Book Review 60: First Sun by Tara Tolly

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Book Review 60: First Sun by Tara Tolly

First Sun

Author: Tara Tolly
Published on: September 4th 2014
Pages: 242
Genres: mystery, romance, science fiction, young adult
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My Rating: Thumbs Up

As of the morning of January 5th, First Sun is just $1.99 on!



First Sun is Tara Tolly’s debut novel and it is impressive. It is a young adult romance novel with a side of science fiction. For those readers who enjoy stories about falling in love and the sacrifices that go along with finding true love, First Sun is definitely a novel the deserves your attention.

I identified with Eden as she was trying to find her way in a new school, a new larger city and then falling for the “wrong” boy. Most readers have probably experienced something similar to Eden and everything that Tolly describes felt spot on and real.

My favorite thing about Eden was her love of history. As Eden starts to explore D.C. with Andrew, I could feel her excitement roll off the pages. I’ve been in Eden’s shoes in many cities. Seeing the things only explored in books and television documentaries come to life and become real is such a rush. I was able to relive that magic through Eden.

For readers looking for harder science fiction, First Sun will not deliver. The event that drives Eden and Andrew’s relationship is a catalyst for them to explore what matters to them and determines how they will navigate the next level of their relationship. First Sun explores the emotional side of an end of the world event rather than the science side of it.

The only disappointing aspect of the story, for me, is the reveal. Of course, being involved with the President’s son has it drawbacks and when national security is a top priority there will be people who will disagree with what’s being done. Eden’s life is in danger and the reveal of who was behind putting her life in danger just didn’t sit well with me. It’s a case of a character being introduced briefly who doesn’t seem to serve much purpose until the end. For me, as a reader, these are most disappointing who-done-its as there always seems to be ample opportunity to get that character more involved.

Overall, I enjoyed First Sun. The relationship building set against the backdrop of a catastrophic event created an intense, page-turning read. As a debut novel, First Sun is a satisfying, character-driven novel that gets a thumbs up.


6 responses to “Book Review 60: First Sun by Tara Tolly

  1. Ooh, haven’t heard of this one before! It definitely sounds fun, though maybe a bit too fluffy and romancey for me XD heeh. I like my books with a bit of explosions. Thought it’s AWESOME that it’s such a fabulous debut, too!

    • I think it’s pretty middle of the road on the teen romance and that first love stuff that happens. And it was a wonderful debut read!

      Terri M. , the Director
      Second Run Reviews

  2. candacerobinson

    I hadn’t heard of this before but wow, it sounds good! I remember visiting DC and that WOW feeling of all the history and important things that have happened there. I like that the sci-fi was light as well.

    • Yes, the sci-fi part of it plays a pivotal role in the plot, but it’s more of a catalyst for the love birds to make decisions on what matters most. It’s on sale right now. I talked to Tara via FB and here’s what she had to say, “It will be on sale for at $1.99 through the 8th, then goes up to $2.99 for a week before going back to the regular price of $5.99.”

      Terri M. , the Director
      Second Run Reviews