Fire Country by David Estes
4 out of 5 stars
I received this book from the author as a Read for Review.
The Heaters live in Fire Country, a harsh desert area where they live mostly off of prickly plants and occasionally have meat after a tug hunting expedition (tug being large animals of which the Heathers use all parts). Siena is a young lady on the verge of change. Always being an obedient daughter to her eventual-Heater-leader father, she starts to rebel as she reaches the age at which she must begin breeding to do her part for the continuation of the Heaters. This causes her father to send her long-time friend/new love interest on a trip which would bring his sure death. On the night she is to being breeding, her mother helps her escape to a rogue group of young women, the Wilde Ones, who are also Heater survivors who weren’t fit for breeding. With information from a spy and led by Siena’s father, the Heaters go to bring the Wilde Ones back to fulfill their duties. Little did they know, the Wilde Ones weren’t the weak young ladies they once were. Shortly after, the Wilde Ones found themselves siding with the Heaters to help them fight against the Glassies a nearby group coming to attack. After defeating this first wave of Glassies attack, the Wilde Ones, the Heaters, and another rogue group, the Markers, join forces to defend against further attacks and to determine how to protect the fate of their groups.
I’ve read several of David Estes’s books. He has a way of creating a cultural group with vivid traits and is able to give each of his characters a unique and clear voice. The only thing I had difficulty with was learning the slang of this novel as it is very specific to the world of the Heaters. Luckily, I used my elementary reading skills to figure it out. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.