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Welcome back to Las Anclas, a frontier town in the post-apocalyptic Wild West. In this perilous landscape, a schoolboy can create earthquakes, poisonous cloud vipers flock in the desert skies, and the beaches are stalked by giant mind-controlling lobsters. The tyrant king Voske has been defeated, but all is not peaceful in Las Anclas. Ross's past comes back to haunt him, JWelcome back to Las Anclas, a frontier town in the post-apocalyptic Wild West. In this perilous landscape, a schoolboy can create earthquakes, poisonous cloud vipers flock in the desert skies, and the beaches are stalked by giant mind-controlling lobsters. The tyrant king Voske has been defeated, but all is not peaceful in Las Anclas. Ross's past comes back to haunt him, Jennie struggles with her new career, Mia faces her fears, Felicite resorts to desperate measures to keep her secrets, Kerry wonders if Las Anclas has really seen the last of her father, and shy Becky Callahan may hold the key to a dangerous mystery. In Rebel, long-held secrets of past and present are revealed, family ties can strangle as well as sustain, and the greatest peril threatening Las Anclas comes from inside its walls....

Title : Rebel
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ISBN : 25735941
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Number of Pages : 300 Pages
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Rebel Reviews

  • Sherwood Smith
    2018-12-06 02:13

    Writing these with Rachel Manija Brown is such fun. We sit side by side, and I type as either of us dictates, swapping off when one pauses, or the other gets an idea. We plan out, sometimes act out, the dynamics of action. Sometimes we made each other shudder, sometimes crack up. Writing in this way is fun because there is never any writer's block.That's the process. A little about the story. Coming between two action-driven books, this hopeful post-apocalyptic fantasy focuses on character, and extraordinary changes within, rather than outside. Not that there isn't plenty of action!We had a great time with giving certain characters the space they demanded, and with exploring outside of Las Anclas.Above all, delving into notions of family, from harrowing to healing.

  • Rachel Brown
    2018-11-29 00:57

    Behold! The cover and blurb for Rebel, book III of the Change series.

  • egelantier
    2018-11-21 23:26

    FINALLY! this is an arc review - the book is coming out in may - and i've waited it for so long and it DIDN'T DISAPPOINT. it's a technically lull, character-driven book occupying a quieter spot between plotty excitement of hostage and the upcoming endgame showdown in traitor, and i've still stayed up until five in the morning reading it on a workday, because all the character bits were so, so compelling. there's ross, mia and jenny continuing to explore their relationship and hang-ups thereof; ross grappling with the concept of family (there's a surprise! it's awesome), love, home, security; kerry adjusting to both loss of her status and perks of not living in a totalitarian dystopia of her father; becky callahan slowly learning to escape the lifetime of abuse (as bonus, it's a lesbian character pov, previously absent, and her chapters were harsh but lovely, and her relationship with her girlfriend incredibly heartwarming); and there's, back again, felicity who's trying to live with her secret and with her loving, awesome father who would hate her if he just new (i love felicity an unholy amount, and i find her father the racist-against-changed dude more and more intriguing, and i'm greatly looking forwards to the next book when his prejudiced ways are finally going to bite him in the ass good). there's a very decent whodunnit plot uniting all the threads, tons of customarily good worldbuilding (my favorite bit was a theater company performing some mythical stories from the world-that-was, it being YA DYSTOPIAN NOVELS, complete with customary love triangle - i pretty much howled with laughter at the denouement), some cameos from absent characters (yuki seems to be having great fun with his prospecting ways, which is reassuring), and an uber-adorable rat imprinting scene. so, yeah, worth the wait. i've read it, re-read some choice bits, spot-reread my favorite bits from favorite books, and now i'm stuck waiting for the finale.

