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The Polaris Uprising

(Polaris #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  43 reviews
No citizen shall be left behind.

Life in Neress is simple. For nearly four decades, people have known exactly what’s expected of them. Obey the rules, follow the path that’s been laid out, and everything will be provided for: food, shelter, education, safety. No need goes unmet.

But the cost is steep: you lose all rights to make your own choices in life.

In seven years, eight
Paperback, 328 pages
Published October 30th 2013 by Tiwala Books (first published October 20th 2013)
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Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Also posted at Oops! I Read A Book Again*

Thank you to Giselle of Xpresso Book Tours and Jennifer Ibarra for the review copy! This in no way affected my views of the novel.

It has been a while since the last time I've read a dystopian novel and I don't even know if I still love the genre as much as I did before. So I have to thank The Polaris Uprising and Jennifer Ibarra for taking that doubt away because I can still roaringly say that "DYSTOPIA ROCKS!".

The Polaris Uprising started out a bit slow
Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review for my stop on the blog tour at Donnie Darko Girl.

THE POLARIS UPRISING was an amazing dystopian story that met my every expectation. This time, we see the dysfunctional government from within through the eyes of Ryla and Alanna, the daughters of the President, with Ryla set to take over as President in seven years. The government provides its people with their every need - food, medicine, and shelter - whereas in other dystopian novels,
Chocolit Chick
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Unless you’re just waking up from your winter sugar coma of nights by the fire with your cocoa, stockings stuffed with truffles, and chocolate hearts ablaze (or broken) over Valentine’s, you’ve probably been witness to the most recent Disney franchise, Frozen. Of course I’ve seen the movie and have watched a few “Let it Go” Youtube vids of cute toddlers singing the theme song…I even stopped to watch the performance of one adorable tyke in the frozen food section. Not bad for a three-year-old. I ...more
The Polaris Uprising is one of the best science fiction books I've read in a long time. Ryla and Alanna were fascinating characters and I grew to love them both. Ryla is set to inherit the role of President from her father. She is being groomed to follow in his shoes and to make the tough decisions without looking back....but when she finds out the type of decisions her father has been making she has second thoughts. She realizes how opressive her father's rule has been, and what people are bein ...more
Tommy Hancock
May 13, 2014 rated it liked it
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*

Let's get this out of the way: I did not care for the first bit of this book. I'd say roughly the first 1/5 of the book was a bit of a chore to read and the POV was a bit tricky. I considered stopping. I'm glad I didn't.

Once it got rolling, the rest of the book was solid. The plot was interesting, the flow was great, the characters were well received for the most part, and it was really nice to see this type of sister pairing for
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I first found out about this book through one of my many groups. This book is amazing. It was quick read for me. (Probably because I'm a fast reader :)
Over all of you like books that are future ristic then this book is for you.
Lelia Taylor
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: full-reviews
In the early stages of reading The Polaris Uprising, I was a bit concerned that this was going to be just another dystopian that’s only slightly different from every other one out there. I love this subgenre—it’s one of my favorites—but I’ve read so much of it that I’m often left feeling as though there’s nothing really new in the field. In this particular case, I picked up on a couple of distinct similarities to The Hunger Games and Matched as well as the feeling that Benedict is a clear repres ...more
The Twins Read
Jun 02, 2014 rated it liked it
This review can originally be found at The Twins Read.

In seven years Ryla's will take her father's place as President of Neress. Until then, she's supposed to ready herself to ascend with meetings upon meetings and press conferences and lessons with her tutor. That is until she meets her tutor's son and he opens her eyes to the truth about their seemingly perfect society. No citizen shall be left behind. That could not be farther from the truth.

One thing I liked about The Polaris Uprising was t
Jayvee  "Writer For Misfits"
Review can be found in my blog: Writer For Misfits


I had the interest of reading it because it kind of had the kingdom dynamic and also ruined politics so I was like, YAAAY! I have to read it. After reading, my mind flashed with different things like: "OH MY GOD! What the hell just happened?" and "I can't believe they would do that." Basically, I was stomped, but in a good way!

*this may not contain quotes from the book, I will try, but it's hard to do so when I'm reading from a digital copy.
charlie ☾
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
“I am not some delicate little flower that needs to be protected.”

“I’m not going to shatter into a thousand pieces out there. I’m not made of glass. I’m strong, you know.”

