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Rite of Rejection

(Acceptance #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  958 ratings  ·  173 reviews
"Before you stands the future."

Straight-laced, sixteen-year-old Rebecca can't wait for her Acceptance. A fancy ball, eligible bachelors, and her debut as an official member of society. Instead, the Machine rejects Rebecca. Labeled as a future criminal, she's shipped off to a life sentence in a lawless penal colony.

A life behind barbed-wire fences with the world's most dang
Kindle Edition, 325 pages
Published December 4th 2014
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Ari Reavis
This book had so much potential, but, to me, fell short. Becca is condemned to the PIT, where all the 'criminals' go for the safety of society, but doesn't truly belong there. Sounds promising, right? I don't know, I just kept expecting something really big to happen, but even the parts with action were pretty predictable. It did have a really big twist around the middle that was a big surprise, but other than that.... There was a bit of romance, but with the wrong guy until the end. It was sad ...more
Maraya21 (The Reading Dragon)
⚡ Read for the KU Shitathon 2018 Challenge over at the MacHalos

Between 3.5 and 4 Stars <--- Subject to change

Hmm not sure how to rate this.. *rubs chin while thinking of potatoes*

I need to deliberate so review coming ✔

◼ Book: #2 -- Week: 17/06 - 30/06 ◼

As a Dystopian addict I was excited by the premise of this book, unfortunately I was left disappointed The main character was extremely childish and naive. Now at first I thought this was on purpose, however she never changed from that personality. Her character growth came in the form of supposedly stronger muscles but no strength of mind.

My other issue with this story was that nothing felt real, the characters were two dimensional, essentially lifeless and the plot felt underdeveloped and fla
L.R.W. Lee
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars!

Amazing writing. Evolving characters. Engaging plot twists. This is how I summarize Sarah Negovetich’s debut novel, Rite of Rejection.

First, I loved the premise of the book–a future society uses a machine to predict a person’s tendencies while still a teen, to weed out people who will harm the society in the future. I’d not seen such an idea explored and it’s pretty scary if you really think about it... Read my full review on my blog at
Full Review on Brianna's Bookish Confessions.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review from the publisher. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Rebecca along with her classmates are waiting Acceptance day where they are accepted into society. However, if you are not accepted, your sent to the PIT because you could potentially be a criminal. This is the fate Rebecca is given even though she would never hurt a fly. So why is she in the PIT?

“In the PIT, no
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Sarah Negovetich and NetGalley.)

This story started out okay, but I lost interest.

I didn’t really love any of the characters in this book; Rebecca was sweet but naïve, but the rest of them didn’t make me feel anything at all.

The storyline in this dragged a bit for me, and I began to lose interest. I didn’t initially understand the relevance of ‘the PIT’, or why people were really sent there, and I starte
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-dystopian, kindle
3.5 stars

So there were some things I didn't see coming so that was a plus. I really had a hard time liking Rebecca until the end. And speaking of the ending - ugh! I will never remember what happened in the book once the next one comes out, and it ends in the middle of the action. It was a really fast read so re-reading is not out of the picture. I just hate to read something that I've already read. Maybe Recaptains will have a summary by then. This was a good, solid dystopia. Some of the logic
Jessica Folded Between the Pages of Books
This was a refreshingly original dystopian. At first it seemed similar to others (in the beginning it reminded me of The Selection, Delirium, and Matched), but it quickly diverged and took its own path. I've gotten pretty good at figuring out the plots of YA novels, but this one had me guessing. Not that the plot was shocking, but it was relatively original. Rebecca is looking forward to her Acceptance ceremony and the ball that follows after she's been accepted into society. At the Acceptance c ...more
Brittany (Brittany's Book Rambles)
This book is Matched crossed with Delirium. Rite of Rejection has renewed my faith in self-published novels. Generally, I avoid them because they are not normally submitted to the same amount of editing and revising that books published by a big publishing company are. In this case, I'm wrong. It's a dark dystopian novel where all the teens have to go through the ceremony of Acceptance before they are officially a member of society, except that the ceremony is corrupt and it's not just the crimi ...more
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In the totalitarian dystopia in which Rebecca grew up, lives, careers, and roles are of course prearranged for the benefit of society, not individuals. Now 16, she is ready for the ceremony of Acceptance at which she will find an appropriate suitor. Boys receive Assignment to career positions. But Rebecca's hopes are in vain, and instead of Acceptance, she is granted Rejection, and must leave her community, branded a criminal and outcast. Readers of Dystopian YA will sur
Oct 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

Actual rating - 2.5

This started out alright, but i quickly lost interest.

