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Linden A. Lewis returns with this next installment of The First Sister Trilogy, perfect for fans of Red Rising, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Expanse. Astrid has reclaimed her name and her voice, and now seeks to bring down the Sisterhood from within. Throwing herself into the lioness’ den, Astrid must confront and challenge the Aunts who run the Gean religious institution, Linden A. Lewis returns with this next installment of The First Sister Trilogy, perfect for fans of Red Rising, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Expanse. Astrid has reclaimed her name and her voice, and now seeks to bring down the Sisterhood from within. Throwing herself into the lioness’ den, Astrid must confront and challenge the Aunts who run the Gean religious institution, but she quickly discovers that the business of politics is far deadlier than she ever expected. Meanwhile, on an outlaw colony station deep in space, Hiro val Akira seeks to bring a dangerous ally into the rebellion. Whispers of a digital woman fuel Hiro’s search, but they are not the only person looking for this link to the mysterious race of Synthetics. Lito sol Lucious continues to grow into his role as a lead revolutionary and is tasked with rescuing an Aster operative from deep within an Icarii prison. With danger around every corner, Lito, his partner Ofiera, and the newly freed operative must flee in order to keep dangerous secrets out of enemy hands. Back on Venus, Lito’s sister Lucinia must carry on after her brother’s disappearance and accusation of treason by Icarii authorities. Despite being under the thumb of Souji val Akira, Lucinia manages to keep her nose clean…that is until an Aster revolutionary shows up with news about her brother’s fate, and an opportunity to join the fight. This captivating, spellbinding second installment to The First Sister series picks up right where The First Sister left off and is a must-read for science fiction fans everywhere.


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Linden A. Lewis returns with this next installment of The First Sister Trilogy, perfect for fans of Red Rising, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Expanse. Astrid has reclaimed her name and her voice, and now seeks to bring down the Sisterhood from within. Throwing herself into the lioness’ den, Astrid must confront and challenge the Aunts who run the Gean religious institution, Linden A. Lewis returns with this next installment of The First Sister Trilogy, perfect for fans of Red Rising, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Expanse. Astrid has reclaimed her name and her voice, and now seeks to bring down the Sisterhood from within. Throwing herself into the lioness’ den, Astrid must confront and challenge the Aunts who run the Gean religious institution, but she quickly discovers that the business of politics is far deadlier than she ever expected. Meanwhile, on an outlaw colony station deep in space, Hiro val Akira seeks to bring a dangerous ally into the rebellion. Whispers of a digital woman fuel Hiro’s search, but they are not the only person looking for this link to the mysterious race of Synthetics. Lito sol Lucious continues to grow into his role as a lead revolutionary and is tasked with rescuing an Aster operative from deep within an Icarii prison. With danger around every corner, Lito, his partner Ofiera, and the newly freed operative must flee in order to keep dangerous secrets out of enemy hands. Back on Venus, Lito’s sister Lucinia must carry on after her brother’s disappearance and accusation of treason by Icarii authorities. Despite being under the thumb of Souji val Akira, Lucinia manages to keep her nose clean…that is until an Aster revolutionary shows up with news about her brother’s fate, and an opportunity to join the fight. This captivating, spellbinding second installment to The First Sister series picks up right where The First Sister left off and is a must-read for science fiction fans everywhere.

30 review for The Second Rebel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Linden Lewis

    Y'all want some sexy goodness with Empire Strikes Back vibes? Just you wait... Y'all want some sexy goodness with Empire Strikes Back vibes? Just you wait...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    Headlines: Deep plot Four main character arcs - so lush Politics and prejudice Woah, so if I thought The First Sister was deep, The Second Rebel took the reader even deeper. There's much at play in this series, politics, military strategy at the battlefront, prejudice and torture against other races and then the individuals working to find some sense of rightness in all the wrong. This book is one you need to invest in, but it is completely worth it. The second book told the story from four main char Headlines: Deep plot Four main character arcs - so lush Politics and prejudice Woah, so if I thought The First Sister was deep, The Second Rebel took the reader even deeper. There's much at play in this series, politics, military strategy at the battlefront, prejudice and torture against other races and then the individuals working to find some sense of rightness in all the wrong. This book is one you need to invest in, but it is completely worth it. The second book told the story from four main character perspectives: Hiro, Lito, Astrid and Luce. It wasn't difficult to have four POVs at all, I welcomed each perspective but Luce and Astrid stole the show at times, then Hiro would grab the show back. That's just my favouritism showing through but these characters were fabulous. Luce in particular was a foolhardy heroine in the literal sense but I loved how her story developed; some bits had my heart pounding and anxious. I feel like I have been on a journey with this book, learning more about the Asters and the synthetics was really interesting. I loved/hated how Sorrel and Castor had me on side, then off side, then (insert a Micky shrug here). The twists when they came were epic and there were a number that felt like quick punches. Linden Lewis has created a complex and worthy sci-fi world that I am completely a fan of. The descriptions of life planet-side and on board the ships paint such vivid and easily imaginable scenes. I have been left having no idea what will come in book three but I will be lining up to read it. Thank you to Hodder Books for the early review copy. Find this review at A Take From Two Cities Blog.

