Book Review: FirstBorn

Let me say at the outset – this is not a genre that I would normally read, but I received a complimentary copy – so I decided to review it.

Here’s the info about the book:

“Where does a firstborn girl fit in a world dominated by men? When Tiadone was born, her parents had two choices: leave their daughter outside the community to die in the wilds, or raise her as male and force her to suppress all feminine traits. Now, as the first female living as male in her village, Tiadone must prove her father didn’t make a mistake by letting her live. As her male initiation approaches, Tiadone knows every eye on the community is on her, and desperately wishes to belong and finally be accepted.—But at every step, traditional feminine gifts and traits emerge, and the bird she’s been twined with is seen as a sign of the devil. Worse, as Tiadone completes her rites, she finds she is drawn to her male best friend in ways that are very much in line with the female gender. Confused and desperate, Tiadone tries to become what she must be while dealing with what she indeed has become: a young woman who may be able to stand up to her despotic rulers and uncover her real purpose in life.”

My review:

I have to say that the premise of the plot was intriguing, especially considering the issues going on with women in countries other than mine. In real life, baby girls are being left to die, offered up for adoption, and treated as ‘less than’. So what would happen if a parent decided to raise that girl child as a male? And what would happen when that ‘male child’ started experiencing some very real female feelings? This book explores those issues.

I enjoyed the settings – author Lori Ann Grover has a distinct way of describing what her characters are seeing and feeling. I thought that the book started a little slow, but definitely picked up speed the further you read.

I also liked the fact that this book is definitely appropriate for middle school kids on up. You won’t find sex or vulgar language. These days, it’s hard to find a novel that would appeal to a student without it being riddled with junk that I wouldn’t let my kid read!

If you enjoy the dystopian fiction genre, this may be the book for you!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for review. I received no other compensation.

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