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.
Well, the first thing that jumped out and smacked me in the face was the unique dialogue of the characters in Fire Country. Slang, like “blaze” and “baggard” and “scorch” and “grizzed off”, are littered throughout and lend a certain charm to the story. I really liked the main character, Siena. That girl goes through so much! And her conversations with Perry are hysterical…and that’s all I’m gonna say. You wanna know more, well, guess you’re just gonna have to read Fire Country!
Anyway, the author spent a lot of time on world and character building, but he doesn’t info-dump it on the reader, which is a relief. Rather, bits and pieces are revealed as the reader goes deeper into the story. And, I must say, Estes did a great job of making me empathize with Siena, and because of that, I came to really hate her father. Another relationship (there’s tons and tons of them in this story – which I loved!) is the love story between Siena and Circ. It was well written, and a couple tears sprung from my eyes at different parts of the story. What I did notice, and completely appreciated, was the lack of a freakin’ love triangle. In the words Siena or Skye or Lara might use – I’m blazin’ sick of those! 🙂
Fire Country was a fast, quick, and FUN read! The society of the Heaters was intriguing – even if “The Law” got my blood pumping and steam pouring from my nostrils at parts – which I totally believe was Estes’ plan! Add that to all the conspiracies and secrets and, WOW!! Now I can’t wait to dive into Ice Country (Book 2 of The Country Saga)! And I’m definitely going to have to pick up the books in his Dwellers saga just so I can be ready for when all the characters and story lines come together in Earth Dwellers!
Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars!
And now…please join me in celebrating The Earth Dwellers Book Blast & Giveaway!!!
Your favorite Dwellers and Country Saga characters come together in this epic seventh book!
As President Borg Lecter threatens to annihilate the Country tribes in order to expand his glass-domed empire, Adele ventures into the belly of the beast. Her only hope of survival is the consolidation of Dwellers and Country power before it’s too late.
Former demagogue President Nailin is eliminated, yet civil unrest infects every alliance. To save Adele, President Tristan faces his greatest challenge yet: unifying unfriendly Dwellers in the Tri-Realms to raise an army against Lecter. Meanwhile, Dazz must convince the Ice Country leaders to march with Siena and the Tri-Tribes on the gates of the Glass City.
The world sits on the edge of a knife. Will Adele, Tristan, Dazz, and Siena defeat Lecter and his army of killers before the Glassies wipe them off the face of the Earth?
To celebrate the release of The Earth Dwellers by David Estes, the fourth book in both The Dwellers series and Country Saga, David is giving away UNLIMITED free eCopies of Fire Country, book one in the post apocalyptic, dystopian, Country Saga. A little over a year ago, David published his first young adult dystopian series, The Dwellers, and it has changed his life forever. Since then, he’s gone from struggling Indie author to fulltime writer, he’s watched in amazement as his Goodreads fan group has swelled from 300 members to over 1,600, and growing. He’s been featured on Buzzfeed, as one of the ‘15 Book Series To Read If You Enjoyed The Hunger Games‘, and has just signed on to Andrea Hurst and Associates literary agency. Andrea will we working with David to expand both the Dwellers and Country Saga, taking David’s career to a whole new level.
The Earth Dwellers will cap off an eighteen month journey that has taken me from unknown Indie author to still-mostly-unknown fulltime Indie author. The change is a subtle one for most people, but for me it’s a dream come true. To the hundreds (and now maybe even thousands!) of readers who have come along for the ride with me, either by reading the Dwellers Saga, the Country Saga, or both, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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I received a free copy of Fire Country from the author in exchange for my Honest Review.