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.
After my review of The Liberation, I felt compelled to check out The First Principal by Marissa Schrock, especially since I already owned the ebook anyway. And I have to say, I liked this one quite a bit more. I finally got an answer to the age question of that one character (he’s 21 when she’s 17) and I found the majority of the book much more believable.
The blurb explains the story well – Vivica is already questioning the laws against teenage pregnancy when she discovers she herself is pregnant and has to make a choice. At the same time, some political machinations are occurring, both in regards to the rebel group and with her mother’s bid for the presidency. The adventure Vivica finds herself on was tense, nail-biting and fairly believable for a 17-year-old teen. There was more detail and description – I really enjoyed the book.
I still had some minor qualms. For one, 21 is a bit young for me to really buy someone as such a high-level Emancipation Warrior. Also I’d been feeling guilty for how unbelievable I found book #2 compared to book #1 and then the big climactic ending happened and made me lol. I may have never felt a single labor pain prior to my emergency c-section but I know childbirth is rarely quite the way it went in the book. (And I say that while having a friend who has literally given birth so quickly that the paramedics barely made it to the house in time for her third child.)
But those were minor and altogether I found The First Principal a stronger book than the sequel and I definitely think teen girls would like it.
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