Since the age of ten, Mia has lived under the iron fist of the fundamentalist preacher who lured her mother away to join his fanatical family of followers. In Edenton, a supposed “Garden of Eden” deep in the South American jungle, everyone follows the Reverend’s strict but arbitrary rules—even the mandate of whom they can marry. Now sixteen, Mia dreams of slipping away from the armed guards who keep the faithful in, and the curious out. When the rebellious and sexy Gabriel, a new boy, arrives with his family, Mia sees a chance to escape.
But the scandalous secrets the two discover beyond the compound’s façade are more shocking than anything they ever imagined. While Gabriel has his own terrible secrets, he and Mia bond together, more than friends and freedom fighters. But is there time to think of each other as they race to stop the Reverend’s paranoid plan to free his flock from the corrupt world? Can two teenagers crush a criminal mastermind? And who will die in the fight to save the ones they love from a madman who’s only concerned about his own secrets?
*My Book Review*
DISCLAIMER: This book/eBook being reviewed was provided free of charge for an honest review.
So, recently I couldn’t stop raving about my fave book of 2013: Intermix Nation. Thanks to the very last book I read in 2013, I now have a NEW book to gush over! What a way to end the year too. Escape From Eden is an intense look at how cults unravel and why you should never, ever let bat shit crazy rule supreme! There is plenty of grit to work through, there are loads of surprises too and the ending. WOW! The ending!
This book deals with a religious cult, but the author has done something so few manage. She has showed us the faulty people behind the religion and not used massive chunks of religious quotations that have been twisted to their way of thinking. It’s refreshing to see the human element displayed so clearly without having to resort to religion bashing to get the message across.
This story starts with a church scene and sets up the premise just deliciously. The author draws you in and personally places you in the pews with the other members of the congregation. You meet the main character, Mia, and immediately realise that while she is an upstanding member of this community set deep within the Amazon jungle, you are also introduced to the idea that she is not happy there. The imminent set up of encroaching doom is the best I’ve read so far in the dystopian genre.
Enter resident bad boy, Gabriel, and you have story line that seems predicable at first. Mia likes him, he likes her, yet there is the classic case of YA turmoil also present. However, author Elisa Nader manages to get under the skins of these two characters and unravel their story so delicately that you suddenly realise that they are entirely under YOUR skin and you can’t put the damn book down!
The writing is beautiful in Escape From Eden. Even though, at times, you are not sheltered from the violence on the page, you never regret it. There are so many alluring phrasings and emotional descriptives in this book, that you find yourself drooling for more.
So, surely there’s some things wrong with this book?
Yep, there are problems with this book. For starters the author has a habit of repeating words within sentences. It’s probably not such a biggie for readers though, just something I noticed because I was desperate for things to nit pick about.
The biggest flaw I found was that sometimes the author tended to jump from one scene to the next rather abruptly. I found myself being thrown out of the story at these points and having to dust myself off and work out where I was before proceeding again.
Oh, and occasionally, Mia’s voice just feels too current and modern for someone who has been stuck in a commune for so long.
But that’s it, that’s the worst of it.
Overall, I am giving Escape From Eden by Elisa Nader 5 out of 5 stars. Along with Intermix Nation by M.P. Attardo this book ties as my fave read of 2013.
“I didn’t want to pity her. I didn’t want Bridgette’s vengeance. I didn’t want Agatha’s wrath. But it all swarmed around me like flies”
“I couldn’t help but think how beautiful he looked just then. Even the soot streaked down his left cheek and his hair looking as if it were trying to escape his head. Maybe it wasn’t how he looked that was beautiful, but how he looked at me.”
“Our eyes locked and something passed between us. A truer connection than we’d felt before. Something less like the lust from earlier at the party and more like trust.”
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About the Author
Hi. I’m Elisa. I like cheese and reading and TV show marathons. Writing is scary, but not as scary as, say, Civil War amputations. I’m an Aquarius. Uh… let’s see… I’m not very good at writing my own biography. Or autobiography. I guess this is reading more like a slightly incoherent personal ad.