Zara s plan to keep her head down and just plod through life is not working out Partly due to the fact that she was not raised that way Largely because of the perplexing unwanted attention from Bastian Not just any Nazi the son of a colonel knows better than anyone that Aryans do not mingle with sub humans Although she s not Jewish to the Germans as half breed stock she falls into the same category Fit for only factory or farm work Certainly not for fraternizingZara s earliest memories are of her mother and Uncle Red leading the local Alliance all efforts into eradicating the Nazi rule She could not wait to be old enough to join them Before she could reach the coveted age though a mission went terribly wrong and Uncle Red s attitude was adversely affected Compounding an already complex matter in her rief and frustration Zara s power emerged No one was stunned than she was to discover that she was an AnomalySelect Germans had been Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement gifted with powers enabling them to conuer the Allies so many years ago The remaining Anomalies serve in an elite division of the Nazi military When the rare non Aryan Anomaly is discovered things are a bit different That poor soul will be taken to a laboratory to be studied tested and ultimately dissected Zara has two huge secrets to keep if she hopes to stay under the radar of the suspicious Germans Having Bastian hovering bugging her may just be the last straw Aryans speak to her people for only a handful of reasons none of themood Most worrisome they would never ever feign interest in the Alliance even as a sick joke She may not know what Bastian is truly up to but Zara does know that she s no time for the likes of him There are brutal deaths to be avenged and one very last chance for her to convince Uncle Red that she belongs with the AllianceIt s no wonder I ve seen The Only Thing to Fear by Caroline Tung Richmond on so many students To Read lists This fast paced action packed Sci Fi story of what if is simply stellar And I absolutely love the atypical ending which was not ratuitous but rather allowed the narrative to wrap up a bit naturally with an authentic feel This review was written by jv poore for Buried Under Books with huge thanks for the Advance Review Copy to be donated to my favorite classroom library Three stars An interesting read that blends a terrifying alternate history with the X MenZara is sick and tired of being oppressed and having to watch her every move She wants to stand up to the Nazis and fight just like her mother It has been eighty long years since World War II ended with an Axis victory Germany Russia and Japan divided and conuered the Ally territories Zara lives in the Eastern America Territories ruled by the Nazis with an iron fist Zara s life is one of hardship as she labors all day in the Nazi school as a janitor and at night she works her family farm with her uncle When the Nazis execute someone that Zara holds dear she is done with being submissive she wants to stand and fight Then the opportunity to do so lands in her lap Will Zara and the Rebels rise up and take back America from the NazisWhat I LikedNothing To Fear presents a frightening alternate history In this book we et a limpse of what the world might be like if the Axis Powers had won WWII Needless to say it is a frightening and fascinating premise I liked exploring this alternate reality and I was surprised by some twists One of the twists is the idea of the super soldiers Genetically modified humans that have special powers allowing the Axis powers to conuer and win the war Eighty years later children are born with mutant enes that
Gives Them Fantastic Abilities I Was Surprised them fantastic abilities I was surprised discover the whole X Men theme in this but I ended up enjoying it For all you romance lovers there is a tiny hint of a forbidden romance It starts out as an unexpected friendship and alliance and
then it slowly moves into something The romance hasn t fully rooted it slowly moves into something The romance hasn t fully rooted developed but I liked that It is subtle and of a background story The world building is The Craving good and I appreciated the depth and detail the author provided with her vision of the world with an Axis Power victory It was scary and yet interesting It certainly made me stop and pause what the world would have been like if things hadone another way There is plenty of action and danger and the book moves at a uick pace It never lets up and there is hardly a moment to catch you breath And The Not So MuchThe ending draws the book to a close but it things aren t completely resolved This book was published back in 2014 but at the time of this review there is no sign that a seuel is in the works I found that
Even though this doesn t end with a cliffhanger there are many unfinished story linesI have to admit that I struggled a bit with Zara the main character She is young determined and impetuous So much so that she continually makes bad decisions and puts not only herself in danger but her uncle and friends as well While I admired her fierceness and her courage I didn t approve of her reckless behavior She is a character that reuires patience I wished that there had been originality with the mutant powers It felt like this copied the X Men as you have a character who can change her appearance into anyone someone who can wield lightning and wind another character who is incredibly strong and bullet proof and someone who can control minds Does that sound familiar There is an ongoing theme regarding Zara s mother and her death There is little information on exactly how she died during the failed raid This is an important part of the story as it is what drives Zara Even though I liked the world building and the author s vision I found that I longed for details I wanted to know about the sections of the world that were overned by the Japanese and the Russians I wished that there was depth and detail with the alternate history and the world building Nothing to Fear is an exciting and chilling vision of the world after a win by the Axis Powers I liked exploring this terrifying and dangerous world and I liked the X Men vibe This is a fast paced thrilling read My only hesitations are that it ends with an open ending and there is no sign that a seuel is in the works I also struggled a bit with the impetuous behavior of the main character and I am hoping that she will row and mature if there is a seuel I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this reviewPostedRa. In a stunning reimagining of history debut author Caroline Tung Richmond weaves an incredible story of secrets and honor in a world where Hitler won World War IIIt's been nearly 80 years since the Allies lost WWII in a crushing defeat against Hitler's enetically engineered super soldiers America has been carved up by the victors and 16 year old Zara lives a life of oppressi.
