Monday, April 14, 2014
Firstborn by Lorie Ann Grover--Book Review
Firstborn introduces a world where the firstborn daughter is either left in the wilderness to die or is raised male. Tiadone has become the first declared male in her village and pushes herself to prove to her father, her best friend, and the ruling government she lives under that it is not a mistake. She must suppress all feminist traits, including the growing feelings for her best friend, as well as prove she can be seen as a male. But as the tagline on the book says: sometimes fate has a different plan.
I chose to read this book because the idea of it intrigued me. I was curious to see how a girl raised as a male would be portrayed and also what kind of world lived this way would be like. I was not at all disappointed. I thought Lori Ann Grover did a wonderful job with her world building and character building of Tiadone and the other characters.
I did have a few qualms as a I read. The story started off slow. It took me a while to get into it and feel comfortable with the flow of the story. The world it is set in is difficult to understand at first. The religion, terminology, and foreign names were hard to keep straight at times. This is not a book to zip through for a quick story. It takes time to read and drown in the culture that has been created. I felt the ending came too quickly and did not leave me wholly satisfied. I. want. to. know. what. happens. next. (and there weren't any hints at another book).
With that, the culture and world in the story was wonderful to immerse myself in. I liked learning about the social classes, the religion, the opinions and perspectives, and the details of it all. It was an interesting world to dive into.
I would suggest anyone fifteen and over would be appropriate to read it since it does delve into violent and more mature and serious areas. I recommend this book to someone who wants to take a deep breath and walk through a new world and culture with small steps and also to unlock an interesting twist on the male-female domination and social standings issues.
Check out the trailer below and the author's pinterest board for this book here.
I received this book for free through booksneeze from Blink/Zondervan publishing to give my open and honest opinion of the story, nothing more and nothing less.