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The Second Rebel

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8th February 2022

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781529386998

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Linden A. Lewis returns with this next installment of The First Sister Trilogy, perfect for fans of Red Rising, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Expanse.

Astrid has reclaimed her name and her voice, and now seeks to bring down the Sisterhood from within. Throwing herself into the lioness’ den, Astrid must confront and challenge the Aunts who run the Gean religious institution, but she quickly discovers that the business of politics is far deadlier than she ever expected.

Meanwhile, on an outlaw colony station deep in space, Hiro val Akira seeks to bring a dangerous ally into the rebellion. Whispers of a digital woman fuel Hiro’s search, but they are not the only person looking for this link to the mysterious race of Synthetics.

Lito sol Lucious continues to grow into his role as a lead revolutionary and is tasked with rescuing an Aster operative from deep within an Icarii prison. With danger around every corner, Lito, his partner Ofiera, and the newly freed operative must flee in order to keep dangerous secrets out of enemy hands.

Back on Venus, Lito’s sister Lucinia must carry on after her brother’s disappearance and accusation of treason by Icarii authorities. Despite being under the thumb of Souji val Akira, Lucinia manages to keep her nose clean . . . that is until an Aster revolutionary shows up with news about her brother’s fate, and an opportunity to join the fight.

This captivating, spellbinding second installment to The First Sister series picks up right where The First Sister left off and is a must-read for science fiction fans everywhere.


An enjoyable queer space opera romp with a dark underbelly
A lot of fun, as stylish as it is substantial
R.F. Kuang, author of The Poppy War
Wonderfully imaginative and gripping . . . I couldn't put it down
Publishers Weekly
An immersive, richly textured world with complex social dynamics and solid LGBTQ and multicultural representation
April Genevieve Tucholke, author of The Boneless Mercies
A ferocious mix of energetic plotting and vivid characters. Ridiculously readable
Library Journal
A layered, action-filled plot and diverse characters create a powerful entry into the space opera genre
Audrey Coulthurst, author of the novel Of Fire and Stars
Diverse characters and compelling interconnected storylines kept me reading late into the night-Lewis's debut is the start of an exciting new series and a must-read for sci-fi fans
ParSec Magazine
Packed with incident and can be read for the thrills alone
Birmingham Science Fiction Group Newsletter
A skilfully plotted and thoughtfully developed book
Conflicts over advanced technology, religious beliefs, and economic deprivation swirl throughout this thrilling LGBTQ space opera centred on love, loss, and betrayal . . . The revolution is just getting started
Library Journal, starred review
This debut showcases themes of colonization, technology, genetic manipulation, and corruption that leaves its mark. A layered, action-filled plot and diverse characters create a powerful entry in the space opera genre
Publishers Weekly
Replete with espionage, high-speed chases, and fight scenes, Lewis's sophomore effort demonstrates a knack for building tension, while also adding layers of worldbuilding complexity to deliver some genuine surprises
A sprawl, queer space opera that balances high-energy, visually slick action scenes against complex political intrigues and nuanced character relationships
Booklist, on The Last Hero
A surprising revelation and closing twist set the stage for the finale to the First Sister trilogy