Title: Fire Country
Author: David Estes
Series: The Country Saga #1
Previous (Related) Series: The Dwellers Series
Next Book: Ice Country
Source: Personal Purchase
Description from Goodreads:
In a changed world where the sky bleeds red, winter is hotter than hell and full of sandstorms, and summer’s even hotter with raging fires that roam the desert-like country, the Heaters manage to survive, barely.
Due to toxic air, life expectancies are so low the only way the tribe can survive is by forcing women to procreate when they turn sixteen 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.
I was very excited to read the Country Saga after reading the first three books in the Dwellers series. I had heard that each of David’s books get better. Unfortunately, I didn’t find that to be the case.
Honestly, I didn’t dislike Fire Country, but it took me a really long time to get into it. I had a hard time connecting with Siena, and I think the writing style was to blame. Fire Country is written in first-person narrative, told from Siena’s point-of-view. David goes all out with phonetic spellings, contractions, and made-up curse words. It may have just been a case of my state-of-mind at the time of reading, but it actually rubbed me the wrong way for a while.
However, I love David and his books that I’ve read so far, so I powered through. I did eventually get past the writing and was able to get lost in the story. By the last third or so, I was completely hooked and had to see what was going to happen next.
Overall, I’d say that I liked Fire Country, but it was definitely not one of my favorite David Estes books so far.