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My name is Sinna Reardon. I suppose deep down I'd like to believe God exists. But he doesn’t, not since the war. Most days I’m okay with that. Jacob calls me a pessimist, but I’m a realist. How can I believe when a place like Rehabilitation and a regime like the Elite exist, dictating our every move? If God were so great, he’d do something. But he hasn’t. We’re forgotten.My name is Sinna Reardon. I suppose deep down I'd like to believe God exists. But he doesn’t, not since the war. Most days I’m okay with that. Jacob calls me a pessimist, but I’m a realist. How can I believe when a place like Rehabilitation and a regime like the Elite exist, dictating our every move? If God were so great, he’d do something. But he hasn’t. We’re forgotten. And that scares me, because it means I might have to do something myself…Sinna has spent her life walking a fine line between breaking the rules and obeying them to a fault. In a Godless world where science and logic reign supreme and people are punished for Believing, are friendship and love reasons enough to abandon unbelief? Enough to put her faith in something bigger than herself?...

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  • Courtney Wells
    2019-04-12 15:21

    It's nice to see dystopia worn on the other foot when it comes to the "intolerance of socially compromising beliefs" theme that's so rampant in the genre. Usually it's some cult-take on religion, so I was curious to see what happens when the absence of faith is fueling a fascist state.Unfortunately, REHABILITATION doesn't take any opportunity to rationalize why a science-centric society is desolate, impoverished and emotionally sterile. Apparently atheists are so apathetic they're incapable of compassion and utterly unconcerned with the general welfare of others. Love is denounced because it only results in war, any expression of joy is apparently synonymous with faith and all anybody cares about is conditioning people not to have belief in anything that cannot be empirically proven.Maybe if this narrow-minded, sterile, autocratic approach to society was justified beyond "we mustn't war because war is irrational" it would be more interesting as a plotm. Otherwise, the implications are the godless are callous and only care about being right while all joy, culture and kindness are exclusively found through faith in a higher power. The writing had a monotonous quality at times. Such as the protagonist would think something, then basically say the same thing in dialogue a paragraph later. All the conflict is staged to promote drama but is conveniently resolved or has no true consequence to the characters involved. Any major probles the protagonist are solved for her, which might be hinting at a "god delivers/works in mysterious ways" message.Whether this series is a hate-letter to non-religious individuals and the horrors they would unleash if in power hasn't yet been revealed. Plot-wise, the book reads basically like the first quarter of a full novel and cuts off on a revelation/cliffhanger that feels like a good place to end a chapter but jarring for a story. If you want resolution, you are obliged to buy the next book. I'll pass myself but if people are looking for a series exploring the oppression of religion and discovery of faith, this might be worth your time.

  • Rae King
    2019-04-17 11:25

    I received this book in exchange for an honest reviewRehabilitation is a fast-paced first novel in a dystopian trilogy. I was hooked within the fist few pages. After a nuclear war, the 'New World' is ruled by The Elite - who enforce rules that they hope will eradicate war and non-compliance. People are taught to have no belief in God or any higher power and that love is useless and only ends in pain. The main characters - Sinna and Jacob - have been friends since childhood, but they have a very different outlook on the world they live in. Sinna may hate The Elite, but she agrees that there could not possibly be a God. She believes that they would not be suffering as much as they are if there was something else out there. Jacob is quite the opposite and believes that God exits. He spends his time looking for evidence of a ruined church or any books that show proof of religion. After Jacob is taken to a camp called Rehabilitation by The Elite, Sinna is determined to get him back. With no more family left, he is the only peron she has in the world. Sinna finds a book that she knows will get her taken away and uses it to get herself into the camp. Once there, Sinna quickly finds out what Rehabilitation is all about!I love a short, fast-paced book that can still take me deep into the setting and minds of the characters. I have a slight obsession with dystopian's and C.B. Stone did not disappoint me! I related with Sinna's character because I think I would have the same opinions and feelings that she did throughout this book. Her and Jacob's relationship ignited a lot of curiosity, and I can't wait to see where it goes. The ending was ... WOW!!!!!I love how she threw in a really interesting and intriguing character near the end. And then that twist! Whew, I can't wait until I can read the next one! http://meetmybookboyfriend.wordpress.com

  • C.B. Stone
    2019-04-02 11:44

    This is not a review, this is my book. I look forward to honest reviews and feedback from my readers.