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Caroline Tung Richmond ¾ 1 FREE DOWNLOADN the end I really did enjoy The Only Thing to Fear The writing is strong and clear The characters are complex and well developed And the setting is chill inducing The book simply is not keen on philosophy or on discussing any of the themes it clearly brings up during the course of the action It is all about the show and the ride and is not very concerned with what it all means which is disappointing Dear The Only Thing to FearAll I needed to do was see your cover and read your synopsis and I immediately wanted to read you WWII is one of my favorite topics and Nazis are the most intimidating villains history has seen I had no doubt I would like you Only Thing to Fear and I was not disappointedYou explore a very intriguing and very frightening what if What if the Nazis had won In Zara s world they did It s eighty years after the Allies lost WWII and the world has been divided up among the Axis powers Italy Japan and Germany Ever since the Nazis super soldiers Anomalies with bizarre powers flooded the battlefront an uneasy truce has existed between the Nazi Empire and the Soviets But the Nazi world may be on the brink of collapse Zara is half American half Japanese and she has lived in Nazi America all of her life scraping and bowing to the Aryans at every turn She does all she can to o unnoticed because if the Nazis knew what she was a non German Anomaly she d be shot But war is brewing The Soviets are etting restless and the Revolutionary Alliance is aiming for the heart of the Empire Zara s mother and uncle are already involved her powers may be just what they need to winI applaud your accuracy Only Thing to Fear Minus the Anomalies and their superhero powers you present a very believable image of what the world might have been like had the Allies lost Punishment is swift and brutal there is no messing around with this totalitarian regime The Capitol of Panem couldn t hold a matchstick to this overnment And while the story takes place eighty years later there s still a 40 s era charm to the styleI sympathized with Zara who has lost so much Her mother shot in an Alliance raid Securing Caite gone wrong humbled and humiliated at every turn hiding in constant fear of her powers being discovered She has a fighting spirit and wants to do everything she can to oppose the Nazis Sometimes this led to face palm worthy brash actions This brashness also made me sympathize with her Uncle Red Loss and fear made him cautious Iot tired of his inaction but I understoodWhat surprised me most though was your lack of a love triangle You had the setup Bastian a Trudy gentle kind handsome German boy who wants to join the Alliance and Garrison the rugged courageous rebel leader Both very likable young men both a little older than Zara I have seen this a thousand times Only Thing to Fear love triangleNo Garrison is hardly in the book and Zara doesn t notice him beyond him being the courageous rebel leader someone to admire Her affections are solidly engaged by Bastian and Garrison thinks of her as a kid This threw me for a pleasantly surprising loop No love triangle I m still confoundedYour plot wasood I thoroughly enjoyed it I was happy that I could totally side with the rebels and I appreciated how you took the time to world build without slowing down But towards the end you started oing too fast and before I knew it you were over Your ending is very open no seuel but certainly room for one if Caroline Tung Richmond decided to write one So I can t accuse you of being too tidy you weren it s It clear that this is just the beginning But as Zara progressed through her mission I kept saying to myself Wait wait slow down This is already happeningI loved you Only Thing to Fear You were near perfection Believable ood characters a frightening what if and an ending that just came too fast But I m not sure I can hold that against youFeeling pleased Mara Crossposted The Library MistressI was 15 when I first learned about Nazism extensively We were studying World History and it was then when I first met Winston Churchill and started idolizing him Leader Historian Nobel Prize in Literature winner but that s another story alright History fascinates
