I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Fire Country is Book 1 in the Country Saga and written by the talent David Estes. Fire Country is a book based around a girl named Siena who lives in Fire Country, which is essentially a desert type terrain that stays hot for the majority of the year.
This book was truly phenomenal. David has created a unique world, realistic characters, a new governing body and even a fitting language for the setting. Fire Country is a breath of fresh air after all of the unfinished products I seem to have read recently. There was amazing flow, I didn't have to worry about constant interruptions with typos and grammar issues, and it was easy to get lost in this world as I was rooting for Siena and wanting her to rise above her social status and find a way to find true happiness in life.
Fire Country happens in a somewhat post apocalyptic world where the population is much less than it was and the life expectancy is much lower with the average person dying at age 30. As someone who turned 30 this year, I found this crazy to think about that this could be my last year. Due to these circumstances, the fire people have rules enacted that involve girls turning 16 to become bearers for the tribe. Once a quarter every girl at the age of 16 must attend a "call" ceremony. This means that she will be paired with a randomly selected man over the age of 18 to become his "bearer" and to bear his children. Once having a child she will be expected to bear another child ever three years after, until the household is full. A normal full household has 3 "bearers" and nine children. Siena is a "scrawny" girl prone to daydreams and has no interest in becoming a bearer, and not having any choice in who her call will be. Unfortunately for her, her father is in high-level leadership in the tribe. Through her slight rebellions she comes to discover unimaginable secrets, and just when you think the scandal of the tribe is enough for the book, there is a new and crazy turn of events.
David has made such a brilliant story with Fire Country and each character comes to life from Siena to her family and friends and even the ancillary characters. Even when in a depression I couldn't help but chuckle at Siena's dry and witty humor and her sometimes conversations with Perry. Siena shows the world that even a skinny young girl can stand up against what she feels is wrong and find herself in the process.
I give this book 5/5 stars, and cannot wait to read book two in the saga. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys getting lost in a story. Within these pages you will find intrigue, hope, rebellion, betrayal, love, independence and growth. This book is more than fiction, it is entertainment at its finest. Don't wait to pick this one up.