Due to toxic air, life expectancies are so low that the only way the tribe can survive is by forcing women to procreate when they turn 16 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.
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By Lynn Worton on 09-02-17
Fantastic Book and a Must Read/Listen!
I originally received a copy of this book in 2013 from the author in return for an honest review, which I duly posted. However, I am now editing my review to incorporate listening to it in audiobook format, which I purchased through Audible UK.
This audiobook is narrated by Khristine Hvam. I must admit that when I heard her narration I thought to myself, 'This doesn't sound like the Siena in my head as I pictured her.' However, as I listened to her speak, I realised that her voice is perfect for Siena's character. She brings a charm and warmth to the story. She also gives each character their own voice and accent, which brings them to life. Her diction is clear and precise and easy to listen to. I would definitely consider listening to more books narrated by her.
My original review:
OMG! This is a fantastically brutal dystopian novel. I LOVED IT!
Siena is a fantastic character! She is a young lady that I greatly admire. Her determination, independence and grit astounded me. As her sixteenth birthday looms, she has to make a decision that will change her life.
As I started reading this book, I was completely pulled in to a world that has been devastated by a disaster of biblical proportions. The Heaters are a tribe living in the most unforgiving conditions I have ever encountered in the pages of a book, but somehow, they manage to survive. Raging sandstorms, fires and unrelenting heat would sap the energy out of anyone, but these people have gained my respect with their ingenuity and sheer determination. I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat more than once, as the story unraveled. I also found myself on a rollercoaster of swinging emotions; from disbelief, anger, sadness, happiness, disgust, joy, a few other mixed ones and back again! However, it is their laws that I found myself railing against. The one where they have to force girls of sixteen to procreate for their survival. I can understand the need to survive as a tribe, but it's the way they go about it that made my stomach clench! I wanted to shout "perverts", but as they are fictional characters, they wouldn't hear me! However, there are some really likable characters that redeemed the tribe in my eyes. These are Siena's friends: Circ and Veena. Circ is one of her closest friends and a wonderful character. He is a Hunter and the same age as Siena. Veena is a year older than Siena, and has already had a baby. Her attempts to get her no-good Call (mate) to take care of the baby made me giggle! This book is peppered with a whole slew of tribal slang, but it reminded me of some words I could picture the Australians saying (no offence to the Australians, I love their slang!). There are also a fair few twists and turns in this book that kept me hooked from the first page to the last! I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series!
David Estes has written a fantastic dystopian novel that has turned me into a huge fan! I love his writing style, which is fast paced and extremely fluid! His characters came alive, and the descriptions of the environs left me breathless! I am looking forward to reading more of his books in the future.
I highly recommend this book if you love YA or Dystopian genres. - Lynn Worton
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By Natty Jones on 19-01-17
horrible accent and pronunciations, good story
Note, review is for all 3 books as a whole.
I listened to this series of books as I enjoyed the dwellers saga and the 4th book of that series is also the 4th book of this series, so thought I might aswel listen to these. the books themselves are good enough, nothing that's going to blow your mind but ok really. I do quite like how multiple story's of several main characters all end up tying in together.
my main gripe would be the accents of the ummmm.... voice actors?? I don't know what they are called but they truly are awful. The replacement of curse words for "scorchin'" or "icein" is a tad annoying but a bit if a gimmick and not the end of the world but overall I find the reading, accents and pronunciations really annoying. but overall worth a listen I suppose but dwellers saga is far better.
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By Humble & Honest on 08-10-17
GREAT follow up!
after following the stories of the Sun, Star and Moon dwellers this series came in my suggested list. it sat in my wish list for a while,I was not convinced I'd enjoy it. how much is too much? after a break for some other adventures I figured I'd give it a try. starting with the first of these three it took me just 2 weeks to devour them.
I don't think it matters which series you start with as after finishing this one I believe it would've been okay either way. though there ARE things that I caught in this series that made me glad I'd heard the Dwellers saga first.
give it a go, if you liked The Dwellers you'll like this!
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By Michael P. Long on 15-11-16
Imaginative take on post-apocolyptic society
Fire Country follows a small village of hunters who live in post-apocalyptic America hundreds of years after a meteror strike. The main character, Sienna, is a girl who is an outcast and ultimately doesn't want to follow the path expected of her by her father or her society.
This book is full of action and some mystery. It not only covers Sienna's struggles, but also her village being in several battles and attacks from those who mean to eradicate them. Most of the characters were very interesting and some showed some amazing growth. A few were somewhat flat the whole way through (Sienna's father, for one). Unfortunately, Sienna's situations are often of her own doing, and she doesn't grow quite as much as she could of.
The novel tries to tackle a lot of complex themes like family, law, what is expected of you, choices one must make to survive, etc.
When I first heard the narration, I was taken aback by the very strong southern accent. It wasn't at all what I expected of the character and I found it quite distracting. However, after a few hours I got used to it and Ms. Hvam actually did a great job expressing SIenna's sass and those moments of extreme duress.
This is one of my favorite series and only gets better in future books.
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