Twelve-year old Peter joins his parents on an expedition to Greenland so his father, a glaciologist, can study global warming. Although life in the frozen world is vastly different from his usual routine in New York City, Peter enjoys exploring the icecap with his parents and their research assistant. Back home, Peter began to have headaches accompanied by mysterious visions he couldn’t understand and these worsen in Greenland.
Meanwhile, fourteen-year old Thea lives with her people deep underground in a secret icy world called Gracehope where they settled to escape persecution. Most in her society are content with the status quo, but Thea dreams of finding a route to the surface and the sun. Thea and Peter’s stories are told in alternating chapters and begin to come together in this exciting adventure that combines science and magic.
Thea’s underground world reminded us all a bit of the city in Jeanne DuPrau’s Book of Ember series, though the rest of the plot is quite unique. The audio book is read by two different actors, one reading Thea’s chapters and the other reading Peter’s, which made it even more interesting to listen to. First Light is a unique story that the whole family can enjoy together.