The hook is that Tiadone, a declared male in a society that kills firstborn females, must join the army, suppress her femininity, prove her worth and survive. Her greatest ally is her familiar, a goat-sized bird that can hear her thoughts.
Firstborn: A Novel is published by Blink, a teen imprint of Zondervan that is quickly proving itself a supporter of edgy, compelling YA books that are clean without being preachy. (Other Blink titles I’ve reviewed include Doon and Like Moonlight at Low Tide.) Please note, some Christians might question my label of “clean fiction” to describe Blink books. I’m Methodist, and these books seem clean enough to me. In Firstborn, for example, there is a kissing scene that goes above the waist. I wouldn’t even mention that, except I know that some of my blog readers have different standards than me of they want kids/teens to read.
I thought Lorie Ann Grover did an excellent job with world building in this book. The concept of the bird familiars was really cool, and I rooted for Tiadone the whole way. This book is definitely a keeper. I think my son might like to read it in a few years too, as well as my daughter.
P.S. I received a free copy of this book from BookLook in exchange for my honest opinions and review.