Me If Not For Our History Teacher Being So GrumpyIf not for our History teacher being so rumpy our class scheduled so early I know I could have aced that class Truth be told our class failed World History miserably another story to be told in full next time and I was from then on branded as the irl who fights the History teacher the irl who reads history books just to et on her History teacher s nerves and the irl who will never raduate along with the Honors class This however is not an entry about my History teacher but just a prelude on why my high school friends always associate me with two things Superman and Nazi forget Superman and just focus on the latter My BFF even Prisoner of Midnight gave me a swastika bag I decided against posting the photo here to spare youuys of my puke worthy teenage selfie because I really am engrossed with Nazism ever since I laid eyes on that Nazi coffee table book we have at home I totally despise Hitler and everything he did but there s something in that symbol that captured me I am very weird like that I later on learned that swastika came from the Sanskrit word svastika which meant BOSH!: The Cookbook: Simple Recipes. 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All Plants. good fortune and that made me feel a little better about myself Hahahaha And so when I found out that a new Young Adult book about Hitler came out I became particularly interested especially when I learned about its premise that is so much different from The Diary of a Young Girl and The Book Thief The premise is simple yet very though provoking What if Hitler won World War II I really never thought of that before Where will we be now and what will the world look like if we were dominated by the Aryan race What will happen especially to us who do not share the same height and hair and skin color I started asking myself if I d ever be accustomed to shouting Hail Hitler or maybe just maybe I can flee whilst singing away like the Von Trapp family Teehee I know bad joke That is the world our protagonist Zara is in The world where everyone is obliged to adore the Hitlers the world where the Germans are the master race and a half Japanese like her is treated like rug well everybody is treated as rug as long as you aren t German and not serving in theovernmentThe world Richmond built in this b This book was okay It had an interesting concept and plot but some things were very predictable aka the romance The German words made it hard for the book to flow at time. Old the key to taking down the Führer for Confessions of an Air Ambulance Doctor good but it also might be the very thing that destroys her Because what she has to offer the rebels is something she's spent her entire life hiding under threat of immediate execution by the Nazis In this action packed heart stopping novel of a terrifying reality that could have been Zara must decide just how far she'llo for freed. Iny Day Ramblings Ugh I was so excited for the concept of the book An alternate history what if The first 14 Mr. Jelly's Business gave some historical insight that could have turned out to be true what if the Soviets and Hitler had honored the Non Aggression pact and Hitler never turned on them Then Germany would have had a better chance of winning the war That believable The Soviets later possibly turning on the Germans believable The Italian economy collapsing first believable Nazi medicine leading to new advances believableSuperhero powers this is where I lost it I kept thinking Avengers Then I mentioned the book to my other half and he said yeah like Captain America and Red Skull I looked up these characters and realized wait this plot line has been done beforePlease stop taking history and twisting it to the point in which I have to explain to my students that no the Avengers did not save us during the Cuban Missile crisis Maybe I would recommend this book to a teen who loves comics Beyond that I want to screamAnd FDR s Only Thing to Fear speech was about the Great Depression This was liketwo and a half stars I like the idea of a young adult what if Hitler had won book My local school district does a unit on the Holocaust andenocide so I was hoping that this would be a 6 1/2 Body Parts (Body Movers, great suggestion for the teachers toive to the kids who are interested in further reading And look no it doesn t have to be filled with footnotes to back up research or filled with years and years of world building because the book actually takes place 80ish years after Hitler wins but there was a lot of development that I thought was missing What does the rest of the world look like How does the Japanese controlled western half of the US act differently than the German controlled Eastern half I thought that the science fiction element of powers stemming from Gökyüzü Mavi Kaldı gene work wasn t a terrible idea because of the Nazi obsession withenetics But of course Zara the main character Corps Values: Everything You Need to Know I Learned In the Marines gets to be one of the super rar Okay Wow The first time we were introduced to this book I was thinking OH MY GOD This isonna rock Actually no But you The Sun Shines Over the Sanggan River get the point The back of the book seemed like a different world that would introduce new perspectives The title back of the book and beginning pages seemed really interesting But once we actually