  3. 4 out of 5

    iam

    High-stakes, fast-paced, painful and yet full of hope, The Second Rebel is a stunning and worthy sequel that makes me want more. Read this review and more on the blog! Content warnings include: violence, mostly off-page torture and experimentation on humanoids (very plot relevant), death, off-page sexual abuse, oppression, blackmail, fade-to-black sex, corruption. Mentions of: domestic abuse, child abuse, biological/viral warfare, suicide. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The First Sist High-stakes, fast-paced, painful and yet full of hope, The Second Rebel is a stunning and worthy sequel that makes me want more. Read this review and more on the blog! Content warnings include: violence, mostly off-page torture and experimentation on humanoids (very plot relevant), death, off-page sexual abuse, oppression, blackmail, fade-to-black sex, corruption. Mentions of: domestic abuse, child abuse, biological/viral warfare, suicide. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The First Sister was one of my top if not most-favourite-of-all reads of 2020. I adored it from beginning to end, so, naturally, I was very excited for The Second Rebel, and had very high expectations. I am more than happy to report that all of these expectations were met, and more! The book more or less seamlessly picks up where the previous one left off (making rereading The First Sister right before starting this very rewarding). Astrid, Lito and Hiro are each following their respective goals, all of which become more and more intertwined. There is also a new addition to the protagonists, Luce, Lito’s younger sister, an idealistic artist who just started a new job at Val Akira Labs right when her brother gets into the big corporation’s crosshairs. The stakes are very high from the beginning, and only keep rising. Old and new players affect the board and reroll the dice more than once. New connections and relationships form and are torn apart, we get to explores ones that were only previously hinted at or shown through second hand. Hiro, who only got flashback chapters in The First Sister, now has their own present chapters and they are an absolute delight of a character to read about. I adored them in book 1 already, but book 2 only cemeted my love for them. I particularly loved how the book expands the worldbuilding. There are more details about the Sisterhood, the Asters, and even the elusive Synthetics. The backdrops again feature both familiar and new places all across the human controlled parts of space, which was interesting to see. And there will be more to be discovered in the sequel… Hinting at the ending, I won’t say anything other than that I pretty much spent the entirety of the last 30% sobbing my eyes out. It was glorious, is was painful, it was so, so good, and I absolutely cannot wait for the finale of the trilogy. I received an ARC and reviewed honestly and voluntarily. Before reading: I remember seeing The First Sister's cover for the first time and being stunned. I can't remember when I was last so mesmerized by a cover! And now book2 managed to make me feel the same way once more! I absolutely cannot wait to read this!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Heron

    When I have picked my brain up off the floor and dried my tears and caught my breath, I will be back for a proper review, but until then, please know I loved this even more than the first book and I literally do not know what to do with myself now that I’ve finished.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Becca (Horners_book_corner)

    YES YES YES. The double whammy twisty ending! Frick...this was SO good. Linden has ruined us all! Book three cannot come fast enough 😂

  6. 5 out of 5

    Landice (Manic Femme)

    edit: WHAT THE FUCK WHAT THE FUCK WHAT THE FUCK WHAT THE FUCK FUDHDNSJXJSHSHSHWUXHSHAHSHSJWHXYSHDHE I AM SO READY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love queer books, too? Let's be friends! Bookstagram | Booktube | Book Blog | Twitter edit: WHAT THE FUCK WHAT THE FUCK WHAT THE FUCK WHAT THE FUCK FUDHDNSJXJSHSHSHWUXHSHAHSHSJWHXYSHDHE I AM SO READY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love queer books, too? Let's be friends! Bookstagram | Booktube | Book Blog | Twitter

  7. 5 out of 5

    Eren

    Grabby hands for this one. Will be preordering.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    3.5-4 stars. It's so hard to rate book 2s in trilogies. If I am really enjoying the trilogy, I will often reread 1 and 2 just before #3 comes out - and then by the time book 3 is done, I find my rating for book 2 has changed from what I previously thought it was. That having been said, this did feel like a book 2. It picks up right where the first book left off. There's excitement, adventure, mystery, several stakes get even higher, some fantastic metaphorical discussion of dysphoria and philosop 3.5-4 stars. It's so hard to rate book 2s in trilogies. If I am really enjoying the trilogy, I will often reread 1 and 2 just before #3 comes out - and then by the time book 3 is done, I find my rating for book 2 has changed from what I previously thought it was. That having been said, this did feel like a book 2. It picks up right where the first book left off. There's excitement, adventure, mystery, several stakes get even higher, some fantastic metaphorical discussion of dysphoria and philosophizing about sexuality, wonderful new characters. But in my opinion, it did feel like a bridge book. There are 4 different POVs and I wish the stories had interconnected a bit more. Especially Astrid, who I ADORED in the first book, and just felt I couldn't really connect to as much in this book because the storyline kept jumping all over the place. Of course, this can be remedied in book #3 by bringing everything together (I especially would like more resolution on the Hiro/Astrid front - I LOVED their relationship in the first book, and I want to understand Astrid/Ringer a bit more). So we will have to wait and see. Did I love this book as much as the first? No. Am I going to read book 3? You bet your ass I am. Thank you Edelweiss and Simon & Schuster for the ARC!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bertie (LuminosityLibrary)

