Sunday, July 14, 2013

Review: Fire Country

Fire Country
By: David Estes

Rating: 5/5 Cogs


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.


This wasn't my first book by David Estes, so I knew when I saw this book that I was in for a treat.  I absolutely loved Moon Dwellers, and seeing that this is a sister series of it, I knew that I was going to to love this book as well.  I was not disappointed!  This book is absolutely a great time.

Siena is a strong, but delicate main character that is living in a world of unbearable heat, punishment and lies.  She is ruled by the laws of her land, the laws that her father upholds as the leader of their clan.  She stumbles across an intricate conspiracy being created by her father, but is completely unsure of what to do.  She shows her true strength by seeking out punishment just to uncover the mystery of her clan, uncovering a scheme where innocent men die in order to prevent her father's certain death.

The world created in this novel is vivid and unbearable.  I couldn't help but cringe with the punishments that Siena endures with little complaints when her only fault was being a dreamer.  I can't even begin to imagine the idea of shoveling human waste in unbearable heat.  It's just disturbing, although I can understand the necessity.  

Throughout the entirety of the book, I kept yelling at Siena in my mind, "Run away!  Get away from this dreadful place!"  In the end, the most unlikely person helps her escape into a world free from the barbaric laws of the Heaters.  Once again, she's thrust into a new world, but in this case, the laws aren't as oppressive as the laws that she grew up with.  

The true strength of Siena shows, as she fights along with her newly found sisters to help those that had once oppressed them.    

This is not only a story of a hellish world of unbearable heat, but the story of a girl that has been beaten down her entire life finding her inner strength to fight the wrongs in her world.  I absolutely loved this book, and would recommend it to any reader who enjoys a phenomenal dystopian story.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much! I'm so pleased you enjoyed it :)