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Front Lines

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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  4,859 ratings  ·  977 reviews
A tense, exciting and moving new drama from the bestselling author of the GONE series.

1942. The fate of the world rests on a knife’s edge. And the soldiers who can tip the balance . . . are girls.

Set in an alternate World War II where young women are called up to fight alongside men, this is the story of Rio Richlin and her friends as they go into battle against Hitler’s f
Paperback, 467 pages
Published January 28th 2016 by Electric Monkey (first published January 26th 2016)
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Erameline I've been a fan of Michael Grant's writing for almost twenty years now (he co-wrote Animorphs with his wife), and I feel very, very safe in telling yo…moreI've been a fan of Michael Grant's writing for almost twenty years now (he co-wrote Animorphs with his wife), and I feel very, very safe in telling you that's not his motivation.

But honestly, I don't think it's a prevailing issue in the industry. I don't think many authors are really into pandering. Well-written, diverse characters aren't hard to write, but they are hard to find, usually not through any fault of the author but the publisher going, "Hey, this won't sell." Want to see more female characters? Vote with your wallets.(less)
Marije I guess 5? There is some romance featured, but I'm guessing you've read the book already, since you asked the question last year ;)…moreI guess 5? There is some romance featured, but I'm guessing you've read the book already, since you asked the question last year ;)(less)

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Emily May
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“You’re a girl.”
“No, sir, I’m a sergeant.”

Anyone looking for a grisly re-imagining of one of the darkest times in human history? Because Front Lines is most definitely that. It's a war story that packs a lot of punch, combining historical fact with an alternate version of history in which a court decision makes American women subject to the draft and eligible to fight on the front lines.

I do want to say one thing, though. It's a concern I have that I think needs to be said, though it's not e
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to TL by: Emily May
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We understood nothing, you see. We thought we were soldiers, but we were still civilians dressed in khaki and OD. None of us had yet felt the fear so overpowering that you shake all the way down to your bones and your bladder empties into your pants and you can’t speak for the chattering of your teeth. None of us had yet seen the red pulsating insides of another human being.

"But open defiance will get her cut from the program. Complaining up the chain of command will get her cut from the progr
Lindsay Cummings
There are no words for how incredible this novel was. But I'll do my best to try and describe it.

In one word, FRONT LINES was captivating. I started this book 2 days ago, and even as I put it down each night (around 1 am, with my husband already long asleep beside me), I couldn't shut off my mind, simply because the story was still playing out in my head. Michael Grant is a fantastic writer, as he's previously shown us with his GONE series. But with FRONT LINES, he takes it to another level. He
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
With such a captivating premise, Front Lines already stands out in the YA genre. After reading the novel, I can firmly say this is one of my favorite reads as of recent.

In an alternate history, women are allowed to fight and be drafted in World War II. Front Lines follows three women in the army, and through these points of view Grant tackles three very real issues in our world present in WWII and now.

Rio is an all American girl from a small town in California. She faces unimaginable challenges
"Now I know why they never let women fight wars," Sergeant Garaman says. "Too mean."

Front Lines is a historical fiction with a little twist: here, the United States took women to fight in World War II. Our protagonists have different motivations to be Army volunteers and each one of them deals differently with the challenging training and battle.

The first third of the book was fantastic, the author took his time to introduce the characters (and there are plenty) and it added a lot of dept
Shaun Hutchinson
This was a fascinating book. It takes a look at WWII with a twist: what if women had been allowed to serve in combat roles (and were also part of the draft) during WWII? I had a fair bit of hesitation when I started reading because women DID play a pivotal role in WWII, though one that is often glossed over or forgotten in most war stories, but Front Lines isn't about rewriting history so much as showing us the future. As the barriers break down and women become more integrated into the male-dom ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I considered adding this to my action shelf also, but the action part of the read doesn't kick in until the last third or so of the book. That said I was also a little torn between 4 and 5 stars but finally settled on 5 stars.

