On a planet where artistic expression is shunned and belief in Earth results in imprisonment, Ayita dares to dance alone in her bedroom and she dares to dream of one day visiting the long-forgotten planet called Earth. What she doesn't realize is that someone is watching her, and he has even bigger plans in mind for her future.
Note: This novel contains non-explicit sexual content and a relationship that is abusive in nature. Discretion is advised before distributing this book to younger readers.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really like this book. it shows that people can dream and make a difference in other people's lives with the little things that you do. It shows that even in the harshest conditions in life, compassion and truth still prevails over any evil that may come. I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to read about a futuristic time.
At its core, this book is about taking the courage to follow our most important dreams even as we mourn the road not taken. I found it engaging and thought-provoking. Sonya is an author to watch! Like Lois Lowry’s The Giver, the opening drew me into a rigid dystopian world where a bright young adult, Ayita, is beginning to open her eyes. (Though many of its protagonists are young adults, First to Dance may not be a good fit for minors due to non-explicit sexual content and a relationship that is abusive in nature.) Ayita’s narrative is spiced with colorful characters and light, natural dialogue. But the story takes a chilling turn in the middle section, when we travel back in time to meet Etana. Even as she fights manipulation by a conscienceless seducer, the account becomes increasingly dispassionate. I found my own heart caught in the balance wondering whether, in the end, she had triumphed only by becoming as her enemy… or whether the poisonous charm of Dr. Timothy Azias had infected me at last. First to Dance has a satisfying, hopeful ending, but it left me with plenty to think about too. You won’t agree with all the protagonists’ choices, but you’ll appreciate the strength it took to make them. Worth the read!