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The Rule of One

(The Rule of One #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  10,877 ratings  ·  1,100 reviews
In their world, telling the truth has become the most dangerous crime of all.

In the near-future United States, a one-child policy is ruthlessly enforced. Everyone follows the Rule of One. But Ava Goodwin, daughter of the head of the Texas Family Planning Division, has a secret—one her mother died to keep and her father has helped to hide for her entire life.

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Kindle Edition, 258 pages
Published October 1st 2018 by Skyscape
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Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Rule of One by Ashley Saunders and Leslie Saunders is the first book in the young adult science fiction dystopian series by the same name. The story is told by alternating the point of view between the two twin main characters and is set in the not so far off future of the US.

Due to the shortage of food and supplies in the United States the government began enforcing the Rule of One, that no family shall have more than one child to curb the population. Everyone has followed that rule for dec
Dee Arr
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I usually don’t choose to read YA books, but the premise of “The Rule of One” sounded promising. Early on, I had mixed feelings about the book, though those changed as I kept reading.

I am not sure why some authors of YA books insert plot developments that don’t make sense. Older readers would probably question these flaws, and sometimes it almost feels like younger readers are treated differently, as if they won’t catch on to the obvious problems with the story. Beginning chapters describe tunne
T.B. Cooper
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As the daughter of a twin who shouldn't have been born

I usually do much lengthier reviews, and I'll end up coming back and adding more to this, BUT... let me just say, that my mom and her twin sister were both born in China during WWII. In a small village in Manchuria, twins were still uncommon. Their mother was called every manner of insults, most notably animal names that denoted the kinds that bear litters. Women in their village did not have twins. If multiple pregnancies were suspected, the
Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it
The humble umbrella. In a world where everyone is microchipped and food comes via a 3d printer, who’d have thought the umbrella would have endured as protection from the elements, privacy screen and even, weapon?
This is the story of identical twins. They’re given alternating chapters but, as I couldn’t tell the difference between them , this was pretty pointless.
The setting is a futuristic America, where climate change has done its damage and where the population is controlled by a mixture of B
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
First, the good: the writing was okay and the sisters' bond was emotional. I liked that there was no romantic subplot (especially not two sisters fighting over one boy), and some of the action was okay.

Now, the copious bad: This is a ripoff of a bunch of far better written and conceived dystopian fiction. The authors clearly read a bunch and decided to try their hands at it, but they needed way more editing and time to actually consider their story. Things are rushed and scattered, and some of t
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I received this from Netgalley for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings expressed are my own.

Honestly, this book was SUCH a drag for me. I figured I should try some YA dystopia again since that was literally my shit before and I freaking loved it. This story offers nothing new, it's boring, it's predictable and the writing is was okay-ish. The two sisters we are shown are likeable (no, not all characters need to be likeable but it doesn't hurt when you feel like you've read a novel like
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
Omg, this sounds like What Happened to Monday! Sign me up!
Jenna Bookish
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the publisher.


I was immediately intrigued by the concept of this book: identical twin sisters written by identical twin sisters. Ava and Mira are closer than most twins are, though not entirely by choice. The one child rule in this dystopian, near-future America means that they take turns going out into the world each day, and their struggle to maintain the facade of being a single
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, got-in-mail
You can also read my review here:https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress....

The Rule of One is about twin sisters sharing a single identity in an America that is full of propaganda and surveillance and has a one child rule. A story told about twins by twins as only they can tell what it must really be like. An own voices novel in a dystopian world filled with oppression, surveillance and rebellion stands out as these twin sisters fight for their right to live.

The Rule of One was a short fast paced
3.5-4 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨
I thought this was inventive and definitely showed the bond of twins as well as the individuality and differences between them.
The story was tense and rugged because of the conditions the twins were in, and at the end, you only find the beginning.
There is a lot to be said here about family and keeping hope, & focusing and just going forward.
I could definitely see the marked differences as well as sometimes having to remind myself which twin was speaking.
I also think it is
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get my hands on an Advance Review Copy of this book. Normally it would have taken me a while to get through it -- I don't have that much time to read -- but this one I finished in less than a week. It was a compelling and taughtly told adventure story which kept me reading long past when I should've gone to bed.

The basic premise of The Rule of One is that in a near-future United States, overpopulation and climate change have led to the rise of a fascistic state which contro
3 Stars

With a 1984(George Orwell) vibe to it - we enter a dystopian future where you can only have one child- Insert the "Rule of One." The MCs are twin sisters who have hidden the fact that the two of them exist. When their existence is discovered, they must go on the run.

This book had a lot of potential but for me it was a little bland. It was a journey book, and they were always moving but it felt a little repetitive. We follow a duel POV of the twins. It was hard to remember which sist
Lacy Lynch
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can’t wait for book two.

While I am fully an adult, finding a good YA novel that sweeps you into another world, but tells you more about yourself, is my favorite kind of not-so-guilty pleasure! This is a hold-your-breath, while you turn-the-pages kind of series. You want to hear every word more clearly. Ava and Mira are exactly the kind of main characters you want to keep hanging out with. You want them to be your best friends, Your sisters, and mainly to march alongside them on every page bc th
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've wanted to read The Rule of One since I read the synopsis months ago. Thanks to NetGalley I received a copy to review. It only took me a few hours to finish the entire book.

Twins Ava & Mira Goodwin are the main 18 year old characters in a dystopian future where the government decrees each family can only have one child, everyone is microchipped & only government Guards have guns. Definitely not a world I'd like to live in.

I SO look forward to book two. ;)
Tom Turner
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-up, dnf
Majorly Underdeveloped.

