The First Principle by Marissa Shrock ~ Book Review

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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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. This is her first book. Visit her at

My Thoughts

This is an exciting futuristic adventure, written for 9th grade-12th grade.  The governor’s daughter, the main character, is strong, sassy, rebellious, and often disrespectful to her mother and authority.  When she learns she is pregnant, she seems to want to keep her baby as a way to rebel against authority.  When she brings Christ into her life, she begins to choose life.  

This is a novel with Christian characters.   There is a book study that can be downloaded from Kregel Publishing, which could be a tool for a parent to use with their children.  In my opinion, parents may want to read this novel first, before purchasing for their teen children.  Because of the moral issues presented in the plot, a parental guiding to God’s desires should be shared throughout the reading of this novel. 

The author is a good writer, but as a Christian novel, I would have liked to have seen a change in her  behavior once Christ entered her life.  Also, with so many teens having children outside of marriage, do we really need a 15 year old pregnant rebellious teen as a main character of a Christian novel?  You must decide.

This book was provided by Kregel Publications in exchange for this honest review.