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Rebellion

(The Colony #1)

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Sixteen year old Aine lives in the Colony, and his whole life was decided before he was born. In two years he will marry the girl next door, Brin, who was assigned as his Other at birth. Then he will be given a position in the Colony's workforce that best suits his talents. Each night he takes four pills, like everyone else in the Colony, and he knows the pills keep them s ...more
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Published August 15th 2013 by Queerteen Press
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⚣Michaelle⚣
4.5 Stars but rounding up...

A few days ago a couple of coworkers were discussing children's books and one of them mentioned Tootle.

I hated that book with the fiery passion of a thousand burning suns and said so, and why (as stated in my review). I think I surprised some of them with my take on it, but I know I also made them look at the book differently.

Anyway, this book is the opposite of that.

Was it perfect? No. Was it idealistic and a bit naive? Yes. Did it end on only a HFN with no real re
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Chris, the Dalek King
"Everyone was happy in the Colony. They had to be. We took pills for it."

Aine was born to a life of white blandness; walls are white, clothes are white, and nothing grows between the houses and the rails. His life was charted before he was made--created along with 25 of his fellow year-mates by the Colony's Eugenics Department--and regimented every move after. And to make sure that he, and everyone else in the Colony, followed the hallowed Code, four little pills were dispensed each night to pre
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Serena Yates
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There are quite a few visions of the future in which humans are totally controlled by one method or another. Just think Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (genetic manipulation), 1984 by George Orwell (brainwashing techniques), or Logan’s Run by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson (population and resource management). What J. Tomas has done in this amazing novel is combine all three, and added a few more, to create a post-future-war society in which people take pills to relax them and mana ...more
Ashley E
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rebellion is a haunting story about a future society where perfection has been reached. Currency has been eliminated, everyone has a job they love, everyone takes their pills to keep healthy and balanced, and best of all, there's a perfect mate for each person to spend your life with, their Other, genetically crafted to be their perfect match.

Perfect, right?

Then A-4602, aka Aine, drops and accidentally steps on one of his pills. That night he dreams for the first time, and it wakes something in
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Tj
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
The writing is excellent. The author did a wonderful job building up the world. I do admit the world isn’t far off from some that I have heard described before but the author still needed to build THIS world. The character building was well done. Aine’s change in the book is done in a way that is believable and revealing. I easily connected with his character and could empathize as he went through the shame, joy, fear, and outright terror.

In regards to this being a YA book and therefore aimed f
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Romancefantasy Ebookmaven
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wow, where do I begin? I guess I should say I don't usually read young adult fiction. So I entered into reading this with no small bit of skepticism. I mean I wouldn't be caught read a YA romance when I was a young adult. So this book had an uphill battle for me to like it. The Rebellion sorta reminded me of my favorite children's book of all time, This Time of Darkness by H.M. Hoover, so I found myself comparing the two and measuring The Colony up against that as a standard. I received The Colo ...more
Teresa
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Rebellion
Author: J Tomas
Publisher: Queerteen Press
ISBN: 9781611529777
Buy Link: http://www.jms-books.com/index.php?ma...
Reviewer: Teresa Fallen Angel
Blurb:
The Colony 1
Sixteen year old Aine lives in the Colony, and his whole life was decided before he was born. In two years he will marry the girl next door, Brin, who was assigned as his Other at birth. Then he will be given a position in the Colony's workforce that best suits his talents. Each night he takes four pills, like everyone else i
...more
Kim Flowers
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This new release from QueerTeen Press is an interesting metaphor for gay teens. On an island where citizens are fed propoganda and pills to keep them complacent, most people just go with the flow. After all, this island Colony is all that's left on a war-ravaged Earth. Even the weather is maintained to keep out the radioactive atmosphere outside the cloud cover. In spite of controlled test tube births and genetically prescribed desires, the teenage years are still an accepted phase of rebellion ...more
Neko
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was so completely caught in the world of this book. Ah! What I wouldn't give to see it as a movie! lol...

Though, I admit, the first two chapters were a little slow for me. I even put it down and almost forgot about it, but the moment I picked it back up to finish, I simply couldn't put it down. (It was probably, most likely, just me. I probably wasn't in the mood to read it at the time. lol)

But anyways, After, it just picked up and I was so engrossed in reading Aine's struggle with his emotio
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Nijin
Feb 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
God quality writing, interesting idea.
The one thing that grated on me in this book - the size of the colony.
simple math will show that population present mast be about 1500 people. Size of the small village where everyone knows anyone! If we look at the occupations, 26 people multiplied by 50 years (productive age) we get 1300 workers exists at any moment, if there are 100 occupations we will have 10 people involved in each. When I read the book the feeling about the colony was much greater than
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Ilona
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Complimentary Review Copy Provided by Author. I don't usually give quotes from the books I have read but, this one sums up the beginning of the book so well, that I couldn't resist using it. "Everyone was happy in the Colony. They had to be. We took pills for it." The 'Big Brother Is Watching You All The Time' gave this a scary feel as Aine discovers just how much he's been programmed by the pills and the cleverness of the writing made this an enjoyable read. I think the author did a wonder ...more
Scott  McQuiston
A gay dystopian M/M romance? I wasn't sure what to make of the book at first, but by the end, I was absolutely in love with it. The MCs are very believable, and the antagonist is wonderfully written. I'd highly recommend this book. Can;t wait to read the next in the series!
Alyssa
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The choice between the designated love and a forbidden love is always difficult, but it is is hard. Honestly, I loved how the author was able to capture the difficult decision within the protagonist about his feelings. I loved the setting and overall idea and would highly recommend.
Giselle
" Can't wait to read the next chapter! I usually don't care for futuristic stories especially those without cools gadgets and gizmos but this story was very gripping and I couldn't wait to read how Aine and Kyer tried to change their world. Eagerly awaiting chapter 2.(less)"
Sue
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great dystopian book.
Can't wait to read Book 2.
Sally halliday
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant cant wait to read the next book.
Gavin Stephenson-Jackman
Full review later.
Jessie Potts
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Noooooooo it ends too soon! Review up later
Bob S.
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-ya-m-m
I love a good, imaginative SF story. This one is 5 stars for originality in three genres; science fiction, YA and LGBT.
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J. Tomas writes gay YA romance and currently lives in Richmond, VA.

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