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However, I was let down with the protagonist, Firebird. Instead of the book featuring her as a strong character, it was a lot about her: what to do with her, where to put her, where to hide her, who can protect her. She was a catalyst for others to think and act, and spends most of her time in not doing much. I didn't mind Brennan as a co-protagonist, and they had solid chemistry, but I guess since the book is named after her, I thought she would actually act more to push the plot.
That being said, it's a decent book, and there are solid Christian overtones for readers of faith. The romance is handled sweetly and appropriately. The action scenes are compelling and page-turning. So go ahead, give it a try, and decide for yourself.
I will admit that I am not a sci-fi fan – I’ve never been able to get into Star Trek or things like that, because I’m just not excited about space-y stuff. However, I found myself continually fascinated by Tyers’ ability to both imagine all of the sci-fi space-y stuff and then to keep it all straight. Her writing was so interesting and her theme so strong and beautiful that the spaceships and laser guns and things faded into the background for me. She made a non-sci-fi girl really enjoy a thoroughly sci-fi story – it was both intelligently and creatively crafted. And I was impressed!
I would highly recommend you read Kathy Tyers’ Firebird, even if, like me, you’re not a fan of sci-fi. Definitely a great read!
For those who are anticipating the spiritual element, it doesn’t come until 60% into the book. Finding that was my motivating factor; I thought it was a minimal part of the story.
If you can absorb a zillion “alien universe” details being thrown at you at warp speed, you will like this story and, I assume, its sequels. It’s definitely not my thing, but I salute the author for the high degree of her work.
The title character Firebird is a wastling. This is the equivalent of being a third in Ender's Game. Firebird's only purpose in living is bring glory to her family through an honorable death. The real kicker is that it isn't even some kind of overpopulation thing. Instead it's mandated by their religion. Firebird wants to be faithful, but sometimes she isn't sure what she's being faithful to.
Brennen is a Sentinel; he can read minds use telekinesis and he has a light sword. But he's not a Jedi. ;-)
Firebird and Brennen are on opposite sides of an intergalactic war. The only real chance either of their worlds have is for Brennen to convince Firebird that her life is worth something.
I loved the message in this book. Everyone feels like a wastling sometimes, and we all need to be reminded that we are worthy of life.
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