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External Forces


Treason. Betrayal. Heartbreak.
A lot can happen to a girl between
her first kiss and her first kill.

It's 100 years since the Genetic Integrity Act was passed and America closed its borders to prevent genetic contamination. Now only the enemy, dysgenic Deviants, remain beyond the heavily guarded border. The Department of Evolution carefully guides the creation of each generation and deviations from the divine plan are not permitted.

When 16-year-old Jess begins to show signs of deviance she enlists in the Special Forces, with her best friend Jay, in a desperate bid to evade detection by the Devotees. Jess is good with data, not so good with a knife. So when the handsome and secretive Sergeant Matt Anderson selects her for his Black Ops squad, Jess is determined to figure out why.

As her deviance continues to change her, Jess is forced to decide who to trust with her deadly secret. Jess needs to know what's really out there, in the Deviant wasteland over the border, if she has any hope of making it to her 17th birthday. Because if the enemy doesn't kill her first, the Department of Evolution probably will.

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Reviews & Recommendations

Forward Award  Indie Book Awards

"...a magnificently imagined world and intriguing characters. Rix engagingly plays out Jess and Matt's relationship with subtle touches, longing looks and playful banter. She also effectively challenges her young readers to face difficult questions—what does "Human" mean, and who should decide?—while ably setting the stage for an upcoming sequel. A complex, intriguing YA sci-fi adventure."
   —Kirkus Reviews (Read full review)

"From the very first page, External Forces is engaging and entertaining. The story is tightly crafted with a well-developed landscape of danger and mystery. Jess is a compelling character. So many teenagers think they are different, that they don't quite fit in with their peers. Jess's status as a Deviant, coupled with her struggles with social awkwardness, makes her very relatable. Supporting characters Jay, Matt, and Sheree are all likable and interesting with their own well-developed personalities and histories. Author Deborah Rix has written a story that teaches an important lesson about choosing the life one wants to live, and she does it so well that it hardly feels like a lesson at all. ... there are many unanswered questions left for future books, which is both intriguing and frustrating. By the last page, these characters are really just starting their adventure. It will be exciting to see where Rix takes them next." 5 Stars
   —Clarion Foreword Reviews (Read full review)

"...a riveting picture of humanity's future gone wrong, peopled by highly believable complex characters who happen to be teenage warriors and freedom fighters. A highly entertaining page turner that also makes you think."
   —Lee Smolin, theoretical physicist, author of The Trouble with Physics and Time Reborn

"This book is everything you could want in a YA dystopian novel…there’s also romance (refreshingly minus the love triangle!), plus starting from chapter one, serious life-or-death situations. Ms. Rix does not shy away from ruthless killing or gore and, it’s fantastic; it serves to show the terror of the dystopia the characters live in. Just as in any beloved dystopia in External Forces we fall for the love interest, are horrified at the cruelty of the twisted society and its military, and become invested in the protagonist making it out alive and by the end eager to figure out even more about this world."
   —KRYPTON RADIO (Sci-Fi for your Wi-Fi) (Read full review)

"Deborah Rix has impressed the fuck out of me.
Rix does a great job intertwining the characters with spinning and building the tale around them, all through the eyes of Jess, trying to understand the world around her. Leaving questions unanswered and doors open, Rix manages to tie in today's concerns, the Tea Party, Monsanto, faith in God and the Patriot Act, all without being preachy... Rix is really good at spilling blood, we are talking CGI good, and her battle scenes are graphic and descriptive."
   —Cashbox (Read full review)

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