Sunday, August 4, 2013

Fire Country (The Country Saga, #1) by David Estes Book Review

Fire Country (The Country Saga, # 1) by David Estes

Goodreads Blurb:

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.

*copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

Fire country is a dystopian, heart pounding, page-turner. This book tells the story of Siena, a 15-year-old youngling. Siena is to become a bearer, at sixteen when it’s time for the Call. The call is when a young woman is paired off, and married to the man she will bear children with, and every three years thereafter. This is her duty. It is the law. Siena doesn’t want this life but she’s come to learn that this is the way her world works. That is except for the wild ones. The wild ones are known for kidnapping girls before the call. This is what happens to her sister, she thinks. Sienna must figure out who the wild ones really are, and just what her father is really up to.

This story was so well written, so eloquent with such attention to detail. There is attention and focus in every single detail. The descriptions were remarkable. I found myself struggling with deciphering fiction from reality. I was so caught up in this made up fictional world, I did not want out of it. The author so obviously had this well thought out. He left nothing untouched. The language that he created was realistic to its setting, and quite frankly amusing and entertaining. It was slow to start but, it was written in a way where reading it fast is not an option. You have to take your time and savor each word in all its delicious wonder. It was story telling at its finest but, in a good way. Sienna was such a strong character despite her physical outlook. I loved each and every character separately and strongly, down to the villians.

It always bothers me when I read stories like this and I have to go back to life, and I’m not able to talk about it with others. It’s sad really, when a book doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. I believe this is one of those books. I want to share this book with everyone I know. It was searin' great (you have to read it to understand). I loved it!


  1. I hadn't heard of this book, but it sounds really good. Great review! ~Pam