June 23, 2020

#BookReview: The Rule of One (The Rule of One #1) by Ashley Saunders & Leslie Saunders @SaundersSisters

Synopsis: In their world, telling the truth has become the most dangerous crime of all.

In the near-future United States, a one-child policy is ruthlessly enforced. Everyone follows the Rule of One. But Ava Goodwin, daughter of the head of the Texas Family Planning Division, has a secret—one her mother died to keep and her father has helped to hide for her entire life.

She has an identical twin sister, Mira.

For eighteen years Ava and Mira have lived as one, trading places day after day, maintaining an interchangeable existence down to the most telling detail. But when their charade is exposed, their worst nightmare begins. Now they must leave behind the father they love and fight for their lives.

Branded as traitors, hunted as fugitives, and pushed to discover just how far they’ll go in order to stay alive, Ava and Mira rush headlong into a terrifying unknown.


Rating: ★★★★
My Review: Wow this story about twin sisters whom live in a society where there is only supposed to be one of them.  Is one that was very intense and well, kind of scary.  I really enjoyed seeing the love these sisters had for each other and how the story unfolded.  The dystopian setting worked well for the story and I think fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent will enjoy this one.  


The Rule of One is about family, adventure, self-discovery, and the search for space to belong. [It] hooks readers with the idea of a one-child policy in the future United States and a tightly held secret.” Los Angeles Times
“Ava and Mira’s world is an all-too-believable mix of advanced technology and environmental collapse. In their debut, Saunders and Saunders, themselves twins, lend an authentic voice to the girls’ first-person narration…Readers are in for a fast-paced ride, poised for a sequel, as the twins embrace their father’s call, in the words of Walt Whitman, to ‘resist much, obey little.’” Kirkus Reviews
“Dystopia fans will enjoy this adventure set in an all-too-plausible future America.” School Library Journal
“A suspenseful and timely dystopian thriller that should appeal to both adults and teens.” Library Journal
“Utilizing a sf-fantasy setting and a survival-oriented plot, the Saunders sisters are careful to promote growth and differentiation between the twins…There are parallels to current news stories, such as immigration, environmental resources, and an autocratic political system. Try this with fans of James Dashner’s Maze Runner series, Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Double Identity, or such clone books as Rachel Vincent’s Brave New Girl.” Booklist
“The apocryphal nature, strong female heroes, and similar concepts to the movie What Happened to Monday and to Margaret Haddix’s book series Shadow Children, are reflected in this plot-driven book. Readers of the genre will appreciate the page-turning action, the close calls, and the authors’ development of distinct personality differences between the twins.” VOYA
The Rule of One, penned by IRL twins Ashley and Leslie Saunders (with another book to come), will be your new favorite YA series.” —HelloGiggles
“The descriptions of everything are incredibly vivid and make you feel as if you are running for your life…This story was completely compelling.” The Nerd Daily
The Rule of One offers a loving look at the relationship between two sisters against the backdrop of a totalitarian government…The book tells a heartwarming story highlighting the relationship between twins that transcends time. If you like young adult novels, loving families, a story about sisterhood, a believable dystopia or just a trek through the near-future United States, then you’ll like The Rule of One by Ashley and Leslie Saunders.” The Daily Texan
“Fans of the Divergent series by Veronica Roth as well as The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins will be sure to love this book. The Rule of One, with its totalitarian government and futuristic setting combined with a great plot and cast of characters will satisfy any dystopian lover…” —Teenreads
The Rule of One is a compelling, fast-paced dystopian story that challenges our sense of personal freedom and security. This fast-paced story will appeal to young adult readers of all ages.” —Kids’ Book Buzz
“Young adults will find plenty to ponder and discuss in this fast-paced story…” Winnipeg Free Press
“Twin storytellers Ashley and Leslie Saunders are modern-day soothsayers who beautifully spin a suspenseful tale of the not so distant future. Pay attention—this could be what 1984 was to 1949.” —Richard Linklater, Academy Award–nominated screenwriter and director
“Ashley and Leslie Saunders have created a masterpiece in this dark futuristic tale of twin sisters who must share one identity in a society where control is the order of the day. Intense and descriptive, the twists and turns this story takes, as well as the obvious love the sisters share for one another, make for an unforgettable journey.” —Kathy Parks, author of The Lifeboat Clique and Notes From My Captivity

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, they fell in love with America's national parks, traveling the path of Ava and Mira. The sisters can currently be found with their Boston terriers in sunny Los Angeles, exploring hiking trails and drinking entirely too much yerba mate. Visit them at www.thesaunderssisters.com or follow them on Instagram @saunderssisters.

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