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Born: The Born Trilogy by [Brown, Tara]
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The world has changed.
The buildings have fallen, blown away with the winds made hot from the bombs.
The roads crumble as the forest takes back the land we stole a long time ago.
It's only been ten years since the end but it feels like a hundred for Emma who has been alone since the beginning, surviving on the skills her crazy father forced on her.
Trust no one.
Pull the trigger.
Stay away from the other survivors
Stay away from The Infected.
She has obeyed his rules since she can remember running from the car accident that claimed his life.
But one night that all changes.
The knock at her cabin door and voice of the girl on the other side don't make Emma help the girl.
It's the fact the girl, Anna, is willing to die to save her wounded brother that changes everything in Emma's world.
She finds friends and family in Anna and her brother Jake.
She feels things she thought she never would.
But like her Granny always said, 'Everything comes at a cost. You must decide what you are willing to pay.'
For Emma that decision comes as Anna is stolen and taken to the breeder farms.
Emma knows she will pay anything to get Anna back, including her own life.

*Mature Readers Recommended. Frightening scenes with Zombies and Breeder Farms*

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4.5 Fairies!

Honestly, as soon as I started reading this, I just couldn't put it down.

Emma lives in a world where it is everyone for themselves, she has had to fight for her survival and she's the best at what she does. When she finds herself with no choice but to take care of two new arrivals, she discovers that she might actually just be able to rely on other people too.

Leo is the first male she's had contact with in years and she finds herself immediately drawn to him, but then she meets his brother Will.
Will brings a whole new set of feelings that she doesn't really know what to do with and with very real danger around every corner, she doesn't have time to figure things out either. There are secrets and lies surrounding everyone and most people don't know the true story behind everything that's happened to the world.

I was so taken by everything to do with Emma's story, I may have received the ARC of `Born' - but I bought the others in the trilogy straight after!

Reviewed by Danielle.
Disclosure: This ebook was provided by the author in exchange for an HONEST and not necessarily positive review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a pleasant surprise. 1 February 2016
By lior - Published on
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The born series is the primary example of why, when it comes to dystopia, I prefer indie authors. There’s no fear to be political incorrect. Although this is a YA book there’s an acknowledgment that once the apocalypses is here nothing will play in the way we think. Leaders, Military men, survivors, the rebels perhaps even the heroine. Everyone will push the boundaries of consent, of morality, they’ll test the limits of humanity and survival. And indie authors are not afraid of pushing the boundaries of PG 13 ratings, challenged books, angry parents and agents. They speak with honest voices. That’s what I feel the author did here and I can’t say I’m disappointed.
This is a fast read that won’t disappoint readers. It’s action-packed and the journey is compelling. Is this book perfect? No, what book is? Yet, the story had enough surprises to compensate for little things here and there that a nitpicky grown man like myself might find in YA literature. Those little things certainly will not be noticed by the target audience and the mature YA reader who is willing to open their mind to enjoy new authors. This book is a completely fun journey, unpretentious and quite engaging.
Meet Emma. A 19 YO survivor that in the line of most YA dystopias is a strong heroine who is not waiting to be rescued by a man. Who is she supposed to trust? She has fared better on her own. She’ll have a romance with Will that won’t demerit the pace or dark themes of the book.
I love how there are mentions of things like rape. Most dystopian books should make mention of this, as we know that once hell break loose civilization as we know it and our moral codes get challenge. I also love how Emma recognizes how working with other people will enhance her chances of survival.
If you are tired of political correct YA, give a chance to this book. I’m not saying it’s not suited for the younger readers, just that mature readers might find things to like here as this book doesn’t downplay the violence and realism of its futuristic setting.
The ending left me craving for more. I’m downloading the other books of the series and I just hope the author keeps her voice as strong and honest as she did in this novel. This was for me a pleasant surprise.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars (laughs) That ladies and gents is a bad ass wolf 15 August 2014
By Barb (Paging Through The Days) - Published on
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Well damn... there are many things to say about this book. It did take me a few chapters to actually get into the book. It moves a bit slower than what I am used to but.. with that being said once it got my full attention it was all in. Emma is one kick ass nineteen year old. And hello.. she has a pet wolf. (laughs) That ladies and gents is a bad ass wolf. Emma and Leo on their own was okay but she seems to come alive, no pun intended, when Anna and Jake are thrust into her by an accident. Things could have gone many ways but as usual Emma seems to get herself into sticky situations, though they are not her fault. She hates it but she grows into her role as a friend and then it happens.. Love.. it's a fickle little thing.

Emma is a strong girl, hardheaded and very outspoken. My kinda girl. When she meets Meg and yet again saves another person she seems to open up a bit more. She is like a flower that is in need of some sun. Then she meets Will.. and lord help the girl her hormones go into over drive. Though I can't blame her. When you have been raising yourself in the woods, no human contact since you were 9 its to be expected. The reunion of the family.. Will and Jake was sweet. Even if it leads to danger.

Once Emma is taken and tries to rescue Anna we meet little Sarah. They make it out and just when you think its all going to calm down........ Emma goes all Robin Hood on their asses and the road to salvation is going to be harder than she thought.

