Title: The Rule of Many
Author: Ashley Saunders and Leslie Saunders
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
Page Count: N/A
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
Born to a death sentence in a near-future America, rebellious sisters herald a revolution—if they can survive.
Twins Ava and Mira Goodwin defy the Rule of One simply by existing. The single-child law, ruthlessly enforced by Texas’s Governor Roth, has made the sisters famous fugitives and inspirations for the resurgent rebellion known as the Common.
But the relentless governor and his implacable Texas State Guard threaten that fragile hope, as Roth consolidates his power in a bid for ultimate authority.
As Ava and Mira relinquish the relative safety of their Canadian haven to stand against Roth, new allies arise: Owen, a gifted young programmer, impulsively abandons his comfortable life in a moment of compassion, while Zee, an abused labor camp escapee, finds new purpose in resistance.
The four will converge on Dallas for a reckoning with Roth, with nothing less than their destinies—and the promise of a future free from oppression—on the line.
Disobedience means death. But a life worth living demands rebellion.
The Rule of Many by Ashley Saunders and Leslie Saunders is the second book of the young adult science fiction dystopian The Rule of One series. The story began in the first book of the series, The Rule of One, with this book picking up where it left off so it would be a series that needs to be read in order to be understood completely.
The first book of the series alternated the point of view between the two main characters and was set in the not so far off future of the US. Due to the shortage of food and supplies in the United States the government began enforcing the Rule of One, that no family shall have more than one child to curb the population. Everyone had followed that rule for decades with the exception of the head of the Texas Family Planning Division.
One of the most powerful men in Texas and in charge of enforcing the Rule of One had held a secret in his own household, one that his wife died for. Eighteen years before Ava and Mira were born in secret and had shared their life switching back and forth to avoid detection but the twins lived in fear of discovery. When that day came the girls had gone one the run leading them to join the rebellion and now with some new help they are ready.
Just as with the first book of the series The Rule of Many takes off at a fast pace and doesn’t slow down. With a few more character POVs added in though I didn’t think the voices were quite as distinct this time around. I had thought the first book needed a bit more world building and this one did seem like it would benefit from just a bit more depth overall to be a bit more engaging. In the end I’d rate this second at 3.5 stars, just a bit less than the first.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Hailing from the suburbs of Dallas, Texas, Ashley Saunders and Leslie Saunders are award-winning filmmakers and twin sisters who honed their love of storytelling at the University of Texas at Austin. While researching the Rule of One series, they fell in love with America’s national parks, traveling Ava and Mira’s path. Currently, the sisters can be found with their Boston terriers in sunny Los Angeles, exploring hiking trails and drinking entirely too much yerba maté. Visit them at http://www.thesaunderssisters.com, or follow them on Instagram @saunderssisters.