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The Rule of One
Contributor(s): Saunders, Ashley, Saunders, Leslie

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ISBN: 1503953173     ISBN-13: 9781503953178
Publisher: Skyscape
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Binding Type: Paperback
Published: October 2018


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.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Sisters; Juvenile fiction.
Dystopias; Juvenile fiction.
Twins; Juvenile fiction.
Dewey: [FIC]
LCCN: 2017279384
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Series: Rule of One
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.25" W x 1.00" (0.60 lbs) 258 pages
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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 July)

Gr 7–10—A climate disaster has drastically altered the U.S. Many cities have been wiped out by severe floods, others by long droughts. Families are allowed only one child; to ensure compliance all children are microchipped at birth. Darren Goodwin, the head of the Texas Family Planning Division, refused to comply. Under his guidance, his twin daughters, Mira and Ava, have grown up living as one person. Only Ava is microchipped. A mishap with Mira during a visit from the governor arouses suspicion, and she and Ava are forced to run away to avoid arrest. The action heats up very quickly as the sisters struggle to make their way to safety. Life in this intensely classist future is satisfyingly framed, enhancing the narrative's believability. Characters are fleshed out well enough to support the story. VERDICT Dystopia fans will enjoy this adventure set in an all-too-plausible future America; a strong choice for YA collections.—Carla Riemer, Claremont Middle School, Oakland

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.
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