In a changed world where the sky bleeds red, winter is hotter than hell and full of sandstorms, and summer’s even hotter with raging fires that roam the desert-like country, the Heaters manage to survive, barely.
Due to toxic air, life expectancies are so low the only way the tribe can survive is by forcing women to procreate when they turn sixteen and every three years thereafter. It is their duty as Bearers.
Fifteen-year-old Siena is a Youngling, soon to be a Bearer, when she starts hearing rumors of another tribe of all women, called the Wild Ones. They are known to kidnap Youngling girls before the Call, the ceremony in which Bearers are given a husband with whom to bear children with.
As the desert sands run out on her life’s hourglass, Siena must uncover the truth about the Wild Ones while untangling the web of lies and deceit her father has masterfully spun.
The book is a very very nice surprise.
But first let me tell you that it was a bit difficult to get into … my guess is the slang. See … english is not my mother language, and although 98% of the books I read are in english, the slang made the reading, at least for me, a bit uncomfortable… not was uncomfortable as Blood Red Road‘s slang … that was hard to read. But don’t get me wrong, once you are used to it … you don’t even notice it anymore.
The worldbuilding …. ohh it was complex and rich … you have deserts, snow, people living inside tubes ….. it was very complex, I was tempted to do a chart (like Siena did) just to keep up with everything!!!
The plot was very interesting, the mystery, adventures ……. but left me with many questions that, hopefully, will be answered in the next books!!!! However …… I predicted some stuff, but maybe that’s just me and my wild imagination LOL …
And let me say “Thank you David Estes for no teenage-angst-love-triangle-related” ……. that was refreshing!!!
The characters ….. Siena’s dad scares me … and Siena, she’s a good heroine, strong and willed… bonus points because I didn’t want to strangle her once!!! 😀 Circ was cute, like the boy next door cute … wait … he’s the boy next door 😛
So … yeah! Fire Country is a good dystopian book, and will be reading the next one 😀
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Fire Country (The Country Saga Book 1)
*A copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review 😀