The First Principle: A Novel

The First Principle: A Novel

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by Marissa Shrock
     
 

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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

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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.

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School Library Journal
12/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—The United States no longer exists as a nation due to economic failure, fighting within the government, and antigovernment organizations. The result is the birth of the United Regions of North America. Genevieve Wilkins, the appointed governor of the Great Lakes Region, has her eyes set on becoming president of the futuristic, technologically advanced URNA. The government has developed its own "approved" version of the Bible to prevent the spread of "hate speech," a term law has been created that subjects teen girls to a "pregnancy vaccine" to limit pregnancies that would burden the government. They are also forced to take a pregnancy test every four months with abortion as the end-all solution. Sixteen-year-old Vivica, the supportive but mostly indifferent daughter of Genevieve Wilkins meets Ben and becomes pregnant, unaware that Ben is a member of the Emancipation Warriors, a unified organization set on restoring the freedoms of the former U.S. Ben gives Vivica an authentic Bible and attempts to convince her that abortion is murder. It's now up to her to decide if she will remain loyal to her mother or if she will revolt against what she has been taught her entire life. This fast-paced plot written in first-person is filled with espionage, murder, religious warfare, and political issues that mirror current issues. The religious message to accept Christ as the savior is interspersed throughout. Christian Fiction fans of Margaret Haddix's the "Shadow Children" series (S. & S.) will savor this title.—Susan Harris, Ridgeway High School, TN

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780825443572
Publisher:
Kregel Publications
Publication date:
01/27/2015
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Meet the Author

Marissa Shrock is a middle school language arts teacher, and works with her audience every day. She's a graduate of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild courses, and is a member of the ACFW. Her articles for teens have been published in Evangel and Encounter. Visit her at www.marissashrock.com.

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The First Principle 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
mbsteury More than 1 year ago
Marissa Shrock builds a unique, intricate futuristic society where 15-year-old Vivica faces the life-changing decision to comply with the government's termination law or, with the assistance of the resistance rebels, continue her pregnancy. A very thought-provoking and intriguing story unfolds as Vivica's dilemma puts her in harm's way time and again. When even her own mother will not support her pregnancy, how can she choose to give her child life?
VicG More than 1 year ago
Marissa Shrock in her new book, “The First Principle” published by Kregel Publications introduces us to Vivica Wilkins. From the back cover: If inalienable rights begin with life itself will Viveca have the courage to defend them, no matter what it takes? 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. Life. You cannot regulate life. Yet, somehow, in the possible future the government has done just that very thing. Get ready “The First Principle” is filled with tension and many twist and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Ms. Shrock has baked Abortion, Government Control, Parental Control and corruption into this politically tense scandal thriller. Then there is the relationship between Juliet and her mother, Salvation, life and who do you follow. Ms. Shrock is highly talented and keeps the story moving at a very high level of quality. Ms. Shrock makes you care for all the characters and their journey while giving you lots to think about. This is also just plain fun and exciting as well. Don’t start this book late at night because it will cost you sleep. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
This book doesn’t hold back. Marissa tells her character’s stories like they are. But we in the mind of a teenager. A teenager that doesn’t know the Lord, so her thoughts are going to be a bit troublesome to us mothers. Vivica is a typical teen who finds out she’s pregnant. According to the law she is supposed to terminate her pregnancy and as I stated she doesn’t know Jesus so she thinks she should go along with this. But other people are speaking into her life and urging her not to do this. She begins to question everything she holds true. She’s always loved her mother, but is her mother really making the best choices? Could her mother be wrong in her policies? And then a secret is revealed to the reader that simply broke my heart. This is definitely written or the teen market and I think this could raise some good conversations with your teen. I would not let my middle schooler read this yet, the content was a bit too mature for her, I think. But it is a great book for an older child. Marissa definitely pulled me into this story and had me wondering what would happen next. Overall, a very interesting read. A copy of tis book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marissa Shrock's debut novel, The First Principle, is an exciting, well-written, dystopian thriller.  I enjoyed the non-stop action and excellent character development throughout the inspiring journey of main character, Vivica. She lives in futuristic world that is not hard to imagine with a controlling government limiting individual freedoms. Despite this very disturbing new world, the book is believable and hard to put down.  It tackles serious questions  we see Vivica struggle with her new found Christian faith in tumultous society.  Congratulations to Ms. Shrock for an outstanding first novel that will be enjoyed by both young adult and adult readers.  A sequel is a must and is  most anticipated.  I highly recommend this new ten novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of THE FIRST PRINCIPLE by Marissa Schrock from Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review. It is characterized at Christian, Futuristic Fiction. I found the novel intriguing, for I am trying my hand at my own “futuristic” novel, although mine leans more toward “dystopian.” In THE FIRST PRINCIPLE, Vivica lives in the United Regions of North America. There are many twists in this story, and the setting is vivid. You really feel as if you are a part of this futuristic world. The chapters are fast-paced, so prepare to read this in one sitting. You won’t want to pause for a break. Vivica is the governor’s daughter, and she’s faced with a tough choice: rebel or abort her baby. I truly enjoyed the way Marissa Schrock handled the delicate matter and took into account Christian principles, as well as family love. I highly recommend this book and I can see it doing well with both adults and young adults. With the publication of my own books, I’ve been pickier about covers, and I’m not sure about this one. I would have preferred something with more action – I wonder if it will attract young adults. The model, however, captures Vivica’s strengths and weaknesses.
katielohr More than 1 year ago
Marissa Shrock's The First Principle is enthralling and action-packed. I read it in one sitting! This fast-paced novel faces choices of life, death, and faith head-on in a startling view of what tomorrow could bring. Which side will you take? I recommend this to teen and college age friends.