The Rule of One (The Rule of One, #1) by Ashley Saunders

The Rule of One (The Rule of One, #1)

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 on...

Details The Rule of One (The Rule of One, #1)

TitleThe Rule of One (The Rule of One, #1)
Release DateOct 1st, 2018
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Reviews The Rule of One (The Rule of One, #1)

  • Dee Arr
    I usually don’t choose to read YA books, but the premise of “The Rule of One” sounded promising. Early on, I had mixed feelings about the book, though those changed as I kept reading.I am not sure why some authors of YA books insert plot developments that don’t make sense. Older readers would probably question these flaws, and sometimes it almost feels like younger readers are treated differently, as if they won’t catch on to the obviou...
  • Marina
    The humble umbrella. In a world where everyone is microchipped and food comes via a 3d printer, who’d have thought the umbrella would have endured as protection from the elements, privacy screen and even, weapon? This is the story of identical twins. They’re given alternating chapters but, as I couldn’t tell the difference between them , this was pretty pointless.The setting is a futuristic America, where climate change has done its damage ...
  • T.B. Cooper
    As the daughter of a twin who shouldn't have been bornI usually do much lengthier reviews, and I'll end up coming back and adding more to this, BUT... let me just say, that my mom and her twin sister were both born in China during WWII. In a small village in Manchuria, twins were still uncommon. Their mother was called every manner of insults, most notably animal names that denoted the kinds that bear litters. Women in their village did not have ...
  • Jenna Bookish
    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the publisher.I was immediately intrigued by the concept of this book: identical twin sisters written by identical twin sisters. Ava and Mira are closer than most twins are, though not entirely by choice. The one child rule in this dystopian, near-future America means that they take turns going out into the world each day, and their ...
  • Constantine
    I was lucky enough to get my hands on an Advance Review Copy of this book. Normally it would have taken me a while to get through it -- I don't have that much time to read -- but this one I finished in less than a week. It was a compelling and taughtly told adventure story which kept me reading long past when I should've gone to bed.The basic premise of The Rule of One is that in a near-future United States, overpopulation and climate change have...
  • Christina
    First, the good: the writing was okay and the sisters' bond was emotional. I liked that there was no romantic subplot (especially not two sisters fighting over one boy), and some of the action was okay.Now, the copious bad: This is a ripoff of a bunch of far better written and conceived dystopian fiction. The authors clearly read a bunch and decided to try their hands at it, but they needed way more editing and time to actually consider their sto...
  • Kath (Read Forevermore)
    A finished copy of this book was sent to me by Amazon Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Rating: 3 / 5The Rule of One is a dystopian sci-fi YOUNG adult book. Despite being a rather young person (well, in my opinion at least), I found this book to be quite mehhh for my age, but it’s no way a middle grade book. It is set in the future where the United States has adopted the one child policy. I was ho...
  • Jackie Cain
    Of six books offered by Amazon First this month (free to read), this book was the only one that appealed at all. It was described as a Young Adult book so I may be way beyond the target market. I hope that hasn’t coloured my views too much.In summary, I enjoyed reading the book and found the ending satisfying if a little naive. The writing was fluent and interesting and certainly didn’t wallow in adjectives and adverbs. In fact, for once i th...
  • Abby
    This book came to me as an Amazon first read, and I really, really wanted to like it. The beginning was promising; we follow a set of twins living in a world where only one child is allowed (I spent most of the time I was reading craving an egg roll). They take turns spending days above ground and while one sister attends college, the other hides in a basement bunker. The POV switches back and forth between the sisters, which is my first problem ...
  • Tom Turner
    Majorly Underdeveloped.I was really looking forward to this book, sadly it was a high disappointment, and unusually for me, I gave up having only read a third of the book.Teen literature at the moment is swamped with books set in a dystopian future, and this is no exception. However, what the authors failed to do was to fully realise their world. World-Building is essential in setting yourself apart from other books, the reader must be able to ac...
  • Lacy Lynch
    Can’t wait for book two. While I am fully an adult, finding a good YA novel that sweeps you into another world, but tells you more about yourself, is my favorite kind of not-so-guilty pleasure! This is a hold-your-breath, while you turn-the-pages kind of series. You want to hear every word more clearly. Ava and Mira are exactly the kind of main characters you want to keep hanging out with. You want them to be your best friends, Your sisters, an...
  • Brandon McKay
    Twin sisters illegally born in a not too distance future where, due to overpopulation, the United States has adopted a strict one child policy... what a premise! I was lucky enough to grab an advanced reader's edition of The Rule of One. It's so refreshing to find a novel in the YA genre that doesn't rely on a romantic relationship (or two!) to carry the narrative. The true fabric of The Rule of One relies on the bond between twin sisters Ava and...
