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First Light Paperback – October 14, 2008
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“Stead’s debut novel rests on an intriguing premise. . . . It is a testament to the storytelling that the existence of this parallel world and the convergence of Peter and Thea’s stories, told in separate chapters, are both credible and absorbing. Young readers will find this a journey worth taking.”—Publishers Weekly
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What I loved most about this book was that it plunged me into not just one, but two fascinating new worlds. Greenland itself really qualifies as an alien landscape of sorts, and Stead's rich details bring it to life. (Is there really a Volkswagon Road there where the company tests new models? So cool!) Thea's world beneath the ice is painted vividly as well with terrific techno-details about the innovations of that new society called Gracehope. I've added Gracehope to the list of imaginary places (along with Hogwarts and Narnia) that I long to visit some day.
I'm not giving too much away if I share that Peter and Thea cross paths along the way. Their stories intertwine in ways that are surprising but perfect and believable at the same time. First Light is a great read -- a fantastic mix of science fiction and adventure with plenty of real science mixed in, too. Teachers looking for titles to integrate with earth science and environmental units will especially love this one.
The novel was a bit slow in the beginning, but picked up in pace and excitement towards the middle. The was very reminiscent of Jeanne DuPrau's City of Ember books, though I almost liked the setting in First Light better. It has been said that people can really survive surrounded by ice...so who knows if there really is a Gracehope out there! :-)
I was a little disappointed in this title, though I very much enjoyed it...it just wasn't quite as fabulous as everyone has said. I think that's why I would much rather read a book before so many other people get their hands on it, that way my view isn't skewed and I don't get my expectations too high! At any rate, I still enjoyed the book, it was well written and I look forward to seeing other works from this author.
Two kids. Two lives. First of all you have Peter. He's happy enough living in New York City, but when his dad informs the family that they're taking some months off to join him on his expedition to Greenland, the kid is seriously excited. It's a pity that he's been getting these headaches though.Read more ›
Regarding the Kindle version, there were many missing spaces between words, added spaces between letters of words, etc.. It was definitely amateurish.
I absolutely enjoyed First Light, and I must admit that Peter and Thea were both captivating characters. The journey to Greenland was captivating, and the
underground Journey through Thea's homeland was astonishing! I also loved that Thea finally discovered the 'outside world!'
Therefore, I found it interesting how Rebecca Stead used 'Global Warming' in this book with a fresh, new perspective.
Great read! Great author!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First Light was written by Rebecca Stead who has written many more amazing books. This book mostly takes place in Greenland and New York. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is really amazing. It is a great read that many will enjoy. I highly recommend it to people who love fiction of any sort, or action. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Constance777
I was looking forward to this book because Stead's other book "When You Reach Me" was so awesome. However, this book is weird. Read morePublished 14 months ago by EJ
I loved first light. It reminded me of "The City of Ember." So creative and interesting. I hope this author writes more because I will read them. Read morePublished 14 months ago by J. Turner
Enjoyable read, but did anyone else notice that in this matriarchal society no one knows who their father is? Read morePublished 16 months ago by Inspector 12
First Light was fine - it was good - but sadly, I didn't love it nearly as much as Liar & Spy or When You Reach Me. On the bright side, it would make a very pretty movie.Published 17 months ago by melissa
This story has all the wonderful science fiction elements and the characters are easy to love. I recommend it. It is a youth read but great fun for adults who think out of the box.Published 20 months ago by Amber