First Light ~ reviews

In her book Michelle Frost paints a picture of a world with apparently no hope. To love colour or have anything coloured around is forbidden.
The story line with the seven main characters is so intricately woven into a pattern it makes it so fasinating that you have to keep on reading to find out what happens next. You seem to know these characters and some of them might even become your friends during this story. Toward the end of this book something is revealed that is so filled with beauty. .... and the end of this book is the beginning of a sequel that will hopefully follow soon. There are people out there who want to know what happens next to these characters as well as to the other people on planet Sindorus.

In her book Michelle Frost paints a world with no hope. Or as she declares on the book's cover: a world, where colour is a crime. Oh horror! Her writing makes this unthinkable world take shape to a point so realistic that you can almost taste the dust and feel the harsh light of this world on your skin. Luckily, the colour still lives in the hearts of a few people in these alien surroundings, and it is the destinies of these few we follow throughout the pages.
The characters being so utterly vivid, almost as if you had known them forever yourself, and the very idea behind the story being woven into a pattern, where at times you know exactly where the story is headed for, only to realize on the next page that you haven't got a clue, make this book a true page turner. And Michelle keeps you guessing, of yes, she does. All the way to the last few pages, where she finally reveals her bigger picture. Which, I might add, is breathtakingly beautiful!
All in all, an extremely enjoyable read. But this book has it's downside also: it ends. Just when she finally sheds light to the true colours of the story... it's over. As luck will have it, the end leaves the door open to a sequel, and I do hope she is busily working on volume two!

I picked up the book gingerly, wanting to like it, but afraid I wouldn't. I know and love the author's other written works. Would this one meet the challenge? Without a doubt, yes!

From the start, I was drawn into the strange mystery of a world that, while it was so foreign to my concept of living, was also uncomfortably familiar... a world about hope in dark places and how one person at a time can make a huge difference. I wanted to know why the characters felt and behaved as they did. I wanted to dig deeper into the book to find the thread that pulled them together. This book kept me turning pages, eager for more.

What I loved about the book is how the author wove a thread through so many lives, connecting them in unexpected ways. I sincerely hope Michelle Frost writes again if this is what she's capable of!
 Michelle Frost is an exciting new novelist who creates a world reminiscent of LeGuin's Earthsea in many ways. A fluid and skilled writer, Frost expertly draws us into the inter-weaving of the lives of seven very diverse characters. She leads them and us through solving an ancient puzzle that would change their lives and their world.

"Follow the colours of your soul."

I look forward to further adventures with the inhabitants of Sindorus and being delighted by Ms. Frost's unique and exhilarating story-telling. 

Michelle Frost has created a fascinating new society - one in which the use of color is taboo. Look around you where ever you are at this moment and appreciate how colorful your world is. Can you imagine living in a society where you could not wear a color stronger than gray or beige? Where you could not hang a color picture on your walls? Although the colors of nature still abound it is considered sinful to admire even the colors of the sunset! Michelle expertly weaves together the very separate lives of her 4 main characters in their search for meaning in their own lives and their struggles to express the colors of their passions and their souls. And in so doing creates a tapestry of light and color that will inspire and intrigue you.

This is a very satisfying read - though much too short IMO :) The loose ends are tied up and the questions are answered .... except one - when is this author coming out with the next installment? While Michelle is an experienced writer in other formats this is her first published novel .... I can not wait to read her next one!
Is it about color, creativity, insight, blind acceptance of dogma, unquestioned loyalty to one's society or the duty to question, to seek truth and beauty and freedom against any obstacle? Yes, and more. A remarkable variety of issues and insight that is woven into an intricate tapestry of a story that has not one loose thread. Powerful, disturbing and yet beautifully inspiring. Hopefully this is just the First Light from this fine, bright author!