The Extraction Series by Stephanie Diaz has reminded me of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Shadow Series. Clementine has extreme intelligence and small stature, just as Bean does. The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth also comes to mind because of the competitive nature of the societies.
In the first book, Extraction, a depressing world is brought to life where civilians are treated like slaves and livestock! In Rebellion, the second book, Clementine worries that she might be unstable, but she is still intent on stopping Charlie and his senseless treatment of their people. In the third and final book, Evolution, the world of Kiel comes full circle and I enjoyed this one most of all. The writing is more complex than the first two books in this series and Clementine gets to meet the Mardenites’ God!
The Extraction series blends a dystopian society with science fiction and creates an unusual world full of brave and interesting characters!