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Life First by RJ Crayton
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Life First

by RJ Crayton

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Kelsey, as a character, is a hard read. Are we supposed to like her and admire her pluck or are we to see her as a selfish person for wanting the choice to do what she will with her body. Is this a theme meant to translate to the reader? The idealism of youth and the idea that one’s responsibility is solely to oneself. As the story develops the character blossoms and the audience is able to get to know her and identify with her to an extent. Her society is pro-life to an extreme; she’s not willing to embrace and for some readers Life First may feel a timely read. It’s up to the reader to decide if Kelsey’s stand is brave or stupid and they might just relate that struggle to themselves.

Crayton’s plotting and writing style are very fluid. Descriptions are, for the most part, compactly written and designed to give the reader an eye-in-the-sky kind of feel. If there are errors in the work, I didn’t spot them. Life First is very cleanly and professionally presented. That this is the first novel Crayton has written is astonishing especially as journalists used to writing facts, in my experience, tend to be somewhat wooden when they start writing. Reader see none of those traits in Life First.

If you are a fan of dystopian novels but would prefer an older protagonist, Life First is the novel for you. ( )
  TammyDewhirst | Oct 7, 2013 |
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