The First Principle – day 2

22 Sep
The First Principle – day 2

(read Day 1 here)

When I learned the genre of this month’s CSFF Blog Tour book, my immediate response was negative: “Noooo! Not another YA science fiction futuristic dystopian!”

For the sake of family and neighbors, the wailing was internalized.

However, I read a sample of the book and then the back cover copy, and decided to give this one a shot.

And I’m glad I did.

The First Principle by Marissa Shrock is a smooth, easy read, and could easily be finished in one day, although I read it over the course of several. The ill-tempered editor in the back of my brain did not stomp around and throw his arms in the air, which left me free to enjoy the novel.

Well, to be honest, there were times when he looked up from his desk, his eyes narrowed. Those occurred in the first portion of the book — in the first long dialogue between ex-boyfriend and baby-daddy Ben and protagonist Vivica — and at two or three other places later in the story, probably because teenage speech and behavior annoys him. 😉

Shrock gives us an intelligent lead character with skills as a computer hacker, and these come in handy as Vivica graduates from using her abilities to aid herself and her friends at school to escaping those who want to abort her child.

FirstPrinciple-258x400The rebels she joins are not all secret agents. Many are everyday, likable, good people, much to her surprise, and they are endeavoring to be nonviolent toward other humans even as they refuse to bow to the tyranny of a totalitarian government. However, the media and the government leaders label them terrorists and assassins.

Hidden and aided by different rebels along the way — Ben included — Vivica uncovers a plot by government insiders to frame the rebels while staging a coup.

But not only is the national leadership in turmoil — there’s a mole inside the Emancipation Warriors. Is it Jared Canton, or is he, too, being framed?

And who keeps revealing Vivica’s information to the very people from whom she’s running?

The First Principle is recommended reading for teens to grownups, male or female.

Tomorrow, my niece will be giving her evaluation off the novel. Meantime, feel free to visit these stops along the tour:

Julie Bihn
Thomas Clayton Booher
Beckie Burnham
April Erwin
Victor Gentile
Carol Keen
Shannon McDermott
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Megan @ Hardcover Feedback
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Joan Nienhuis
Jalynn Patterson
Chawna Schroeder
Jessica Thomas


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4 responses to “The First Principle – day 2

  1. Jennifer L Meacham, author

    September 22, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    I might have to check this one out. Thanks! (And PS, I loooove dystopian, which is good, considering that’s what I write.) 🙂 (

  2. Rebecca LuElla Miller

    September 23, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Keanan, I have to admit, I sort of rolled my eyes at yet another teen dystopian story as well. Yes, they are many.

    But like you, I was immediately reassured that this was a story unique to itself. That alone was enough to make me like the book. It’s not easy to take well-known tropes and make the story seem fresh and different. I think Ms. Shrock did a great job.


  3. rbclibrary

    September 24, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    There does seem to be a lot of YA dystopians out there. And while I liked The First Principle and think it is a good book for its target audience, I do wish there were a few more adult epic fantasy novels right now. Thanks for your review.


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