  • Amanda
    2019-04-09 13:21

    You can also find this review and many others of mine on my blog @ Escaping Reality Within PagesFirst off I would like to thank the Author for allowing me to read this for an honest review.Now I hadn't noticed how short this book was when I first came across it. I'd just read the synopsis on Goodreads, and was quickly reeled in. I was very intrigued and I'm glad I hadn't noticed the shortness beforehand, because I normally don't read novella's unless a part of a series so if I had noticed I probably wouldn't of read. While the shortness did still bother me, it was a very enjoyable story and I will defiantly be continuing.I say the shortness bothered me because this is a whole part of a story and it is fast paced which with it's shortness doesn't leave much room for character development or story background. I liked the story and characters but I think with more development, I could have loved it!What I did like the most was the whole belief and religion/God being illegal. They are seen as something bad and the cause of war and such. Without belief and god people are so much easier to control. Plus those are such touchy subjects and strong issues. I think C.B Stone has a good plot here with this and the only thing I could wish for like I stated above is more story and deeper development.I look forward to continuing this series, and I recommend this to fans of Dystopian and quick reads, because this sure was just that! Worth it though in my opinion!

  • Chris Bostic
    2019-04-06 12:43

    For the most part, I really liked this book. The premise is quite good about a ruling society wanting to stamp out any mention/thought of "Belief." As a plus, the writing solid and so are the characters. My only real complaint would be the length. Some parts could be fleshed out more, and a whole lot more could be done with the ending. It ends rather abruptly. The whole story arc is pretty linear and predictable (which is fine), but I thought there were several instances in the middle and toward the end where a few more curves could've been thrown in to really beef up the story. A quick good. A good read. Recommended!

  • Alyson Stone
    2019-03-28 17:28

    C.B Stone was grateful enough to provide me with a free copy of this book for review! First off, the summary is very attention grabbing. I always read the summaries of books prior to reading and this summary really caught my attention. The cover is also very attention grabbing, another perk for me. I am one of those people who is always drawn to the beautiful covers of books and this one had it. I am also a huge fan of present tense. It is not the easiest tense to write in, but it is great for the reader. C.B Stone also has this haunting and lyrical writing style that makes the reader feel like she is living and experiencing the world as the characters. It's just so hard to look away from the book and to get the images of the world out of your head. I was very drawn into the world of Jacob and Sinna. I love science fiction worlds and this was so well done. I like how detailed the author was with the world, but, yet, it was not overkill. So many authors spend so much time telling rather than showing the reader the world. Not the case with this read! Just enough detail for the reader to understand the world, but left out enough to keep the reader asking questions and engaged. The Selections were a mystery whenever I first read about them. For some reason, it kind of reminded me of The Hunger Games. Whenever I am being reminded of my favourite books in another book, it is usually good sign. I also was very drawn to the character of Sinna. I don't know about the rest of the world, but I like strong main characters. I liked how loyal she was and how she would do anything for those closest to her, even if it meant putting herself at risk. There is just no other way to say it, but strong main characters always make the story for me. I cannot stand weak main characters. I like characters who take action and do not wait around for others do something. I also liked Jacob and how much he believed in something, even though he wasn't supposed. That takes guts and I admire that in people. I read this book in one setting. There was just simply no good place to stop and put it aside. It was nothing but action and well written action. I liked that there was no romance between the two main characters, something that never seems to happened in stories nowadays. The ending literally made me say "What?" Curses! I love and hate cliff hanger endings! I really want to know what's going to happen next! I did not even know how close I was to the ending until I got there. I just simply was not expecting that kind of ending! Overall, a really brilliant book! It is short, which may not be a bad thing for someone who is looking for something quick to read. People who like Divergent and The Hunger Games will enjoy this book! Cheers! Serena

