Friday, May 9, 2014
Firstborn- Lorie Ann Grover
Description: Tiadone has been forced to live her entire life as a female accepted as male in her community in order to survive as a firstborn child. But when she needs to pass the rites of manhood, she finds the Creator may have use for her feminine traits after all.
My Thoughts: I really liked this book and hope there is a second. The concept of gendercide is one that is rarely touched, that I have seen, and with the target being firstborn females (which I am) it had a bit of personal involvement for me.
What lowered the stars was that there were some gross parts to it. Not much violence or sexual content, but female issues. Ones that I could not imagine giving to my brother to read and that I did not want to read myself necessarily. Okay─ not at all. That, and I wish that it would have been made more clear at the end how much time had passed. I got the idea that it was supposed to be about a year, but then the characters seem to be fully grown by the end, even though they had started out just before puberty.
Discovering who you are and who you want to be is important. I have read some complaints that the villain was not explained or defeated. But I don't think that Sleene, or anyone else for the matter, was the actual villain in this story. I think it was a society that dictated what Tiadone could think, feel, believe, and even be on account of her gender and birth order. And in the end, that was what Tiadone overcame.
If it were not for the before mentioned issues, I do think I would have given this book five stars. As it is, I still will look forward to a sequel.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.