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External Forces (The Laws of Motion #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  188 Ratings  ·  128 Reviews
WINNER-YA Next Generation Indie Book Award. FINALIST-Science Fiction ForeWord Reviews Book Of The Year 2013
It’s 100 years since the Genetic Integrity Act was passed and America closed its borders to prevent genetic contamination. Now only the enemy, dysgenic Deviants, remain beyond the heavily guarded border. The Department of Evolution carefully guides the creation of ea
Paperback, 268 pages
Published September 13th 2013 by Dime Store Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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3.5 stars

Not sure this one will be for everyone, but it held my attention well enough to be enjoyable. It has a lot of the same components as several of the dystopians I've read lately, but with a few tweaks to keep it from being a carbon copy.

This seems fairly familiar to me...
In the United States people are now genetically engineered from birth to be perfect, and anyone who shows any imperfection is called a Deviant. If a child is born with a deviation, it is taken from it's parents and killed
Beth Ann
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews, favorites, ebook
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)

I Loved it! Absolutely LOVED it!

This book reminded me a lot of divergent with the whole character romance thing (Jess and Matt vs. Tris and Tobias). New girl trained by the extremely attractive bad ass boy. But I have to say, I liked Jess and Matt more.

Jess is full of sarcasm and attitude, courage and bravery, life and love. She is the perfect main character for this book and it is written wonderfully through her point of vi
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any fan of dystopian lit, sci fi, or YA literature
Recommended to Teresa by: The YA Dystopian group here at Goodreads
External Forces, by Deborah Rix, is one of those books that is difficult to categorize because it has it all. Even though it was written primarily for the Young Adult audience, this middle aged woman LOVED it!

It is difficult to believe that this is the author's first novel. Her characters are fleshed out so much that the reader feels what they feel. I felt my adrenaline flow just as Jess' (our strong female protagonist) flowed. I felt the butterflies in my stomach, the fear, the anger....well, y
Midu Hadi
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Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow....I have read a few books similar to this but nothing REALLY like this... it was crazy!

I had to read parts a few times to make sure i really understood it.. ONLY because i wanted to make sure i did not miss something. And i was blown away. I loved every black ops soldier in this book,..

Cate Billinton
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The External Forces has everything a reader could ask for - action, comedy, romance, it has it all. The dialogue between characters is completely relatable and the science is realistic. Fans of the Divergent series will love this book, for the similarity of being a different type of human and overcoming the prejudice that comes with being different. I can’t wait for the next installment, and to find what happens to the characters I have come to know.
Well… this is very… strange.

I’m 99% sure that this is a rip off of Divergent.

But, the usual stuff first.

External Forces is about a girl called Jess. She lives in a dystopian society which is united against a special group of people known as the Deviant. She joins the army to fight against these Deviant people. She makes friends, and then becomes freakishly popular. She develops a crush on her instructor, Matt and they plot to escape the army.

The characters were pretty poor. I didn’t give a shi
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. It wraps adventure (like military adventure), romance (not too much, but not too little), and science (like genes and plants) into one. The book is very well written, and the characters are very well developed. Jess (the main character) is extremely relate-able and proves that the prejudice of her type is all false and that they can be loved. Thank you for letting me read this amazing book as a give-away, and I look forward to the series.
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading the blurb I was intrigued and drawn towards the premise of this story; filled with anticipation I was expecting something awesome and I wasn’t disappointed.

This story is enticing and thrilling. It grabs you from page one and it keeps going all the way to the end. It has the perfect mix of suspense, mystery, action and love, not leaving behind issues like real friendship and loyalty.

The most appealing thing though, is that the future that was devised by the author felt actually plau
Deborah Rix
Aug 31, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is a review from Kirkus Reviews. It does not have a star rating here - D. Rix


In this dystopian young-adult novel, a teenage girl with a secret genetic anomaly undergoes grueling military training—and also finds love.

In Rix’s debut, the first in a planned trilogy, America closed its borders after an asteroid known as “God's Fury” destroyed most of the world. Now, the Department of Evolution, or “Devo,” carefully culls people no
Dec 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book kept me totally engaged and “in the zone” right from the beginning. There was plenty of action and a few surprises. I enjoyed the way in which the characters interacted. Even though I guessed the direction the book was going to take, I was entertained with the planning and the way in which events played out.

This dystopian world easily appealed to me because the foundation for the world-building was as believable as it was horrifying. I loved watching Jess’s progression and growth and M
Mar 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Actual Rating:3.5 Stars

My Opinion Of This Book:It was good!

***I recieved a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.Thank you!***

-The Writing
-The Plot/Storyline

-Matt (Well he was eh)
-Some parts

Favorite Quote:

The knife stops, pointed at Sheree, and Ramón looks at her suggestively. She stares right back at him. “Sweetheart,” she drawls, “you'll have to do better than that.”
“Sweetheart,” Jay says to Ramón, but points at Sheree, “you can do bet
Janet Rix
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
External Forces is both a thrilling romance and a disturbing dystopian vision. The internal dialogue of the main character grounds the story in believable relationships while the science backed creations of the author take you off into an intriguing imagined future. The novel touches themes of self-identity, bullying, fitting in, choosing your career path, first love, violence in society and rebellion. The young characters are put into challenging situations where they are asked to make difficul ...more
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic characters who you truly believe in. Jess is a strong, smart protagonist who is believable. You can't help but root for her. It is a page turner, I had a hard time putting it down. Great action and clever humour make it a captivating read. I can hardly wait for the next instalment.
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
i read an advanced copy loved it, and would recommend to anyone
Bruce Meikle
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent debut. A good balance of action, tension and humour but the best part is how the story unexpectedly unfolds from a claustrophobic distopian society to a larger world.
Sep 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, dystopian
First - I enjoy dystopian YA quite a bit. I like the sorts of issues YA fiction deals with generally – thinking through identity, coming to terms with desire, fighting the man – but dystopian YA is a special kind of awesome because I think it’s able to play with genre in a way adult fiction generally isn’t.

