Brave New Girl by Rachel Vincent

Brave New Girl

We have brown hair. Brown eyes. Fair skin. We are healthy and strong and smart. But only one of us has ever had a secret.Dahlia 16 sees her face in every crowd. She’s nothing special—just one of five thousand girls created from a single genome to work for the greater good of the city.Meeting Trigger 17 changes everything. He thinks she’s interesting. Beautiful. Unique. Whi...

Title:Brave New Girl
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ISBN:0399552456
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:255 pages

Brave New Girl Reviews

  • Rachel

    This is my first sci-fi (I'm calling it sci-fi lite, as opposed to hard sci-fi), and I LOVE the beautiful cover Delacorte Press gave BRAVE NEW GIRL! I've posted the prologue on my Facebook page (in the form of two photographs from the ARC). If you'd like to read it, take this link:

    Rachel Vincent

  • Jaime Lester

    I am a fan of Rachel Vincent, so reading Brave New Girl was a no-brainer for me. Thank goodness for that, because this book was a blast. An emotionally charged blast, but a blast!

    Dahlia 16 is not unique. She is one of 5,000 girls created equally, to serve the city as a grower of food. She lives her life surrounded by other girls with her own face, each one blending into the next. There are no emotions for Dahlia 16 and her family, no pride or desire, need or want. At least, there shouldn't be. B

    I am a fan of Rachel Vincent, so reading Brave New Girl was a no-brainer for me. Thank goodness for that, because this book was a blast. An emotionally charged blast, but a blast!

    Dahlia 16 is not unique. She is one of 5,000 girls created equally, to serve the city as a grower of food. She lives her life surrounded by other girls with her own face, each one blending into the next. There are no emotions for Dahlia 16 and her family, no pride or desire, need or want. At least, there shouldn't be. But once in a while, there is one created who is considered flawed. And Dahlia is beginning to think that she might just be one of them. Especially when she meets Trigger. And suddenly, the fate of 4,999 other girls just like her, wearing her face, rests on her shoulders. Is there anything she can do for them? Or are they all doomed?

    I loved everything about this story. The plot was unique and interesting, terrifying even. The pacing was perfect, and kept me in this constant, edge-of-my-seat state of anticipation. My emotions were all over the place, and I loved every second of it. Rachel Vincent has made a girl that is 1 in 5,000 stand out to me, in the best of ways. She was able to make me unbearably sad, incredibly angry, and happy and confused. She made me ship the strangest of ships, and made my jaw drop at a revelation that I actually didn't see coming. This author has written yet another book to rant and rave about!

    If you haven't yet tried on of Vincent's stories, give her a shot with Brave New Girl. And if you already know and love her, keep up that trend with this one. This is a great story, and I CANNOT WAIT for the next one. Because there is no way there isn't a next one, with an ending like that!

  • Lauren R.

    I don't know how I managed to bang out the second half of the book this morning, but damn that was pretty intriguing. The first half of the book was a lot of setup and dancing around breaking the rules, but the second half had some higher stakes and more action. I am absolutely mad at myself for reading this so early because what a cliffhanger! I'm soooo ready for the next book already.

    ----FULL REVIEW----

    INITIAL EXCITEMENT

    I went into this book with really no expectations. When I read the descrip

    I don't know how I managed to bang out the second half of the book this morning, but damn that was pretty intriguing. The first half of the book was a lot of setup and dancing around breaking the rules, but the second half had some higher stakes and more action. I am absolutely mad at myself for reading this so early because what a cliffhanger! I'm soooo ready for the next book already.

    ----FULL REVIEW----

    INITIAL EXCITEMENT

    I went into this book with really no expectations. When I read the description on the ARC tour website, I just kind of went with it. I don’t read a lot of sci-fi or light-sci-fi books, so I thought it’d be fun to take a leap into something a little different. I’m so glad I did! It actually reminded me a lot of Replica, which was a good thing.

    QUICK SUMMARY

    Dahlia 16 is one of many. In their world, babies aren’t born through two parents coming together. Geneticists create children in a lab and there are thousands of each person created. They all look identical and have names corresponding to their future career (Dahlia = flower = gardening/growing produce) and the number signifies their age. When Dahlia meets Trigger 17, she is instantly feeling things she hasn’t ever felt before. She feels different… but being different means your entire group is recalled, aka euthanized. She can’t risk everyone’s life for a chance at something with Trigger, but she’s still pulled that way. She soon realizes the world isn’t as it seems.

