The First Principle
The First Principle: A Novel
The First Principle
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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.

Book Details


  • Faith-based
  • Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Intelligent sixteen-year-old Vivica Wilkins leads a privileged life in the United Regions of North America. Vivica is a blonde-haired blue-eyed model of political correctness. Her mother is running a successful campaign for presidency and she has a house full of servants. She's even making money on the side by hacking into the school database and changing ailing grades. Her last relationship was with a sweet boy named Ben.

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The First Principle by Marissa Shrock is a dystopian, religious novel. It is about a 16 year old girl, Vivica Wilkens, who lives in a futuristic society, the United Regions of North America (URNA). URNA was created after the downfall of the American economy, and aims to prevent another downfall by controlling the population size. The law states that an abortion must be issued to any woman in poverty or underage that becomes pregnant. Vivica is the daughter of a Governor, so all her life she has been taught that the law is always right.

The First Principle is a charming story about a teenage girl whose life is about to get flipped upside down. After one of Vivica's classmates is forcibly removed from a study hall by Population Management for her mandatory abortion after being found pregnant, Vivica speaks up. Little does she know that she is planting seeds of rebellion in her own life with those very actions. Only days after this she finds out that she herself is pregnant by her ex. Now she must save the child's life and the only people who can help her are the rebels.

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In a futuristic America where the government has almost total control, a girl named Vivica gets pregnant with her ex-boyfriend. Getting pregnant is against the law, so Vivica runs away with this guy named Drake who helps keep her pregnancy hidden. Other people help Vivica go into hiding, while Martina—a lady who works for Vivica's mom—searches for her. Vivica's mom is a governor who's trying to become president. Her mom insists that she abort the baby, but Vivica will do everything she can to save her baby.

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