This is a great story idea. It reminds me of a mixture of Resident Evil, The Hunger Games and The Walking Dead... so its defo on my top lists of things I will re-read later!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I really liked all these books and recommend them! 24 September 2016
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I really liked this book! It had my interested from the begining and kept me it till the end. And then I immediately bought the next one. The protagonist was a little over the top with bravado & could be pretty frustrating at times. And they did end up in some rediculously dangerous situations where there was little to no chance of actual survival. But they do that in movies all the time to. And at least in this book they get hurt "alot". Most action movies they walk thru walls of bullets and never get so much as a graze. So that actually made it a lot more believable for me. You will love the characters. She writes them in a way that allows the reader to become close to them. You will find you self smile when the do or cry when they do. That is vital to writing a book like this. The only real criticism I have is the protagonist did get on my nerves a little. I mean she is suppose to be a superior survivalist above all else. And I don't know about u but to me that mean a person who is smart. Can think on their feet and has sound judgement. A quick learner and rarely makes the same mistake twice. This would not be how I would describe her at all. She was rash and made life threatening dicisions at the drop of a hat for no other reason than she was having a temper tantrum. Which the story does exsplain a temper issue. But I couldn't help feel like if she was even half the survivor they made her out to be. She should have figured out that regardless of who she was mad at or upset with that was not the way to go! I would have liked for her to have been smarter in that respect. And having the exact same mistrust and reaction to it with the love intrest over & over again became quite annoying as well. I understand she is young and I am sure that was what the author was trying to remind us of. But it was a little to repetitive for me. So 4 stars instead of 5. And with that said I still loved these books and highly recommend them. And I say books because at this point I have read all 3 books and the alternative ending as well. And they are all worth it and I do recommend them all!!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strongest and most competent female leads I've ever seen 31 January 2015
By lal0020 - Published on
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I was pleasantly surprised by this book and by the series as a whole. I've read tons of books with females as the main character(s) and aside from a very small number of exceptions, I generally feel let down by most of them on some level. This is one of those exceptions where the female leads are survivors and fighters to the core - they can handle themselves without any help from their male counterparts. They are flawed and have issues, but their resolve to do whatever it takes to save those they love and do what they think is right never wavers. They aren't conflicted about making harsh decisions or doing what it takes to survive - they understand that the reality they live in requires them to do whatever it takes without hesitation. That's not say that they don't make mistakes - they do, and the main character Emma is obviously emotionally immature in her romantic relationships, but I think that's to be expected given that she's been isolated for 10 years. She's socially impaired and it shows - she falls in love instantly, she blows arguments way out of proportion, and she shuts down when things get beyond her comfort zone emotionally. What they don't do is flounder around whining about how bad they have it while they wait for some hero to come along and save them - the women in this story don't need the men to survive. They don't let people run over them and they aren't afraid to make decisions or take action. The females in this series are the kind of strong female leads that I crave to read about but seldom do. I sincerely hope Ms. Brown continues this legacy of awesome female heroines in future works - I know I'll be first in line if she does!!
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay read 30 November 2016
By Jen R - Published on
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*Note: Some slight spoilers ahead

Born started off so promising. I was drawn into the story and loving it until about half way through. Then things started to fall apart a bit for me. Emma started to becoming super annoying and a lame love triangle was developing and I just didn't enjoy the last half of the book. A good idea, but the main character, or really most of the characters, got on my nerves by the end of the book. So much so that I didn't want to continue on to the next one.

Emma has been on her own for the past ten years. Ever since the world as we know it was destroyed and her father died. She has a pet wolf, but that has been her only companion since she was 9 years old. So she is not so good with people as she has hardly been around them. Her father taught her to survive, to take care of herself, to be independent. He taught her to not let other people in because that can get you killed. Stay by yourself, pay attention, don't do anything stupid and survive. So that is what she does. There are lots of bad people still living, seems like only the worst survived what happened, as well as the infected. I really enjoyed the world that was created. The ideas were pretty cool even if I don't know everything yet. The others, the infected, the breeding camps, everything was really fascinating and kept me wanting to read more.

So Emma is on her own for years until one night she gets a knock on her door. A girl, Anna, who is asking for her help. Her brother Jake is stuck in a hole not too far away and will surely die if she doesn't help. Anna doesn't care if Emma kills her just as long as she promises to help her brother. And this is where Emma starts to change. Unfortunately we don't get to see the change happen, we are just told it does. The book just skips time and Emma is all caring about these new people now and not going to kill them, will do anything to save them, etc. I didn't really understand since I didn't get to see the change, but I just went with it.

Then when Anna is in danger Emma runs off to save her. She meets some allies, a group of people who are actually living peacefully in the woods and trying to make a new life where they can. Through them she gets some help and starts to try and save everyone (though it was the beginning of Emma turning into a super annoying character). Once she meets everyone that is where the stupid love triangle comes in. She obviously likes one boy more than the other, but is very resistant to the idea. Plus the boy she likes is kind of a jerk and not cool at times. It was not so good. Then she risks her life to save one person, then decides she must save everyone! Every single person, except the people she indiscriminately kills because they are on the inside. Who knows some of them could be good people, she knows this as some of them helped her before, but let's not think about that. She gets all crazy by the end, runs off willy nilly and does whatever she wants. She won't listen to anyone, won't stop for a second and make a plan. Nope. If someone questions her she just gets angry and runs off by herself because that is smart. Good thing she is super awesome and nothing can stop her....

She also is super judgmental of most of the other people she meets. She hates the girl who also seems to like the boy she likes. She even goes off victim blaming her for being raped which is a HUGE no no. She was horrid. Absolutely horrid to the girl who wears clothing that Emma deems inappropriate. Plus thinks she is a whore because of said clothes and that the boy she likes likes that girl to. Or at least used to. Her and her judgmental self got on my last nerve. The victim blaming was the last straw. That happened near the end and really made me say nope to reading more of this series. I just can't stomach stuff like that. Not cool. Not cool at all. I just wanted to tell Emma to get over herself and stop treating everyone else like crap because you think you are so much better than them. I hated it. Such a shame as I did really like the first half. I was all in and couldn't put it down until Emma because someone I hated. Oh well.

This review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland

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