    STORYTELLING, SETTING, AND FEELS

    The first half of this book involved a lot of setup and it took me a little while to figure out how everything worked. I liked getting a feel for the environment Dahlia grew up in but I think it dragged with not a lot of action. Even when she met Trigger, there was just constant internal dialogue, wondering if she should go meet with him. The sneaking around did create a sense of urgency, but I don’t think it was enough action.

    In any case, things totally picked up in the second half of the book. I don’t want to give anything away, but there was a lot of action, conflict, close calls, and realizations. As you can imagine in a dystopian science fiction book, things aren’t always as the people think they are. I’ll leave it at that! The setting itself, as a result of that, was really interesting. I don’t read many books in either genre, so it was fun to read about.

    CHARACTERS

    It was interesting being inside Dahlia’s head, especially as she learned more about the world. She was kept in such a small area, learning about limited things, and only seeing certain things as “history.” She was essentially alone with her thoughts and a few friends that she shared a room with. Once she met Trigger, she finally had someone to talk to and essentially ask questions about the outside world. His experience working in the military side of their “town” was valuable; they learned different rules than everyone else. Even though the military is usually more strict, they had some lax regulations about relationships and learning about the “wild.” I liked seeing Dahlia’s eyes become more open to the world around her.

    NEGATIVE STUFF

    As I mentioned, the book started off kind of slow. It was fun to read about Dahlia and Trigger as they snuck around, but it wasn’t anything to write home about. On top of that, it reminded me a bit of Replica. Obviously the story itself is different, but the element of a genetically engineered/clone-type person escaping from an institute or some kind is prettttty similar. I read that book too recently, I guess.

    ENDING FEELS

    CLIFFHANGER CITY. Ugh I can’t believe I have to wait over a year for the next book in this series. I kept watching the amount of pages left go down and down, wondering what kind of ending I’d be left with. It was actually a really solid ending though. I was totally surprised with every twist and turn. We learned just enough information to wonder what will happen next, with plenty more questions to be answered.

    TL;DR?

    I really enjoyed this one! I think I enjoyed it even more than my rating implies, but I had trouble connecting with the book in the first half. The second half, though, was a whirlwind of cool information and running around. I loved the cliffhanger and hated it at the same time. If you like a little sci-fi and dystopia mix in your books, I’d highly recommend checking this one out. There’s a LOT left in this world to explore in the next book, so you bet I’m ready to dive in ASAP in like a year.

  • Jennifer

    3.5/5 stars

    Brave New Girl is the first book in a new YA dystopian series. The author calls it science fiction lite.

    The narrator is 16 year old Dahlia, also known as Dahlia 16.

    Dahlia is one of 5000 girls who look identical to her.

    In this world there are large groups of people/clones who look the same. Dahlia 16 lives in Lakeview and is studying to grow vegetables. I thought that this was extremely fascinating. All of her friends (Poppy 16 and Violet 16...) look exactly like her.

    Things are going g

    3.5/5 stars

    Brave New Girl is the first book in a new YA dystopian series. The author calls it science fiction lite.

    The narrator is 16 year old Dahlia, also known as Dahlia 16.

    Dahlia is one of 5000 girls who look identical to her.

    In this world there are large groups of people/clones who look the same. Dahlia 16 lives in Lakeview and is studying to grow vegetables. I thought that this was extremely fascinating. All of her friends (Poppy 16 and Violet 16...) look exactly like her.

    Things are going great for Dahlia. Until she meets Trigger 17.

    There was definitely a lot to like about this book. I absolutely loved the world. And the beginning was very strong. However, I didn't love the middle section. The book took a direction that I didn't really like.

    But that said the last part of the book was phenomenal. The author went in a direction that was completely unexpected and it was fantastic.

    The book ends with a big cliffhanger (which was incredible). The book was so short. I actually wish that the book had continued because things were just getting interesting. Because of this I think that book two will be very interesting. I can't wait to see what happens next.

    Because of the middle section I am unsure how to rate this book. I really liked the premise. And I was very happy with the end. I really wish that the middle had been condensed so that we could have gotten more of the amazingness that happened in the last section.

  • Patricia

    In defense of Brave New Girl, I just want to make this clear - I'm not putting this on this shelf because I DNFed it or because the author behaved badly. Neither happened. (As far as I know, regarding the latter.)

    It had to be on here though, because the premise is so very repelling to me that I couldn't help my instant "Hell no," reaction. Secondary reason is that I don't enjoy Vincent's books anymore. Thinking about them gets me slightly angry.- I wish her focus would've shifted, but the concep

    In defense of Brave New Girl, I just want to make this clear - I'm not putting this on this shelf because I DNFed it or because the author behaved badly. Neither happened. (As far as I know, regarding the latter.)

