The Only Thing to Fear

The Only Thing to Fear

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A stunning reimagining of history where Hitler won World War II.

It's been nearly 80 years since the Allies lost WWII in a crushing defeat against Hitler's genetically engineered super soldiers. America has been carved up by the victors, and 16-year-old Zara lives a life of oppression in the Eastern America Territories.

Under the iron rule of the Nazis, the government strives to maintain a master race, controlling everything from jobs to genetics. 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 growing, and a rogue rebel group is plotting a deadly coup. Zara might hold the key to taking down the Führer for 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'll go for freedom.

Publisher: New York :, Scholastic Press,, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780545629881
9780545629898
Branch Call Number: YA RIC
Characteristics: 280 pages ; 22 cm.

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Lshredder
Jul 09, 2018

It was very good to see a different perspective and idea about ww2.

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moviefan01
Apr 17, 2018

Somewhat fast paced but gripping alt-history novel where the Axis Powers (Germany, Japan) win WWII and carve up the United States. Fear Itself deals with the East Coast under Nazi rule and has a Hunger Games flavor, with a young female protagonist who becomes the "face" of a revolution. Infamy focuses on Japanese rule of the US west coast (and has a clever "counterpoint" of the Japanese holding Americans in the internment camps formerly used for Japanese persons). The writing style felt a bit flat at times, but otherwise intriguing novels.

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tracebroyles
Jul 05, 2017

Truly enjoyable, fast-paced read. One of the better teen fiction books I've read.

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ninjakian
Jul 05, 2016

this book is about an alternate universe of which Italy, Germany and Japan won world war two and tell a story about Zara a mutant girl who tires to take down the Nazi regime

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dixiedog
Aug 10, 2015

My son suggested I read this book. The idea of describing what life could have been like if Germany, Italy and Japan had won World War II was a great one, but I do not like the concept of humans with super powers. I am afraid I did not share my son’s enthusiasm for this book. Interesting, but it could have been better in my opinion. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

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Dixiedog2
Aug 10, 2015

I loved Caroline Tung Richmond’s ‘The Only Thing to Fear’ so much that I read it twice. Doctor-at-Bass! Taylor A.

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blue_badger_442
Jun 30, 2015

Great historical fiction book, i throughly enjoyed it

LMcShaneCLE Apr 27, 2015

Premise of this book - what would have happened if Hitler and Nazis succeeded? Would you even recognize the reality of living under a fascist government? Zara is mixed - half English, half Japanese, "Untermensch"- in an America that no longer offers "freedom and equality" - she offers the rebel group Alliance a strategy for revolution.

LibraryK8 Mar 20, 2015

This was an interesting and unique take on the dystopian trend. I found the plot refreshing, and I loved the fake history of how the Axis Powers won the war, spitting America between Nazi and Japanese control. Some might find Zara's special powers detracting, but the author does a good job of weaving them into the story and making them feel natural (at least as natural as controlling the wind can feel). Anyone looking for a fast, action-packed read will enjoy this story with equal dashes of mystery, intrigue, heroism and romance.

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LibraryK8 Mar 20, 2015

Eighty years after German super-soldiers crushed the Allied forces in World War II, Zara works as a maid at a Nazi cadet academy in the Easter American Territories. Zara can't escape the Nazi's constant obsession with the Aryan ideal, with a Japanese father and American mother she doesn't fit in with the occupying forces. Although she can't hide her lineage she can hide another genetic gift from her father, the ability to control wind. If the Fuhrer knew about her ability, she would be eradicated.

Hiding in the shadows, Zara longs to join the Resistance, and push the Nazi's out of her country. Her mother died for the Resistance's cause, and her over-protective uncle thwarts her attempts to get involved. What another uprising goes amiss, Zara and her abilities are the only weapon the Resistance can rely on. Zara goes from being kept on the outside, to being the center of a plot to assassinate the Fuhrer.

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