Rubicons

A Freaks Novel

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Pub Date 01 Aug 2023 | Archive Date 30 Sep 2023

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Description

Finding themselves. Fighting together. Growing apart.
 
It’s junior year in Quapaw City, Arkansas. With it comes a new foe that even the Freaks cannot thwart--adulthood. As they ponder what the future will be like with college and careers looming, they must contend with the ever-more-perilous threat of The Team, the shadowy government agency bent on saving the world from supernatural menaces. At the same time, they must face their most dangerous adversary yet, a creature of scales and wings that threatens every life in town—just for starters. New questions arise: can the Freaks achieve a common goal when they no longer agree on precisely what that goal should be? And what happens when they realize they just might be the villains in someone else’s story?

Finding themselves. Fighting together. Growing apart.
 
It’s junior year in Quapaw City, Arkansas. With it comes a new foe that even the Freaks cannot thwart--adulthood. As they ponder what the future...


A Note From the Publisher

Book Three in the Freaks Saga will be published as hardcover, paperback, E-Book and as an Audiobook

Book Three in the Freaks Saga will be published as hardcover, paperback, E-Book and as an Audiobook


Advance Praise

“Riley weaves explorations of anger issues and budding romance as well as forthrightly confronted themes of racial, religious, and class conflict.”—Kirkus Book Review

“Riley possesses a rare, writerly ability to remain in the moment once the action heats up. In this installment, the Freaks face their most dangerous enemy yet, and the menace fairly leaps off the page.”—PaulEberly.com

"The book is riveting. Compelling and totally different. I read it one sitting and was seriously bummed it had to end. His writing is remarkable and had me wanting more. I devoured Travelers and his ones before this."—Rubie Clark, @RubieReads

“Brett Riley has done it again, as he continues his story of teenage supers battling monsters – fantasy beasts and Government agents alike. An enthralling, fast paced, fantasy horror.”—Peter Thorburn, UK educator

“A great spin on the superhero story, told with genuine depth.”—Mark Waid, best-selling author of History of the Marvel Universe, Doctor Strange, and Superman Birthright.

“A fun and fresh twist on the superhero story!”—Jennifer Brody/Vera Strange, author of The 13th Continuum Trilogy, Spectre Deep 6, and the Disney Chills series.

“Riley weaves explorations of anger issues and budding romance as well as forthrightly confronted themes of racial, religious, and class conflict.”—Kirkus Book Review

“Riley possesses a rare, writerly...


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Featured Reviews

I've been reading the Freaks Saga since the beginning and I've enjoyed each entry getting stronger and stronger. The characters themselves have grown and been done really well, and I've enjoyed the plot and going through this world. I can't wait to read more from Brett Riley as this series has made me a fan.

"The next day, Kenneth and Ty went to Elvis Schott’s funeral. None of the other Freaks had come. No big surprise. Any of them would have looked and felt out of place after all those years when Marla had ignored or tormented them."

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This is the third installment to the Freaks Trilogy, in which the characters are experiencing another wild adventure to which they are to save the town, this time from a fire breathing dragon. The characters are more developed, and while the plot does seem fast-paced, if you can keep up, you’ll enjoy this book.

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This is the third installment of the Freaks series and if you haven't picked the previous books up yet, what are you waiting for?

These books are getting better with each installment. All of the main characters are given so much time to shine and we get to see all sides of their personalities. Kenneth's journey in this book was amazing to read. He's really trying to grow as a person and it was written so well. He hasn't just woken up a new person one morning, you can see him struggle with the lessons he was taught and how he is starting to challenge them. All of the characters are growing and maturing and it happens naturally. We get to see their growth (and their mistakes) as we follow along this story. All of the characters are simultaneously going through the same experiences and radically different ones at the same time. They're dealing with everyday teenager struggles, on top of all the chaos brought on by being secret, teenaged superheroes.

Brett has masterfully created a story with so many layers and messages that these books almost demand to be re-read to try and pick up on subtle messages you may have missed out on the first time around.

All the books in this series deal with heavy topics, especially Rubicons. There is discussions of race and racism, bigotry, LGBTQ+, family, friends, growing up, mental health, an so much more. But it is not overwhelming and it only adds so much more depth to the story and the characters.

This is a fantastic series and I have high expectations for where the story is going to go next.

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Brett Riley has done it again. Excellent story , and I'm looking forward to the next in this series. I love how he combines mythology and current social issues into a pageturner. Thank you for the privilege .

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Although it is possible to read this book as a standalone, it's very clear that to be a part of this gang, it does help to at least know of the history. They are all "freaks", with special powers of some sort and being hunted, when you actually get to know the individuals you can see that each has something different and special to offer and together they make one unit. If reluctantly on a few parts. At a time when they are growing up, developing and maturing, they may face the toughest test of all, finding themselves and figuring out what direction their lives will take. A compelling story that leads you on a journey of discovery and their most dangerous foe yet.

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4/5 stars! The cover of this book was great and raised my interest in reading it. I found the story to be entertaining, with depths of layers and intrigue. It was a lovely addition to the series and I'm looking forward to reading more by this author.

