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.
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This book was generously donated to me by the author, Rachel Fisher, as part of her free giveaway on Amazon.
Imagine yourself at home, surrounded by your family (or cats) and you’re marveling over a can of fruits. Imagine having to take that single can of fruits and splitting it between everyone. Imagine if that was your only food. Pretty messed up, right? What’s even more messed up is the fact that this story is set in the year 2033. That, my friends, is only 21yrs away.
The first thing that got to me about this book was the cover. Now, normally, I’m not a cover nut. Some of the best stories are hidden behind hideous covers. But the cover of Eden’s Root isn’t hideous. It’s not weird or glamorous. It’s cryptic. It’s like the Di Vinci Code, all those secret, hidden messages in paintings. I didn’t notice it at first until I really had a good look at it.
Everything on the left is dead. It’s murky, desolate, sad… depressing. Even the girl’s face is half covered like her identity is being put into question. Then, on the right, everything is thriving. The sky is blue, the grass green and the girl’s face is open. It’s truly a gorgeous cover and so well picked for this book.
Inside, we meet Fi and her ‘family’. Some are her actual family, blood related, while others are people they took in, gave them a home and food when there was nowhere else for them to go. Fi losses her father and her mother is sick. She is the only one her little sister has left which forces her to grow up pretty quick.
I’m not sure I can say this book hooked me from page one or even page two. The first little bit dragged, seemingly on slow motion. I wasn’t sure if it would pick up at all… and then Asher stepped into the scene and that was it for me.
Asher is one of those guys who, if you met in real life, you’d probably giggle to your girlfriends about while slyly pointing at him and daring each other to go over and get his number. He was a little older than Fi, but I don’t mind that in a story. What made me really love him was the way he seemed to bring Fi to life. The whole first part of the book was just so cold, so calculated, like nothing would ever be right again. But as soon as Asher made an appearance… you could almost feel the colors leap off the page. Fi was a teenage girl again and not some revolutionary leader. You can tell right away that Asher was good for her. He was strong and protective, but he also knew how to make her loosen up.
The end of the book left me fumbling. I wasn’t sure why the words suddenly stopped on my kindle. I was so engrossed that it actually took me a minute to realize I’d reached the end. I can only say that I am so glad the sequel to this book, Seeds of War is already out. I don’t think I’m patient enough to wait for it.
Also, I just wanted to add before the conclusion, that I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to Ms. Fisher recently and only after I was already reading Eden’s Root, and she is such an amazingly sweet person. It’s been such a delight getting to know her.
So, in conclusion:
Will I read the next book? Yes.
Will I tell my friends about this book? Yes.
Did I enjoy it? Yes.
About The Author
I am a wife and entrepreneur living and working in Florida. I am also a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, where I majored in Biology. It was always my assumption that I would end up making research my life. Though it did not work out that way in the end, my passion for Biology remains intact.
I have always loved biology-based science-fiction and the young adult genre. It is in this vein that I offer my work.
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