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I am amazed by the depth of the characters in this story. Normally I hate to compare book series since I feel that every author is their own person that that each story is unique, but I kinda felt that this book reminded me of The Hunger Games series because of the amount of care Mira had for her brother and her willingness to go to the extreme to assure his safety. This book is a perfect read for any fan of girl vs majority. However, this book did have a large amount of originality that made me fall in love with it. It followed the idea that doctors have been able to place a person's mind/memories inside of a new body. This essentially caused a person to be immortal as long as they continued to transfer their memories. Mira is an unlucky girl who was choose to be a Second to Socrates since she is a citizen of Texas, the state that is still paying for the debt of a war they caused years ago. A Second is a person whose body will be used as the next vessel for the First.
Mira is the type of character that makes the reader root for her to be okay no matter what. Mira has a loyalty that is unbreakable and she is willing to die in order to save the majority. I could have done without the Tanner as a love interest but I do believe that the author placed it in the book in order to facilitate a future scene. I think that it was an awesome idea to also have Will as a supporting character because I think that all main characters need someone to lean on and to figure out the truth from. The dual POVs were very helpful in distinguishing between both parts of the story. The POVs helped the reader understand where Socrates is coming from as well as Mira. The plot was consistently engaging and I was able to read the book in one sitting. I actually do not think I could have stopped reading the book even if I wanted to.
I am shocked that I did not stumble across this book earlier but I am very grateful to have been able to read it. This author is incredibly talented and I am very excited to continue the story in the next installment, especially since this book ended on a cliffhanger! First is a book that challenges readers to consider what they would be willing to do in order to live forever.
What I really like about this book is that the to POV's that Chanda wrote were the different sides of society in a way. Sure, they both agreed on the same things, but Socrates is a higher ranking and has a million things to worry about while Mira only knows what she's been taught all her life. I like how the POV's weren't because they were interested in each other but it was merely because they are, in a way, connected. And I really like how Will and Mira didn't rush their relationship even if what they felt was instant.
The bravery in Mira, thinking about her sister and brother, was astounding. It was nice to read about a girl who doesn't want to die, to be on the brink of turning back, and at the last minute deciding to die. Not that it was nice, but in other books, the character is adamant about dying for the greater good like their life means nothing. Like they aren't afraid. But in reality, of course you're afraid to die. And Chanda did a nice job of showing that.
The servants and everyone else, okay, for those of you who haven't read this book, you may be a little confused. But if they know what's going to happen to her, why are they saying she's above them all? That just doesn't doesn't make sense! The people at the farm who know, spit on her, but would you like to be in her position? I didn't think so.
Just thinking about the concept of the book... just amazes me. First was very original and I have to admire the creativity of the story. Who would have thought to have people use civilians to live longer? And honestly, who would want to live longer? To see your family die, your friends, everyone around you. Well, I guess some obviously do. It's strange to see the Mira and Will and Socrates all think like the Lifers but they aren't one. I guess that just shows there are others ways to change the way the government does things than to bomb everyone.
I have a few minor critiques about this book (minor means like... really minor). One, I know that romance was far from the point of the story, but I wanted to read the story behind the girl in the cafeteria. What was her story? Another is that I didn't really know the concept of the First and Seconds. I know who they are and what they do, but it took me a while to put the pieces together and I think the story would have grabbed me more if I knew from the beginning.
Other than that, this book was amazing. It's scary to know what the future will hold for our children and their children and so on. What will to government do in the future? What will technology bring us, will it be for the better, or would it make life even worse? Worse for whom? All these questions are running through my mind right now.
I really hope that there will be a second book out, I want to know wha Mira and Max and Will and Dr. Scoffield will do! You all should definitely pick this book up and read it! 4.5 stars for me <3 GO GOGO pick this book up! It's worth the read (and Will will appreciate it ;))
Thank you again, Chanda! I really hope to read some more of your books (and the second one of First). Let me know if and when you are going to release them!
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