Friday, August 23, 2013
Review ~ Fire Country by David Estes
Series and number: Country Saga #1
Number of pages: 398
Link to Goodreads page
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.
Rating: 3 stars
Date read: August 19 to 20, 2013
Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review
This was a nice book. I liked the concept surrounding the fire country and the others surrounding it. It was able to maintain a level of uniqueness that made reading it worthwhile. I really liked the romance (I was so happy that I predicted correctly in that area), and Siena. She was a strong and determined heroine, and she is a big part of why I enjoyed reading this.
However, there were a few things that I felt were lacking. Descriptions were a bit vague sometimes, so I failed to picture the scenes well in my head. Sometimes, I felt like the story was a bit underdeveloped and could have used more depth. Also, the slang and speech of the world felt a little odd to me—like it didn't mesh well enough into the story.
Other than those things, Fire Country was a good book that many readers would enjoy as much or more than I did. It had a great heroine and concept, as well as a really nice romance that didn't take over the book. Overall, it didn't wow me, but I still liked it enough to think it deserved a three star rating.