    The Second Rebel doesn't let up on the action after the brilliant ending of The First Sister. Everything is more detailed; with more perspectives, new characters, and new conflicts. At times I wanted the perspectives to be slightly more interconnected, finding myself exhausted by the constant shifting in setting and story. Regardless, this book ended just as brilliantly as the first. Linden A. Lewis continues to break my heart and pull together mind-spinning reveals. Thanks to Hodder & Stoughton The Second Rebel doesn't let up on the action after the brilliant ending of The First Sister. Everything is more detailed; with more perspectives, new characters, and new conflicts. At times I wanted the perspectives to be slightly more interconnected, finding myself exhausted by the constant shifting in setting and story. Regardless, this book ended just as brilliantly as the first. Linden A. Lewis continues to break my heart and pull together mind-spinning reveals. Thanks to Hodder & Stoughton and Netgalley for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Follow me on my Blog, Twitter, and Instagram.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mari

    I'm fine. This is fine. I'm fine. This is fine.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Patri

    my rating: 3.25/5 ⭐ it's habitual for any sequel to have staggeringly higher stakes and more horrifying secrets skulking in its shadows, and the second rebel doesn't miss the mark in that sense: sordid state machinations and space hegemonies, retch-worthy harems and rogue Sisters, head-spinning moral subtleties and surprising headways in its main relationships. that said, it's for sure a seriously chaotic second chapter in this series - with some of its messages maybe getting a bit mixed up - and my rating: 3.25/5 ⭐ it's habitual for any sequel to have staggeringly higher stakes and more horrifying secrets skulking in its shadows, and the second rebel doesn't miss the mark in that sense: sordid state machinations and space hegemonies, retch-worthy harems and rogue Sisters, head-spinning moral subtleties and surprising headways in its main relationships. that said, it's for sure a seriously chaotic second chapter in this series - with some of its messages maybe getting a bit mixed up - and i'd sadly be more invested in the stories if the POV characters had interacted a bit more, though seeing their missions and mishaps intertwine made for some strongly compelling concluding chapters. it was trickier to keep track of the parallel plotlines, and even more so of the panoply of extra ensembles that came with each perspective, but the protagonists' trajectories (and the broader truth bombs) threaded together with piercing effect in the end. the second rebel strengthened my soft spot for Hiro, and the reverence of Lito and Luce's siblinghood was a surefire highlight of this action-packed rollercoaster of a sequel; the reveals about the history and shifting status of relations between the Icarii, Asters and Synthetics were also really absorbing, though the smoke-filled rooms of Astrid's hat-in-the-ring activities and some of the rushed side relationships i'm not so sure about. i won't pretend i didn't wonder if some of this world's points on population differences, the gruesome weaponization of discoveries and the grim depravity demanded by planetary warfare - there is plenty to unpack about genetics and gender alone - were wholly unproblematic, and it proceeds without any warnings about some of the less palatable, grisly and gut-churning developments it plots across the galaxy. thank you to netgalley and hodder & stoughton for kindly passing on this arc! 💫

  12. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    The Second Rebel is the explosive sequel to The First Sister, and just as enjoyable as the first. The author makes a bold choice to go for 4 first person POVs, which I was a little worried about but I think they did a very good job of managing to make each characters voice sound distinctive so I was never confused about who I was reading about. I decided to talk about each of the four main characters seperately, they all go through great character arcs and you care for them all so deeply: Lito - The Second Rebel is the explosive sequel to The First Sister, and just as enjoyable as the first. The author makes a bold choice to go for 4 first person POVs, which I was a little worried about but I think they did a very good job of managing to make each characters voice sound distinctive so I was never confused about who I was reading about. I decided to talk about each of the four main characters seperately, they all go through great character arcs and you care for them all so deeply: Lito - Lito begins his journey in this book on a mission to rescue Sorrel, along with his partner Oferia. From there he gets thrust even deeper into the Aster rebellion and must reckon with how much his is truly willing to sacrifice for his cause. I really enjoyed Lito's POVs in this installment, I liked his comraderie with Sorrel and Ofiera (both of whom are very interesting characters that I liked getting to know a lot more about in this book). I also liked the fact Lito was confirmed as asexual as this is great to see represented in books! His storyline definitely takes some twists and dark turns, and be prepared to have your heart in your mouth for a lot of it :0 Luce - Lito's sister Luce is a great edition to the POVs in this book, in fact she was probably my favourite! I loved her kindness, strength and spirit, as well as her willingness to do anything to help what she believes in and occasional ruthlessness. I also really liked her relationship with Castor, whom she has a lot of interaction with in the book - it was adorable (until a certain point lol). The climax of Luce's story was excellently done in my opinion and had me on the edge of my seat (combined with the other POVs) and well as being heartbreaking for Luce and the choices she has to make. Hiro - Hiro is another character I'm glad we got to see a lot more of in this book, I love them and their sass and their relentless nature. We get to know a lot more about the synthetics through Hiro's POV, which I found fascinating and set up the later events of the book very well (and I'm assuming book 3 very well)!! Astrid - The First Sisters POV was probably my least favourite for some reason, I think possibly because the other 3 characters stories are all very interwoven and this one felt seperate and therefore I just wanted to get back to the others, however I did really like the struggles of Astrid trying to gain power for herself and the lengths she is willing to go to. I also liked exploring more of her relationships with Eden and Lily - the other sisters, as well as her general relationship to the sisterhood. Additionally I liked the exploration with Ringer, but I might have liked a bit more of this, such as why Astrid has developed this coping mechanism. Another thing I slightly missed because there was no reunion or even really much mention was Astrid and Hiro's relationship - a major part of book 1 - so I hope this will be dealt with in book 3! I thought the depiction of the Aster rebellion/uprising was done incredibily well, with moral compromises on all sides and realistic struggles with leadership and difficult choices on what is worth sacrificing for a cause. I liked getting to know more about the Asters as well in this book, in fact that was probably one of my favourite elements of the book! The storyline with the Asters reminds me a lot of the Belters from The Expanse - another nuanced rebellion story I'm a big fan of!! The ending (last 20% or so) was amazing, I was so hooked and literally couldn't put the book down!! The tension had built up so well and everything really went down (and downhill lol). Also the very last chapter and epilogue were so so good and have me so excited for the next book (even if one twist was slightly recycled from book one, I actually might have preferred the one in this book!!). In conclusion if you enjoyed book one - you will love this one, it builds on everything from the first book and expands it to a much bigger scale, packed with lots of great characters, emotionally charged moments and shocking twists!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Doomscribe