I received an advance review copy for free through NetGalley, and I am leaving this review voluntarily

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Riley has done it again, Rubicons by Brett Riley is book three in the Freaks Saga and what a fun story this was.

Freaks and Travelers we're both great books and it was no different with his newest one.
An interesting and honestly fun take on the superhero story.
I was pulled in almost immediately and once I sarted I couldn't stop. The pages just flew by.
It was awesome being back in Quapaw City, Arkansas and I had the best time with The Team again.

"I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own."

Thank you to NetGalley and Imbrifex Books for my ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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There's something about Brett Riley's books - they're *almost* the best, you know what I mean? The plot is interesting, the writing is well done. What is it that is makes the reader lose that important reader-to-book connection? I'm not quite sure. I really want to like these, and maybe I'll try reading again in a few years.

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The characters were well developed and dynamic. It is rare to find that in most books. I guess since this is a sequel, it helps the author have a strong grasp on their characters. I loved each of them and the book was a ton of fun.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

My thoughts: There are so many topics tackled in the book! Set in America current times.
Riley tackles all of this in my opinion with a kind of raw grace that is sure to encourage lots of conversation.
A blend of reality and pure fantasy fiction had me immediately submersed in this story, and I seriously couldn’t stop reading.

My Review: Let me just say I am addicted to this series now! I had absolutely no clue when I requested to read this as an ARC that it was actually the third book of the series! But let me tell you! This did not stop me from diving head first and being able to follow the story from page one!
I want to go back to book one and get the whole story, but golly gosh, I am hooked!
Arsis absolutely broke my heart, and the “freaks” are just so loveable, each and every one of them.
There is mention of same-sex couples and non-binary characters which I think was fantastic!!!
A great read for any month, but especially Pride month.
Rubicons is coming to you 1st of August this year, so you still have time to read the first two books

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“Rubicons: A Freaks Novel” by Brett Riley presents readers with a mixed reading experience. The novel explores the challenges of young misfits navigating their powers, forming an unlikely team, and confronting villains. However, the execution falls short, particularly in terms of the heavy-handed inclusion of “woke” content and the uneven pacing of the story. The character development of Kenneth stands out as a positive aspect of the book. His journey and growth are portrayed well, capturing the struggle to challenge ingrained beliefs and evolve as a person. The exploration of the daily lives and development of the teenage characters is also commendable, offering relatable experiences and maturation.

Unfortunately, the heavy-handed presentation of the character development detracts from its impact. The incorporation of hot-button topics feels overbearing and takes away from the overall enjoyment of the story. The narrative would have benefited from allowing characters to learn, grow, and change organically without overshadowing the plot. The introduction of a new creature in the story feels random and convenient, serving as a plot device to create conflict within the group. While the inclusion of supernatural elements has been refreshing thus far, this particular addition feels forced and lacks the same depth and creativity seen in previous installments.

Additionally, the revelation that the story will continue beyond this book may disappoint readers who were expecting a more conclusive ending. It becomes evident that this installment serves more as a bridge to the next book, leaving some readers feeling unfulfilled. On a positive note, Brett Riley skillfully weaves layers and messages into the series, addressing heavy topics such as race, racism, bigotry, LGBTQ+ issues, and more. These discussions add depth and complexity to the story and characters, prompting reflection and empathy.

Despite its flaws, “Rubicons: A Freaks Novel” still offers an engaging premise, relatable characters, and a balanced blend of supernatural and realistic elements. The plot maintains a well-paced rhythm, leaving readers intrigued and invested throughout the book. Considering the strengths and weaknesses, “Rubicons: A Freaks Novel” earns a rating of 3 stars. While it falls short in certain areas, it still manages to provide an engaging and thought-provoking reading experience. Fans of the series may find enjoyment in the continuation of the story, but those who were let down by previous installments may choose to discontinue their journey with the Freaks.

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We're back with the freaks and their supernatural powers fighting more of today's cultural problems, secret agents, and a new threat. It felt a little different this time. There was still some character growth, but the story felt tired and repetitive to me. The audiobook was well done, but the novel just lacked the same level of excitement as the first two books in the series.

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I've enjoyed how far the main characters have come in this group of what has felt like misfits from the beginning. How each one has progressed and their different opinions when it came and how to feel about the dragon. It ended also on a good note that I feel if the author were to continue of do a spin off about Micah as a continuation because I can see him turning evil with all the stuff that's happened with him. The narrator is on point as usual, I read the book and listened to the audio so when listening to it, it felt like I was transferred into Quapaw City.

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My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ (3/5)

I absolutely loved the characters and their different journeys. The thoughts they had, how others influenced them, their conversations and interactions with each others. So bloody good!
I almost cried because the one cute and quite innocent one. It was devastating what happened to that character and how the other characters made that happen. My heart broke a little.

The topics this book handled, were amazing and I was really into them. Love that these kind of books are available for younger people!

This was definitely a character heavy book which was done so well, but how the plot was done is what dropped my stars.
Even though this was a part of a series I haven't read, it was easy to read through and understand.
Might have to read the whole series now.

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I found this to be interesting exploration of how misfits struggle to find their place in the world . Overall an interesting reading experience.

Thank you for the arc .

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