    It had to be on here though, because the premise is so very repelling to me that I couldn't help my instant "Hell no," reaction. Secondary reason is that I don't enjoy Vincent's books anymore. Thinking about them gets me slightly angry.- I wish her focus would've shifted, but the concept of the story alone makes it obvious that she just drifted further into it. "Unique girl." I'm still like.. Jesus Christ, not another one.

    (But like, to the people who've read it and know me: If it was not actually another "the narrative dictates that I be a special placeholder whom things happen to because of miscommunication," then please tell me!)

  • Drew

    3 1/2 stars.

    Before I get into my review, I feel like I should put a disclaimer out there - yes, this is one of

    YA books. One of those cheesy dystopians with pretty terrible world building and a teen romance to boot. I went into it with little to no expectations, and I'd suggest you do the same. But, regardless of all its flaws, this was a book that took me on a wild ride and I

    This book is loosely based on th

    3 1/2 stars.

    Before I get into my review, I feel like I should put a disclaimer out there - yes, this is one of

    YA books. One of those cheesy dystopians with pretty terrible world building and a teen romance to boot. I went into it with little to no expectations, and I'd suggest you do the same. But, regardless of all its flaws, this was a book that took me on a wild ride and I

    This book is loosely based on the dystopian novel

    (which I haven't had a chance to read yet). It's set in the city Lakeview, full of sterile and heavily monitored people who obey all orders from the Management Bureau. Dahlia 16 is one out of 5,000 other genomes - genetically created clones that all have her same brown hair, brown eyes, and face.

    Dahlia is a gardener who spends every day in her group of identicals tending to plants that will help feed the city. There are also soldiers, genetic engineers, and laborers, who all have one purpose: follow every order from Management in order to serve their city.

    When Dahlia is riding in an elevator that breaks down, she gets stuck in the dark for an hour with Trigger 17, a combat soldier. Panicked, Dahlia starts freaking out, and Trigger tries to her to calm her down, even though they are strictly forbidden to speak to one another. Afterward, Dahlia can't stop thinking about Trigger, and how he's different from anyone she's ever met before.

    I know this sounds like the cheesiest teen romance ever; I can just see the headlines -

    And it kind of was, but the thing is, the cheesiness totally worked. In a setting that's not all that realistic, their instalove romance fit perfectly. Plus, they had some serious chemistry - after just a few secret meetings I was ready to scream, "Kiss already!" They were super cute, and for once I didn't mind a rapidly progressing relationship when the plot was so fast paced.

    With

    's intense plot about a controlling government, I couldn't help flying through the pages, only to be rewarded with an awful cliffhanger at the end. I loved the themes it had in common with the author's The Stars Never Rise series - they're both

    and have some

    If you've never picked up a Rachel Vincent book, you're missing out on some serious awesomeness.

  • Elise

    NO. WHAT KIND OF CLIFFHANGER...

    Ugh. It was good, but felt sort of like a prequel for future books.

    But ugh the cliffhanger I CAN'T WAIT THAT LONG

  • Diana

    I LOVE books and movies about clones in dystopic futures. So, when Rachel Vincent, one of my absolute favorite writters, announced this one months ago I was flabergasted. Time went slowly to the release day and finally! I got my hands into it. And I loved this book and want the following one NOW! haha

    I did find out that this book was able to surprise me at every turn, so I won't offer much clues onto this review about what is all about. Just read the back cover if you must and jump into it. I lo

    I LOVE books and movies about clones in dystopic futures. So, when Rachel Vincent, one of my absolute favorite writters, announced this one months ago I was flabergasted. Time went slowly to the release day and finally! I got my hands into it. And I loved this book and want the following one NOW! haha

    I did find out that this book was able to surprise me at every turn, so I won't offer much clues onto this review about what is all about. Just read the back cover if you must and jump into it. I loved how strongly consistent all characters are. All their actions are quite human and so well thought and consistent with the world they live in... "Nurture not nature", as one of the characters say.

    I love the world she created, how it works, its rules... and how it shapes the not-so-indivual individuals living them. 5 000 clones of every genome, each designed to do a job. Not standing out, like wiped out mindless humans.

    And outside... the wild... what's out there? The promise of finding out is so well fleshed... but nothing prepares you for the truth!

    I LOVED this book. Rachel Vincent did craft an amazing story with a very belieable world and characters. Want more! haha


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