started to read the book I thought that it wasoing to be the most predictable book in the history Everything especially Zara and Bastian was predictable and seemed childish The connection was not there and it such a WIERD romance Also the set up of the book seemed really odd to me like it was backwards andor it missed important scenarios or situations Overall I would not read this book again and it wasn t as THIEME Atlas of Anatomy: Head and Neuroanatomy good as I thought it wasonna be In an alternate universe Hitler and the Nazis won Zara is a young teenager who helps her only relative her Uncle around the farm Growing cabbage for the military troops this is her life When she starts to et attention from a young German teen she realizes there might be hope after all Will he betray her of help save the rebellion Source Netgalley35 starsThe Only Thing to Fear is an imaginative dystopian featuring two strong leads and a chilling setting Author Caroline Tung Richmond takes readers to a world where Hitler won WWII and the Axis powers divided America Nothing of the old republic is left besides old memories Protagonist Zara however is determined to change that by joining the underground rebel Group And Helping Plot The and helping plot the s assassinationThe Only Thing to Fear is creative and it has a lot of atmosphere with Nazis patrolling the streets and swastikas decorating the towns It is not however as much of an actual alternate history as I had envisioned Richmond does follow a few threads of history into the future imagining a world where the Nazi still hunt down undesirables like the Jews and encourage ood Aryans to have large families to perpetuate their lines German children attend military academies and everyone else oes to work Despite all this it becomes apparent early in the book that the plot and characters could apparent early in the book that the plot and characters could existed in any other dystopian world With the added science fiction element some humans have developed superpowers from all the Nazis enetic tinkering this book does not need Nazis at all They add a specific flavor to the dystopian world but they are not necessaryAs for the characters Zara is an excellent protagonist one whose skills balance out her flaws She occasionally lapses into what are pet peeves for many YA readers being overly dramatic over nothing and
taking stupid risks in attempts to look brave but these are decisions she makes moments instupid risks in attempts to look brave but these are decisions she makes moments in life they are not her defining characteristics As a whole Zara is brave and determined and beguilingly trusting in a world where she has no reason to trustLove interest Bastian is subtly swoony the forbidden German romance in a handsome six foot package He also has a spectrum of character traits strong enough to renounce his role in German society and tender enough to look after his mother in a hardened worldThe rebels could use a little work or at least a little intelligence Several years ago one of their members was captured and the plans of a vital mission were revealed during torture So one would expect them to stop revealing the full details of important plans to everyone who comes along including new recruits whom they have no reason to trust This is perhaps a silly detail but readers may have trouble believing in the validity of a rebel Dept. of Reproductive Management group that has no idea how to properly plan a missionWhile the setting and characters areenerally strong the themes of the novel disappoint Alternate history and dystopian are both enres that readily lend themselves to exploring important life uestions and The Only Thing to Fear misses its chance to do so Although the book is about a teenager who joins a plot to kill the Fuhrer it does not really address the implications of what it means to kill someone And that is a mistake Zara is not a dystopian automaton who has been raised to kill like the protagonists of Legend or Reboot She is a farmhand and a cleaning irl No matter how many executions she has witnessed she is not a murdererThere are also a few moments in the book where there are clear opportunities to segue into a discussion of how the rebels are different from the Nazis Both are killing people they do not like So are they different If so why The book never tackles this uestion either even when it seems a second away from raising itI. On in the Eastern America Territories Under the iron rule of the Nazis the The Psychology of Work government strives to maintain a master race controlling everything from jobs toenetics Despite her mixed heritage and hopeless social standing Zara dreams of the free America she's only read about in banned books A revolution is rowing and a rogue rebel roup is plotting a deadly coup Zara might .