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

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  485 ratings  ·  131 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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'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
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
Kayla (The Thousand Lives)
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
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
Sounds exactly like this book...

Except for the hormone killing off women thing.
Mary McCoy
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
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
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
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
This novel sounded like a nice dystopia I'd enjoy so I requested it immediately. I also really liked the cover so that was another plus. It's also a love story, which I must say isn't something I usually enjoy, but here I decided to see what was it all about.
We are immediately thrown into action of the story, with Avie's life getting more and more complicated by the moment. Her life is already pretty upside down with segregation, the constant control and watch over her. She may be rich and have
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
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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
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
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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
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
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
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
Shonna Froebel
This teen novel is set in the present, but a different present that what we live now. It begins in California where Avie lives with her father in a gated community and goes to a school with other girls like herself. Ten years or so ago, women started getting cancer and dying at inexplicable rates. By the time they finally traced it to a hormone in beef it was too late and all women past puberty and before menopause who had eaten beef were dead or dying. At first, it was just dealing with the gri ...more
One of the blurbs describes A Girl Called Fearless as a "riveting read" "with a frightening reality". I tend to agree. Some reviewers disagree but I think they're discounting two big factors. The story is narrated by Avie in first person, so everything the reader experiences is shaped by Avie. And secondly, the Paternalist Movement has men who are understandably concerned with protecting what's left of their families and run by a small number of powerful and wealthy men. And our world has a long ...more
This Young Adult debut novel is a fast-paced and immediately engaging read. As is now so common amongst the YA genre nowadays, this falls into the dystopian fiction category. In this alternate America (as well as the rest of the Earth), a hormone injected in beef has caused an epidemic of ovarian cancer - wiping out nearly all the women. The surviving females are only those past menopause, those who had not yet hit puberty and a few lifelong vegans. This imbalance in the population has dramatica ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
"A Girl Called Fearless" is a dystopian tale of a world where almost all of the adult women have died after an outbreak of ovarian cancer caused by a chemical in the food supply. Now women are in high demand and even teens are being sold off to the highest bidder. Avie is a teenager whose mother died from this plague of sorts and her father takes bids on her to fund his biotech country. It's now Avie's turn to fight to live the way that she wants but the forces may be too great. If you are looki ...more
Ms. Yingling
Avie lives in the near future when most of the women of child bearing age (except for some vegetarians-- my daughters would be pleased) have been killed by ovarian cancer caused by a hormone used in beef. The Paternalists have risen up and want to "protect" the young girls who can now bear children, but what they really want to do is to control them. Avie's life becomes more an more circumscribed; she has a bodyguard, her school stops teaching certain things, and she is not allowed to hang out w ...more
I read this book as an ARC for Teen Top Ten, and I really enjoyed it. It's about a society in which an untested hormone in American cattle causes cancer in a kills 98% of the female population, anyone who's a girl from the ages of 14 to 54. But that was 10 years ago. Now, the paternalist movement seeks to "protect" the remaining women by selling them into marriages, preventing then from going to college, and banning them from most jobs and positions of power. The main character, Avie, tries to r ...more
Allyson B
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
I made it halfway through this one before I just didn't care anymore what happened to the characters. Once that threshold has been crossed, Elvis has left the building, right?

Joining the pack of dystopian fiction, this novel features a speculative premise: What would happen if a synthetic hormone used on beef cattle caused terminal ovarian cancer in almost all the women of child-bearing age in the United States? Well, Catherine Linka imagines that society would get a little crazy about protectio
Rating: 2.5-3 stars

I grabbed this book because the cover was intriguing and the font looked pretty, so I really had no idea what to expect. At most, I thought it would be another one of those Young Adult Contemporary/Romance books with artsy covers and no real substance to back it up. (Not that would have deterred me much anyway.) BUT it didn't take long for to become clear it was not one of those books.
I knew about Sophie's dream, because she'd shared it with us-of inventing a blood test that
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
I really liked this dystopian YA novel. It gave me the chills, as the premise was not that far-fetched. Avie is living in an alternate United States after a growth hormone added to beef kills 50 million women, including her mother. The Paternalist Party has stepped up to "protect" young women, but what this really means is that young girls are contracted to older men in marriage and are not allowed to make their own decisions. Avie is still attending high school when her father contracts her to ...more
Jessie Potts
This was a world that I could not live in, one where the Paternalist movement limits women's freedom and choices and, basically, lives. Seriously, Avie's world is not one I felt comfortable even reading, but I was so proud of all her friends and the underground movement to bring women's rights back. When Avie is "contracted" (meaning: sold to be a wife), suddenly she must choose to run, to fight to live or to be safe. I loved reading about the movement, I loved Maggie especially, and poor, po
My teenage daughter asked me to read this book because she loved it. In fact, this is happening more and more often, which is why there is so much Youth Lit in my reading list.

Reading this made me want to re-read Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale", which I was introduced to in college (yes, when it first came out). That book shook me up and made me appreciate much more my mother's generation's tireless advocacy for women's reproductive rights. Atwood's novel also made me realize that our f
A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka is about a girl named Avie and her life. Avie lives in the United States, but the Paternalists are taking control. The Paternalists is a group of men who are slowly taking away women's rights ever since almost all women died from a hormone in beef. With the paternalists in control girls have no rights and barely even finish high school. For girls their every move is watched and if your Dad has enough money you have a body guard. It is normal for girls to ...more
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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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