  • Mickla
    Great dystopian reading I like dystopic stories whether in print or on the screen and this one delivered. At the beginning it reminded me of the Netflix movie "What happened to Monday?"
  • Kem0805
    It was ok but not enoughI guess this is good for the actual young adults but not gritty or original enough for actual adults. I don't think I'll bother with the 2nd book unless I got it for free too.
  • Tracy Fleming-Swehla
    It's unfair for me to rate/read this book because I just don't care for dystopian much, and this was very very "young adult". I think teenagers recognize the likelihood of surviving in a forest for the amount of time it would take for your sister to walk across several states to find you, in Montana at the ONE spot where there's a hole in the wall, without a map. I'm giving it a 3 due to my bias. I don't know why I picked it up in the first place...
  • Dawn (The Reading Column)
    3.5⭐ - Thank you to Amazon Publishing for the free review copy.Let me start by saying I took a big chance reading THE RULE OF ONE because dystopian / science fiction is not my preferred genre but this one felt believable. Looking at China’s previous one child policy and the decades long niggling in my mind of a near-future United States ala-1984 by George Orwell, my imagination ran wild as I visualized some version of this scenario playing ou...
  • Scot
    Dystopian YA novel, set in a future US where climate change, overcrowding, and insufficient resources have led to an authoritarian regime with surveillance everywhere and a plethora of rules that must be followed, most notably to plot here, only one child per family.Mira and Ava are identical twin girls -- young women actually, as they are 18 -- who take turns each day going to school. Their father is a very important official in Family Planning ...
  • Tiffany Reuter
    I received this book via Amazon as part of their Free Pick perk from being an Amazon Prime member. Quite honestly, I didn't know this book existed until I received that email and, spoiler, I'm happy it did! This book takes place in an America that many fear and foresee seeing. A world where the government rules every aspect of your life including the amount of children you can have. The world has crumbled due to climate change and America has tur...
  • Elizabeth
    Good YA fiction (and for everyone else too)This has an excellent start. It fulfils all those dystopian thoughts that filter through the teenage brain. It's premise is good. The US is a closed society with strict rules and a one child policy. What happens if there's a spare, another? The one child, as he or she grows up, has to become the best they possibly can because this isn't a classless society, they have to blindly follow the rules, if they ...
  • MA George
    This was an interesting YA story based in a dystopian America where couples are only allowed to have one child in order to keep the population size under control, this is know as the Rule of One. The story is told from the point of view of the two main characters Ava and Mira who are twins, something illegal in their society and punishable by imprisonment and death. Their father has managed to keep the secret hidden for most of their school life ...
  • Alysse Dale
    This is not a 5 star book, but I am giving it 5 stars for one reason. Strong female characters without a romance!! YA novels need more of this. Overall interesting premise with twins in a one child world. Would have like to see stronger character development and world building. The book is clearly written to have a sequel and feels a bit unfinished. I'd have liked it either to stop earlier and be a true cliffhanger or to have been written as a st...
  • Frances
    I was interested at first but nothing exciting happened, and it just got rather depressing. None of the characters' motives quite rung true for me and the twins weren't likeable heroines. As it went on the writing got clunkier and clunkier. By the end I didn't think it was worth it; I won't be reading the next one.
  • beki
    I don’t typically give books a 5 but this book far surpassed my expectations. I literally could not put this book down. I read it on my Kindle Paperwhite. I got ready for work - reading. I did laundry - reading. I cooked - while reading. I needed a break from the husband who mentally or physically abuses his wife like all the other new releases out there . This was exactly what this woman needed to read. Thank you Amazon for such an awesome fre...
  • Amanda Arceneaux
    Powerful!Not knowing what to expect from this book, I read it hanging on every word. I can’t wait to start book 2
  • Emilie Hendryx
    Review coming soon! I partnered with Amazon Publishing for this review!
  • L Caron
    Good premise, weak endingI don't want to give away the book. I just thought the ending was a little weak. Hopefully there will be a sequel to help with the weak ending.
  • Gracie Love
    A Fantastic Ride!!! This book is riveting from the first word, and I am praying that the twins are busy working on the next installment. I could see someone snapping up the movie rights to this story because it would make a fabulous movie. It's so well written its like a movie plays in your mind while reading. I hope many many people pick this book up because it's so very entertaining and the message is very apt for our times. Resist much, obey l...
  • Lesley Scott
    ExcellentA wonderful story of fear, survival and the power of love. I hope there will be a sequel coming soon.
  • Carrie Colvin
    Loved it!