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Brutal castes, oppressive systems and fortune-telling hadedas – Edyth Bulbring’s The Reject is a story about surviving against all odds

I first heard about Edyth Bulbring’s dystopian gem, The Mark, about a year after it was published. I was immediately intrigued, but it would only be years later that I’d finally pick it up. I can’t even begin to imagine why it took me so long to read The Mark – it’s brutal, brilliant and everything I love about dystopian fiction. 
The Mark tells the story of Juliet, a 15-year old teen who finds herself in a post-apocalyptic world where a machine controls your destiny based on a set of numbers on your spine.  Juliet, or Ettie, as we come to know her, has been assigned to be a drudge.
Forced to serve the elite (who control the machine that enforces these roles, and thereby, the rigid castes divided by wealth and social status), Ettie bides her time.  
Desperately trying to find a way to get rid of her mark, she uses any means necessary to scam, steal and push her way out of a system that has been designed to crush her from the start.
The Mark is a brutal, no-holds-barred novel that paints a…

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