  • Briana
    2019-04-06 12:41

    I'd say I'm actually more at a 2 1/2 with this book. There is a LOT wrong with it, starting with the amateurish writing style. The lack of finesse becomes clear from the very first physical description: "His unruly blond hair is brushing past the nape of his neck, and I know his ice blue eyes are laser focused..." and they don't get much better from there. There are times where chapters begin with a recap of what just happened in the page before. Perhaps the author thought no one would be able to read more than a chapter at a time? Then there's the fact that the book is basically religious propaganda. The scientists are the bad guys...desperately trying to destroy belief, but of course there are those who still do believe and they are wonderful and pure. Of course our protagonist is a non-believer, but I fully expect by the end of the trilogy she will see the light. I understand the importance of religion to people, but come on. The author at least makes it clear that the reason the Elite (the bad guy scientist) have eliminated belief and religion is because they blame these things for war. Which um...is true in many cases. Anyway, so the whole concept rubbed me the wrong way, but I will say once Sinna got herself thrown in Rehabilitation and introduced the character of Alex, an Elite soldier who is actually kind and unlike the others, the book got my attention. I was hoping for the book to end with a reveal that he is, in fact, not kind, but worse than all of them and was playing a sick game with her tricking her into thinking he was saving her, but instead it ended with a "shocking" reveal, that I saw coming from the very beginning of the book. I'm still holding out hope for the double cross, but Alex will probably just end up being the third corner of a love triangle with Sinna and Jacob (because...OF COURSE her best friend's name is Jacob.)I'll read the next two books...because I have them. But I don't expect to become any more impressed. At least they are short and I can quickly check off 3 more books toward my 30 for this year. (And seriously...why are they so short? Because the author was greedy and wanted a trilogy instead of just releasing one book? Yeah. I think so.)

  • Edward Davies
    2019-04-12 15:48

    This was a great introduction to a dystopian world where religion is outlawed and those found believing in any sort of spiritual creator are ‘fixed’, but it would have been nice if it went on for a bit longer. Granted, it ends on a pretty neat cliff-hanger, but it wouldn’t have been too much of a stretch to make this trilogy one single story as, based on page count listings, the trilogy is less than 500 pages in length. If this was one single novel, I’d have probably given it five stars assuming the rest of the story is as good, but because it has been broken up into such small chunks I have to mark it down.

  • Jessica
    2019-03-26 14:51

    I was provided with a free copy of this book so I could give an honest review.All that being said, WOW. I did not want to put this book down. I was sucked in from the beginning. I was absorbed into Sinna's world. The descriptions produced vivid pictures and emotions in my mind, so I was seeing through Sinna's eyes, feeling her emotions, thinking her thoughts.And that ending! I NEVER saw it coming. I had to reread it to make sure I had read it correctly. WOW. What a hook! I am going to have to read the remaining two books now. I'm too sucked in not to!This was an AMAZING read. I'm putting this on my favorites list!

  • Vi
    2019-04-16 13:23

    A sci-fi thriller. A disturbing peek into a possible future. A nuclear war has devastated the planet. The New World is ruled by the Elite with specific Laws; "Above All Else, Don't Believe! "No room for God in the New World! No hope, no love! Story focus is on Sinna & Jacob (teenagers), Jacob's younger sister Sammy & another girl, Miriam, as they struggle to survive in this barren land without hope and the certainty of severe punishments for noncompliance. The ending may be surprising. The first part of a serie; a cliffhanger worth continuing. Ms. Stone is a new sci-fi author of promise.This book was given to me for free for an honest review.

