Garrison Girl
Garrison Girl
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Series: Attack on Titan   

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Annotation: Rosalie Dumarque defies her wealthy family to join the last defense of humanity at Wall Rose, where her leadership and her sword skills will be tested by her fellow officers and man-eating giants both.
Catalog Number: #167357
Format: Paperback
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Publisher: Quirk
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 239 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-683-69061-3
ISBN 13: 978-1-683-69061-0
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017961225
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: English
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Set in the world of Hajime Isayama's popular manga series Attack on Titan, this action-packed fantasy will appeal to existing fans and newcomers alike. Rosalie, daughter of Lord Dumarque, agrees to an arranged marriage that will help secure her family's fortune on the condition that she first be allowed to put her military academy training to use by serving in the Wall Rose Garrison, which fights the titans threatening humanity. Rosalie's know-it-all attitude is hard to stomach at first, but once she spends time in the garrison and realizes how much she has to learn, her character undergoes positive changes, transforming her into an enjoyable protagonist. An underdeveloped romance robs readers of the chance to watch two characters fall in love, simply stating this event has occurred toward the novel's end. That qualm aside, the action throughout is compelling, and readers will find themselves cheering hard for Rosalie during an intense final battle scene as she comes into her own, both as a soldier and a Dumarque.
Kirkus Reviews
Building on the commercially successful manga series created by Hajime Isayama (later adapted into an anime series), this novel offers all-new characters.Humans have been living behind a walled fortress since grotesque giants, called titans, began attacking villages and making meals out of the human inhabitants. As a member of the nobility, Rosalie Dumarque has never been outside the inner walls that protect those of her status. Because the white 16-year-old only has six more months of freedom before she must marry an older man to boost her family's wealth, she hopes to make use of her Royal Military Academy training to become a soldier and see the world. In this action-packed story, the unlikely heroine manages to procure the very worst assignment: protecting the walls against titan attacks at the Trost Gate Garrison. From Day 1, Rosalie enters into vividly depicted battles against these beasts. The time in between leaves her opportunities to become closer to squad mates, especially blue-eyed Jax, her commanding sergeant, and to begin questioning her identity as a young woman and what—if anything—she really owes her family. Although the quick, predictable plot builds to a frenetic pace, mysteries surrounding the various titans will keep readers involved up to the conclusion. An open ending leaves room for a series to develop.For teens who want the female protagonist to kick ass more than kiss. (Fantasy. 13-17)
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Reading Level: 7.0
Interest Level: 9+
Lexile: 870L
On a clear day, from the top of her house, Rosalie Dumarque could see all that was left of the human world.
     Standing on the peaked roof of the colossal Dumarque Manor, which was itself perched atop one of the tallest hills in the district, she could look right over the fifty-meter-high circle of Wall Sina into the terrain beyond. This early in the morning, the towns and fields of the Rose Zone were still hazy with the autumn fog, but if she squinted, Rosalie could just make out the white ribbon of Wall Rose running along the horizon, 130 kilometers away.
     The sight never failed to make her stomach tighten. More than a marvel of engineering, Wall Rose was a boundary. The fifty-meter-tall circle of stone marked the edge of human civilization, the end of the world.
     It hadn't always been this way. For most of her childhood, the end of the world had been at Wall Maria, nearly twice as far away. Growing up, Rosalie had considered the walls a default component of reality, like the sky or the ground. They were always there, the unbreakable barrier that shielded everything she knew from the monsters that stalked the wilderness beyond.
     Then, five years ago, the monsters had broken through.
     In a single day, the land left to humanity was diminished by a third. With Wall Maria broken, all territory between it and Wall Rose--all the cities and farms and forests in the Maria Zone--was now the domain of titans, not humans.
     Rosalie's personal world was even smaller. She'd never been allowed outside Wall Sina, the heavily fortified inner ring that protected the king and all the noble families. She failed to see much difference; big or small, a prison was a prison. So long as titans existed, the world would always be walled in. And humans were no better than cattle in a pen, patiently waiting for the day the wolves broke through to finish them off.
     As always, that bitter realization ruined the view. Clenching her fists, Rosalie pushed off the chimney she'd been leaning against and started down the steep roof. A few of the clay tiles shifted under her feet, reminding her sharply of the long fall to the ground below, but Rosalie wasn't afraid. She'd never been as graceful as her elegant older sisters, but her time in the Royal Military Academy had toned her muscles, honed her sense of balance, and erased any fear of heights. Also, she'd been climbing up here since she was tall enough to push open her bedroom window. She knew every wobbly tile by heart.
     When she reached the edge of the slanted tiles, Rosalie lowered herself to sit back on her heels. Down below, her family's estate--extravagant even by noble standards--spread out like a perfect green carpet all the way to the base of Wall Sina. The army of groundskeepers was already hard at work pruning fruit trees, weeding flower beds, bringing in sheep to crop the grass, and all the other essentials necessary to keep the massive estate looking well kept.
     She knew exactly how many essentials there were. Her mother had drilled her on proper land management for years, in preparation for the day when Rosalie would be lady of her own house. Soon, she'd be the one whose world revolved around making sure all the tedious little details of keeping up appearances were taken care of.
     But not just yet.
     Rosalie rose back to her feet. A wind blew up from the south as she stood, blowing a wisp of her blonde hair loose from its braid and into her face. Rosalie tucked the strand behind her ear impatiently as she turned to stare at Wall Rose again, its curved white line gleaming back at her like a mocking grin.
     Rosalie grabbed the lip of the roof and lowered herself to her bedroom window to do what she'd come home to do.

Excerpted from Garrison Girl: An Attack on Titan Novel by Rachel Aaron
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This original YA novel features all-new characters and a new story set in the world of Attack on Titan, the pop culture phenomenon and manga mega-hit.

When the last vestige of the human race is threatened by unstoppable carnivorous giants, a brave young woman decides to defy her wealthy family and join the military garrison to battle humanity’s enemies. But Rosalie Dumarque soon finds that her dream of escaping the protection of Wall Rose not only leads to bloody sword fights with monsters, but exposes her to other dangers. Can she earn the trust of her fellow soldiers, stand up to a corrupt authority, navigate a forbidden romance...and cut her way out of a titan’s throat?

Fans of the manga and anime, as well as YA readers new to the series, will devour this immersive and engaging experience of the Attack on Titan world.

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