So Rix’s “External Forces” was right up my alley. I’ll say from the start that I enjoyed reading “External Forces” a lot and, despite some of my reservations about the book, want to continue r
Isa Lavinia

ARC provided by Dime Store Books through Netgalley

A hundred years ago a half-mile chunk of ice fell from the sky into the Arabian Sea. The devastation that followed plunged the world into chaos, and caused the US to close their borders - seeing this cataclysm as an act of God - God's Fury.
Secretary Galton swiftly implemented the Genetic Integrity Act and headed the Department of Evolution (Devo). Devo's workers, the Devotees, assess babies for signs of deviation.
Only those deemed genetically
This review is also on my blog

I received this ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review

In the dystopian world of External Forces, America passed the Genetic Integrity Act 100 years ago. In order to prevent genetic contamination, the borders have been closed and the creation of new generations is carefully overseen. Only those who are considered genetically inferior, known as 'Deviants', remain outside of the border. External Forces, the first book in The Laws of Motion series, focus
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Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In the year 2125, the division of church and state is a long gone memory. After God sent a destructive meteor that wiped out a huge portion of the population, the Devotees took over. They created The Department of Evolution. Working with God, they stop genetic contamination, claiming that God demands perfect pedigrees and anything less is considered a Deviant and excommunicated from the safety of America. Since the Deviant gene is expressed in adolescence, all teenagers are required to be tested ...more
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
I received this book free of charge in exchange for my review. If you’re looking for a book packed with action and suspense then this book definitely fits the bill. The pace moves quickly but still allows you to feel deeply immersed in Jess’ world. And Jess, the main character, as the narrator really works, keeping you hooked into the plot, letting you view the other characters and the world she grew up in convincingly through her eyes.

I won’t summarise the plot here as other reviews have alread
Tarah Schaeffer
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jess wakes up one more with a mark on her stomach. At her prom she gets angry at a jock from her school and breaks his nose badly with time slowing down while she does it. That could only mean one thing; she is a deviant. To be one in this post-apocalyptic society is very dangerous. After a meteor crashed into the sea 100 years ago American closed it borders and set itself on a course for genetic superiority. A deviant is someone with a mutated gene and are considered dangerous, once found they ...more
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
(I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

I found this book to be a really interesting read, one that drew me quite thoroughly into the world and enabled me to empathise with the characters quite quickly.

The whole concept behind this idea was a really interesting one. This isn't the first time I've seen books, films, etc. about genetic manipulation and there being 'outsiders' (or Deviants, in this case), but I thought that t
H.J. Stephens
Sep 18, 2013 rated it liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review*

External Forces follows the story of a young girl cursed with being different. In a world where genetic optimization is a key priority, Jess is deviant. The government make the deviant out to be monsters, out of control. Jess does the only thing she can, she hides her deviance. She wants to be a part of Intelligence, where she can work with data, decipher information and uncover secrets. But then she's selected by Ser
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review*

Wow what can I say.

Ok so the romance of this book had the perfect balance. It wasn't overpowering and mushy gushy. I must say Matt is very attractive *cough cough*. He's so tough yet sensitive when it comes to Jess, and I LOVE IT. So thank you to Deborah for creating a trilogy with a fantastic lead male character.

And that brings me to Jess as a character. At the beginning I thought Jess was going to be one of those characters t
Tracy Fenwick
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Goodreads Synopsis: It’s 100 years since the Genetic Integrity Act was passed and America closed its borders to prevent genetic contamination. Now only the enemy, dysgenic Deviants, remain beyond the heavily guarded border. The Department of Evolution carefully guides the creation of each generation and deviations from the divine plan are not permitted.
When 16-year-old Jess begins to show signs of deviance she enlists in the Special Forces, with her best friend Jay, in a desperate bid to evade d
Helena Karlsson
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Desperate to avoid being ousted as a Deviant sixteen-year-old Jess joins the army together with her friend Jay. The Devotees share God’s work to secure genetically acceptable humans in a future America where the undesirables - the Deviants - disappear conveniently. But not everybody is happy with the way society is run and there are rumours about a group of people, The Red Hand, who oppose the authorities. Jess witnesses first hand the high price you have to pay for even asking questions and whe ...more
Jess is a 16 year old girl living at home with two parents who are basically absentee. Her father works all the time and her mom would rather live in the virtual world than the real. To get away from her home situation, Jess hacks her way into the gov't files and modifies her age so that she can join her best friend, Jay, in signing up for the military. It turns out Jess is not your typical teenager. She has the ability to 'see' her way through computer files and decrypt encrypted items. She als ...more
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In the future what's left of America has closed its borders to everyone in favor of genetic preservation. They dispose of anyone who opposes the order as well as their biggest fear...the deviant. After overhearing her mother Jess learns she is deviant and will be discovered and killed. To avoid that fate she enlist in the Special Forces with her bestfriend Jay. But Jess quickly start to uncover secrets in their camp and cling to the hope of getting outside the borders to escape what may happen t ...more
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Deborah Rix has had a successful career in entertainment publicity, live music promotion, corporate communications and event management. She lives with her family in Toronto, Canada, where she is the proprietor of The Lucky Penny, a corner store and take-out joint in the Trinity-Bellwoods neighbourhood.

External Forces is her first novel.
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