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The Bond

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  23 reviews
If you had to choose who would sacrifice her life for you, could you?

Dinitra believes the Sower who engineered her made a mistake. She only finds joy after she's drafted into the Legion to train a mutant battle dog called 12. Dinitra and 12 will help in the final battle for their home, the Weave. They’ll destroy the rebels who stand in the way of the Weave’s ultimate goal:
Paperback, 314 pages
Published December 3rd 2018 by Goldenjay Books
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Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: A thrilling and thought provoking tale, The Bond had me riveted from start to finish.

I waited far too long to pick up The Bond , and I have to admit the upcoming release of the sequel, The Hive Queen , spurred me to finally read it. And wow, I was blown away by this story! Robin Kirk has written a searingly emotional t
Frances Starn
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kirk's incredible story is spell binding from start to finish. Through Dinitra's story, Kirk invites readers to ask larger societal questions, and then asks them again. The large amount of characters referred to in other reviews are evidence of the depth and breadth of Kirk's world. Her ability to paint pictures of unique characters, for example the draft Sil, have stuck with me. Well thought out and thoroughly executed, The Bond was enthralling. I can't wait to see what Kirk does next.
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: apocalypse, sci-fi
In the end, this is a book about a girl and her dog. But it is the best book about a girl and her dog that I've ever read. It also has hovercraft, mutants, and a corrupt dictatorship. Science fiction fans can't go wrong here. I loved it.
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have to admit I was skeptical of the book at first. I felt that the young adult dystopian novel was overused and had become repetitive. After reading just the first few chapters, however, I was drawn in and began staying up late until one or two every night to read. (maybe this is why the dystopian storyline is used so often!) I loved t the development of the main character and her relationship with 12, I thought it well planned out and executed. I do wish that Fir and Dinitra's relationship w ...more
Sarah Foil
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Bond, Robin Kirk’s first novel, is a fun, beautiful and engaging read. Fans of The Hunger Games and Margaret Atwood, will love her interpretation of the dystopian genre. And even if you're not an avid Science Fiction or Dystopian reader, you’ll fall in love with Dinitra and her journey. READ A FULL REVIEW: ...more
Colin Bischoff
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Moves quickly, despite a complicated plot and lots of characters. I am excited to see what direction Kirk takes us with the next book in the series! (there are many possibilities...)
Liza Simon
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I recently found this book online and decided to give it a chance. I started reading it in my math class and after that, I knew more about heartache than math. I recommend this book to people wanting a good read.
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting read where women rule and about the heroine who finds new truths. I received a free copy of this book. This review was posted voluntarily.
Elizabeth D
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Bond is about a girl named Dinitra, nicknamed Dini, who is enrolled in an all-girls school called the Collegium. The school is designed to test students’ abilities so they can be sorted into their appropriate life-long jobs. On assignment day, the eldest students at the school receive their job assignments. The best job is to be asked to enter the Legion, the all-girl military whose purpose is to keep women and girls safe from wild men and traitors. With all of her markdowns and demerits (es ...more
Jenn Bishop
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This absorbing speculative novel will have you questioning the many bonds formed in your life: with your parents, the animals in your life, your friends, and society. With excellent world-building and well-paced action, this is a riveting story for fans of dystopias, science-fiction, and fantasy. Kirk raises interesting questions about gender and genetic engineering. I spent much of the novel imagining the world she creates -- so many vivid and sensory details -- and wishing for my own hyba (she ...more
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Robin Kirk has written a delightful, engrossing and fun to read first novel. “The Bond” transforms the early twentieth century utopian vision of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “Herland” into a dystopian world for the twenty-first century reader. A hundred years later, the concept of ridding a community of violent male energy has been twisted into something dangerous. The ideals which may have begun the Weave as a society have been corrupted by power, by the possibility of controlling the genetic des ...more
Jessica Higgins
Oct 12, 2020 rated it liked it
A dark, apocalyptic thriller that will leave readers with questions but wanting more after the last page is turned.

