Fire Country – David Estes
So this was one of those books that kept me up past my bedtime last night. I needed to finish it! I’m not sure when Estes came across my radar, but several months ago I bought this book out of curiosity. I am so happy to have found this little treasure. Estes is a spell-binding storyteller. I was hooked within the first few pages. His country slang imbedded in my brain as I internalized his characters. Fire Country is book 1 of The Country Saga, a companion series to The Dwellers Saga. My understanding is that while Country and Dwellers are separate, the final book The Earth Dwellers combines elements from both. As a reader, that means it is in your best interest to read both sagas in order to understand the final installment.
Estes has become one of my newest favorite authors to add to my list. I have already qued book 2 and am hungry for more.
As a world builder, Estes creates a realistic and creative dystopian reality. A world where tribal and cities of glass clash. Family dynamics and politics threaten to unhinge everything perceived as stable. Estes has created a pro-feminine power struggle, in which women fight for their individual rights against the dominant and violent patriarchy of men. However, that being said, this is a well balanced novel, while the female protagonist struggles for her individual rights, so do some of the men rise as champions of their female counterparts.
If you like dystopian fiction, then I know you will love Estes and the world he has created. Check his books out on Amazon. You can buy this book in Kindle format for $2.99 or in paperback for $11.69.
Synopsis: 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.
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