The First Principle

The First Principle

In the not-too-distant future, the United Regions of America has formed. Governors hold territories instead of states, and while Washington, DC, is gone, the government has more control than ever before. For fifteen-year-old Vivica Wilkins, the daughter of a governor, this is life as usual. High school seems pretty much the same--until one day, that controlling power steps right through the door during study hall.

When Vivica speaks out to defend her pregnant friend against the harsh treatment of Population Management Officer Marina Ward, she has no idea she's sowing the seeds of a revolution in her own life. But it isn't long before she discovers her own illegal pregnancy. Now she has to decide whether to get the mandatory abortion--or follow her heart, try to keep the baby, and possibly ruin her mother's chances at becoming president.

A rebel group called the Emancipation Warriors, who are fighting to restore freedoms once held unalienable, offer her asylum. Can Vivica trust these rebels to help her or will they bring everything crashing down around her? Accepting their help may come with consequences she isn't ready to face.

Marissa Shrock's debut novel crafts a chilling story of what may be to come if we allow the economic and moral crises currently facing our country to change the foundations on which we built our independence--and of the difference one person can make when they choose to trust God's lead.

Title:The First Principle
ISBN:9780825443572
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  • Jennifer Slattery

    I should read young adult novels more often. YA authors tend to be crazy-talented. They have to be, because most youth won’t waste their time reading otherwise. In The First Principle, Marissa Shroc...

  • Becki

    I received this book as a review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I requested the book for two reasons. The first being that futuristic dystopian literature is still such a h...

  • Darlene

    Are the Odds in Her Favor?What would you do if you lived in a world where your decisions were taken away from you? Would you try and beat the odds by fighting the system or join the majority, letting ...

  • Veronica

    I really enjoyed this fascinating story set in what, hopefully, won't be our future! North America is split into regions and the government controls what you say, do, and even whether or not you can h...

  • Becky

    The world presented in The First Principle is scary ... yet feels all too familiar. As I read, I thought, "This could really happen here." Not all of it, of course, but the disregard for life and hatr...

  • Roger

    Adults frequently enjoy reading books written for younger readers. This is one I'd recommend to my fellow adults.I was especially pleased that Ms. Shrock began with endorsements by teen girls rather t...

  • Lisa Godfrees

    I was so pleasantly surprised while reading this book. It's just what a YA dystopian should be.The First Principle tells the story of Vivica, only daughter to one of the seven regional governors of th...

  • Michelle Welsh

    The First Principle by Marissa Shrock is an action-packed, intense, YA dystopian novel. With only 235 pages, it is a quick read. From the start, Vivica, the daughter of a powerful governor and the int...

  • Susie Finkbeiner

    Marissa Shrock's debut YA novel is a page turner full of suspense with a few twists. Written from the point of view of a teen, Shrock captured the voice of Vivica Wilkins well. Tackling difficult topi...

  • Katherine Salinas

    Fantastic read. At times it was very hard to put down! In all the futuristic scenarios, I found myself later deep in thought about what it would be like to live in this society. Eerily enough, it does...