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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.
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Availability: In Stock
Henry McLaughlinSaginaw, TXAge: Over 65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5A World Flipped Upside DownDecember 17, 2014Henry McLaughlinSaginaw, TXAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Vivica Wilkins is sixteen years old, and a bit of a rebel. She has hacked her schools computer network so her fellow students can exchange messages without the school knowing. For the right price, she can get into the grading system and change grades for her friends.
Vivicas world is North America in the not too distant future. After the Great Collapse and the Second Civil War, the World Peacekeepers intervened in war-ravaged North America. What were formerly the United States, Canada, and Mexico are divided into seven regions. Vivica lives in the Great Lakes Region.
Normally, this would not matter much to a teen-ager. However, Vivicas mother is the Governor of the Great Lakes Region, and is about to be nominated to be President of the United Regions of North America.
But all is not well in this dystopian world. Rebels and dissenters challenge authority that squelches individual freedoms, including religion. Particularly odious is the Posterity Protection and Self-Determination Act, a law which, among other things, requires the termination of unapproved pregnancies.
Vivica discovers she is regnant. She learns her boyfriend, Ben, is part of the rebel organization. Vivica faces a huge conflict. She wants to believe the government knows what is best, but the life growing inside calls her to consider another alternative. Ben wants to help her avoid termination.
Her mother is the victim of an assassination attempt that kills the current president. Vivicas mother is wounded but recovers. Vivicas bodyguard and friend is killed protecting her mother. His replacement is Anita Ward, an agent of the Population Management Clinic. Anita has her own agenda and protecting Vivica is not very high on it. Earlier in the story, Vivica had a run-in with Ward when the agent forcibly removed a pregnant girl from Vivicas class.
Vivicas fears for her baby are magnified by Wards presence. When Vivicas mother learns of the pregnancy, she demands it be terminated, in part because of her own political ambitions.
Vivica runs away with the help of Ben and his cousin, Drake. She soon enters the world of the rebels, a world of Christians fighting for their beliefs.
While she is moving from place to place in the rebel network, Ward finds her every time. Vivica moves again and again, and those who help her are killed. Is there a mole in the rebel forces?
While on the run, Vivica uncovers information about the assassination. It wasnt done by the rebels but by members of the government who dont want her mother to become president. Vivicas life, and the lives of those helping her are soon in even greater danger.
While among the rebels, Vivica slowly opens her heart to God and seeks him to protect her and her baby.
Vivica is strong person yet vulnerable and frightened. The author does good job of showing multiple layers of Vivicas character: snarky adolescent, frightened pregnant teen-ager, fearful of whom she can trust. Shrock does an excellent job of creating a character who is flawed in so many ways, yet has drive and determination. Vivica is a character we care about.
Vivicas spiritual journey to Christ is believably done. Shrock doesnt sugarcoat the Christian message. Doesnt avoid the issues of why prayers dont seem to be answered and why bad things happen.
Pace is brisk, but not so fast the reader loses track of the characters, setting, or plot. All the characters are flawed, just like in real life. All struggle with choices and consequences.
One minor issue I have with the novel is there are times when the author seems to settle for naming a feeling rather than showing it to us through the characters behavior and dialogue.
The reveal of the mole at the end of the story is well done. Shrock plants seeds that indicate it could be any one of several characters. When the culprit is finally revealed it is a surprise that makes sense. Excellent job of giving just enough hints to keep us guessing. And at the end, you see how it all pointed to that one person.
This is a highly entertaining and exciting YA novel with a genuine Christian perspective.
I give it 4.5 stars and strongly recommend it for those who like thrillers and romance rolled into one.
I was given a copy of the novel in return for an honest, unbiased review.
Fiction FanWisconsinGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The First PrincipleDecember 15, 2014Fiction FanWisconsinGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The First Principle by Marissa Shrock is an action-packed, intense, YA, dystopian novel. With only 235 pages, it is a quick read. Vivica is a smart girl with a powerful mother. When she decided to defy her mother and the government by keeping her baby, she is forced to grow up fast and wrestle with tough questions about who is telling the truth and who she's going to stand with. In doing so, she discovers who she is and makes choices that endanger herself and others. This is a well-written debut novel. I hope to read more from this author. I hope she continues Vivica's story because at the end, I cared about her and wanted to stay in the story a bit longer. I recommend this book.
I was given a copy of this book for my honest review.
LizzieAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Fresh Voice on Difficult IssueDecember 13, 2014LizzieAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Great conversation starter. Shrock deals with a difficult topic with grace and makes it both an enthralling and thought-provoking read. Very non-condescending, so would absolutely recommend for both teens and adults alike. Finished it in two days. Definitely a much needed voice in today's world. Pick this up for any teen in your life or to inspire yourself to stand up for your own convictions and beliefs.
Katie Lohr5 Stars Out Of 5Nonstop ActionDecember 8, 2014Katie LohrMarissa Shrock's The First Principle is enthralling and action-packed. I read it in one sitting! This fast-paced novel faces choices of life, death, and faith head-on in a startling view of what tomorrow could bring. Which side will you take? I recommend this to teen and college age friends.