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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  52 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews

“A stimulating, worthwhile story of a dystopian future.” – Kirkus Reviews

Annabelle Scott tries to keep her rebellious thoughts to herself, avoid the draft, and protect her younger sister. The Federal Union forces her to be a police intern. She gets into trouble and is offered an i
Kindle Edition, 270 pages
Published March 25th 2013 by Finlee Augare Books
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Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not going to recount the story, but instead, I'd like to comment on Lance Erlick's story itself, and some of the techniques he's used.
In general, I think this is well-suited to the young adult level, with plenty of hard-hitting action, clear plot structure and well-defined emotional development. His themes of a need for freedom and space, plus the importance of courage and focus, to achieve your goals, will appeal to most young readers. He avoids the extreme angst that some authors bring t
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian, ya
Ahhh…another one of my favorite type of books. A mash-up. Part dystopian, part romance, part thriller, part scifi and part YA. I absolutely loved this series.

My daughter is named Annabelle (but it is spelled differently), so it was a little disconcerting to read “Annabelle” so often and not think of my munchkin.

But other than the adoption thing and living in a female dominated society, my child has a lot in common with her fictional counterpart. Her rebellious nature for one, her looks for anoth
Thomas Weaver
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I dislike present-tense narration, which is how The Rebel Within is written.

I should not have allowed that dislike to delay my reading this novel. After a few pages, I didn’t care about tense, and after a few more, I didn’t even really notice.

The Rebel Within is a YA (?) science fiction novel set in the near future, in the kind of subtle dystopia that makes for an interesting story. And not only is that dystopia subtle (for some people), it’s also plausible, which makes it even scarier: To one d
Kasey Giard
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Annabelle’s world, men are exiled, quarantined or forced to fight to the death in the annual games which serve as final training for Mech operatives. When a group of boys escape from an enclosed school, Mechs and cops alike are called to the hunt. Annabelle can’t suppress her curiosity about men. Her feelings about them are so different than her feelings for women, and she wonders if this is strange. When she is faced with an escapee, Annabelle knows she should turn him in and follow the rule ...more
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was fascinating. I don't think I have read a book where women are not only in charge but are on a mission to eradicate men. Female domination? That scares me a little. Ok, well it scares me a lot because women can be cruel on so many levels.
I have read books where the government controls everything and that to me is just as scary and frustrating. I couldn't imagine living that harmonious. Harmonious!! What a joke. More like people with some serious control issues and if you don't do wh
Marina Fontaine
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the book that asks: What would happen if women ran the world? Peace? Harmony? Universal love? With the recent statistics pointing to women increasingly becoming breadwinners while men choose to forgo college education, the question is less academic (or sci-fi) today than it would have been even a decade ago. The book's answer is less than encouraging. In the fictional Federal Union, formed after the Second Civil War, men are not just second class citizens, but virtual prisoners, to be he ...more
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Rebel Within has a different feel to it. It’s not your ‘typical’ young adult dystopian. While it fits the dystopian category, it has a more science fiction feel to it. It’s about a society that is run by women and men are turned out or imprisoned.
I loved that Annabelle questions things and pushes to find out more about things. At the same time she works to be cautious so that she doesn’t put her family in danger. She’s cautious, but doesn’t let people walk all over her. In this book she’s di
I received a copy of The Rebel Within by Lance Erlick in return for an honest review. I recommend the story, particularly for YA readers the action takes place in a dystopian world in which the protagonist Annabelle struggles to come to terms with a regime that actively discriminates against men to the extent that boys are kept under strict lock and key at home or imprisoned, and trained to fight to their deaths.

Annabelle dreams of escape but most importantly she is driven to protect her younger
Sanna Hines
After a second American Civil War, women rule while men are killed or banished to the Outlands. This new world is far from feminized and pastoral. Women assume the attributes of the men they despise: militarism, violence, brutality and bigotry. Conformity and obedience govern every aspect of life from attitude to food. The few remaining boys are treated like criminals and destined for arena death matches against heavily armed women.

Sixteen-year-old Belle doesn’t fit the new world. Given her choi
Jul 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ok-series
1st... I received this book in return for my honest opinion.... Honestly I don't know why so many people love this book.... The characters were good, not too many.... The setting was believable, I always love dystopian plots, but this book just seemed to drag out a scenario... Wish it pushed along a little faster and gave u a better ending.
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Rebel Within has an interesting premise that I enjoyed. The dystopian world was well built and the novel has great elements of action and suspense. Erlick created a "Hunger Games"-esque story that keeps his audience entertained from start to finish. I look forward to reading the second book.
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rebel Within: Lance Erlick

Without structure many fail but too much rigidity can cause more problems. What about living in a world with just young girls and being forced to become a security cog and then encouraged to enter training more stringent than most would encounter going to a regular military school. Annabelle is the main character and it is her voice, thoughts and feelings that readers hear. Living in a society that has rigid rules, bans boys from their school, their presence and keeps t
Jeff Dawson
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This is definitely a young YA book, 12-14 years old.

I’d like to say it’s a captivating read, but it isn’t.

