The First Principle    -     By: Marissa Shrock
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In the not-too-distant future, the United Regions of America has formed. Governors hold territories instead of states, and while Washington, DC, is gone, the government has more control than ever before. For fifteen-year-old Vivica Wilkins, the daughter of a governor, this is life as usual. High school seems pretty much the same--until one day, that controlling power steps right through the door during study hall.

When Vivica speaks out to defend her pregnant friend against the harsh treatment of Population Management Officer Marina Ward, she has no idea she's sowing the seeds of a revolution in her own life. But it isn't long before she discovers her own illegal pregnancy. Now she has to decide whether to get the mandatory abortion--or follow her heart, try to keep the baby, and possibly ruin her mother's chances at becoming president.

A rebel group called the Emancipation Warriors, who are fighting to restore freedoms once held unalienable, offer her asylum. Can Vivica trust these rebels to help her or will they bring everything crashing down around her? Accepting their help may come with consequences she isn't ready to face.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2014
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ISBN: 0825443571
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  1. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Abortion, Government Control, Corruption Politically Tense Thriller
    February 19, 2015
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Marissa Shrock in her new book, The First Principle published by Kregel Publications introduces us to Vivica Wilkins.

    From the back cover: If inalienable rights begin with life itself will Viveca have the courage to defend them, no matter what it takes?

    In the not-too-distant future, the United Regions of America has formed. Governors hold territories instead of states, and while Washington, DC, is gone, the government has more control than ever before. For fifteen-year-old Vivica Wilkins, the daughter of a governor, this is life as usual. High school seems pretty much the sameuntil one day, that controlling power steps right through the door during study hall.

    When Vivica speaks out to defend her pregnant friend against the harsh treatment of Population Management Officer Marina Ward, she has no idea shes sowing the seeds of a revolution in her own life. But it isnt long before she discovers her own illegal pregnancy. Now she has to decide whether to get the mandatory abortionor follow her heart, try to keep the baby, and possibly ruin her mothers chances at becoming president.

    A rebel group called the Emancipation Warriors, who are fighting to restore freedoms once held unalienable, offer her asylum. Can Vivica trust these rebels to help her or will they bring everything crashing down around her? Accepting their help may come with consequences she isnt ready to face.

    Marissa Shrocks debut novel crafts a chilling story of what may be to come if we allow the economic and moral crises currently facing our country to change the foundations on which we built our independenceand of the difference one person can make when they choose to trust Gods lead.

    Life. You cannot regulate life. Yet, somehow, in the possible future the government has done just that very thing. Get ready The First Principle is filled with tension and many twist and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Ms. Shrock has baked Abortion, Government Control, Parental Control and corruption into this politically tense scandal thriller. Then there is the relationship between Juliet and her mother, Salvation, life and who do you follow. Ms. Shrock is highly talented and keeps the story moving at a very high level of quality. Ms. Shrock makes you care for all the characters and their journey while giving you lots to think about. This is also just plain fun and exciting as well. Dont start this book late at night because it will cost you sleep.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    WOW! Just WOW! ~ From the front cover to the words on the back cover, this is just an exceptional book!
    February 13, 2015
    JCMorrows
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The First Principle is certainly what I would call a MUST READ! And I applaud Kregel Publishing for having the courage to stand up with women everywhere over a tremendously important issue!

    This story hits home pretty hard for me as I was strongly encouraged by several family members to rid myself of a problem I was clearly not ready to handle before my son was born. Now, I was not a teenager and I am so very blessed I do not live in the same society outlined between these pages! Because if I did, I would probably not have my precious babies either one of them. And that would be a tragedy!

    WOW! Just WOW! ~ From the front cover to the words on the back cover, this is just an exceptional book!

    The frightening part is that many people could read this book and fail to see just what the problems are with how things work in the present government system

    However, I feel that Marissa Shrock does an excellent job of communicating how different a persons outlook can be when they themself are in the hot seat.

    Vivicas ideals are a tiny bit shaky from the very beginning she accepts what is mostly because she has been told to accept it her entire life, but there is a niggling doubt. And it is that doubt that brings to light just how heinous the system is when she finds herself in trouble!

    From there, the story just keeps spiraling deeper and deeper. Do not be fooled this story is not just about teen pregnancy. There is a web of deceit and subterfuge laced throughout the pages that would impress even the most astute mystery reader!

    And the underlying premise salvation and redemption!

    WOW! Just WOW!

    I wish I could afford to buy and distribute copies of this book to every abortion clinic in the world. If even one mother changed her mind about what she is about to do after reading it, it would be worth EVERY penny because THERE IS NO PRICE you can put on a HUMAN LIFE!

    I am SOOOO excited to discover that Miss Schrock is already busy on a sequel!

    Review JCMorrows 2015
  3. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good dystopian teen novel dealing with serious issues
    February 9, 2015
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I really liked this novel. It is a good debut effort. Even though it was written for youth, I found it well crafted and full of action. Schrock has created a future that seems very possible given current political trends. Readers will find much to think about in this novel concerning government control and personal freedom.