In a world where males are obsolete and women are all that are known, females have been equipped with enhanced gifts engineered by a group called Sowers and the Weave. Dinitra waits to find out her purpose with the other girls when they turn sixteen. It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes the Sowers make mistakes. The Weave is under scrutiny and a group of resistance and rebels are
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I love these Dystopian/Sci-fi stories where I'm in a world where women control EVERYTHING. This sounds like it would be all good or super bad.

The Bond by Robin Kirk isn't questionable at all; it's all good.

Dinitra 584 KxA is a student struggling to pass her courses at the Collegium. It's graduation day, and she has a dismal compendium with one weak merit. Truth be told, she spends most of the time she should be working on her studies drawing or painting. As she has to make and mix her paints--t
Jun 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the premise and the idea of the story. It created a fascinating world that was at first difficult to understand but eventually incredible. I also liked the diversity of characters; having all the drafts added such a unique perspective on the situation and the people. I really liked how everything challenged Dinitra's original ideas. At every turn, new evidence and knowledge would put her beliefs into question, making her really consider what was right and honorable, what was wor ...more
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
From the first page, the reader is thrown into an immensely thought out, futuristic world, similar to our own, but different enough that it takes a chapter or two to wrap your head around things. The introduction of new characters and terms was a bit fast for me, but when describing a separate world to someone for the first time, confusion can be difficult to avoid. The heroine of the story is not stereotypical in any sense which is refreshing: not exactly proficient in school, not athletic, and ...more
Sarah Rogers
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This compelling novel resists easy answers and cliched plots. Characters are stunningly clear individuals (I'm particularly fond of the original character names, too!) and the world-building is full of imaginative detail, yet is still vast enough to want to explore more. As another reviewer wrote, it IS a story about a girl and her dog, but it's also about the transformations that we undergo when we love another creature, and about the kind of worlds we want to tear down or build up as a result.
Carolyn O'Doherty
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Robin Kirk immerses the reader in her brilliantly imagined society, where children are created through precise genetic engineering and males have been virtually eradicated. Dinitra uncovers secrets that shake the very foundations of her belief system. This story may be fantasy, but the issues it raises are universal: the price of war, loyalty vs. freedom, individual rights vs. the common good. THE BOND is a rollicking adventure story whose underlying questions make for a read that is as thought- ...more
Timi B
Aug 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Up until 60% of the way through, I just was enthrawled. Then the leader ordered the stupidest 'training' exercise (think: "Ok, I want you to walk into that spinning propeller and the rest of you, watch carefully how he gets chewed up so you can learn"). And what followed was an entire window into injustices promulgated by "the good guys" that left them little better than "the bad guys", so who cares at that point?

The whole story fell apart from then on.
Whoa! Absolutely LOVED this debut fantasy about a world in which women and girls rule all and men and boys are "contained" or found only "in the wild." Incredible world-building, inventive elements, and fast-paced storytelling make this an absolute winner for me.

**Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author for purposes of a blog tour for book 2. This review is voluntary on my part and reflects my honest rating and review of the book.
Emma Friesen
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
As I got farther into "The Bond" the story drew me in. It was interesting how the book dealt with questions of ethics and power and the complexity.
The book seems to lean liberal.
Later I started reading the second book, but it was darker than I felt like reading.
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not one for me
An excellent novel about a futuristic dystopian world in which women have mad men obsolete, used only for their seed via in vitro childbirth. The world-building is outstanding, and the characters, both male and female, are riveting. What happens when science and genetic meddling go to far? You end up in the world of The Bond. I can't wait for the sequel—although this one doesn't end on a cliffhanger. The ending is super satisfying.
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Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Bond was well written and the suspense was well executed. At first, I was a little confused about how the world in which Dinitra lived worked, but it slowly came together as I worked through it. Dinitra's relationship with a massive dog was intriguing considering her great fear of dogs. Looking back as I try to figure out what was so good about the book, the best recommendation I can give is: It was just great.
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Kirk is the author of The Bond, the first in a fantasy trilogy published by Blue Crow Publishing. Foreward Reviews awarded The Bond its Bronze award for best YA in 2018. Book II, The Hive Queen, was published in September 2020. Kirk's other books include More Terrible Than Death: Massacres, Drugs and America’s War in Colombia (PublicAffairs) and The Monkey’s Paw: New Chronicles from Peru (Universi ...more

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