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About the Author
- Publication Date : January 1, 2015
- File Size : 906 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Kregel Publications (January 1, 2015)
- Print Length : 242 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00PG27IF2
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Not Enabled
Best Sellers Rank:
#1,951,260 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #905 in Christian Futuristic Fiction
- #2,094 in Christian Science Fiction (Books)
- #2,768 in Religious Science Fiction & Fantasy (Kindle Store)
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The blurb explains the story well – Vivica is already questioning the laws against teenage pregnancy when she discovers she herself is pregnant and has to make a choice. At the same time, some political machinations are occurring, both in regards to the rebel group and with her mother’s bid for the presidency. The adventure Vivica finds herself on was tense, nail-biting and fairly believable for a 17-year-old teen. There was more detail and description – I really enjoyed the book.
I still had some minor qualms. For one, 21 is a bit young for me to really buy someone as such a high-level Emancipation Warrior. Also I’d been feeling guilty for how unbelievable I found book #2 compared to book #1 and then the big climactic ending happened and made me lol. I may have never felt a single labor pain prior to my emergency c-section but I know childbirth is rarely quite the way it went in the book. (And I say that while having a friend who has literally given birth so quickly that the paramedics barely made it to the house in time for her third child.)
But those were minor and altogether I found The First Principal a stronger book than the sequel and I definitely think teen girls would like it.
Marissa Shrock’s writing is bold and fresh. She doesn’t tiptoe around important issues like abortion and teenage sex. Instead, she approaches them head-on, but in a way that parents will feel comfortable with and teens will relate to. The First Principle opens with endorsement quotes from real teen girls. I was very impressed by that aspect, because it showed Marissa is serious about her story. She took a chance by giving it to teen readers prior to publication, and I admire that.
The writing in The First Principle is tight and concise. The book reads like it was written by an author who has studied the writing craft for a long time. I loved how the back story for the dystopian world was sprinkled throughout naturally, mostly through dialogue. I didn’t feel like a bunch of information was being dumped on me about the government and setting.
The First Principle was an easy read for me because it was fast paced and difficult to put down. It read like a general market YA dystopian, but also presented Biblical themes such as redemption and standing up for what’s right, even when it isn’t easy. I liked Vivica’s character from the beginning. Even when she was unsure about what she should do or what side she stood on, Vivica showed from chapter one that she didn’t believe in allowing others to be pushed around. She began as a strong female heroine, but still did quite a bit of growing throughout the novel. I enjoyed her story arc. At first she didn’t question much about the regulations regarding terminating illegal pregnancies, but then she began to seek out the truth for herself. By the end of the book she grew into a young woman with her own ideas and, well, principles.
For some reason when I picked up The First Principle I thought it was a stand-alone novel, but it ended like it could be the first in a series. I like the unexpected when I read, so that was something I enjoyed about the ending. I have no idea if it actually is a series. Either way, the ending wrapped up the story, while also leaving room to extend, if that’s what the author chooses to do. I’ll just say she left it open. It reminded me of what Lauren Oliver does at the end of her books. Not a cliffhanger, but allowing room for the reader to decide what might come next–fill in the blanks, so to speak. Some people don’t like that, but I enjoy it when it’s done well. Marissa Shrock executed this type of ending perfectly.
Vivica is a hacker (mostly using her skills to change the grades of other students), but she otherwise is okay with the "system"--that is, until she discovers she is illegally pregnant, and is no longer sure she is comfortable with the mandatory abortion. The baby's father is a repentant Christian, working with an underground group of "Emancipation Warriors".
I love how this book deals directly with Christian issues and political scenarios within the futuristic, government controlled setting that is so popular amongst teen literature. The faith element is not subtle. The characters talk and question God and faith in a way that is great for young readers. And despite dealing with the difficult topics of abortion and teen sex, there is not a sexual or even emotionally-romantic vibe to the story, which I really appreciated as it kept the emphasis on the more important issues of politics and faith. There is a little bit of purposefully placed violence as the story moves rapidly in an exciting action-oriented mystery and chase.
This would be enjoyable for teens or adults because of the thought-provoking themes and action packed plot. Adult readers could finish this in a day or two. I also think it could be a great resource for parents and teens to discuss some of these issues together.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Publications.