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First Fall
Author: Zaide Bishop
Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date: July 2017
ISBN: 9781488032806

Book 1 of Bones Of Eden
Book Genre: Action/Adventure Romance, Erotic Romance, Multi-cultural/Multi-racial Romance, Romantic Science Fiction/Futuristic

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First Fall

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Book Reviewed by Gabrielle Sally (author,reviewer)

[ Review Posted: Aug 03, 2017 ] - See all my reviews
I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when I read the synopsis for FIRST FALL by Zaide Bishop. The movie "Blue Lagoon" came to mind almost immediately. Then when I read how the Varekai adorned themselves, I jumped to "Lord of the Flies." So, hmmm…I was intrigued.

The story is slowly drawn out as the readers learn what life is like outside Eden but our knowledge as readers don't exceed that of the Varekai and Elikai who consider themselves two distinct species, women and men. The use of pronouns in the story did trip me up until I understood why. Then I found both the names of the characters and their use of he/she interesting. To quote Ms Bishop in her interview with TRR: "So much of the series is about challenging the idea of gender stereotypes and I think using very untraditional names helps the reader let go of their preconceived notions of what gender should and shouldn't look like." And this story definitely does that. Whether it's the Varekai appearing more warlike/aggressive to the seemingly more passive nature of the Elikai. The ideas of behaviors we would consider gender-specific are tossed in this dystopian world.

Lest we forget, this story is also an erotica that again, tilts expectations on its head. The primary couple in this story is Tare of the Elikai and India of the Varekai tribes. From their initial meeting they are at odds with each other based on preconceived notions. Well that and Tare did steal two canoes. From there, they seem to balance each other out. Tare is the fun loving one who seems to fly high in the sky like a kite, while the more serious India makes for a strong anchor keeping him from flying away. Then again, Tare is able to draw out the less serious side of India showing that both are capable of adapting.

We also meet many of the other tribe members and some of the interactions border on the non-consent but it fits the story and their naïveté is intriguing. But war is brewing and we are left with the question of whether the Varekai and Elikai can get along long enough to save their species.

Lovers of dystopian science fiction will enjoy FIRST FALL, which is story 1 in The Bones of Eden series and I'm curious to see how this plays out.
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