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Life First is set at some unspecified future date after the population of the USA has been decimated by pandemics, resulting in social upheaval and changes in law. The social construct now requires you to risk your health by making living donations to others. Not to do so is illegal and can result in a criminal trial and sentence of "death by donation". That is right. You are confined and your body is mined for parts until it kills you.
This story is terrifying in that, like 1984, it is not so far fetched that it could not become reality. Kelsey has a dilemma. She has been marked as the best possible match for a stranger with kidney failure. She now has no choice but to donate one of her kidneys in spite of any risk to her own health.
Kelsey believes the choice of whether or not to donate should be her own, and while she would willingly take the risk for a loved one, risking her life and her health for a stranger is not something she is willing to do. So she runs.
This book is an emotional thrill ride. I read it in one day and it left me feeling as though I'd lived every set-back, every emotional upheaval with Kelsey and her friends and family. It is well written, well edited, and extremely thought provoking. Although it is set at some undetermined point in a future world there isn't much in the way of science fiction here, with the exception of the implants that each person has inserted in their arm to monitor their health.
It is a dystopian thriller you will be glad you read and I highly recommend it.
What do you think? Should the health of society have more importance than the health of an individual?
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About the author:
RJ Crayton grew up in Illinois and now lives in a Maryland suburb of Washington, DC. She is a fiction writer by day and a ninja mom by night (What is a ninja mom, you ask? It's the same as a regular mom, only by adding the word ninja, it explicitly reveals the stealth and awesomeness required for the job of mom). Before having children, Crayton was a journalist, so all the stuff she wrote had to be true (sniff, sniff). She's worked at big publications like the Wichita Eagle and the Kansas City Star, and little publications like Solid Waste Report and Education Technology News. Life First is her first published novel. The sequel to this book will be out soon, so she hopes you enjoyed it enough to want more.
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