    There is realistic technology for this future era too. Vivica is an accomplished hacker and we experience some of the communication devices and tools used.

    I appreciated the way Vivica is portrayed. She is not a mindless teen but intelligently thinks about the political and moral issues at hand. I liked the way she faced the options for her future. Shrock has Vivica develop as a character in a way that is realistic and consistent. Vivica has been raised in a totally secular society. When Ben shares the reality of Christ and gives her an underground copy of the real Bible, she hesitantly thinks about it.

    This novel deals with some serious teen issues, like the termination of teen pregnancies and rebellion against government authority. Parents may want to read this novel first or at least be available to discuss it with their teen. The publisher has provided a discussion guide that can be downloaded.

    I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
  4. St. Louis, MO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Well-written and powerful story line!
    February 9, 2015
    Mazzou
    St. Louis, MO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is a winner! It makes my top 10 of 2014, I think (having read it in December 2014)!

    I casually started it one afternoon and could not put it down! I completed it the following morning (it was hard to stop reading it just to go to bed, but I mastered that difficult task)! This futuristic novel is absolutely amazing. The author is not only an excellent writer, but she has this stellar story line which I am just blown away by.

    As I finished this book I realized I was left with some questions; not too many as to be confused and dissatisfied, but rather enough that I really hope the author is planning a sequel! (please!!!)

    Without life, there can be no liberty or pursuit of happiness. In this futuristic novel, changes have occurred to North America which are -unfortunately- imaginable. The United States of America has become the United Regions of North America in which many of our worst dreams have come about. The government has more control than ever, including the power to decide who can have children and who can't. Population management includes the rule that underage pregnancies be terminated immediately. Birth control for girls under 18 is mandatory and since teenage sex hasn't diminished but rather increased by this futuristic year, abortions are constant. There is, however a remnant of people fighting against all this wrong. They are known as the Emancipation Warriors who are primarily Christians. Vivica Wilkins, the main character in this book has no idea what she will be getting into when she starts forming personal convictions against the Population Management law. Ironically, Vivica is the daughter of the governor of her territory and, as you can imagine, is in a far-from-ideal situation for expressing opinions opposing that of the government.

    I have no desire to give the storyline away, so all I will say is that things progress rapidly in this novel! Vivica finds herself swept into a world of danger. Should she rely on the Emancipation Warriors in her time of need? Should she trust a group of people she formerly thought of as rebellious? Should she stand up against her own mother?

    This book is a strong stand against the evils a government can inflict. Well-written and exciting, the reader will not be disappointed. I was brought to tears at some points by the all-too-realistic situations. Most of all, I was inspired and convicted. This is a powerful book with a strong message and I can't wait to read a sequel!

    For conservative readers: This book may not be appropriate for younger readers. Teenage sex is a major, although discreet, topic in this book. There are some violent and graphic moments in this book which may be too much for younger readers. However, I think it is excellent for teenagers on up!

    I received this book from Kregel publications in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!

  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Living The Christian Life Is A Struggle
    February 9, 2015
    Tea/Topazshell
    Vivica Wilkins is a sixteen year old girl living in a futuristic world. Shaped by her mother's ideals for a world where population is controlled, Vivica begins to questions those ideas. She sees another way of life through the eyes of her boyfriend, Ben and his family. He and his family are thought of as the rebels of the government. Their belief is a baby's life is precious and should be preserved at all costs.

    As the novel moves forward, Vivica becomes pregnant with Ben's baby. It is an unplanned pregnancy. One her mother will quickly have terminated. In The First Principle by Marissa Shrock, there is a chance to see a hot topic unfold which is one people ponder about in our society. Is it ever good, right to end a pregnancy? If so, when is the right time to terminate an embryo? For this reason, I am sure this Christian Fiction novel about a future time would draw the interest of the young and the old.

    Once Vivica decides whether to have her baby or not, her life changes drastically. All of a sudden she finds herself on the run and seemingly causing the deaths of other people. Her problem is a huge one. Whatever way she chooses will change her life, Ben's life, her mother's life and a baby's life.

    As I traveled along through the novel with Vivica, I had a chance to see how important a Higher Power is in our life. I also could see that it is not always easy to understand the way God works. Vivica struggles with these new Christian values. Her struggles and questions are easy to understand. Most Christians fight with these questions well after they have chosen to walk with God.

    Also, I enjoyed reading about a technological world of the future. Vivica knows how to work within this type of world like our young people do today. It's amazing how she can hack into her mother's home. She can see inside each room and who is in that room. This side of the book made me think about the many ways technology will change our world in the future. Perhaps, many countries are already farther ahead in this type of thinking than society knows. It certainly would or does help the CIA.

    The novel is like a John Grisham or Denzel Washington movie. It is full of dangerous adventure, and people working undercover as spies. It is a great novel for young adults and adults. It is a dramatic way to learn that hard choices have to be made in life. Those hard choices do not always have beautiful endings. God's way is not a magical door into Happy Land. It is definitely a struggle. Ask Vivica, her mother, Ben, Drake and the couples with their children that are met along the way.

    marissashrock

    Matthew 10:34-35
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