  • Lisa P
    2019-04-21 16:31

    I definitely get the Hunger Games comparison- no special powers involved, but definitely a bizarre rules, harsh society. Sinna lives in a world where Believing can get you Selected for Trials or sent to Rehabilitation. When her friend gets taken by the Elite in the middle of the night and brought to Rehabilitation, she makes plans to bust him out. The story hooks you immediately and you'll read this in one sitting. It's fast paced and feels like you've read the first quarter ( or third since this is a trilogy) of a much longer book.

  • C.P. Cabaniss
    2019-03-31 17:46

    I received this novella from the author in exchange for an honest review. I loved this! I wasn't sure how I would feel when I started reading this because I've become so burned out on dystopias, but the writing was great and I found myself just soaking it all in and wanting more! I am so excited for the rest of the trilogy! You can read my full review on my blog here: http://courtneysreads.blogspot.com/20...

  • Ragdoll_ish
    2019-04-06 12:49

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review.I loved this, you always have that one character that becomes your favorite.Mine was Sinna. As I started reading, it was getting harder & harder to breakaway from it to get anything else in my life done, ha. Once you get to the end, you just want to hurry up and get to the next one! This kept me on the edge. Great writer, I'd recommend this book to anyone! I'm starting the second unbelief book "Ruin" today. I'm so excited :)

  • Hailey Woerner
    2019-04-18 10:33

    As the first book in a trilogy, this was a great start. Rehabilitation is filled with action and suspense, and is over all a great book. I loved the way C.B. Stone worked God into her novels without being at all preachy--a good way to speak to people who haven't met God yet.

  • Cynthia
    2019-04-10 14:32

    I liked the story, can't wait for book 2. I just have one complain: too much description of the surroundings it got a little boring...

  • T. Jackson
    2019-04-15 15:24

    Great read. Really great story. Loved the characters. Fantastic Story. Could not put it down.

  • Teresa
    2019-03-29 18:40

    Title: Rehabilitation: Romantic DystopianAuthor: C. B. StonePublisher: InkedPlot MediaISBN: B00P01TJQABuy Link: http://www.cbstonebooks.com/Reviewer: Teresa Fallen AngelBlurb:Unbelief 1"My name is Sinna Reardon. I suppose deep down I'd like to believe God exists. But he doesn’t, not since the war. Most days I’m OK with that. Jacob calls me a pessimist, but I’m a realist. How can I Believe when a place like Rehabilitation and a regime like the Elite exist, dictating our every move?If God were so great, he’d do something. But he hasn’t. We’re forgotten. And that scares me, because it means I might have to do something myself…"Sinna has spent her life walking a fine line between breaking the rules and obeying them to a fault. In a Godless world where science and logic reign supreme and people are punished for Believing, are friendship and love reasons enough to abandon unbelief? Enough to put her faith in something bigger than herself? Total Score: 5/5Summary:This book was an unexpected and fascinating story. Sinna lives in a post apocalyptic world that is ruled by the Elite who control every thought and action. The biggest law is not to believe in anything beyond what the Elite tell them. To believe in higher power is the worse crime. Sinna and her friend Jacob manage to barely make ends meet by sneaking off to the ruins to scavenge anything that can be sold or traded. That is, until they return one day to find out a Selection is underway where they take anyone they think needs to undergo the Trials where they decide if they need Rehabilitation. Sinna's own father was taken and never returned. Everything changed one when Jacob was taken and Sinna is determined to help him escape at all costs. It was terrifying how the Elites could take anyone, even the children, and there was nothing to stop them. The idea of rehabilitation sounded like mind control, but it was puzzling that most of those taken never returned leaving one to wonder what happened to them. The fear of what really happened kept most people in line, but what would be worse knowing or not. This was a fast paced story that left me wondering what would happen next and I for one can't wait to read Ruin the next book in the Unbelief series.

  • Raquel
    2019-03-22 15:22

    The ending seemed to get more exciting....It took me more than half of the book to really get "into" it. Just seemed kind of slow. It never became interesting to me until the ending, where they were escaping and the girl found out that her dad was alive.The book was just "ok" for me unfortunately.....

