary McCoy rated it really liked it
Short chapters and nonstop action make this a good pick for reluctant readers. However, the quality of the writing and the story's engagement with ideas about power, control, and patriarchy will hold the interest of more seasoned teen readers, too.

Some reviewers here have expressed skepticism about the premise: that following a pandemic that wipes out all but very young girls and very old women, a splinter group of men begins the Paternalist movement to "protect" females. In truth, the movement
Khanh (the Grinch)
Mar 30, 2014 Khanh (the Grinch) marked it as to-read
Sounds exactly like this book...

Except for the hormone killing off women thing.
Jul 14, 2014 Zoe rated it it was amazing
Oh my god, this has become my new favorite book. I can't even begin to describe how awesome it is. Avie is a typical American teenager after the death of most women in the US. Because of obvious problems, fathers are very protective of their daughters and will go to any lengths to keep them safe. This includes essentially selling them off to older men. Avie is contracted to a man who is looking for political power. To escape his controlling nature and threats, Avie runs away. However she learns ...more
Before I say anything, I just want to say that I read this book while on a vacation. I was in another country while reading this. It seemed like a really good read that would keep me occupied when I had some free time.

The idea was amazing. I don't know how the author came up with it, but it was so awesome! I loved loved loved the beginning. It was so interesting and exciting. I was reading this as often as I could because the beginning was that great.

However, it soon got a lot worse. I don't kn
C.R. Sedore
I hate this world in the book.

Fathers are protecting their daughters virginity's to sell them to the highest bidder. It's disgusting. Parts like this in the book frustrates and infuriates me to the core. They are making women objects of property again. That aggravates me.

I hate this world in the books.

Fathers are protecting their daughters virginity's to sell them to the highest bidder. It's disgusting. Parts like this in the book frustrates and infuriates me to the core. They are making women
May 03, 2014 Ashleigh rated it it was amazing
4.5 Read as digital arc.

A Girl Called Fearless hooked me right away; I was 100 pages in before I knew it. I love books like this--that are all political with whisperings about women's rights or another social issue. However, the book is completely terrifying in that the more you think Fearless through, the less of an exaggeration it appears to be--this could totally happen. Things found in A Girl called Fearless: new rules, traditions and so on--my favorite. Bodyguards--why are there not more bo
Jun 22, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it
Edit: I wrote at length about this book on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves:

This was an interesting read. There's a lot of elements that feel very possible to me, including the political stuff and the food contamination disaster. I do wish the author hadn't been so heavy handed with the characterization of the bad guys and they'd been more nuanced and there are a number of world building issues related to the food contamination disaster. I also could've done with
Allyson Bogie
Nov 24, 2014 Allyson Bogie rated it it was amazing
Aveline (Avie) lives in Southern California in a time when most girls are under 20 or over 60. A synthetic hormone in beef caused ovarian cancer, killing 50 million American women about ten years before the book is set. Girls and women of childbearing age have become a commodity and a group called the Paternalists is taking over control of government and society. Girls can be sold to husbands when they turn 16 and then begin having babies, to make sure that society is repopulated. Wealthy girls ...more
Bonnie Schroeder
Jul 21, 2014 Bonnie Schroeder rated it it was amazing
This tells the story of Avelina “Avie” Reveare, a teenage girl in contemporary Los Angeles, but not Los Angeles as we know it. Ten years ago, 50 million women of childbearing age were killed by eating beef treated with a deadly synthetic hormone. Avie’s mother was one of the casualties. Now that paranoia governs the land, young girls are zealously guarded and “protected” and then married off to the highest bidder to propagate the species. Avie is an endearing mix of qualities: an emerging rebel ...more
Jun 23, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Avie remembers what life used to be like before a hormone in meat (should we all go vegetarian now?) caused women to have ovarian cancer an pretty much wipe out the gender. Now her life is much different. Her schooling is completely controlled. She is under lock and key at home and everything she does is controlled. She's been put under a contract to marry an older man that is a large part of the patriarchal movement to "save the women." Of course, they "save the women" by restricting th
May 18, 2014 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopia, 2014-may
This review and others are posted at Inspiring Insomnia.

A Girl Called Fearless is one of the more disturbing dystopian novels that I’ve read. As with any dystopia, while reading it, I ask myself, “Could this actually happen?” I had a hard time accepting the reality of the society in this story, and while it disturbed me, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I might have otherwise.

Ten years ago, a synthetic hormone in the U.S. food supply wiped out the vast majority of women of child-bearing age. As a
May 14, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing
Avie is a 16 year-old girl living in Los Angeles but Avie's Los Angeles is a world largely without women. Women have largely died out as a result of a cancer caused by meat from cows that had been given a hormone. All females between puberty and menopause who have eaten beef have died and all the girls that were too young to get the cancer are now overly protected and treated as a commodity. Avie's father had promised not to sell her to a man until after college but when his business is in troub ...more
Sarah Capps
Jun 12, 2014 Sarah Capps rated it it was amazing
What happens when the population of females able to bear children is dramatically reduced in a country? How does society react? Linka's take on this situation is truly frightening. Under the guise of protection, females are losing their rights.

A Girl Called Fearless follows Avie, a teenager who is contracted to a controlling older man in order to save her father's company. She has to work out her options, and quickly. Avie is a great character - smart but sheltered, a little selfish, and 100% su
Jun 07, 2015 Katie rated it liked it
Shelves: 10th-grade-reads
I really liked the premise of this book, but I wished there was a more final ending. The main character never achieved her goal, and I wished there was an pilothouse or some other kind of real ending. I don't really feel the book needs a sequel though, just a better ending.
Jul 26, 2015 Rebekah rated it it was amazing
A Girl Called Fearless is a book that is set in the near future where 50 million American women have died from eating a synthetic hormone found in beef. Avie is a teenager who dreams about real love and college, when her father "signs" her to a millionaire who is running to be California's governor. With the help of a paster, high school teacher, and her best friend/boyfriend, Avie manages to run away.

