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The Only Thing to Fear

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The Only Thing to Fear

We all sometimes think about the ultimate question: What if? What if I had superpowers? What if my friends died? What if the Nazis had won WWII?
 
For 16-year-old Zara, those “what ifs” are part of her day-to-day life. It has been 80 years since Germany reigned victorious over the Allied powers and history took a sharp turn. The US is divided between German, Japanese and Italian rule. Genetically engineered soldiers roam the streets Zara’s town looking for anyone daring to defy the strict Nazi rule. Very few children go to school, and those that do are German. Zara lives her life in fear, not only at the memory of losing her mother but also of what would become of her if anyone knew exactly what she was capable of. Lead by her uncle’s group of rebels, Zara goes on a frightening mission that puts her loyalties to the test and shows exactly how far one can go to stand up for what’s right. 
 
From page one, readers learn that this is no ordinary dystopian novel…. [Zara’s] epic tale sends imaginations into overdrive.
 
THE ONLY THING TO FEAR can be summed up in two words: realistically frightening.  From page one, readers learn that this is no ordinary dystopian novel. This heart-stopping novel goes to the extremes of what could have been and what may have
been done. Yes, it is another story about a teenager overthrowing a psychopathic government, but there’s a reason so many modern YA books share this theme. Today’s youth thrive on powerful characters that take control; they feed on it until their own inspiration grows. 
 
Zara is a role model. She’s a hero. Her epic tale sends imaginations into overdrive… and isn’t that the point of a good book? In the epic adventure that is THE ONLY THING TO FEAR, a world of nightmares unfolds that will not only leave you wondering “what if?” but also “why not?”

Reviewed by Lexibex V., Teen Board Member on September 30, 2014

The Only Thing to Fear
by Caroline Tung Richmond

  • Publication Date: September 30, 2014
  • Genres: Thriller, Young Adult 12+
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press
  • ISBN-10: 0545629888
  • ISBN-13: 9780545629881