  • Jodi Woody
    2019-03-25 17:23

    Super short dystopian novella. This first one was free. I liked it enough to read all three. Easily could have made one novel out of the set. Faith is outlawed and anyone that believes gets sent for rehabilitation. Good characters. I give it four stars. I can recommend for high school and up.

  • Bette
    2019-04-20 18:47

    Entertaining albeit pointless

  • Candy
    2019-03-31 18:30

    Pretty good story, but beware, it ends with a major cliff-hanger.

  • Lady Of
    2019-03-21 16:45

    BelieveWhat an insight of what can happen to a society that wants to stop others in believing our Father is real. A girls night to help a friend & the miracle God brings about.

  • Beth Wilson
    2019-04-11 18:23

    Well written I am very glad that I stumbled upon this book. The desperation comes through very well. I look forward to reading more books by this author.

  • Sue
    2019-04-03 13:48

    Set in a world ruled by the Elite after a terrible war destroyed the Old World, Sinna and Jacob live day to day in the After World, illegally escaping the confines of their Section to sift through the debris of city ruins looking for things to trade. No one is permitted to have any beliefs since the Elite have ruled and love is seen as something that can cause violence leading to war and so it too is banned. Jacob secretly believes in God and is constantly scouting outside their Section to find “the book” while Sinna, his friend, is the opposite and can’t understand why Jacob would believe in something so silly, after all, if there was a God, why does He allow people to be mistreated and live in poverty? One day Jacob is suddenly taken away by the Elite to Rehabilitation, a program aimed at readjusting citizens back into the Elite society. Sinna has to find a way to get him out, but in the process, she too ends up in Rehabilitation. Sinna finds an unlikely ally in Alex, a soldier, but Rehabilitation is such a dangerous place, there’s no guarantee any of them will make it out alive.This book had an intriguing storyline which grabbed my attention from the very beginning and I couldn’t wait to begin reading it. The concept of a society without any beliefs was very interesting to me. The Elite felt that love and belief lead to anger and hurt which leads to violence which leads to war which caused the destruction of the Old World and so the Elite banned love and all beliefs, including religion. Citizens are randomly selected for Trials to test their beliefs, and if they fail, they are whisked off to Rehabilitation, and are either never heard from again, or are returned but never the same. Throughout this story, we see how far people will go to suppress others and how far a person will go to follow their beliefs at the risk of bringing trouble upon themselves.Sinna is the main character in the story and it is written from her point of view. She is a strong female character, a beautiful person who cares for others and tries her best to keep under the radar. She is fully aware of the type of society she lives in, and she is at the same time, fearful of not following the rules of the governing Elite and also challenging the rules in secret. But when her friend Jacob is taken away by the Elite she is desperate to get him back and shows her real courage in her attempts to break him out of Rehabilitation.Jacob is Sinna’s friend who secretly believes in God which is against the law in the After World. He enjoys their little secret escapades out of their community so he can continue in his search of “the book”. Jacob plays a major part in the story even though he is not present himself in a lot of it.I also like the mysterious Miriam, who seems to know a lot more than she lets on about things that she probably shouldn’t know, and Alex who is introduced towards the end of the story, is a very likeable character with his cheeky and mischievous personality.The ending was a complete surprise and I am very much looking forward to reading the next book in the series to find out what happens now.This is a fast paced novel, wonderfully written with interesting descriptions, and it was a quick read for me because I couldn’t put it down. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes dystopian novels or those who enjoyed the Divergent and the Hunger Games series of books.