I really enjoyed this book. I found myself routing for Avie and Yates long before it actually
Jun 18, 2014 Nupur rated it it was amazing
That is one of the most beautiful stories I've read. I didn't expect to like it, reading the summary, but I like dystopian fiction and the idea sounded kinda cool so I went for it. It was a good decision. I don't like a lot of books as much as I liked this. I'll admit it, Avie's a bit of a flat character, but the plot and the other characters, especially Yates (swoon) make up for it. It's really well written and the plot is very engaging. The last book I kept reading and finished in a day like I ...more
Ruby Straaten
Mar 05, 2016 Ruby Straaten rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
To be fair, I haven't even read this book but here is why. Just recently I was at Teen Author Boot Camp where I took a class by Catherine. The average person in this class was about 14/15 year old girls. Now I turn 19 in a couple of months so I was a bit older than these girls. I had never heard of her book before so I was excited to go look it up. Then I read what it was about. Fathers are protecting their daughters virginity's to sell them to the highest bidder. Girls being forced into marriag ...more
Oct 15, 2015 Jessica rated it liked it
So, a book with a very pretty cover showed up at my door unannounced. It shouted A Girl Undone at me from that cover, and enticed me to read it. Alas, what this book didn't tell me was that it was a sequel in disguise. So, of course, I dutifully went to the library and checked out the first book in this series, A Girl Called Fearless. I was intrigued. The story promised me a dystopian world rife with male power. A world where women were objects, instead of people. The feminist in me was overjoye ...more
Masey Zimmerman
Oct 09, 2015 Masey Zimmerman rated it liked it
I read this book for my Humanities class, and it was definitely not something that I was expecting. However, I actually really enjoyed it. The theme of this book would probably be man vs. society. I don't want to give away too much, but I will give the basics.
The main character in this story is Avie, who is a 17 year old living in a dystopian world where many women where killed by a drug infused into beff cows, who were then sold for food. The only ones who survived were old women and young girl
Sep 29, 2015 Kris rated it it was ok
Avie Reveare lives in a world where being a girl makes her a valued commodity. The freedoms she enjoys are being taken away one by one under the guise of "protecting" her as a female. This "protection" is being initiated because 10 years ago, a synthetic hormone in beef killed fifty million American women, leaving only young girls, old women, men, and boys to pick up the pieces. The death threat is past, but fathers still fear for their daughters' safety, and the Paternalist Movement, begun to " ...more
Dorine White
Sep 06, 2015 Dorine White rated it really liked it
10 years ago a synthetic beef hormone killed fifty million American women. Only young women, old women, vegetarians, men and boys survived. Avie lives the life of a wealthy privileged teen growing up in Los Angeles. She goes to a private school where she learns how to be a good wife and mother, but that's not all Avie wants to be. She wants to go to college and explore the world. She wants to date who she wants and fall in love. However, in this new world, the Paternalists keep girls in a gilded ...more
Apr 25, 2015 Myos rated it it was ok
I expected more. First, the girl is not fearless, she's called fearless so that she dares do what she must. That, in my opinion, is a positive. The character is consistent with what a spoiled teen girl would be like if living in a sort of Saudi Arabia in America with new political parties aligned around defense of women's rights or against (but all politicians are corrupt and since women have almost all been killed, except vegetarians and cancer survivors, all of them are all men). But, oddly, t ...more
BAYA Librarian
Jan 28, 2015 BAYA Librarian rated it really liked it
Shelves: high-school, dystopia
Avie lives in a world where almost the whole population of women was infected by the Scarpanol disaster, which infected the country’s beef supply. This in turn caused women to get an aggressive form of ovarian cancer. When the outbreak hit, young girls like Avie and women that were strict vegetarians and vegans were the only ones left alive. Now women’s rights have regressed with education being an afterthought and young girls being sold into marriage contracts.
Avie arrives home one afternoon to
Sep 24, 2014 Ally rated it really liked it
A Girl Called Fearless. That book sounds amazing, doesn't it? It has a kicking title, and it has a wonderful cover. I really like it. Very pretty. Nice contrast. You can easily tell which type of readers they are targeting.

Catherine Linka does a great job of evoking reader's emotion. Honestly, I was so upset at the book that I nearly strangle its invisible neck. The book does bring up issues on feminism and other such topics like politics and anti-government. Well, not exactly anti-government. W
Agatha Amaro
Sep 08, 2014 Agatha Amaro rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-anon
The idea of this story is great. It's different from most books out now where all adults die because of some weird explosion or EMT. Here the women die because of a certain hormone in the meat and get ovarian cancer and die. (Ummm kinda tempted to go vegetarian now....) because there are such few women left on the earth they are raised to make babies. But Avie wants some thing different for herself. College and falling in love like they did before contracts. But then both her dreams are dashed. ...more
Jul 06, 2014 Arriane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This book is a MUST read! Seriously.
The plot was amazing as well as the characters though I wish it didn't ended that way, but anyway it was still perfect! :)
The way the Catherine Linka conveys a message about the importance of us women fighting for our rights and having the same opportunities in society and to maintain gender equality.
I love it. And I'd really like to see this one as a movie someday. :)
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Catherine Linka was almost thrown out of boarding school for being “too verbal.” Fortunately, she learned to channel her outspokenness and creative energy into writing. A passionate traveler she loves to visit wild landscapes like Iceland, the Amazon, and the Arctic circle. Catherine has seen 6 types of whales in the wild, and lived her lifelong dream in January when she stood on deck in pajamas a ...more
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