    Summary: The Second Rebel by Linden A. Lewis is an action packed space opera sequel that wasn’t as gripping at I felt it should be in the first two acts, but more than made up for things with an emotionally devastating final act. After breezing through the first book, I found this one much harder to stay engaged with, at least initially. Lito and Astrid (the First Sister) are back as) POVs, and they are joined by a full Hiro POV, as well as a POV from Lito’s sister Luce. Hiro is on Autarkeia, an a Summary: The Second Rebel by Linden A. Lewis is an action packed space opera sequel that wasn’t as gripping at I felt it should be in the first two acts, but more than made up for things with an emotionally devastating final act. After breezing through the first book, I found this one much harder to stay engaged with, at least initially. Lito and Astrid (the First Sister) are back as) POVs, and they are joined by a full Hiro POV, as well as a POV from Lito’s sister Luce. Hiro is on Autarkeia, an asteroid governed not by the Geans, nor the Icarii, but a collective aligned with the underworld Aster, Hemlock, and thus broadly with the Asters in general. It is there that Hiro crosses paths with a Synthetic, and thus in a sense the entire Synthetic hive-mind. Not only that, but there are Icarii agents in Autarkeia, further complicating things there. Hiro’s chapters were some of my favourites – now that we know what Hiro was doing all throughout the first book, seeing how they deal with the dissonance of being put in a resolutely female body is rife with feelings. The fact that their father is the architect of so much pain for the Asters and de facto controller of the Icarii further complicates things. Lito is mounting a rescue mission with Ofiera to rescue her cryofrozen husband, the Aster Sorrel. Things are never simple, and they quickly find themselves on the run, all three of them at the top of the Icarii wanted list. Sorrel is much more than meets the eye, and his entrance to the story definitely shakes things up, possibly not for the better. Luce is getting into her own trouble, which becomes manifestly more when Castor shows up asking for her help. She works at Akira labs – val Akira being the last name of Hiro and Hiro’s dangerous father – and that access can help the Aster rebellion get information that they need to level the playing field. Luce is in way over her head, and to me the most interesting parts of her chapters were the new insights into Aster culture and biology, something we had not all the much of in the first book, which did dull some of the impact of what the characters were fighting for. I was mixed on Luce’s chapters, at least in the first third. Finally, we have Astrid. You may have noticed that I’ve barely mentioned the Geans in this review – and that’s because other than in Astrid’s chapters, we don’t get much of the Geans at all, which felt a little odd, given that the Icarii-Gean conflict seemed central to the first book. No, Astrid managed to cause a peace to be brokered between this book and the last, and now she is increasing her political reach, trying to become Mother of the Sisterhood, the ultimate political position in Gean space. Despite her having the backing, and a couple of resourceful allies (and a psychotic imaginary bodyguard due to her implant, yes Ringer is still around) I found this meteoric rise to be too unlikely. Astrid simply isn’t cunning enough for me to consider her a matched opponent to Aunt Marshae, and subsequently I spent the whole of her chapters waiting for everything to go wrong. It wasn’t bad, per se, but it was too much tension for me! Unlike in the previous book where both storylines merged together nicely by the end, the Astrid POV stays mostly isolated, with a couple of small exceptions. We get more revelations about the implant technology, more information about the Synthetics, and Aster hierarchies, but as a whole I didn’t really feel like we got a great feel to any of the societies in play. Most of the characters are outsiders in different senses, so I think a lot of the macro-level elements just didn’t hit as hard for me as the more personal character moments. Pacingwise I really did struggle to get heavily into this book early on. The only chapters which had me completely gripped were the Lito ones, but that might just be because it was consistently action packed! I struggle to find any specific fault with how it was written, just that I wasn’t invested. That all changed, however, in the final act. The final act was everything I hope for in a book like this – exciting, explosive, gut-wrenching, with twists that I didn’t see coming and moments that had me cursing the author (in a good way). Lewis wrote on the goodreads page for this book that it’s the Empire Strikes Back of this series, and while I wouldn’t read too much into that on a plotting level, when it comes to feels this is absolutely true. The last part of this book was so incredible that it redeemed what to me was a much weaker opening two acts. It remains to be seen whether I will be an outlier or not with this reaction. I think if you loved the first book, this one is well worth reading, if you can fight through the weaker sections to the really good stuff. Rating: 8/10 Thanks to Netgalley and the Hodder Books for providing me with an e-arc copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. For reviews like this and more, visit my blog

