The First Twenty by Jennifer Lavoie

The First Twenty

Humanity was nearly wiped out when a series of global disasters struck, but pockets of survivors have managed to thrive and are starting to rebuild society. Peyton lives with others in what used to be a factory. When her adopted father is murdered by Scavengers, she is determined to bring justice to those who took him away from her. She didn’t count on meeting Nixie.Nixie is one of the few people born with the ability to dowse for water with he...

Details The First Twenty

TitleThe First Twenty
Release DateMay 12th, 2015
PublisherBold Strokes Books
GenreGlbt, Lesbian, Young Adult, Apocalyptic, Post Apocalyptic, Lgbt, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Reviews The First Twenty

  • Jem
    The haunting cover and the intriguing blurb sold me. So fast I didn't notice it's one of genres I generally avoid--Y.A. The story is set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic world where scattered pockets of humanity struggle to survive everyday, and resources like water is scarce and often contaminated. In the book's limited worldview, civilization is divided into 'settlers' and 'scavengers'. That sort of translates to the 'haves' and the 'have-nots'...
  • Nathan Burgoine
    It's been twenty years since the world fell apart. For Peyton, the time "Before" is something she never experienced and doesn't have a whole lot of patience thinking about. She's eighteen, and has just become the leader of the guards at her home - a former factory that other survivors have turned into a functional shelter and community. More than a hundred people live there, and they count on her. She can't fall apart over the death of her adopti...
  • Woff
    Read like it was written by a teenager. If I have to read another book where people hate each other but fall in love because they "felt a strange tingle" when looking at each other, and "experienced a curious warm sensation" when their hands accidentally brush, I'm gonna scream.
  • Fangs for the Fantasy
    The world has fallen apart. It is twenty years after the fall of civilisation, there’s only a few scattered remnants of humanity left who are trying to struggle to survive and, maybe, rebuild.Peyton is the newly elected leader of her Settlement’s security, they’re trying to rebuild and keep themselves safe from raiding Scavenger looking to steal their resources. One raid recently killed her fatherNixie is a Scavanger, desperate, under-resou...
  • Sally
    Okay so as of right now there are NO other ratings or reviews for this book, so I feel a kind of pressure to write a super awesome review. Gah. However there might be spoilers below, so read at your own peril.First of all, I totally forgot that Bold Strokes were "the gay publisher" when I requested this galley, and the blurb in particular that I'd read didn't allude to any kind of romance at ALL. So that was a bit of a nice surprise, because it h...
  • Emma Christina
    I really enjoyed reading this, not a particularly original dystopian setting but great characters (although I felt we could've had a little more time spent developing them), but great connections between the characters and I really enjoyed the fact that all the relationships were treated as the norm, with attention not focused solely on the fact that the relationships were homosexual or heterosexual but focused on the fact that they are connectio...
  • Bobbi
    * ARC received via NetGalley.The First Twenty is set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic world where groups of Scavengers and Settlers try to eke out an existence. The author does a good job of painting a picture of the world and people and sets the book up for many possibilities but in the end falls short. The pace of the book feels off, it was too slow for my taste. The plot lags in the middle and the relationship takes a while to get off the grou...
  • Lekeisha The Booknerd
    Very lacking in world building and I just don't like how the story is executed. This could have been great if there was a purpose for these characters. Instead, the main drive was to get the 2 protagonists together. No plot development whatsoever. *sighs* UPDATE: A book that has so much potential, but, sadly, fell flat. I really wanted to like this book; but by the time I got to chapter six, I saw how much the author’s lack of details – and t...
  • Eunice
    I received this copy for honest review from NetGalley. I've gotta say, although an interesting premise, this story left a lot to be desired. The entire reading experience left me with question after question, many if not all of which went unanswered, moreso than a typical YA novel/ series would leave me with. For example, what caused the Collapse? What differentiates the settlers and scavengers? Why should I care about these characters? I also fe...
  • Danielle
    This review is based on an eARC received through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.I liked this book just fine. In fact, it was exactly what I was looking for: a dystopian novel with a f/f romance treated as completely normal. So there's that.Aside from that, I couldn't really dig deep in this book. As other reviewers have said, the dystopian world is pretty simple. For example, it's said that the Scavengers would be turned away ...
  • Aurora Dimitre
    There it is, folks. My first LGBT+ book of 2016. I really liked this one. To be honest, it would probably be 5 stars if it hadn't taken me a couple of chapters to really get into it. As well as that, it was a little short - but I think that's my subconscious telling me to stop reading short books, because I've been thinking every book was too short lately. One thing I really liked about this was the romantic aspect. It was adorable, even though i...
  • Krista
    This was a fast paced read. It started out moving and never stopped.It does have LBGTQ relationships. May not be someone's cup of tea. I read it for the "dystopian" side of the story, which was much more prevalent. Peyton, generally the main character of the story, lives in a community of "Settlers," when he father is murdered by "Scavengers. She is thrust into his role of head of security and becomes responsible for protecting the community. Nix...
  • Rachel
    My full review is on my blog:"The First Twenty" is a unique dystopian novel for many reasons. It isn't about death games or twisted plots of evil rulers, it's simply about survival, which a lot of dystopian novels overlook to some degree. It also has a very sweet romance between Nixie and Peyton. Also, for anyone who is worried about yet another lesbian couple with an unhappy ending, don't worry, things wo...
  • Nico