  • Nenya
    2018-12-04 05:05

    Read this one back in March as an ARC, and shamefully never reviewed it! Agh.Excellent third novel in this series. I'm enjoying each of the three main plot arcs (Becky, Felicité, and Ross/Mia/Jennie + Summer) for different reasons. LOVED Becky's storyline, even though it was really rough witnessing her fucked-up family situation. But wow, I'm so happy with where she ended up, and the starring roles of her girlfriend Brisa and spoilery-adult-character-I-love, (view spoiler)[Sheriff Crow (hide spoiler)]. :D Lots of stuff about feeling locked into an awful situation, how abuse can happen right under concerned people's noses, and how escape is possible--and how people can come together to help the ones they love. Oh, and Becky is going to rock in her chosen career. :D Felicité's ongoing struggle with her feelings about the Changed, her Change, and other people's bigotry around her (especially that of her parents, and the conflict between her father and grandmother) gets more intense in this story. Things just get wound up tighter and tighter until you feel there HAS to be a breaking point soon. If she doesn't star in the next book I'll be shocked. Felicité is one of those "mean rich girl" characters I hated the guts of back in book one, but now she's one of my favourites, thanks to emotional complexity and careful, slow character development. It's pretty great. But, damn, some rough waters for her in this one for sure. Ross, Jennie, and Mia's poly-V romance was kind of drowned out a bit by the two plotlines above, at least for me, but I enjoyed how Jennie and Mia had different approaches to their relationships with Ross, and how they supported each other as friends even when they had different needs. I love Mia so much. (Jennie's great too, but I feel like she got a big emotional arc in the previous book rather than here, so I have less to say about her here.) Ross is, well, decent kid, not a bad woobie, but to me he's way less interesting than either of his girlfriends. But that's okay--there's enough other cool characters around. Summer's plot and more backstory for Ross was interesting, though. And while I care more about Jennie and Mia's friendship than about Jennie/Ross or Mia/Ross, I'm really happy at the really friendly way they're going about building this poly relationship. Very much love that the girls have resolved that nothing's going to tear them apart, not even sharing a boyfriend. ;-) ((and yes, still shipping Jennie/Mia!))(As an aside, one neat thing with this series that comes up briefly in Felicité's story and is a background for Becky's is that this is a culture where there's no homophobia. Like,'s a non-issue. Kids confess their secret crushes, or people get into relationships, or people have two moms, and the drama is about whose dad hates whose uncle or who they're voting for or something, but nobody blinks an eye about what gender your sweetheart is. I find that really, really, really refreshing to read. There's definitely prejudice against people with mutant Changes, so the story is working with the question of bigotry, but it's just SO NICE to have a world where queer people aren't othered at all. (LGB comes up more than T, but there is at least one trans kid in the story. I'm not 100% sure I'm into how the reveal that he's trans comes about in the narrative, but I love the rest of his story and his relationship with his family.))Further revelations about the wider world! I loved that. I very much want to see more of other towns now! And interested to see where the ongoing Voske plot goes. Because you KNOW there's a big showdown coming...dun dun dun.

  • schneefink
    2018-11-17 22:16

    I liked this a lot; not as much as the first two books, but that's a pretty high bar. The plot was more meandering, and two of the main character-focused storylines weren't my favorites (Felicité and at first Summer), but there was still plenty of good character stuff and worldbuilding. Becky's story was fantastic, and I also really liked Kerry. And Mia/Ross/Jennie, of course. I also enjoyed that we got to see more other towns. This book also more than the others seemed to prepare several storylines for a future pay-off and it felt like some threads were left hanging, making me look forward to book 4 even more.

  • Csenge
    2018-12-01 03:08

    I adore this series, and the much-awaited third volume did not disappoint. Instead of grand adventures, this time it focused mostly on character development, and the various relationships between people living together. Of course there was still mystery, excitement, and all kinds of colorful and strange creatures - but as a whole, this one was about challenges of self and community. The authors approach very heavy topics - domestic abuse, PTSD, grief, prejudice, etc. - with remarkable empathy, and attention to detail. Trauma does not go away magically once it has fulfilled its plot purpose, and relationships do not magically work just because people want them to. I especially love the way various romantic relationships are handled in this series, and this volume's approach to intimacy was nothing short of excellent. Bonus point for actually featuring a believable demisexual character.I am still in love with the setting of this series as well. Colorful, strange, and often deadly flora and fauna, long-forgotten urban landscapes, and various isolated cities that developed after the world cataclysm in different ways. The new places introduced in this volume were fascinating, and once again made me think of how gorgeous this series would look on a screen (while at the same time I am glad it has no "canon" set of visuals yet). It would be amazing for a high-concept TV series. It would be like Shannara, but good.This book, just like the previous two volumes, is, above all, likable. Not just because it features a fascinating world and a whole set of likable characters, but also because the whole attitude of the authors - towards representation, towards diversity, towards portraying complex emotions well - makes it precious, and a deliciously immersive read. I can't wait for the next book. Can we, like, start a petition to expand this universe into more books? Or maybe a tabletop RPG...

