Elisa Nader’s YA suspense adventure novel, Escape from Eden, grabs the reader right from the start with first person narration and a pleasantly snarky teen narrator. Transported to the middle of the jungle, living in a religious cult, waiting on the cusp of adulthood, Mia sets up breakfast for the commune before bed, bakes cookies to order, lives in the girl’s dorm, and wonders if her friend will get to wear pink when she goes to Prayer Circle. When a new family joins the cult, Gabriel’s honest anger brings a refreshing glimpse of a long-lost world. But Mia still has to sit through long boring sermons, and the dangerous jungle offers no escape. This is Edenton, and everything’s going to change. Cross Hunger Games with Jim Jones and other familiar cults. Add two great protagonists, plenty of secrets, confident storytelling and excellent timing. Then hide yourself away from distractions, because this book will keep you glued to the pages until story’s end; seriously good YA coming-of-age fiction, with action, suspense, undercurrents of romance that go just far enough but never too far, thought-provoking guilt and innocence, and surprises with every chapter. This YA novel should be a classic.
Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this book and promised my honest review. I honestly loved it.
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Sheila Deeth (SheilaDeeth)
Sheila Deeth's first novel, Divide by Zero, has just been released in print and ebook formats. Find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, etc. Her spiritual speculative novellas can be found at … more
“I’m a sucker for a swoon built on a flirty, love/hate relationship, and Escape From Eden doesn’t disappoint. Elisa Nader tells a good story . . . Both the pace and the intrigue build quickly, and there isn’t any downtime once the plot gets going. I soon found myself . . . gleefully anticipating the next twist.” --Forever Young Adult