I was really looking forward to this book, sadly it was a high disappointment, and unusually for me, I gave up having only read a third of the book.

Teen literature at the moment is swamped with books set in a dystopian future, and this is no exception. However, what the authors failed to do was to fully realise their world. World-Building is essential in setting yourself apart from other books, the reader must be able to actualise and visualise the works you have created i
Brandon McKay
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Twin sisters illegally born in a not too distance future where, due to overpopulation, the United States has adopted a strict one child policy... what a premise! I was lucky enough to grab an advanced reader's edition of The Rule of One. It's so refreshing to find a novel in the YA genre that doesn't rely on a romantic relationship (or two!) to carry the narrative. The true fabric of The Rule of One relies on the bond between twin sisters Ava and Mira. Part coming of age, part dystopia, what imp ...more
Thank you to amazon publishing for my copy I won in a giveaway. All opinions are my own. I'm not usually a fan of dystopian but I thought this book sounded really good. I enjoyed the writing and the plot but there were parts that were slow for me. There were enough things going on to keep the pages turning. I would recommend this book if you're a fan of dystopian. ...more
The Nerd Daily
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Elizabeth Smith

The Rule of One is set in future America were climate change and overpopulation has changed everything. Water is in short supply, all food is 3D printed or otherwise lab grown, each citizen has a microchip in their wrist in which all information about them is stored. There are cameras everywhere and the government is in complete control of its citizens, including their reproductive rights. Each family is only allowed one child. 18
Amber (The Book Bratz)
The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz

Thank you NetGalley and Skycrape for the eGalley in exchange for an honest review!

I originally started The Rule of One back when I was first approved for it at the beginning of fall but I just was in a weird reading slump and I eventually gave up. From the description of The Rule of One is sounds a lot like the Netflix movie What Happened to Monday which I really enjoyed and had the same concept: the government is controlling population by l
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book came to me as an Amazon first read, and I really, really wanted to like it.

The beginning was promising; we follow a set of twins living in a world where only one child is allowed (I spent most of the time I was reading craving an egg roll). They take turns spending days above ground and while one sister attends college, the other hides in a basement bunker.

The POV switches back and forth between the sisters, which is my first problem with this book. The twins (Ava and Mira) do not ha
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
Interesting premise, though the execution was a bit heavy-handed. Now that may be because I'm several decades older than the target audience for this...but still.

Dual POV, dystopian suspense, with some action, and a cliffhanger ending.

Will I pick up book two? Probably not, but I can see why others will.
Jen W
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Interesting premise, poorly executed. The characters were shallow, there were glaring plot holes, and ridiculous behavior from the protagonists. Some of that might be excused by their adolescence, but still. This could have been engaging but was very disappointing.
The US has deteriorated into a military state where everyone is monitored, controlled, and microchipped. The elite rule and the masses suffer. There is also a rule that every couple is only allowed to have one child (so as not to strain the limited resources). Ava and Mira are identical twins that with the help of their father, have managed to survive by adhering to a complicated schedule that allows each of them to live as Ava for a 24 hour period. It is only a matter of time before they are ca ...more
Jammin Jenny
I really like the world building by this author. We are (or at least were) in a world with exponential family growth, and one of those ways the government could consider solving the crisis is limiting the births for each family. In this story, each family can only have one child - but one of the leaders of the Texas Division for Family Planning is a twin. Then her family is found out, and they have to go on the run. I look forward to seeing what happens in book two of this series.
Patricia Hamill
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Not bad! Lots of adventure and danger. The twins are interesting, and I think the authors did a good job giving the two their own voices.

I'm still not exactly clear how pieces all came together in the end. Seemed convenient.

Anyway, I think folks who dig dystopian, illegal-to-be-alive-type stories will enjoy this as well.

I purchased my copy of this book.
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019, backlist

Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

Note: I am currently on a hiatus from reviewing. I need a bit of a break from the pressures of reading, so I'm just going with the flow this year. I'll obviously still be reading, but at my own pace and when I feel like it. Thank you for understanding!
Patty (IheartYA311)
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
An easy read. Nothing really wrong with it but it's been done before. Nothing special here. ...more
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Warning: Spoilers ahead! If you have any desire to read this book, it’s best to skip this review, as there is no way I can review this book without spoilers.

I’ll admit when The Rule of One was pitched to me, I was wary of its twin sister writing team. Books with dual authors often raise a red flag for me, unless of course the
Kath (Read Forevermore)
A finished copy of this book was sent to me by Amazon Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Rating: 3 / 5

The Rule of One is a dystopian sci-fi YOUNG adult book. Despite being a rather young person (well, in my opinion at least), I found this book to be quite mehhh for my age, but it’s no way a middle grade book. It is set in the future where the United States has adopted the one child policy. I was honestly quite intrigued after reading the synopsis of
3.5 stars.

Recently, I found out that Kindle Unlimited has a feature that also lets the user listen to audiobooks of select titles on Audible for no additional cost. I thought that this would be a great way to get through my existing TBR, so I've been trying to utilize it. The first book I chose to read this way was The Rule of One. I thought that the book was okay.

My main issue with The Rule of One was that it dragged in spots. I think that it could have been about 50 pages shorter, and still
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Hailing from the suburbs of Dallas, Texas, Ashley Saunders and Leslie Saunders are award-winning filmmakers and twin sisters who honed their love of storytelling at The University of Texas at Austin. While researching The Rule of One, they fell in love with America’s national parks, traveling the path of Ava and Mira. The sisters can currently be found with their Boston terriers in sunny Los Angel ...more

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