  14. 5 out of 5

    Delaney

    After really loved The First Sister I was a little hesitant that this installation would suffer from "second book syndrome". Oh boy was I wrong. I really enjoyed this. We have our regular perspectives, Astrid, Lito, Hiro, and we also get Luce's perspective in this one, which added a lot to this story. Lewis steps up their game both with the worldbuilding and the character arcs. There was so much that was expanded upon, and it was done flawlessly. I really enjoyed that each of the characters are set After really loved The First Sister I was a little hesitant that this installation would suffer from "second book syndrome". Oh boy was I wrong. I really enjoyed this. We have our regular perspectives, Astrid, Lito, Hiro, and we also get Luce's perspective in this one, which added a lot to this story. Lewis steps up their game both with the worldbuilding and the character arcs. There was so much that was expanded upon, and it was done flawlessly. I really enjoyed that each of the characters are set up to be in different places, and we get a slow build that leads to a few of them reuniting in the end. And the ENDING. If you're expecting one simple plot twist, be prepared to have your heart broken. Lewis does not take it easy on you. There are sacrifices made and hardships both won and lost. The last 150 pages were unputdownable, and even the epilogue will leave you on the edge of your seat. I cannot wait to see how this series concludes, and am so excited to get my finished copy of The Second Rebel next month when this gets released. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Skybound books for the e-ARC. All opinions are my own. Go read this, and then find me on Instagram and Twitter! Instagram Twitter

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    A sequel well worth the wait! I adored The First Sister, and The Second Rebel was just as good. Upped the stakes, expanded the world and deepened the politics, grew the characters, and Linden A Lewis of course tossed in some crazy twists, too. I am now feeling the inevitable greed of wanting Book 3 right now. This series is just so good!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    ☀ Kat Nova ☀

    PLEASEEE IM SO READY

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rowan

    This book had me on the edge of my seat and broke my heart well and good. I'm just staring at the ceiling here feeling everything at once! This series is a must read for everyone who's only a little bit into sci-fi! Right, so let's start my review :) Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an e-arc of this book. My opinions are my own. This books picks up a few months after the ending of The First Sister. Where the first book has its main focus on said First Sister, here the fo This book had me on the edge of my seat and broke my heart well and good. I'm just staring at the ceiling here feeling everything at once! This series is a must read for everyone who's only a little bit into sci-fi! Right, so let's start my review :) Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an e-arc of this book. My opinions are my own. This books picks up a few months after the ending of The First Sister. Where the first book has its main focus on said First Sister, here the focus lies more on the rebellion. The story is told from a lot of point of views, which I personally enjoyed a lot. For some it might be confusing, but I thought the way we were given small pieces of the big picture were a great way to keep me on edge. Each time a chapter ended and a new one began with a new POV, I felt annoyed and wanted to read more about the part of the story I was currently in. Only to feel the exact same way at the end of the new chapter with the new POV. Every character has their own unique story to tell and I loved reading about each and every one of them. I loved how this book made me think, think about good and evil, and about the worth of the greater good. I can't wait for all of the storylines coming together in the third book in the trilogy, even more than they did in this book. I don't want to spoil anything but man did those final chapters make me feel EVERYTHING! Heartache, hope, fire... it's all there. All I can say right now is: Read. This. Series. It's an absolute must-read for all sci-fi fans!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Speechless and crying.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Farah Rishi

    An incredible sequel to The First Sister: characters (old and new) you can root for, epic worldbuilding, blood-pumping action with unpredictable twists and turns, and refreshing themes rarely tackled in books. This is a must-have installment in a staple epic scifi series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Don't mind me, I'll just be over here staring into book hangover abyss Don't mind me, I'll just be over here staring into book hangover abyss

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jake is Reading

    Linden Lewis’ debut The First Sister delivered subdued, gothic vibes, featuring spaceships equipped with dusty temples and silent nuns rather than neon lights and shining chrome. The Second Rebel hits harder and faster, continuing the rapidly escalating events of The First Sister’s closing chapters. Lewis describes The Second Rebel as having ‘sexy goodness and Empire Strikes Back vibes’. If I were to describe their book in one word, it would be ‘angry’. “When death comes for you… when it grasps Linden Lewis’ debut The First Sister delivered subdued, gothic vibes, featuring spaceships equipped with dusty temples and silent nuns rather than neon lights and shining chrome. The Second Rebel hits harder and faster, continuing the rapidly escalating events of The First Sister’s closing chapters. Lewis describes The Second Rebel as having ‘sexy goodness and Empire Strikes Back vibes’. If I were to describe their book in one word, it would be ‘angry’. “When death comes for you… when it grasps you with cold fingers, that anger can burn through it. That anger can save you. Better to be alive and angry than dead and peaceful.” The story spans the solar system, following the respective journeys of Astrid, Lito, Hiro, and this time Luce, as rebellion spreads and corruption festers. We see the full extent of the Icarii oppression of Asters and learn more about the mysterious Synthetics who’ve cut themselves off from humans. Between the bloody, twisted secrets of the Sisterhood, the dark deeds of Val Akira labs and the grim determination of the Rebellion, this book is intense, sure to leave you with an emotional hangover. The political history and multiple storylines made it tricky for me to jump straight into the story again, being someone used to binge-reading book series’. Luckily, Lewis has provided this handy synopsis, which supplements the main characters’ contemplation of recent events in the opening chapters. The Second Rebel is different from The First Sister, with more action, violence, and heartache. As the overarching story reaches its climax, I’m almost scared to read the final instalment, but I’m confident it will be epic. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review! Read more of my reviews on jakeisreading.com! Trigger warnings: Amputation, chronic pain, torture (referenced), human trafficking, sexual abuse (referenced), suicide, death of family, mental illness

