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What the book really needed was some dastardly characters. The government did not seem enough of an antagonistic character for the novel and the protagonist was not complex enough. She was self centered and I couldn't really relate with her as much as I wanted to. She didn't face any major ordeals that I would expect out of a novel of this genre and of the trials that she faced, she didn't develop any depth of character from them.
The sad thing is, this novel had a whole lot of potential. I really expected a lot of action or drama or something that made it pop. The story had potential to deliver tears or laughter or hatred but I did not get any of those feelings. The writing was so good I felt down that nothing really happened. I'm not sure I will purchase the second book in the series. Especially considering the excerpt that I've read from it. It seems more of the same.
Note to author: I enjoyed reading this. However, it is okay to kill a character or two.
That is what happens to Kelsey, a young woman in a future society where you must consider life first for everyone, even if you must undergo a serious operation to donate an organ to allow a stranger who is sick to live. If you refuse you can be jailed and marked for death and all your organs donated.
An interesting concept and a well written book. I am happy to say there are two more in the series ready to read so here I go to do just that.
Life First is a different outlook on the future of a society after an apocalypse claims billions of lives. Rather than focus on the first year or so after the outbreak, RJ Crayton takes the story a century into the future. The prospect of the government taking on a law like Life First after the pandemic is very believable. The author did a fantastic job of making this novel as realistic as possible, that is, until the tail end. I try not to give parts of the ending away but this is a scene that I have to address. If you plan on reading Life First for yourself, stop reading this now. In the last handful of chapters, Kelsey and Luke make a daring escape from the short-term holding facility. They make their way to Kelsey’s apartment. There, Luke invited their small group of family and friends to witness a small wedding ceremony. Kelsey and Luke apparently had enough time to change into a Tux as well as a white dress. This scene seemed so unrealistic and the whole time I’m thinking, “Shouldn’t they be on the run to Peoria?” Good thing this was not the very ending to the book or else that would have ruined it for me. Overall Life First is well written and for the most part, very convincing that something like what happened to Kelsey could very well happen to any one of us.
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Here the young main character, Kelsey Reed, doesn't want to give up her kidney. It is the law that you must, in this dystopia, if someone needs your kidney, heck, you have two! you give it up. Otherwise, you are breaking the law and must go to prison and eventually give up all your donatable parts.
We follow this young woman as she learns more about herself and tries to escape her fate.
It is a quick moving story with deep morals to look at. I was so into it that as soon as I got paid I bought the next two books! I can't wait to continue the series!
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