My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published July 18th 2013 by Merit Press
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?
Most Mysterious Nail-Biter of 2013.
(And I don't bite my nails.)
Original Review Posted Here: August 30.
It was amazing.
And that's something I've been saying since the beginning. It draws you in and keeps your attention until the incredible end. I've never read anything like it before.
Which is saying a lot because, honestly, I have. But this is something else entirely, it's different, it's real.
This isn't a "what if this happens some day, a long long time from now?" It's a "this can, and maybe has, happened." Which is what makes it especially scary.
I would have like a little more of a background since we're never really told how these things came to be or how anyone ended up in the community. Although, had I been given further details, I probably might have lost some sleep.
Mia is innocent and pretty lost when it comes to "world matters," and that's kind of refreshing. She's different from most characters who are natural born fighters and know what they're doing and where they're going. She's unsure of what she wants and often times scared. Which, I think, is what makes the choices she makes all the more braver and her stronger.
And let's not even get started on Gabriel.
I'll just leave it at: I'd gladly runaway from my freaky over-controlling community with him.
Four Months Later:
I'd forgotten I said that about Gabriel.
Still true, though.
(Future list idea: Guys I'd runaway with.)
I get the feeling I should probably try to explain the above line: I've never read anything like it before. Which is saying a lot because, honestly, I have. But this is something else entirely, it's different, it's real.
How I wish I could explain.
Basically I'm saying; it's different from what I've read before, but it's not, but it really is.
This is why it takes me forever to start a review sometimes.
I have read many books about controlling leaders and a mystery world outside the fences. This is the third on this list alone matching that description. But this one isn't like those others, because this is now, not when we've destroyed the current world.
It's exciting, suspenseful and a total edge of your seat-er.