Girl One: A Novel

Girl One: A Novel

by Sara Flannery Murphy (Author)

Orphan Black meets Margaret Atwood in this twisty supernatural thriller about female power and the bonds of sisterhood....

Josephine Morrow is Girl One, the first of nine “Miracle Babies” conceived without male DNA, raised on an experimental commune known as the Homestead. When a suspicious fire destroys the commune and claims the lives of two of the Homesteaders, the remaining Girls and their Mothers scatter across the United States and lose touch. 

Years later, Margaret Morrow goes missing, and Josie sets off on a desperate road trip, tracking down her estranged sisters who seem to hold the keys to her mother’s disappearance. Tracing the clues Margaret left behind, Josie joins forces with the other Girls, facing down those who seek to eradicate their very existence while uncovering secrets about their origins and unlocking devastating abilities they never knew they had. 

A spellbinding supernatural thriller, Girl One combines the provocative imagination of Naomi Alderman's The Power with the propulsive, cinematic storytelling of a Marvel movie. In her electrifying new novel, Sara Flannery Murphy digs deep into women’s extraordinary power and reveals an unassailable truth: so much strength lies in numbers. 

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Title: Girl One: A Novel

Author: Sara Flannery Murphy

Genre: Dystopian, Fiction, Young Adult


In a haunting and thought-provoking dystopian world, the government controls every aspect of life, and children are raised in state-run facilities known as "The Institutes." Girl One, a young girl with extraordinary abilities, has spent her entire life within the confines of these walls. She has never known freedom or love, only the brutal experiments and training that have shaped her into a weapon.

But when Girl One discovers a secret network of rebels working to overthrow the oppressive regime, she finds herself drawn into a dangerous game of survival. With the help of a group of fierce and loyal companions, she embarks on a harrowing journey to escape The Institutes and expose the truth about the twisted world she has known all her life.

As Girl One and her newfound allies navigate the treacherous landscape beyond the walls, they face unimaginable challenges and must rely on their wits, courage, and unwavering determination to survive. Their mission becomes a desperate fight for freedom, justice, and the hope of a better future for themselves and all those trapped within the clutches of oppression.


- Dystopian societies and the dangers of government control

- The importance of individuality and freedom

- The power of love, friendship, and resilience in the face of adversity

- The fight for justice and the pursuit of a better world


Sara Flannery Murphy's "Girl One: A Novel" is a gripping and thought-provoking exploration of a dystopian world where the government's iron grip stifles individuality and freedom. With an intriguing premise and a compelling protagonist, the novel takes readers on a harrowing journey of survival, rebellion, and self-discovery.

Murphy's writing is immersive and atmospheric, creating a vivid and unsettling world that both captivates and disturbs. She deftly weaves together elements of action, suspense, and emotional depth, keeping readers on the edge of their seats as Girl One and her companions navigate perilous challenges and confront the harsh realities of their oppressive society.

The characters in "Girl One" are well-developed and relatable, each with their own unique strengths and vulnerabilities. Girl One herself is a complex and sympathetic protagonist, her resilience and determination shining through even in the darkest moments. The supporting cast of characters adds depth and dimension to the story, forming a close-knit group of allies who support and inspire each other in their fight for freedom.

Murphy's exploration of themes such as individuality, freedom, and the power of love and resilience are thought-provoking and timely. The novel challenges readers to consider the dangers of a society that suppresses individual expression and the importance of fighting for a better world, no matter the cost.

"Girl One: A Novel" is a powerful and haunting story that will stay with readers long after they finish the final page. Murphy's skillful storytelling, thought-provoking themes, and unforgettable characters make this a must-read for fans of dystopian fiction and anyone who enjoys a gripping and emotionally resonant narrative.


June 01, 2021