  22. 5 out of 5

    Books0507_Ashley

    "We are born from the same stuff as stars, and it is to the stars that we return upon our death" I loved the First Sister, but I think I loved Second Rebel even more. The First Sister was a great read with shocking turns I never saw coming, while The Second Rebel left me wanting more after every single chapter! This one has POC from four main characters: Hiro Lito Astrid Luce I loved each one in there own way, but I think for the story line and character development from Luce, she stole the show for me "We are born from the same stuff as stars, and it is to the stars that we return upon our death" I loved the First Sister, but I think I loved Second Rebel even more. The First Sister was a great read with shocking turns I never saw coming, while The Second Rebel left me wanting more after every single chapter! This one has POC from four main characters: Hiro Lito Astrid Luce I loved each one in there own way, but I think for the story line and character development from Luce, she stole the show for me. I enjoyed all the new characters we meet in this one, especially the Asters, Castor and Sorrel are becoming fast favorites of mine, even if in certain places I wanted to scream at them both. "Fuck being guides. We were born to shatter worlds" But I'm still desperate for one of these to be on the cover of book three ;) "He looks at me like he did at my paintings, like he wants to memorize my lines and colors. Like I am art he longs to understand" I adore Lito and Hiro's relationship, the bond between the two is something really special that tugged at my heart all the way through their story and especially towards the end. It really comes across that there's a lot of love between them, and I was so desperate for a reunion that when it finally happened I was not prepared and I'm still reeling. The story is fast paced, with high stakes throughout. The last few chapters left my sobbing and an emotional wreck. It was amazing and devastating all at the same time, and that ending..... Linden has created a complex wonderful world with beautiful descriptions, I was totally immersed the whole way through and genuinely did not want to stop reading. I can't say enough good things about this, I loved it from beginning to end and just want more. I have no clue as to what book three will bring, but I absolutely can not wait and I know as soon as I can pre-order I will be doing so. This is one I would definitely recommend, even if your not a fan of the genre. I can say I occasionally read YA Sci-fi but have never read a Space Opera before, but that didn't matter because I instantly fell in love with this series and writing style. "The biggest truth is this: there is no goodbye I can give them that is adequate in the face of all they've already lost."

  23. 4 out of 5

    Angelina

    Rating: 2.5/5 hmmmmmm...this is perhaps my biggest disappointment of the year. I read The First Sister earlier this year and really enjoyed it! I think I gave it four stars but I remember being super excited for the sequel. So, I immediately requested an eARC of it from NetGalley, and lo and behold, I was approved! And yet, I didn't feel many emotions while reading this. What I loved the most about the first book is the way we got introduced to this world and our three main characters, this book h Rating: 2.5/5 hmmmmmm...this is perhaps my biggest disappointment of the year. I read The First Sister earlier this year and really enjoyed it! I think I gave it four stars but I remember being super excited for the sequel. So, I immediately requested an eARC of it from NetGalley, and lo and behold, I was approved! And yet, I didn't feel many emotions while reading this. What I loved the most about the first book is the way we got introduced to this world and our three main characters, this book however added in a whole lot more characters, changed up the POV setup that I enjoyed in book one, and added in some really cringy romance for some reason. What did I like? Mmmmm...well, I still enjoyed the world and the political intrigue but sadly not much else. Maybe this book was just suffering from that dreaded middle book syndrome. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood. All I know is that I'm very unhappy with one of my most anticipated releases of the year flopping so badly. A big thank you to Netgalley and the publishers as always for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Carly

    this book reached into my chest, ripped out my heart, and then crushed it into a pulp...I loved it. the amount of times this book had me gasping or going "oh shit" was insane, so many twists and turns I could not keep up. and that last chapter??!! THAT EPILOGUE?? Hiro and Lito (my babies) and Astrid's stories were insane, especially Astrid damn my girl, and the introduction of Luce into the story was great I loved her character. I physically cannot wait for the next book. I definitely cried for this book reached into my chest, ripped out my heart, and then crushed it into a pulp...I loved it. the amount of times this book had me gasping or going "oh shit" was insane, so many twists and turns I could not keep up. and that last chapter??!! THAT EPILOGUE?? Hiro and Lito (my babies) and Astrid's stories were insane, especially Astrid damn my girl, and the introduction of Luce into the story was great I loved her character. I physically cannot wait for the next book. I definitely cried for the last 60 pages straight and also that one character is not dead because I said so that epilogue means he is being saved you can't change my mind.