  • Shruti
    2019-04-21 13:38

    ( I received a digital copy of this book. Thanks to C.B. Stone!!)"Don't repeat mistakes of the Old World.Don't seek love, don't engage in war. And above all else, don't Believe"....these are the "important" rules of the new world...Just after beginning the book I knew that this one's going to be a memorable read. The writing style of the author is so captivating. Just the kind I love :)"Belief is most dangerous in their view. You'll do crazy things for what you believe even when you know what you're doing is pointless."Belief is one very important virtue for us. We are what we believe. Our belief is what keeps us going. It is what shapes our personality and makes our character. The author has remarkably explained its importance through this book. She has shown why we all must believe and have faith. Our belief in something is our power which keeps us going."Tall fences don't keep people out like you'd expect Bean. Tall fences let you know that they are afraid, which means you have the power. But a short fence? Well, everyone knows you can get over a short fence easy.....so why would you?"When we have a small problem ahead of us we just neglect it thinking this is easy. Small things are quite often neglected and these small things are sometimes what keeps us away from big things because we underestimate them.I really appreciate the author's creativity. She has so well presented her ideas through the book. It is very well narrated and the story is so good. When it ended, I can't help but want for more. The book ended at such a critical stage that the suspense is almost killing me!!I am so excited to know what happens ahead..."If God were so great, he’d do something. But he hasn’t. We’re forgotten. And that scares me, because it means I might have to do something myself….."

  • Kel Crist
    2019-03-31 14:23

    I was provided this ebook in exchange for an honest review. Rehabilitation By C.B. Stone: After the God Wars, the Elite took over. No one is allowed to believe in God and the Elite enforce this to the extreme. No one knows this better than Sinna and Jacob, but they have a secret… Jacob is a believer. Once he’s taken to Rehabilitation Sinna must find a way to bring him back while he’s still himself. I’m torn on this one. I liked the idea and the story of this book. Sinna is a pessimist/realist who’s said “You’ll do crazy things for what you believe, even when you know what you’re doing is pointless.” She’s grounded and a bit cynical. Jacob her potential love interest is the opposite and believes in God, together he and Sinna search the ruins of the local cities for anything that will sell back at home. Yet I’m not too keen on all the inner monologing that Sinna does. I understand that it’s of value to know what she’s thinking and feeling, but wow… enough is enough. But it was an OK book. Relatively quick read, and I don’t feel I’ve wasted my time reading it.

  • Annemarie
    2019-04-07 10:45

    What I loved most about this book was the reading experience. While reading it, I just loved it and went through it really quickly. The main character is kind of bland. Actually all characters are, with little personality. But the entertainment value of this book is great.

  • Rexine
    2019-04-06 14:37

    I really enjoyed this book. Very little romance, but I'm guessing it's building up to it in the next two instalments. Rehabilitation is a unique, quick easy read that kept me turning pages till the wee hours. I was disappointed in all the grammatical errors - not small things, but words missing from sentences, spelling mistakes. If this is self published, how difficult is it to have a few people edit it prior to publishing?? The book is for readers 12-17, I'm in my 30's and I really enjoyed the story and I recommend it for an older audience because of its plot - just be warned the writing is basic and in that way aimed at a younger audience. I think chapters with multiple POV may have helped this story develop a little further.

  • Ula
    2019-03-22 17:45

    *review copy*I quite enjoyed this story, but I wished there was more to it. It is too short - it's more like a long novella than an actual book. It has a fast progression, lacks twists, resolution is quick, sacrifices are almost none... It's like an outline for a book that could be really good if there was some more work done on it. I want to know more about the world because now it's very briefly outlined. I also found some typos, and a few times it felt rather repetitive. Other than that, quite a solid start of the series. Good and quick apocalyptic read, it reads nicely.

  • Lynsey Wilkins
    2019-04-15 14:40

    ShortI feel like this wasn't a whole book. It was a about 1/3 of one. I did like what I read and got into it but it ended when where it was finally beginning. I hate when writers do this just so that they can have more books. Why not just make a whole book. I only feel like I got a couple extra details out of the book and would pretty much know it if I just read the back. I don't know if I would read the next because I would hate to spend the money on something if it was just as short. I would like to know what happens though.