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CSFF September Blog Tour ~ The First Principle Day 2

~ Welcome to Day 2 of the September CSFF Blog Tour ~
This month's featured book is The First Principle

The First Principle: A Novel
By Marissa Shrock

She's idolized.  Her fashions are imitated. 15 year old Vivica Wilkins's life in one of ease and plenty.  Her mother is the governor of the Great Lakes Region of the United Regions of North America.  And if nothing unforeseen happens Vivica may very soon find herself in a new position - daughter of the President!

But when Vivica finds herself in a situation she never expected to be in, she could bring an end to her mother's political dreams. Vivica is pregnant, breaking the law of the land.  She's expected to follow the procedures of the Posterity Protection and Self-Determination Act - immediate termination at a Population Management Clinic.

But Vivica compounds her rebellious actions by hiding her pregnancy - she's not sure why she's hesitating, but she is.  Is it because her boyfriend Ben is against it?  Or is it because of an incident from her past - a secret she discovered - a secret her mother had been keeping?

Sometimes one needs to grow up almost overnight... And Vivica's time has now come.  Will she follow the law, thus ensuring her mother's presidency?  Or will she follow her heart, allowing the child she has hidden the chance to be born?  Whatever she chooses there will be a price to pay...

I have to say the determination of the Population Management officers to end Vivica's illegal pregnancy was a little extreme - one can only think their determination was in part because who her mother was.  As one of the characters said to Vivica "the cost of freedom is high."  The question one has to ask ones self is What are you willing to pay the price for?  and What are you willing to pay to achieve it?

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Kregel Publications in conjunction with my participation in this CSFF Blog Tour and my honest review of this book.

About the book:  

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.

About 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

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Stop back tomorrow for the third and final Day of The First Principle...
and be sure to check out all the CSFF tour stops during this 3 day blog tour (September 21 - 23, 2015)