Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Book Review: Eden's Root

Media Type: Ebook
Title: Eden's Root
Author: Rachel E. Fisher
Publisher: Self-published
Pages: Paperback; 371
Release Date: April 8, 2012 (first released Dec 17, 2011)
Source: Author
Intended Reading Group: Young Adult
Content Screening: Nothing of note
HDB Rating: 5 Keys to My Heart
Recommended to: Readers who enjoy a well-written, and eerily believable dystopian story line.

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The year is 2033 and the world hovers on the edge of explosion as unexplained crop deaths lead to severe global food shortages. In the United States, the Sickness is taking lives slowly, creeping its way into every family. Fi Kelly has already faced the Sickness in her own family, toughening her beyond her years. But a shocking confession from her dying father will push her toughness to its absolute limits. Saddled with an impossible secret and the mission of saving her little sister, Fi sets out to transform herself into the warrior that she must become to survive the coming collapse. Along the way, she will discover that evil can be accidental and that love can be intentional.

What struck me most about Eden's Root was the realism of the plot. I'v read my fair share of dystopian books. Books where worlds crumble, and zombies reign. However none of that scared me as much as Rachel E. Fisher's story did. Books about an apocalypse that humankind brings upon itself hit eerily close to home. The fact that someday we might go too far and cause our own starvation is a terrifying thing to imagine.

It was simple to fall in love with Fi as a character. Though I loved all the characters, she was absolutely my favorite. Strong, intelligent, loyal and thoughtful. Fi is an amazing girl! Forced to be a leader in a world where food is quickly becoming scarce, and people are dying of starvation, she doesn't back down. Despite being only 14 years old! I found myself rooting for her throughout the story. Cheering for her every time she succeeded, and near tears when things went south. There's no doubt in my mind that I loved this story all the more because of her character.

The other element that really hooked me was the idea of Family. Fisher's story enforces the idea that people other than your relatives can become your family. You have the family that you're born with, and then you have the family that you choose. In some instances, like in Eden's Root, it's a mixture of both that keeps you going. It's ideas like this that kept the story refreshing. Even the love interest in this story is perfectly done! There's no love triangle here, just a perfect match between a boy and a girl.

I've thought of this book often since reading it. It was a slow burn, and one that stayed with me well after I finished. The power of Eden's Root admittedly snuck up on me. Have you ever had a book that changes your way of thinking? Rachel E. Fisher's book did that for me. It made me more aware of what I put into my body, and how we treat the world we live in. Looking for a book that will hook you and then keep you thinking about it? Eden's Root is your next read.

Ms. K did the reading.
Jessica turned thoughts into a review.

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.


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