The characters weren't awful, but i didn't warm to any of them enough to like them, or really care about them.

The main problem i had with this was the pacing. It was a bit too slow for me, and everything dragged because of it. I felt like the book would never end at some points.

Overall, Not a read that i enjoyed.
L R W Lee Author Second Acct
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars!

Amazing writing. Evolving characters. Engaging plot twists. This is how I summarize Sarah Negovetich’s debut novel, Rite of Rejection. Read my review on my blog at
Kimber Wheaton
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

I featured Rite of Rejection in a cover/chapter reveal at the beginning of November. While dystopian is not my go to genre, I just had to read this book after reading Chapter One. Beautifully written with a great main character, Rite of Rejection did not disappoint. Frankly, this novel had the best first chapter that I've read in a long time. I was sucked in from page one.

Ms. Negovetich does an amazing job with main character R
Rite of Rejection is a totally new dystopian world created by Sarah Negovetich.

Rebecca thought her life was set but instead of her debut, she is thrust into a terrifying future chosen by “the Machine” that rejects her as a criminal. This is Rebecca’s story and her fight to survive as a pampered young woman thrown into a the criminal element living on the fringes of her society.

Interesting and entertaining, Rite of Rejection had huge potential. The synopsis screamed this was a perfect read for me
Michelle Hauck
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Rebecca looks forward to her Acceptance ceremony where she'll join the rest of society as a full citizen and become a wife and mother. The society here is a juicy throwback to American in the 1950s, complete with structured and controlled gender roles. When crime became out of control, society found a way to fix it by banishing all the criminals and all future ones.

Imagine Rebecca's surprised when the girl who never breaks a rule is sent to the penitentiary colony called the PIT. Here she must l
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Rebecca can't wait for her Acceptance. Because, as a good civilian, there's no way she'll fail Acceptance. The machine doesn't make mistakes. It filters the good people from the future criminals. So, when Rebecca gets Rejected, she keeps asking herself one question: why?!

The story of Rite of Rejection is remarkably similar to that of Branded that I read last year, only I liked this one a lot better. Okay, the story might not be the most
Pauline Creeden
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So many emotions hit me while reading this one. I found it at Netgalley, where I got a copy for free in exchange for an honest review. I didn't read the blurb, had no idea what the story was about - saw the cover and it listed in YA, and jumped in. Read the whole thing from cover to cover in one day. During the first chapter, I was like, it's a steampunk? Nope. Then I began to realize it was dystopian. There are only two factions - the haves and the havenots in this one, and a machine ...more
Crystal Collier
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This was an interesting book. Imagine taking a jaunt into a dystopian society where you land on the loser's side of the line--no trial, no questioning, just tossed to the wolves...while your family stands by.

Welcome to the world of hard knocks. For that reason, I enjoyed this book. Rebecca was a likable character, and I am very tempted to continue reading this book series. Great conflict. Interesting cast.

Content warning: No language. Mention of prostitution and distant glimpses of crime.
Ethan Gregory
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Full review and more available at:http://oneguysguidetogoodreads.blogsp...

My Thoughts

Sarah first approached me back in October about reviewing her upcoming novel. I read the synopsis and thought it sounded pretty awesome. I responded back to Sarah, and an awesome partnership was born. While it took me quite a bit longer than I anticipated to get this novel read and reviewed, every second was worth the wait. Holy smo
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
Originally on The Fictional Reader

4.5/5 stars

If you’ve read the synopsis I’ve given above, you might understand why I requested this from Netgalley. I like dystopian books and this seemed like it would be a good one. I am so happy that I got approved for this book, I enjoyed it even more than I was hoping to!