And that, ladies and gents, is Ryla Jensen.

I have no idea what to expect when I started reading The Polaris Uprising. All I know is it has a good sibling relationship and it’s super long. I think it was around 5000 location points if it was an eBook. It was kind of slow but it was well-paced. It had a good presentation
Amie's Book Reviews
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"The Polaris Uprising" by Jennifer Ibarra was provided to me free of charge in eBook format in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I was not given compensation of any kind for this review and I had never heard of this author prior to reading this book.

This review contains only my personal opinions.

The story starts with Marten Quin frantically searching for his son, Wil outside the factory where Wil works where an industrial collapse has taken place. He finds his son being loaded into an ambul
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
Another bystander review yet again. T_T But throughout the story, I was making connections – yet again – to movies and books:

Corsets – Incarceron. Mercifully no prisons.

Probe Bots – *that seriously cute voice from that one movie* Wall-E! Of course, those robots had inflection and it's not Wall-E's voice I'm calling cute.

Arranged Marriages – At the time I started The Polaris Uprising, I completed Delirium not too long ago and it turned out to be a TERRIBLE experience. Fortunately, this book f
Gabs {My Full Bookshelf Reviews}
4.5 stars
This review (and others) can be found on My Full Bookshelf Reviews

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was stunning. So stunning that I stayed up till almost midnight finishing it, even though my original intent was to just start reading the book. Obviously, that plan didn't go very well, and I ended up reading this in one sitting.

I didn't start off loving it, no. The first twelve percent of the book, I was just trying to figure out which POV I
Beverly K
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Note: I received a free copy of this book through LibraryThing's giveaway program in exchange for an honest review.

Some reviews start by rehashing the plot. Although the plot differed from what I had anticipated, given the summary, I believe that writing the summary is a waste of both your time and mine. I assume you've read the summary and now you want opinions on the piece itself. So here goes.

The Polaris Uprising attempts to place itself firmly within the realm of dystopian novels and in this
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
Original Post:

I was so excited upon receiving this book for review for Xpresso Book Tours that I just jumped right in, especially since I have been having an increasingly good luck with authors that are new to me lately.

The story is about two very different sister's that are daughter's of the president of Neress. They live in The Palace under their father's rule. Ryla is the youngest, and the more ambitious. She is to one day when she turns of age to tak
Julie Darley (Never judge a Book by its Movie)
3.5 Stars out of 5

What to start with? First of all I love sci-fi, dystopian, after the war type books. I love feisty heroines that don’t think twice about kicking some butt. I also love conflict. This book had all of that.

Ryla and Alanna are sisters, daughter’s of President Jensen of Neress. Neither question the world their father has built since the war since the population are provided with everything they need. Everything that is but free will.

Alanna is about to marry Owen, the son of the Sec
The Bookwhore Diaries
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review posted on The Bookwhore Diaries

Before we get to the review, here's a note from the lovely author:
Cancer has touched all of us in one way or another. Those who have read THE POLARIS UPRISING will know that I dedicated it to my dear friend, Brittanie, whom we lost to Stage IV ovarian cancer in 2010. She was only 26 years old. In her memory, I am pledging to donate $1 out of every sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society from now until October 6--the day
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Writer Person

I want to get one thing straight. This book deserves five stars for concept alone. This has a direct relationship to everything my history teacher talks about in class. I love listening to him talk. I loved reading the political stuff in this book. Because it sounds great. The government takes care of everyone. Everyone is equal - except for the really important people, of course.

Some people love that. Others hate it. I'd personally be terrified of living in a world like that. Maybe
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have received this book as an member give away from Library thing. The story started off slow for me, but it didn't take long for that to change. I am not sure what happened before but there was a great war, The president now Jensen has gone on to making a new world were everyone has what they need. Not necessarily what they want but they are taken care of. The beginning of the book begins when there was an explosion at a factory. Not much is known about what happened there, but anyways. The p ...more
Christina  Torretta
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
More reviews at Creating Serenity

A MA ZING! I wasn't able to stop talking about this except when I was trying to read it. So far FAV Dystopian ever. Seriously!

Firstly, although this is a dystopian it is viewed from a different perspective. Everything looks all cozy and cuddly to the people in the government, namely the President's daughters, Ryla and Alanna. Seeing this from a new view really made it fresh and exciting and the plot just flew by!

