Set in Oakland, California,The First follows 15-year-old Cassie Craig as she discovers that the strangest girl in her class, Violet Starkey, is more than just a little weird. Violet comes from a group of people who were the first on Earth. These so-called First People have a special influence over nature, and they are not exactly happy with how humans have been treating their planet.
The book centers on the the themes of environmental responsibility and war, according to the book's author.
"The First People take the tree hugging to a whole new level. If it were your planet, would you keep the humans?" Zaske asked.
An e-book, The First will be available for free download for April 21-23 on Amazon. [http://www.amazon.com/
"In a way it is perfect that The First is an e-book," Zaske said. "I saved a few trees. I like to think the First people might approve."
Sara Zaske is a former journalist who lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for eight years. Her articles have appeared in the San Francisco Examiner, Sierra magazine and the East Bay Express, among other places. Currently, she works as a freelance writer and editor in Berlin, Germany. She is also the host of the young adult book blog: YA Fantastic Book Review. [http://sarazaske.wordpress.com/