- File Size: 466 KB
- Print Length: 163 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: April 16, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007UZ72K4
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- Lending: Enabled
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But that's not to say that this is a formulaic children's book. In the debates over what is and is not a work for younger readers, the only consistent definition is one where the writer is striving to say something about childhood. Sara Zaske definitely has something to say about childhood, and she's doing it in a faithful voice and in an honest way that takes her novel away from a lot of the tropes of the genre.
Cassie, her protagonist, defies cliché at every turn. She's not the magical character, but neither is she the scrappy outsider, fighting up from nothing. She's the side-kick, in every single way--the character who, in any other book, would be a foil for comic asides and set pieces, and it is very novel to see that middle-distance character given narrative focus. She is de-centred from the supernatural story, but she's no reflective, passive observer of events; it's her story, and the magical elements are in service to her story. But even this could be clichéd if the magical events were befalling this very ordinary girl. Crucially, they're not; what brings Cassie into the plot are her own selfish agendas and I found that really engaging and accessible. Cassie is a uniquely believable teenage girl, and her presence in this otherwise very ethereal world gives it a powerful sense of the recognisable. Add to this a dusty, urban contrast to her otherworld, and there's a strain of Charlaine Harris' Bon Temps in Zaske's Oakland that really pushes the modern aesthetic onto what is--in its bones--a very traditional fairytale.
Zaske is, herself, revised and de-centred. All that moving about, becoming a mother, while having that profound desire to look backwards--she is in the middle distance, and can empathise with her main character completely. If she always writes from this authentic place, I'd be quick to pass her books onto my own daughter.
This is a story with a conscience. It's about friendships lost and gained. Cassie finds herself intrigued by Violet the silent girl in her class. Whether driven by curiosity or pity, a friendship is formed, and the journey begins. "The First" is an Earth Day adventure tale that will stay with you long after you read the last page.
Well they were best friends until Cassie became interested in the new girl at school. Violet is a very strange person until you get to know her. She doesn't talk much where as Cassie talks a lot. Violet ask Cassie to go over to her house for a play date. Cassie wants to go but is kind of ashamed to go to someone's house for a play date that is something that little kids do. Besides her best friend, Angie doesn't think she ought to go to that strange girls house.
But Cassie wants very much to go so she does. When they get there Violet tells Cassie about her magical powers. She also tells her about how her family are The First people. That her people were here on earth before humans were.
Violet's estranged grandfather wants her to come for a visit. But Violet's mother doesn't want her to go by herself. She ask Cassie to go with her. Her grandfather wants to use Violet for her what she can do, her being the most powerful person ever. Her grandfather wants to take the world back from the humans. When Violet finds out what it is that he has wanted all along with her she refusses to help him. Her grandfather then blackmails her into doing what he wants by threating her mother his own daughter's life. Violet thinking that she has no other choice but to help him after he threatens her does want her wants.
She send Cassie home to warn her family and everyone that she can. To try to get as many as she can to leave before it is to late. Cassie tries but no one believes her. The First is one of those books that will stay with you long after you have put it down. I really enjoyed reading it. I would like to know more about Cassie and Violet and The First people.
I received a copy of The First by Sara Zaske from LibraryThing for review.
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