  • Melody
    2018-11-14 04:24

    This is an interesting series set far into the future. Civilization and cities as we know them are ancient history. In fact things we take for granted like books are only found in old ruins by prospectors digging for ancient artifacts to sell. The world has become mutated. People, plants, animals are all mutated and have new magical often deadly abilities. There are still some "Norms" or normal people but many people are mutated or "Changed." People can be born Changed but most mutate or Change during puberty, pregnancy or menopause. Las Anclas is a town mostly of Norms but with a significant Changed population. There are many who hate and distrust those who are Changed calling them monsters or freaks. This series is told from the viewpoints of several different teens. Some vary from book to book as characters change in importance.What I don't like about this series is how the main character Ross has two girlfriends. They know about each other and are in effect sister wives to him. At least there is no menage a trois, at least yet.This book also has a ton of typos.

  • Swuun
    2018-12-03 03:09

    Rebel most definitely lived up to the excited expectations I had for it! I don't know what else to say. I have so much love for this series I don't even know if I can do anything but gush about everything that makes them such a joy to read:-The characters (all complex, all trying their best even when it seems impossible - even the characters that make poor choices do it for reasons that make sense)-The romantic relationships (also complex and sweet and full of uncertainty and awkwardness in a fantastically relatable way)-The friendships and family relationships (some lovely and warm some painfully bad but gripping)-The world with all its amazing variety of Changed flora and fauna - I'm not wishing for an apocalypse but oh to see some of them in person....!-The food. So lavishly described, so delicious and varied and I can't read about all of those amazing dishes without salivating a bit.-The hopeful tone, with people creating functional, mostly happy societies despite ever-present dangers and predjudices.-All of the writing, which just sparkles.

  • Laura
    2018-11-17 23:13

    I've been waiting for this book for awhile, and it did not disappoint. There are a lot of characters, and that's a turn off for some readers, but I enjoy reading about all of them. The Ross/Mia/Jennie relationship is further explored, and I love how the standard YA love triangle trope is transformed into a relatively drama-free polyamorous relationship. It will be another turn off for some readers because of its unconventionality, but I think it's a refreshing change from yet another annoying love triangle. I'm not really a fan of Felicite, so the bits from her POV weren't my favorite, but I enjoyed learning more about Becky, and I'm definitely curious about Summer, Ross's sister that he never knew he had.I look forward to the next book!

  • Angelica
    2018-11-14 02:17

    Nicely picks up the pace from the last book, and builds up on it. I'm looking forward to the last one.

  • Paige Morgan
    2018-11-17 21:17

    One of my favorite series, and the latest entry is as good as I'd hoped! But if you're thinking of picking it up, start at the beginning of the series.

  • MarkandSteve
    2018-11-15 04:59

    The Change is a great read book to bookA great and welcomed addition it was worth the wait. The seires is great each book leaves you waiting to start the next.

  • Erin
    2018-11-23 01:05

    Shortly after I first started reading this book, I began to develop some serious doubts as to whether it could live up to its predecessors.It wasn't that the writing wasn't good - it was. And it wasn't as if the characters weren't interesting anymore - they were. A few chapters in, though, it seemed as if Rebel wasn't bringing us anything that Stranger and Hostage hadn't. The first book introduced the world and the core cast of characters. The second took us to Gold Point, let us meet Voske in person, and brought in the new voice of Kerry. What's happening in this one? Political strife in Las Anclas - again. (It also doesn't help that this soon after 2016, all of the tension over the upcoming election hit way too close to home.) The characters worrying about their relationships - again. Felicite struggling to hide her Deep Dark Secret - again. (And let me tell you, I've been chomping at the bit for that to come to a head ever since it was revealed in Book One.) Granted, there's still Voske to worry about, but while the nature of the conflict with Gold Point has changed, it seemed to be mostly in the background, and Voske isn't exactly a new menace. While all of these were still compelling problems, it sometimes felt as if the storytelling itself had stagnated, and I was worried that rather than getting resolved some things were just going to get dragged out in order to milk the suspense.I should have known better than to have doubts about these authors.True to form, the story managed a whole bunch of new conflicts and questions without sweeping the old ones under the rug. The introduction of plot points that, while fresh, didn't come out of nowhere, such as Ross's past and the debut of Becky as a point of view character, kept the story fresh. (Summer did grate on my nerves quite a bit, but again I'm pretty sure that that was intentional.) The old plot points also managed not to stagnate in spite of my initial fears - established conflicts such as Felicite's self-loathing, and the difficulties of managing a polyamorous relationship, continued to be developed in a new context that kept them from getting stale. (I was worried that the joke of the characters who get interrupted every time they try to have sex, while initially funny, was going to get old fast, but the authors knew when to put a stop to that before it got overplayed.)As for the ending... well, I won't spoil it, but it's one of those things that comes as a surprise the first time, but in hindsight there were so many little clues leading up to this exact moment. I do very much hope that this will lead to some much-needed development for some of the characters in the next book (for which I will be impatiently waiting).