So far as this being "alternate history" the only real "alternate" part is the inclusion of females in the armed forces. If you're a history buff, scholar or whatever you'll note that the historical incidents are just that, the historical incidents. The part of the war we a
Tilly Booth
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Besides this book being a little slow, Front Lines was a pretty damn amazing book. A historical fiction that follows three different, kick ass females in the middle of a war. It's hearty, brutal and some times shocking. This book deals with racism, sexism, death, PTSD and so much more. It doesn't shy away from the terrifying war that's happening and man, reading this, I swear I could feel the fear that Rio had as she jumped off that boat into the beach or the terror as Frangie tried to stitch up ...more
Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
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Front Lines is an alternate history of WWII. The big switch-up Grant has made is adding females to the draft and using them in ALL roles across the United States military (other countries have not made such an enlightened choice). Other than that change, the book is pretty much true to history – including attitudes towards women, people of color, and people of Asian features. It is at times harsh and heartbreaking, but the main characters of Rio, Frangi
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There will come a time when you’ll have a choice between staying in your trench and crawling out of it to save a buddy.

4 1/2 stars. This was such an inspiring tale following three brave women who went to war to fight for their country in 1942. While it was definitely empowering to females, I don't think the main point was to send some feminist message. Instead, it focused on soldiers relying on one another to live to see the morning.

The three women this book centered on - Rainy, Rio, and Fra
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't want to say anything more about this book, other than that I loved it and the four girls are so close to my heart right now. ...more
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At night we cry sometimes, and if you think that just applies to the females then you have never been in combat, because everyone cries sooner or later. Everyone cries.

I feel like anyone who knows anything about my reading habits will know I love Michael Grant. I suppose we all have our authors that we read - no matter what they bring out, and Michael Grant is mine. I devoured his science fiction/horror-esque Gone series, enjoyed perhaps even more his futuristic science tale in BZRK, was rea
Kristy K
3.5 Stars

A great alternate history book about WWII where females can enlist. Front Lines follows three of these women as they fight for respect, equally, and their country. I loved Rio, Frangie, and Rainy. Their voices were powerful and real. I’m excited to see what the next installment brings.

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4.5 of 5 stars

“Only Jack has remarked on the irony that America is going to war against a white supremacist enemy with a segregated American army.”
― Michael Grant, Front Lines

Although this novel poses an alternate history of WWII in that, that females can now join or be drafted into the Army, it portraits these tender beginnings of immersion very realistically. Michael Grant introduces the reader to three main female characters in the beginning, who are all at a tender age of 18 or under in 194

Hate. The word alone made Rio queasy. How do you hate someone you've never met? Weren't the Germans just soldiers doing what they were supposed to do? How could she kill someone like that?
Front Lines takes a unique and eye-opening perspective on World War Two - the likes of which I haven't ever before in a YA book before.

Front Lines is an alternate history where the Supreme Court has created a law that allows women to serve in World War Two. The story follows three girls - Rio Ri
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, 2017
Well, this book was definitely interesting and I did enjoy it more than some of Grant's other books. The whole idea of women being able to fight in WWII was super interesting and I did enjoy being able to see that side of war.

I liked all the background stuff and the training before the war parts of the book, I definitely enjoyed that, but the book majorly picked up when they went to war.

The characters were a joy to read about and I loved each of the girls for different reasons, they were all
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Historical reimagining of what it would've been like if women had been allowed to fight in World War II? Where do I sign up? Not for the war (that would be my worst nightmare and this book pretty much solidified that!) but for this sweet piece of fiction. I picked up Front Lines from my local library, and, my goodness, am I glad I did. I had zero expectations because I've never read anything by this author but the concept made me think of one of my fave movies 'A League of Their Own', a true sto ...more
Lauren ✨ (TheBookishTwins)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.

First Impression: Front Lines is quite a long, but incredibly compelling read set in an alternative world-war II era, where the United States allowed women to fight on the front lines. The story is narrated by a mystery writer, someone who is supposedly a part of the 119th Division, and that aspect created a bit of a mystery element to the story. I loved the characters - a diverse cast, and Grant does an incredible job of discu
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Front Lines was nothing short of breathtaking.

I was initially attracted by the promise of young women fighting alongside their male counterparts and thriving within the intense and deadly landscape. But what I found was so, so much more than a sense of feminism and righteousness. Front Lines is like nothing you've ever seen before.

Imagine being a young woman with a sense of duty to your country, your family and make something of your life despite the prejudice against your background or the colo
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have I mentioned my love of WWII yet? Yes? No? Well it is no surprise that Front Lines was a fantastic read. If I were to categorize it within the realm of WWII fiction, Front Lines would be more about the war itself, like building trenches, training, intestines flying everywhere, etc. Yet even though this was not exactly my cup of tea, I still loved it.

