S: First Light
FC: By Rebecca Stead | First Light
1: The two people on the right are Peter(left) and Thea according to the cover. Peter has blond curly hair and freckles, and he is an eye adept. Thea is an ear adept native to Gracehope, a city under an ice sheet, and has dark hair and works at the breeding grounds. | This small, red ring in the ice wall plays a major role in the story. The ice wall is the only thing that separates Peter's and Thea's worlds. The ring is what Peter's mother studies, mitochondrial DNA, and not-too-coincidently the design of Gracehope's bracelets.
2: The log symbolizes how little was standing between Thea's and Peter's worlds, but how unexpected finding life on the other side would be. The plane is how the Solemn family got to Greenland.
3: Both pictures on this page represent parts of the breeding grounds. The furs are the furs taken from dead Chikchu dogs, and the puppy shows the breeding, mating, and companionship rituals that go on there.
4: This is a picture of New York City, where Peter is from. His house is an apartment at the top of a skyscraper, with tons of skylights and a small number of rooms. Because of this they made a loft for another floor in their small apartment. This is also where Peter's best friend Miles lives.
5: This puppy is Feet, who Peter took back to live with him when he couldn't take back Sasha. Feet, according to Gracehope tales, was the legend pup, and didn't open his eyes for a long while.
6: The picture above is of Greenland. This is where the Solemn family and Jonas studied glaciers, and where Peter met Thea and where Mrs. Solemn found her home.
7: This is Dr. Solemn and one of his sleigh dogs. The other picture is Sasha, Peter's favorite sleigh dog before she mated with Mattias's dog, Ham.
8: The sun is on this page because Thea saw the sun for the first time when she met Peter. The sun has not been seen by a lot of the people of Gracehope.
9: The tree translates into survival in a native tongue, and it symbolizes the first line to the people Gracehope.
10: The main conflict of the story is that the leader of Gracehope, Rowen, believes that the wider world, or the outer world, is unsafe. It is Thea's job to stop her from believing this or to will the people under Rowen's control to overcome their and their leader's fears and go to the wider world. Thea brings up the subject with Rowen, but she is too afraid to explore and rejects her idea. Now Thea discovers a path leading to the wider world, which apparently Rowen knew about. It has murals that show Grace had always wanted for her people to explore the wider world. Slowly, Thea and friends develop a plan to stop Rowen from stopping them. Thea succeeds by pursuing Rowen to the point of her agreeing on one of Gracehope's holidays. Now Thea will accompany the first expedition, and if things work out, Gracehope will expand.