First of all, I will talk a bit about the plot. This book starts the weekend of the Acceptance, when Rebecca is getting ready for the ceremony. But for a reason unknown to her the Machine la
Apr 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-dystopian
Pretty good. I actually bought this book by accident, but it was on my Amazon wish list...on my Kindle it is very easy to hit the "Buy Now" link because it is not touchscreen and has no keyboard. Luckily, this book was only $.99. So I wasn't devastated. I guess it was meant to be, right?
Because really, I don't know if I would have ever gotten around to buying it on my own. I have a $50 Amazon gift card that I have been meaning to put on my account, but I'm saving it for the books that I really c
Rebecca has been the model daughter and can't wait for her Acceptance and the ball that follows. She thrills at the idea of finally being accepted into society and having all the rewards that come with it, but little does she know that she isn't destined for that life!

The day of her Acceptance dawns and Rebecca puts on her finery. She is nervous because she already has a boys name in her dance card and cant wait to dance with Eric. She goes to the ceremony to see that it's different this year be
Nov 02, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I only read 40% so
Reasons I DNF this Book;

At the start of the novel the MC and her friend are both shopping for the acceptance ball and apparently dance cards have a great importance to these teen girls. Rebecca chooses a paper version of the dance card and the salesman guy comments how wise she is for choosing a paper version over the electronic. Interesting, being wise is now tested on your choice of dance cards. As this was the introduction for the story I think the author was trying to hint
It's been a few years since I picked up this book originally, but from the moment I did, I became a Sarah Negovetich fan. Her YA books are auto-buys. (I haven't checked out her Adult stuff, but she's also branched off into Romance if you want something different.) Her writing is intriguing and addicting. And I know it's been awhile since Dystopia was the Thing but I have to admit I think I enjoyed my reread even more the second time around.

Sarah sent out a newsletter recently, with the news of
Kelly Hashway
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rebecca is excited for the Acceptance ceremony like all the other girls, but it's immediately obvious that she's not exactly like the other girls. She is drawn to older, more personal things. This includes a dance book that requires boys to sign their names instead of using high-tech devices. I knew right away that Rebecca was different, and I liked that about her. When she gets to the Acceptance ceremony, she never expects to be rejected and labeled as a future criminal, but that's exactly what ...more
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though you know it's coming, it's still comes as a shock that Rebecca fails her Acceptance. She is sweet, kind, and follows the rules. Little do we know is that she also has a lot of questions and those questions are what leads to her failing. NOT that she is a bad person or that she will become a murderer like everyone thinks. In fact, what everyone thinks isn't how things are at all.

You don't get a good feel for who Rebecca really is until after the Acceptance ceremony. Everything she has
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. I went into it thinking I generally knew what it would be about,dystopian YA novels are enjoyable to me but.....there are a lot of them out there right now. Despite this certain things about Rite of Rejection pleasantly surprised me.
I liked the story most of all but also I love the growth that the main character,Rebecca goes through within the book's journey. Her responses to events are understandable but the young lady that she has become towards the end of
I will be the first to admit that I was beyond pleasantly surprise about how good this book was. I take that back – it was FANTASTIC! Rite of Rejection is a perfect example of how young adult dystopian fiction should be done.

Rite of Rejection pulled me in with the first chapter and held my attention until the very end. I devoured this story, unable to put it down; believe me I tried, but this one kept creeping into my thoughts, begging for me to finish. This is a story of desperation, hope, lov
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Negovetich has created a completely new and unique world in which to set her dystopian story. Her descriptions are so realistic that I could not only picture everything, but feel it as well. It was as if I was standing in the middle of her world. The inviting writing style ties this all together, allowing you to immerse yourself in the action of the tale. This well and creatively written novel was a fantastic debut novel for Negovetich.

The characters that we come to know in this story were fant
I was in the mood for a dystopian and this one was the only one (besides George Orwell) that I own and haven't read yet.

This book was really entertaining! I read it in 24 hours (which is a big thing for me) and I just kept reading.

Then why gave I this one 4 stars instead of 5? There were three things that bothered me:
1. The way women were treated and the seperation things between men and women. A dystopian is a genre takes place in the future, so by now you'd think that those things will be al
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