Secondborn (Secondborn Series, #1)
Firstborns rule society. Secondborns are the property of the government. Thirdborns are not tolerated. Long live the Fates Republic.

On Transition Day, the second child in every family is taken by the government and forced into servitude. Roselle St. Sismode’s eighteenth birthday arrives with harsh realizations: she’s to become a soldier for the Fate of Swords military arm of the Republic during the bloodiest rebellion in history, and her elite firstborn mother is happy to see her go.

Televised since her early childhood, Roselle’s privileged upbringing has earned her the resentment of her secondborn peers. Now her decision to spare an enemy on the battlefield marks her as a traitor to the state.

But Roselle finds an ally—and more—in fellow secondborn conscript Hawthorne Trugrave. As the consequences of her actions ripple throughout the Fates Republic, can Roselle create a destiny of her own? Or will her Fate override everything she fights for—even love?

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  • Becky
    Jul 12, 2017


    I picked this up without knowing much about it; it sounded like a fairly typical YA alternative-universe dystopia. And it is, but a very enjoyable one. The world development is well done and the presence of an existing war in the plot allows it to go in new directions. I enjoyed readin...

  • Monica Mccarver
    Jul 11, 2017

    Monica Mccarver

    Sooo good!! I hate that I have to wait for the next book. If you are new to Amy Bartol, I highly recommend her books. Everything I have read has been excellent! Her endings are a little controversial for some, meaning that it's not how they want it to end, and she can leave the door op...

  • Christine Hiller
    Jul 10, 2017

    Christine Hiller

    Love this author!!I'm already finished with the book. I read too fast- sigh! Love it-- and cannot wait to see what happens next! ...

  • Angie
    Jul 8, 2017


    Bartol sure knows how to write a heroine. I think Roselle just may be my favorite yet. She's the second born child to a ruthless, high-ranking politician. Her mother. As a second born child she's made to serve. Her mother has no intentions of taking it easy on her either. Roselle is to...

  • Amanda
    Jul 7, 2017


    3.5 starsStars subtracted for the silly romance and lack of climax...but assuming that the next books take me further in, I'm very willing to read more. PLUS why make a big deal about creating this new weapon to meet a new threat, and then have ZERO scenes about the first time it made ...

  • Amy J Romance Author & Reader Events
    Jul 6, 2017

    Amy J Romance Author & Reader Events

    Read early through Amazon prime. Honestly I was a bit concerned through the first 25% of the story due to the similarities to The Hunger Games and the devotion to world building. I kept on reading and am so happy I did. World building is a part of every PNR/Fantasy/Dystopian story, per...

  • BookHookup
    Jul 6, 2017


    Read Ana's full review at The Book Hookup!!EPIC!! Another amazing story by Amy Bartol! In this first installment of the series, we get to experience adventure, danger, mystery, and love. We learn a lot but we’re also left with many unanswered questions and theories. Prepare yourse...

  • Tracey
    Jul 5, 2017


    Secondborn offers many unique takes on the "realms separated by factions" trope, with interesting worldbuilding through the relationships between firstborn and secondborn and the hierarchy that separates them.The pacing here is terrible. We get detailed fight scenes of Roselle besting ...

  • Cathy
    Jul 5, 2017


    Mish-mashReceived this as a free Kindle monthly selection. Character's are very two dimensional and the plot line is a mish-mash of other dystopian storylines. There are some original ideas here, but the execution is poor and in need of a capable editor. ...

  • Jane Curry
    Jul 5, 2017

    Jane Curry

    Fabulous, fantastic, and freaky. OMG I loved it. Part dystopian, part thriller, with a little sci fi thrown on top of a lot of action. This book has it all. I simply cannot say enough good things about it. I'm a huge Amy Bartol fan to begin with, but this has just shoved all her other ...