Keep an eye out for the kickoff post and giveaway scheduled to start September 5, 2013. And stay tuned for my interview with David scheduled for September 10, 2013.
In the meantime, I'm going to be posting my reviews of the Dwellers and Country Saga books that culminate in the upcoming release of The Earth Dwellers. Up today is Fire Country, Book #1 in the Country Saga.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Fire Country is an outstanding, memorable story. I couldn't put it down.
Set 500 years into a post-meteor apocalyptic future, Fire Country follows Siena, the 15 year old daughter of one of the oldest and most powerful men in her small tribe.
Age is important in her society due to the incredibly short lifespan of its inhabitants. Due to a fatal illness called the Fire, men usually only live to be 30, while women usually succomb by the age of 32. To keep from rapidly dying out, the tribe mandates that all young women be assigned a mate (Call mate) at the age of 16. Love, personal choice, and prior connections are disregarded, and the young woman must bear a child every three years until she meets a quota designed to fill each family to the ideal size.
Naturally, Siena has a problem with this arrangement and struggles with the conflicting desire to obey the law, help her people, and stay true to herself as well.
Although the story is packed with serious themes, conflict, and love, David Estes still manages to sprinkle in some humor in a natural and endearing way. Keep an eye out for Perry when you get your copy. He's one of the most memorable supporting characters I've ever read in a book.
Another thing I like is the perspective from which the story is told. It feels like Siena is talking to you, bringing you right into the action with her and making it really easy to empathize with her.
Finally, I am particularly impressed with the strong female characters in this book: Siena, her mother, and countless others. Not many books ring true to me from a female perspective, but this one did.
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