The Girl Who Dared to Think Book Review

Title: The Girl Who Dared to Think

Author: Bella Forrest

Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Rating: 5 out of 5.

One Word Review: Dissent

Do you have a hard time leaving once you’re introduced to a new dystopian world? I do. I want to learn everything about how the world fell and how the people left took advantage of everyone’s fear to control them. The new laws and norms fascinate me, and I’m entirely hooked when a small group of people starts to rise and demand more.

The writers need to know we’ll become attached to these dystopian worlds. We need more than one book. Please write us an entire series.


Liana Castell is a realist who is constantly questioning the norm. Such a personality is not ideal when you live in a dystopian society that rates each citizen based on their conformity and positive attitude. Liana is ranked as a Four and is under great pressure from her mentors and teachers to increase her number before the government intervenes.

Threes require drug treatment.

Twos are isolated.

Ones disappear.

number ranking system after meeting Grey, a young man sporting a perfect Ten with a dissident attitude. Desperate to increase her number, Liana takes us on a suspenseful journey as she uncovers the government’s deep secrets.

Book Review

I’ve been looking for a new science fiction series to read, and I just found it: The Girl Who Dared series.

What I liked: The caste-like ranking system’s effect on the characters was like a love song to privacy nerds like me. Forrest beautifully developed the Tower from the different departments to the rules and how the characters responded to the ranking system.

“My mind, which was so treacherous that it could infect the minds of others without so much as a glance. Because I asked questions.”

Emotion accompanies the suspenseful plot. You want Liana to move forward regardless of the risks. The Girl Who Dared to Think inspires us to question the norm and not fear the consequences of voicing the wrongs we see.

What I didn’t like: The ending is abrupt, like the end of a chapter. While I plan to the next book in this series, it’s likely going to be a few months. I prefer books in each series to feel like a finished story so my mind can pause before the next one.

Should you read it?

The Girl Who Dared to Think challenges you to examine conformity and the concepts of toxic positivity. If you enjoy a story set in a dystopian world with deep secrets, then you’ll likely love this book.

But don’t just take my word for it. See what other readers thought:

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Hi, I’m Alexys. I love to write. I enjoy the process of finding the best words to express my points, emotions, and imagination. Alexys Writes is my personal blog, a place where I write about whatever I want and share it with you, my dear reader.

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