    2.5 stars. I almost feel compelled to give this more stars than it deserves because it's lesbian fiction that for once doesn't focus on the fact that there are lesbians!!!! More coherent review to come. I have to stop finishing books at 12:30 AM, my reviewing skills are severely impaired at this late hour...
  • Melinda
    The fast-moving plot in a dystopic future distracts from the amateurish writing and unrealistic scenarios, making it a compelling read despite these flaws. Another annoyance was the way Peyton constantly compares herself as a leader to her to her father. Try to step out of his shadow for a second!
  • Samantha
    "There's no future without trust in a world where you can't survive on your own."Title: The First TwentyAuthor: Jennifer LavoieSeries: StandalonePublication: May 12, 2015 by Bold Strokes BooksPages: 264Source: NetgalleySummary:Humanity was nearly wiped out when a series of global disasters struck, but pockets of survivors have managed to thrive and are starting to rebuild society. Peyton lives with others in what used to be a factory. When her ad...
  • Terry
    The apocalypse came. Remaining was but a few of humanity. Water was scarce, and friendly neighbors even scarcer. Peyton is the adopted daughter of the Settler’s leader, but when he dies, that title falls on Peyton who doubts her experience. She is worried for their future and knows they need to find other survivors to live.Nixie is a Scavenger. They wander the land like nomads but are behind in technology and other things needed to live so they...
  • Nina
    I think what I enjoyed most about this read was probably the characters, and i wish we'd gotten to know the secondary characters better than we did. I also quite liked the premise of it, and the dystopian setting.I found the world building to be a bit lacking? It didn't really contribute to an interesting backdrop for the story. I would've liked to know a bit more about what happened and how they got to be where they are when we meet them in this...
  • MacKenzie
    Quick read and like the world it was set in. The characters are a little shallow, but I still bought into their story. The ending seemed a little rushed and could have delved deeper or at least played out what happened rather than just say it.
  • J
    3-3.5 on the 'young' side of young adult and on the 'meh' side of dystopian novels for me
  • Donna
    I’m not sure what the title alludes to in the book. I imagine the first twenty years of post-apocalypse? I don’t know what else it would be referencing. There are old people still alive in this world that remember what it was like before the world ended and Peyton and Nixie are about 18 so it fits.I felt okay about THE FIRST TWENTY. It didn’t blow me away but it was an okay story nonetheless. Toward the end the structure started slipping a ...
  • Online Eccentric Librarian
    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog The First Twenty felt very constructed - everything set up to create a romance with complete disregard to logic or any kind of realistic situations. There wasn't an honest bone in the book. Compounding the lack of grounded worldbuilding, the story was devoid of any originality or interest; at one point I became so bored, I started eating yogurt. I hate yogurt.Story: In you...
  • Sara Tickanen
    This review and more are published on my blog, The Reality of Books: https://therealityofbooks.wordpress.c...I went to a discussion this past semester at my grad school about how to create diverse characters within books. The summary of that discussion was that diverse characters should not exist just to be that one character that waves their diverse flag above their head to help paint a realistic landscape; diverse characters should be character...
  • ConsultingStag
    There's no future without trust in a world where you can't survive on your own.This ebook was a free sample from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Clickety click for more reviewsThe story takes places in a Post-Apocalyptic world. Humanity is now mostly either trying to use what is left to settle down and try to build up new lifes or they try to survive as Scavengers. Groups of people who wander and steal the things they need.Peyton lives...
  • Kirsty Bicknell
    Although The First Twenty is set in a post-apocalyptic world, its organisation is eerily similar to our own modern society.The two main groups exist each other; not peacefully but in hostility. The Settlers live symbiotically, whereas the Scavengers are a rebel force, stealing and killing to survive.Peyton is on the side of the Settlers, who have claimed an abandoned mill as their home. She succeeds her murdered father as head of security; vengef...
  • Theo
    **Copy provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**If you like your books filled with page-turning action, heart pumping romance, and characters that pop right off the page... sadly The First Twenty isn't for you. Really, you should only consider reading this book if you love stagnant pacing, forced romance, or just possibly need something to put you to sleep.The First Twenty, at a glance contained most things I love in YA fiction. Dy...
  • Kimberly [Come Hither Books]
    A sweet romance (no sex, very mild kissing) between two girls in a YA dystopian setting.I did enjoy the relationship between Peyton and Nixie, which is why First Twenty still gets three stars. They come from opposite worlds and the process of learning to listen, understand, and eventually love each other is shown well enough.But there's pretty much no conflict, and it makes the rest of the story boring to read. The dystopian setting is flimsy, wi...
  • Karla
    3.5 stars. I didn't really connect with any of the characters other than Graham and the doctor. I thought Nixie was a lot younger than 18 possibly between 12-15. Her character seemed very immature. When I found out she was 18 it didnt't really click with me. I didn't connect with Peyton at all she was very insecure (something a leader shouldn't be). The story line was OK but I thought the author could have done more with it. It lacked intensity a...
  • Jen w
    I'm really enjoyed this book it was one of those books where I was keeping my money there for love. It was enjoyable to read and I think it is amazing to read what people think will happen in the future. There are so many things in this book I could truly see happening.. Others not so much. This book is still solid it makes me wish there was another ready to go. I am not know of those people who like to wait to read the next book. This book made ...
  • Kelley O'Brien
    My main concern with The First Twenty was that I felt that I'd read this book before. Dystopian lit has been popular for several years now so authors have to work hard to make a story fresh. The First Twenty didn't feel fresh to me. I finished it, but wasn't entirely impressed.I received a copy of the book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.