  25. 4 out of 5

    ana

    i am emotionally destroyed

  26. 5 out of 5

    Pile By the Bed

    Linden Lewis returns to their space opera universe in The Second Rebel, follow up to their intriguing debut The First Sister. The First Sister often felt a little derivative, drawing on some clear influences like The Handmaid’s Tale and Ann Leckie’s Ancillary series. But there were enough breadcrumbs and interesting characters to bring readers who enjoy a good space opera back for more. And Lewis does not disappoint with the sequel – upping the stakes, broadening the universe and creating some s Linden Lewis returns to their space opera universe in The Second Rebel, follow up to their intriguing debut The First Sister. The First Sister often felt a little derivative, drawing on some clear influences like The Handmaid’s Tale and Ann Leckie’s Ancillary series. But there were enough breadcrumbs and interesting characters to bring readers who enjoy a good space opera back for more. And Lewis does not disappoint with the sequel – upping the stakes, broadening the universe and creating some serious drama. The three main point of view characters are narrating again in The Second Rebel – First Sister Astrid, and former partners Lito and Hiro. Lewis adds an additional perspective – Lito’s artistic sister Luce – but still manages to make all four voices distinct. For those who have not just finished First Sister, the introductory chapters drop some the information that readers need to know while starting to advance the plot. And for the first half of the book at least all four characters are on parallel lines, none of them intersecting until the action starts to heat up in the propulsive back half. Only Astrid’s tale, which formed the centre of the first book, remains fairly unconnected until a stunning cliffhanger reveal on one of the final pages. Following a peace agreement between the scientifically advanced Icarii and the Gaeans, the plot itself revolves around the ongoing tension between the Icarii and the genetically engineered and usually second class Asters. A revolution is brewing and the Asters are seeking evidence of scientific experiments carried out on their people over the years. Meanwhile Astrid, now First Sister of Ceres, is angling to become Mother and root out corruption in her Order. But she even with a few allies she is swimming in shark infested waters full of operators with more political experience than her. The plot builds to a page turning stand off full of tough ethical and moral decisions and deep character sacrifice. Linden Lewis does not spare any character in The Second Rebel. Readers should not go into this looking for too many light moments or happy endings. But then, this is the second book in a trilogy so maybe a downbeat ending should be expected. Still, it is refreshing to read a story where the stakes feel real and no character is safe. And the while the action of this book is essentially wrapped up there are plenty of hanging threads and a couple of late potentially game-changing cliffhangers which are certain to bring fans of this series back.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    What is it with awesome covers lately? I love love love this one. Once I checked out the description and realized it was the second book in a trilogy, I ran out and bought a copy of the First Sister. Looking back, I think you could read this one alone, but the first book does a good job of laying down the backstory that makes the second one great. Second books in trilogies can sometimes be flat with very little going on. That is so not the case with this book. I couldn't believe how much more I What is it with awesome covers lately? I love love love this one. Once I checked out the description and realized it was the second book in a trilogy, I ran out and bought a copy of the First Sister. Looking back, I think you could read this one alone, but the first book does a good job of laying down the backstory that makes the second one great. Second books in trilogies can sometimes be flat with very little going on. That is so not the case with this book. I couldn't believe how much more I connected with these characters this time around. I found myself holding my breath at times and I definitely cried a time or two. I'll be over here not so patiently waiting for the third book. I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Annie (Putt)

    When I read a book, I always write a review that day, whether I liked the book or not. Strong feelings or no. This one has taken me a while to get to because I'm still processing it. I want to start by saying this will probably be a rambled mess, but here we go. I gave book one, The First Sister, a 3.5/3.75 because of the ending. It felt rushed, poorly written, and super bumpy. Even as a debut it was pretty rough. That being said, Linden A Lewis hits their stride in The Second Rebel. I was blown a When I read a book, I always write a review that day, whether I liked the book or not. Strong feelings or no. This one has taken me a while to get to because I'm still processing it. I want to start by saying this will probably be a rambled mess, but here we go. I gave book one, The First Sister, a 3.5/3.75 because of the ending. It felt rushed, poorly written, and super bumpy. Even as a debut it was pretty rough. That being said, Linden A Lewis hits their stride in The Second Rebel. I was blown away with the constant worldbuilding, political machinations, and plot threads that were carefully unraveled through this story. The writing was so so good. The pacing was really well done, and there weren't any deux ex machina moments that felt out of place or sudden. Even the story parts that felt they could have leaned more towards unrealistic in this world had had enough build-up and exposition on them prior for it to be believable as to what happened. I loved the characters in this. The very flawed, very real characters. They all had varying motives for getting, roughly, to the same point: freedom for the oppressed. And the development characters went through as they struggled to fight the system was heartbreaking. So much of this story hearkens to the 202 Black Lives Matter protests and the sudden public surge in fighting against racism. Especially the scenes near the end. I feel Lewis hit the nail on the head with a lot of the stuff about racism/inequality in cultures, and, if anything, this story is just a sci fi deep dive into the capitalistic American society and how it uses people all the time, especially BIPOC people, to use, run over, and toss away in it's broken and defective system of the rich getting richer and the poor getting crushed. If anything, just read the book for that commentary alone. It's worth all the thinking it'll make you do. But if that's still not enough to get you to read it, this book is one of the most diverse I think I've ever read. Literally so happy to see a sci fi book taking gender and sexuality so seriously with so much respect to pronouns, even among villain characters. There's no fanfare for this. It just IS. It's so normalized and it's beautiful. Love to see it. The characters experience so much growth in this story, and I have to say Hiro and Luce stand out the most to me. I wasn't a huge fan of Hiro in the first book. They tended to get on my nerves a lot and felt too coplain-y, but I genuinely loved them in this and how they were such a driving force for so much in the story. Whereas Lito and First Sister really took the stage in book one, Hiro got a lot of time to shine in this, as well as Luce, Lito's sister. I love her so much. I think one of her lines that hit me so hard and really hit home her character was when someone tries to take credit for her being apart of something big and says how she's there for them, and she snaps right back and says that it wasn't because of them that she joined the cause. That, yes, that person may have introduced her to the cause and to another view of the world, but she CHOSE to join. And honestly, we love to see it. I'm so tired of romance being the driving factor as to why characters chose to join sides in fights or rebellions. It's hollow, shallow, and just so not good. With Luce, you really get to see her dive in, head first, into this new era of her life and fight with everything she has for it because she wants to do it because it's the right thing, to her. So yeah, if you like sci fi space opera-style stories or political drama, or just want a damn good commentary on the American government and capitalist system, read this book. I am so so excited for the third one and I really hope it doesn't let me down.

