The First Tour
May 15, 2013 Through June 12, 2013
Seventeen-year-old Mira works on a farm in the ruins of Texas, along with all of the other descendants of the defeated rebels. Though she’s given her heart to Tanner, their lives are not their own.
When Socrates, a powerful First, chooses Mira as his Second, she is thrust into the bewildering world of the rich and influential. Will, a servant assigned to assist her, whispers of rebellion, love, and of a darker fate than she’s ever imagined. With time running out, Mira must decide whether to run to the boy she left behind, the boy who wants her to live, or the man who wants her dead.
I think I must say that this was what I would call a new “niche” in the young adult dystopian category. The characters and situations were scary, dark and gloomy, which is the perfect setting for this genre. Mira was the main character, chosen as a servant. She is unique and has a few great personality traits. You get involved in her learning about a “second”. I really liked the character of Socrates, even though his past was not stellar. Socrates was the oldest immortal mind.
Mira’s love for Will was different and fresh. I wanted a future, something to believe in.
First is set right after this civil war. After the war was the discovery of mind transplantation. With mind transplants, those chosen to better the world are allowed to live forever through their “seconds”.
The way I connected to Mira was really her being stubborn. She is put in certain situations and they show off her personality in a different way. First is a novel about hope and belief in the future. It was a very captivating read with great characters and a pretty fast paced theme.
About the Author:
Chanda Stafford teaches middle and high school English. She loves traveling and currently lives in Michigan with her husband and a menagerie of rescued dogs and cats.
When she’s not reading or writing, Chanda enjoys old zombie movies, authentic Italian food, and comic books.