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From the publisher:
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. Marissa Shrock's 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 independence--and of the difference one person can make when they choose to trust God's lead.
The First Principle: A Novel by Marissa Shrock is her debut novel and I have to share that this book is a great read. I found this book to be intriguing, engaging and somewhat disturbing.
More to the point, my teenagers really liked this book and recommend it for reading! (Now that's high praise)
While the novel did not come out and fully state the story takes place during the end times, it is pretty evident that it does. For example, Vivica's world is governed by US regions rather than states, government has taken over the citizens individual rights and controls what food they can eat, jobs they can have, population control through forced birth control and if necessary, forced abortions. The government in this novel has dictated laws on what is taught in school, what can be discussed in personal and private lives, and most of all the outlawing of Christianity and the Bible.
What did I find most disturbing/interesting in this book?
I found it intriguing that the perspective of The First Principle while strongly referring to God, His message through the Bible - salvation, the story's focus was not on the rapture itself. Rather, the focus was on a very realistic version of what life might be like for a teenager living during the end times.
It portrayed the government's revocation of it's citizen's personal freedoms ~ the freedom to choose how to live, choices of what we believe and how we raise our children and how many children to have; the right of free speech and the right to religious freedom.
The phrase "in the not-too-distant future" was an eye opener for me. It was rather scary even as a Christian to realize that I could clearly see how today's issues in our government, society and religion could be the seeds that sprout and bloom "in the near future" into the type of society and government so evident in this book.
It most definitively left me feeling unsettled and opened up some very earnest and thought provoking family discussions, including faith in Jesus Christ.
My family and I highly recommend reading The First Principle!
Many thanks to Kregel Publications for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest and up front review.