  29. 5 out of 5

    lex

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ANOTHER PLOT TWIST???? IM LITERALLY SCREAMING ONCE AGAIN I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING What to say about the second installment of the First Sister trilogy. The plot banged. The characters banged. I cried on like 6 separate occasions. The second half of this book was definitely an emotional rollercoaster to say the least. The final book cannot come fast enough. One thing I really love about this book is that it really goes into the ‘dark side’ of revolution. Sacrifices must be made and the people you ANOTHER PLOT TWIST???? IM LITERALLY SCREAMING ONCE AGAIN I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING What to say about the second installment of the First Sister trilogy. The plot banged. The characters banged. I cried on like 6 separate occasions. The second half of this book was definitely an emotional rollercoaster to say the least. The final book cannot come fast enough. One thing I really love about this book is that it really goes into the ‘dark side’ of revolution. Sacrifices must be made and the people you view as the heroes aren’t all that great. I’m not saying what Sorrel did/allowed wasn’t for the greater good, but it was certainly sickening. But it was a very interesting addition to the story. Another thing I really love is the relationships in this book. It’s kind of refreshing to have the most important relationships in this book not be romantic. The relationships between Lito and Luce and Hiro and Shinya affected me more than say Castor and Luce or Hiro and Lito. Lewis did a very good job portraying these sibling relationships. Some things I didn’t like. The pacing was a bit weird sometimes. Like I was bored out of my mind during certain POVs because it took all the air out of the sails. Another thing, considering that a majority of this book is about liberating Asters, there’s not a single Aster POV except if you count the last chapter. I just would like to see everything unfold from an Aster’s perspective. Hopefully Lily/Pollux will get her own POV in the last book. And the last thing I didn’t like, Astrid’s POV is seemingly like completely separate from the entire story. I know that the Sisterhood is basically the church-state of Earth and Mars, but with all the stuff going on with the Icarii and the Asters, Astrid’s story along with the whole Gean society just seems lost amongst everything else. But I’m hopeful that the final book really intertwines the Sisterhood liberation and the Aster liberation.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie McDaniel

    When the first book in this series came out last year, I thought it was promising but flawed. This second volume pleased and surprised me: it has corrected most of my complaints, and showcases an improved, maturing writer with assurance and command of their story and characters. The biggest beneficiary of this improvement is the character of Astrid, the titular First Sister of the initial volume. She was more than a little passive in that first book; not so here. She takes command of her story an When the first book in this series came out last year, I thought it was promising but flawed. This second volume pleased and surprised me: it has corrected most of my complaints, and showcases an improved, maturing writer with assurance and command of their story and characters. The biggest beneficiary of this improvement is the character of Astrid, the titular First Sister of the initial volume. She was more than a little passive in that first book; not so here. She takes command of her story and life, and--especially at the climax--turns into a bit of a badass. The other three viewpoint characters, the returning Lito and Hiro and Lucinia sol Lucius, Lito's sister, similarly benefit from this book's deeper characterization. These four characters rotate chapters, and this split-storyline approach also shows off the author's prowess in plotting and pacing. Just when I was starting to think, "I wonder when we'll hear from [character] again?" I would turn the page and the next chapter would spotlight the missing character. This contributed to the story's flow and steadily rising suspense. The final chapter introduced a new POV character, not "new" in the sense of new to the story but new as to not having a chapter written in her viewpoint before. This chapter, together with the epilogue, set up the upcoming third book very well, and definitely whetted my appetite for it. By this laser-sharp focus on the characters and each one's personal stakes, the author creates a tight, engrossing story. We also learn more about the Synthetics, the cyborg machine race that abandoned the inner solar system to humanity centuries before, and has apparently spread to other systems since. The Human factions of the solar system, the Icarii of Venus and Mercury, the Geans of Earth and Mars, and the Asters of the asteroid belt, are still on their collision course. It's so satisfying to see a new writer improve like this. I really enjoyed this book, and am looking forward to the third volume of the series.

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