Front Lines starts with the perspectives of three girls, Rio, Frangie, and Rainy. Each are in incredibly different situations, but all have in c
*Source* Publisher via Edelweiss
*Genre* Historical Fiction, Young Adult
*Rating* 4.0

*My Thoughts*

Front Lines is the first novel in the Soldier Girl series by author Michael Grant. Set in an alternative world where women are given the opportunity to serve alongside men in a war for the first time after a Supreme Court decision opens the door to anyone, of any gender 18 years or older, Front Lines focuses on three main characters: Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr, and Rainy Schulterman. There is a third n
So fascinating, and so freaking good. I can't wait to read the next one! ...more
Women everywhere kicking butt in WWII--I'm so glad this premise didn't disappoint. ...more
May 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Before we get into the meat of the review, some background here.

I review books on my own time and on my own dime (save, in the latter case, for the handful of cases where I've gotten (e)ARCs or similar — my reviews of Huntsmen and Looking for Group were from ARCs), so I admit that there's a bias in terms of what I'm likely to review.

To wit:


Go Gay!

Back about a month and a half ago, I had a tweet about the content warnings on Power & Magic: the Queer Witches Comics Anthology go mildly vi
I have to admit that Front Lines isn't the type of book I usually pick up but I was intrigued by the premise when Egmont sent me a copy for review so I decided to give it a try. This is my first book by Michael Grant (although I've heard amazing things about his Gone series) but it definitely won't be my last because he's an incredibly skilled writer. I think it's a difficult thing to rewrite history in a way that's believable, you're walking a fine line between creating something amazing and in ...more
Apr 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
My mum actually bought a copy of Front Lines last year but it somehow ended up on my bookcase. I’m not complaining though.

I thought the idea of women volunteering and being drafted into the armed forces during WW2 was interesting and was written really well too. There are things that have been included in this book, like racism, sexism and prejudices that were really frustrating to read but because of the time this book is set I get why it had to be included. This is meant to be a different take
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
I wasn't a big fan of the Gone Series Complete Collection: Gone, Hunger, Lies, Plague, Fear, Light, but this series has caused me to re-evaluate my opinion about Michael Grant. I LOVED this book! I'm a bit surprised that this book doesn't have more Goodreads review. Because I couldn't put this book down!

The premise-four strong and diverse female protagonists that all enlist in the American army during WWII. While Michael Grant pays true attention to historical events, in this book,Grant throws
Fatima mehjabin
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good history retelling set in the WWII period. After reading the book thief(long time ago), I was really keen on reading more historical retellings/fiction but I didn't seem to pick up any. I am really glad that I picked this book up as it's beautifully written! I really did like this book as much as the book thief. The plot was unique. It centers around three women(the main characters) from America who become female soldiers in WWII. One of them is technically a medic but she' ...more
Jan 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
A WWII story, but alternative history, where women were allowed to serve in the war. This book follows three such women: one farm-raised and no stranger to hard work (and her sexy best friend), a smart Jewish woman, facile in several languages, interested in military intelligence, and a small black woman, interested in being a medic. Each serving in a different capacity in different groups, they are eventually united in Northern Africa, battling the Germans. I liked the anti-officer, follow-your ...more
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
An AMAZING start to a new series, featuring three diverse heroines who have to deal with sexism, racism, and the truth of war while still trying to keep hold of their humanity. This book will pull you in and never let you go.

I was asked to read this book and write a blurb for it. I don't normally read anything historical, but I was intrigued by the premise of women being drafted. I am so glad that I agreed to read it. I couldn't put it down, and I can't wait for the next one!
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Co-author with Katherine Applegate of Ocean City, Making Out, Summer, Animorphs, Everworld, Remnants, Eve and Adam.

Pseudonymous coauthor with KA of Christy (the TV spin-off books), Sweet Valley Twins, Girl Talk and various Disney spin-offs.

Pseudonymous author of Barf-O-Rama.

Author of Gone, BZRK, The Magnificent 12, Messenger of Fear, Front Lines, Monster and A Sudden Death in Cyprus.

AKA Michae

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