First Light
First Light
First Light
Rebecca Stead
Peter is thrilled to join his parents on an expedition to Greenland, where his father studies global warming. Peter will get to skip school, drive a dogsled, and–finally–share in his dad’s adventures. But on the ice cap, Peter struggles to understand a series of visions that both frighten and entice him. Thea has never seen the sun. Her extraordinary people, suspected of witchcraft and nearly driven to extinction, have retreated to a secret world they’ve built deep inside the arctic ice. As Thea dreams of a path to Earth’s surface, Peter’s search for answers brings him ever closer to her hidden home. Rebecca Stead’s fascinating debut novel is a dazzling tale of mystery, science and adventure at the top of the world.

Book Details


  • Adventure
  • Fantasy

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
Profile Picture

Peter is going on an expedition to Greenland with his scientific father, mother, and a young man named Jonas. He is really excited to go, but lately has been feeling weird when he sees random visions. They also lead to headaches. Peter tries to figure out what they mean while sharing his dad's adventures and playing with the sled dogs, especially Sasha. Meanwhile, on another side of First Light, Thea tries to convince her people to move back to the surface of the actual Earth. She is the seventh in a generation of people that have lived in a secret place inside the arctic ice.

To add your comments, login above or request a LitPick membership.

Bestselling Books at