Release Date: August 18, 2013
Publisher: Merit Press
Number of Pages: 271
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?
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Meet 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.
Escape From Eden is a type of dystopian I would say about a girl named Mia who is finally starting to realize that the community she lives in is not what everybody thinks it is. So along with a boy Gabriel whom is knew to the community they start working on a way to get themselves out, but as always it isn’t that easy. When I was contacted by the publisher to read this one I was pretty excited because this publishing company never steers me the wrong way, and this book was definitely a home run for me.
I liked Mia from the beginning because I knew she was not going to be one of those stupid naive girls who are just like oh everything will be okay in the end. Nope she was very real and I loved watching her character grow stronger throughout the book. She was a very sweet girl to everyone which I enjoyed because the life she was living I feel like I would have a hard time being nice let alone extra sweet to the people around me.
The plot was really very interesting, when you read the synopsis you’re like ehh, evil dictator brain washes his minions to think hes all that even though they’re really living awful lives thats all pretty cliche. But Nader did a very nice job making the story unique and I never felt bored with it once, every time I picked up the book I was excited to find out what was going to happen next.
Can we just gush about Gabriel for a minute? This is also something the author did an amazing job with and I say this because in the beginning his character came off as dark and mysterious which I love thats my kind of guy so naturally I fell for Gabriel as soon as I met him. Then there were these gushy moments with him and Mia that made me absolutely fall for him all over again but those moments would be over within seconds and Gabriel would do something to make me absolutely want to punch him in the face. But I say that the author did this well because she made so many emotions towards Gabriel come out and you know you have a good writer on your hands when they make you love hate and then repeat the love hate for a character all in one book.
I definitely plan to read more of Elisa Nader’s books if she happens to write more because I loved this one and I wouldn’t hesitate to pick it up again if I was one to reread books. I would recommend this to anyone who likes dystopian because although its not full on dystopian there are many dystopian factors and I promise you will fall in love with it.