Both sisters have completely different stories and
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank the author for providing me copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Doing so does not sway my review in any way.

This is a coming of age story. Set in an alternate history, but one that is much like our own. The people are just like us and the ruler is one that has a lot of characteristics of past rulers in some of our countries histories. Ruled with an iron fist, protestors be damned, citizens are placed in their line of work early on and to punctuate the way of
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a surprise! I hadn't heard anything about The Polaris Uprising until I stumbled across a blog tour for it. I'm glad I did. This is a gorgeous hidden gem. A dystopian book that features two very strong, very unique, sisters and their fight to keep what they believe in alive. It's been done before, but Jennifer Ibarra breathes new life into this story line. I was hooked.

I couldn't help but rally behind Ryla. Blame it on my own impetuous nature if you must, but she just stood out to me. The ex
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was sent a copy of The Polaris Uprising in exchange for an honest review of the book-and I was pleasantly surprised!

I was instantly intrigued when I read the plot for this book. The actual execution of the book was great. There were points in my reading where I was kind of wondering what the point of the chapter was, but things were nicely explained in time.

The character development was decent. The main characters were multi-faceted. One thing that I wondered when I first started reading was
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic debut novel for Ms. Ibarra. Ryla just turned 18 and will assume the rule of the country her father brought back to survival from the brink of collapse during a war when she turns 25. Her older and sensitive sister, Alanna, has been passed over for the ruling even though she is the eldest. In the strict society their father has built, marriage is arranged by genetics, jobs are given based on results from testing, and the law is followed to the letter or swift consequences are ...more
Kerrie Salsac
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is a wonderfully captivating read!
It takes you to a world where everyone gets given what they need, by a government that paved the way after a horrendous war.
Sounds perfect, but of course that isn't the case.
We watch this perfect world crumble from the inside out, through the eyes of the President's daughters.

I'm a big fan of books that have dual points of view, and this book shifts from Ryla to her sister Allana and back. Sisters, best friends, but two girls with very different views
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow! What an amazing book. It has been quite a while since I have come across such a great read. I haven’t read a dystopian book in a while and that might be why I enjoyed it so much. When I was reading them back to back, they all read the same and felt like there was little to distinguish each of them. There was a lot going on in this book, there was a lot of action, and conflict. The changing POVs took a while to get used to between the two sisters Alanna, and Ryla.
I enjoyed the struggle that
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Find this review and many more at

I signed up to do a review tour a number of months ago, so by the time it came to read and review the book I had completely forgotten what the book was about. And really, sometimes it’s more fun that way! Every time I thought I knew where the story was going to go it fooled me and continued on down its dark path.

The setting could easily be an alternate earth. Only tiny deta
I was sold on this from the first page, and a good chunk of my love for The Polaris Uprising has to do with the fantastically written relationship between Ryla and Alanna. They were both amazing characters and I had no trouble rooting for either of them. Ryla’s spark and strength were really refreshing, and her devotion to her sister was just wonderful to read. I loved their dynamic and the way they played off each other was so brilliantly done I couldn’t put the book down.

The plot was at first
Nov 28, 2013 rated it liked it
I give this a solid three stars. I liked that the sisters were close, and the writing was solid.

In terms of plot, I feel like it could have been tighter. I would have liked to see Ryla's development to begin sooner than it did, and to have more of a gradual burn. I felt like (view spoiler) happened abruptly and I would have liked to see her struggle longer with that.

Overall it was a good read. The beginning was a little too slow to get
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
[The Polaris Uprising] has a similar plot line of many teen dystopian novels. It seems that the author [Jennifer Ibarra] borrowed the best parts of many and created her own. This is not a bad thing. In fact it helps to get YA readers to try new books.

The plot is set after a war in which the current leadership came to power and had promised to keep the people from want. Although the leader is called a president he is not democratically elected, in fact it represents a monarchy as he is prepping
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Jennifer Ibarra grew up on a steady diet of books, Star Wars, and other fantastic feats of the imagination. Her debut novel, THE POLARIS UPRISING, is the first book in a planned trilogy and has been called "Frozen meets THE HUNGER GAMES," exploring family drama, romance, and political intrigue against a dystopian backdrop.

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