Publication Date: December 17, 2011
Series: Eden's Root Trilogy #1
Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction
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.
*Copy was provided by Rachel Fisher for the blog tour and an honest review*
Dystopian happens to be a large chunk of Young Adult novels nowadays with tough characters that learn to fight for themselves and stand up against a rivaling factor whether it be government or environmental factors. Eden's Root happened to be a wonderfully executed dystopian novel.
Fi truly grew on me from the beginning of the book. In the beginning Fi begins to learn about the food, in a world where famine and starvation are common, she is distributing to her family is filled with harmful chemicals that are detrimental to ones health. Taking her father's advice, Fi goes off to hunt, gather, and fight for her family. I felt for her character and the drastic change in her role in her family, the thirteen-year-old needed to grow up faster than normal. And Fi really didn't have it so easy to begin with. The bullying in the beginning didn't really make me feel sorry for Fi, but rather made me disgusted at the characters. Bullying is a common thing with teenagers and kids in younger grades but the execution of the bullying just had me rolling my eyes and some parts didn't register quite like insults but more like praises.
The strength that is exhibited through the characters really got me liking the book, but Fi most of all. She rocked my socks off most of the time. With the weight of the world on her shoulders and bringing a long some extras besides her family, Fi is faced with challenges left and right but barrels through. I'd giver the BAMF character award if there was such a thing.
Final Summation: Eden's Root is definitely a novel that get's you wondering about the future. It also creeps up on you while you're reading, having thoughts of a future like Fi where famine is everywhere and what food you can get is actually killing you slowly in the end. The lose-lose situation is not a pretty outlook. Besides some dialog refurbishing, the novel was a well executed and enjoyable read.
First Line: Thirteen gaunt faces stared at Fi Kelly with hopeful eyes as they lined up in the dusty farmhouse kitchen, cups in hand.