The story takes place in not too far away dystopian universe where men have been banished to the Outlands. Women are running the world. The heroine, Annabelle Scott is the personification of a rebel to the point, it becomes a moot issue. She’s trying to be a cop, which isn’t working. She rebels against everything the state implements when it comes to food, entertainment and interaction wit
Kathy Cunningham
Lance Erlick’s THE REBEL WITHIN is an exciting set-up for a potentially interesting dystopian YA series, but there’s not much real story here. As with most YA series, the first book has the task of setting the scene for a story that must span several volumes. In this case, Erlick must explain his dystopian world, a society that developed in less than seventeen years. In this rather dismal future, men and boys have been outlawed – they are kept isolated from the rest of the population and forced ...more
Annabelle is a strong young woman, not at all deceived by the utopia that political officials paint. She works as a cop intern, and sees the daily grind of what the reality of her all-female society is really like. Of course, it doesn’t help that her mother holds an opposing view to that of governing officials and is a state senator.

"Mom says women stopped having boys because of high rates of autism, violence and social disruption, and they didn’t read. That made it hard for them to adjust to ou
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I Liked: Annabelle is a character who shows character growth over the novel and while at times she’s forced into positions that make her uncomfortable, she learns to embrace who she’s becoming in her own way. The dystopian aspects to the novel are also highly plausible in their own way, and that was something that caught my attention as the details about the world Annabelle lives in fell into place. The dystopian aspect to the story is more hidden in this than in some, overshadowed by the u ...more
I cant say too much about the plot without spoiling it so Im just going to go with what I thought! The Rebel Within was a really unique and somewhat fascinating read. I don't think I've ever read a book where the females rule and the males are on the run!! I'm all for girl power and this takes it a step forward.

Annabelle was an awesome character. She is strong, tough, smart but also kind and compassionate. In a world where women think men as nothing more than things to be hated, Annabelle finds
Terri M.
The Rebel Series by Lance Erlick is a curious examination of society after the Second World War which divides men and women into separate communities. Each with their own government, religion, morals and values.

What I Liked Most About the Series
The grey area. There are some obvious plus sides to a society made up of a single sex. And there are some obvious down sides. Erlick, through the characters, presents many of these views, but doesn’t push the reader in either direction.

Annabelle. She fits
Jun 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
I received a copy of The Rebel Within by Lance Erlick, from the Goodreads group called Shut Up and Read, in return for an honest review.

I have only read one other dystopian series, and it was The Hunger Games, so I don't really have much else to compare this book to, so having said that, I thought this was a fairly good book. The dystopian world is a woman-dominated world where men are not allowed. They are either killed, imprisoned, or trained to fight to their deaths.

Since the world is dominat
Ashley Jellison
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at: The Word at My Fingertips

My Thoughts: What, another short review? Oh, no. No, seriously guys, I'm telling you that a short review is better. It means that I am very impressed and liked the book so I can't find anything wrong with it.

First off, the beginning is incredible. In my time, I've come across books with really really good intros, and then I've hit some that are just plain eh. And it's rather annoying to get the latter and then have to finish the book. Luckily, this
This is a dystopian near-future novel and the start of a series with at least one sequel. It's told in present tense, which isn't my favorite.

Sometime in the early 21st century, either right-wingers tried to turn back the clock, or hard-core feminists staged a coup. Either way, the Second American Civil War resulted and was won by the hard-core with the help of mech warriors. These are like Heinlein's Starship Troopers, but all women. Space and the rest of Earth seem not to exist.

Seventeen year
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r4r-and-arc
I received a free copy of this book via the goodreads group Shut up and Read, in exchange for an honest review.

I really struggled with this book. I found it slow and really dragged. I really did not like the characters and I found some of the relationships a little disturbing. I really did not like Dara, from the first meeting she annoyed me. I actually almost stopped reading because of her. I did struggle to carry on. I felt like I was wading through mud rather than flowing down a stream. There
Kimberly Loschiavo
I was given this book for Review by the Autor :)

I will not give spoilers, I will however give a brief review of my thoughs, feelings. and so on about the book!

I think this is well-suited to the young adult level, with plenty of fast action, an Intertaining Read! The autors description of physical reactions has this story screaming reality. belivable

The story is told by Annabelle Scott, a 15-year old with a traumatic past whose family was taken away from her at an early age. When she is recruited
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Females ages 12+
Recommended to Leah by: LibraryThing
I thought that Lance Erlick Lance Erlick did a great job, especially as a male, writing from the perspective of a teenage girl. He didn't write her as the stereotype teenage girl that most adults would think is how a girls mind works.

He didn't write her as a weak girl who needed saving, either. I really liked that. Ultimate Girl Power.

The society in this book I can best describe it as a futuristic society where they pervert feminist ideals to the extreme.

She wants to make up her own mind and form her own o
Celesta Thiessen
The plot was based on an interesting premise. This was an exciting, very well-written read which kept my attention right to the end.

However, I didn't enjoy her constant inner monologue about her sexual confusion. I found her attraction to her adopted sister particularly distasteful.
3.5 stars while I put together my thoughts about this book.
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