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A Girl Called Fearless A Novel

Catherine Linka

St. Martin's Griffin

1250039290

9781250039293

Hardcover

368 Pages

$18.99

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Avie Reveare has the normal life of a privileged teen growing up in L.A., at least as normal as any girl’s life is these days. After a synthetic hormone in beef killed fifty million American women ten years ago, only young girls, old women, men, and boys are left to pick up the pieces. The death threat is past, but fathers still fear for their daughters’ safety, and the Paternalist Movement, begun to "protect" young women, is taking over the choices they make.

Like all her friends, Avie still mourns the loss of her mother, but she’s also dreaming about college and love and what she’ll make of her life. When her dad "contracts" her to marry a rich, older man to raise money to save his struggling company, her life suddenly narrows to two choices: Be trapped in a marriage with a controlling politician, or run. Her lifelong friend, student revolutionary Yates, urges her to run to freedom across the border to Canada. As their friendship turns to passion, the decision to leave becomes harder and harder. Running away is incredibly dangerous, and it’s possible Avie will never see Yates again. But staying could mean death.

From Catherine Linka comes this romantic, thought-provoking, and frighteningly real story, A Girl Called Fearless, about fighting for the most important things in life—freedom and love.

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Praise for A Girl Called Fearless

“I find myself wanting to demand the sequel right now, this very second, to find out just what Avie has planned and what was in Sparrow's message. All in all, very dystopian, very hard (emotionally) to read and very interesting.”—USA Today 

"Gripping, memorable, and heartrending. An ordinary girl becomes extraordinary in her fight for freedom."—C.C. Hunter, New York Times bestselling author, Shadow Falls series

"Breathlessly written and terrifying in its implications, Linka's debut is not only a thriller but a warning."—Gennifer Albin, author of Crewel

"With a frightening reality, a forbidden romance, and a main character to root for, FEARLESS is a riveting read."—Megan Miranda, author of Fracture

"With civil liberties on the ropes and paternalism gone rampant, it’s time for a brave young heroine to ring out the news. Can it be merely coincidence that her name is Reveare?"—Tim Wynne-Jones, author of Blink & Caution

"In a darkly patriarchal dystopian future America, one girl finds the strength to fight for both love and revolution. A mere 10 years ago, Scarpanol, a hormone used in American beef, spread cancer in 50 million women, wiping out generations like wildfire. Now, the Paternalist Movement controls the government, and teen girls are sold as wives under Contracts. Sixteen-year-old Avie Reveare lives a sequestered life under the care of her father, the CEO of Biocure Technologies, and her watchful bodyguard, while sneaking longing glances at her former best friend, student-turned-activist Yates. But it isn’t long before Avie’s sold for $50 million to Jessop Hawkins, a major supporter of the Paternalist Movement rich enough to save her father’s company from ruin. When Avie realizes her true feelings for Yates, it isn’t long before she’s spurred to flee to Canada, the only nearby country that welcomes girls breaking their Contracts. But the roads toward freedom are neither smooth nor short. Linka weaves a believable, disturbing dystopian future and never shies from violence or tragedy. Avie evolves into a bold protagonist at a brisk but authentic pace . . . The revolution and the tense escape plot shine. A deftly plotted portrait of the evolution of a teenage girl into a dystopian heroine."—Kirkus Reviews

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Something was up with Dayla.
She stared out the window twisting a strand of hair around her finger as my bodyguard, Roik, drove us to my house. Usually, she’d be pawing through my purse for gum or lip gloss before we’d even cleared the school gates.
I tugged on her skirt, and she slapped my hand away before she caught herself. “Sorry, Avie,” she whispered.
“You okay?”
She glanced at Roik. “I’m fine,” she said, but I knew: Day was saving the truth for later.
Roik turned off Arroyo, and I sat up in my s
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Catherine Linka

  • Catherine Linka was almost thrown out of boarding school for being "too verbal." Fortunately, she learned to channel her outspokenness and creative energy into writing. A passionate traveler who has visited Iceland, the Amazon, and the Arctic circle, Catherine has seen five types of whales in the wild, but no orcas. Yet. She doesn’t believe in fate, but she did fall in love with her husband on their first date when he laced up her boots, because she had a broken hand. A Girl Called Fearless is her debut novel.
  • Catherine Linka
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