Escape from Eden by Elisa Nader
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Well, I read five books last week, and I was hesitant to read this one (because I wasn't sure what direction it would take and if it would go too far) ... but guess what? It ended up being my favorite book of the lot!
The writing sucked me in from the beginning. I predicted that it would be a bit creepy with the whole cult thing going on and when it got to the creepiest scene (I'm not giving it away here), I had to take a deep breath and read carefully. I was so worried Nader would take it too far - - - you know - - - step over that line in your mind where your gut wrenches and your heart aches because bad things just shouldn't happen to kids.
Yes. That's right. I'm an adult reading YA. And I hate it when adults (even fictional ones) hurt kids (regardless of their ages). So I was relieved that Nader didn't go too far. Now, don't get me wrong, she pushed me right up to the edge, but thankfully she didn't shove me off the cliff. *sigh* Well maybe she fake-shoved me and then yanked me back to safety. :)
And the plot took turns I was not expecting. LOVE that in a book.
There was a lot of violence in the book. So if that bothers you - this book is not for you. There was sexuality also, but it was well done and didn't go too far. I honestly can't remember if there was cussing - so there must not have been enough to bother me.
A great book. A great adventure. A little creepy.
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