Title: Life First
Author: RJ Crayton
Published Date: June 13, 2013
Genre: YA Dystopian
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Strong-willed Kelsey Reed must escape tonight or tomorrow her government will take her kidney and give it to someone else.
In this future forged by survivors of pandemics that wiped out 80 percent of the world’s population, life is valued above all else. The government of “Life First” requires the mentally ill to be sterilized, outlaws abortions and sentences to death those who refuse to donate an organ when told.
Determined not to give up her kidney, Kelsey enlists the help of her boyfriend Luke and a dodgy doctor to escape. The trio must disable the tracking chip in her arm for her to flee undetected. If they fail, Kelsey will be stripped of everything.
Life First is a clever and thought provoking YA read. It takes the idea that humanity should help each other to a whole new level. I was really struck by the fact that the idea in the book stemmed from a random argument made by a lawyer, and how EASILY I could see this becoming a reality. It is a frightening thought to say the least.
How far is too far when it comes to helping another to save a life? Most people wouldn’t think twice about a blood donation, or even in many cases bone marrow. Some people have even been known to donate organs voluntarily for a complete stranger… but what if the choice wasn’t yours?
The characters are well written and the story moves at an easy pace with some unexpected twists and turns along the way. The questions raised are certainly chilling, and the scenarios hit a little too close to home at times.
I was lucky enough to be sent book 2 as well which I will certainly be reading as I want to know how Kelsey’s story plays out but there is enough of an ending that it would certainly work as a stand alone.
A solid 4 out of 5 stars.
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