Author: Kate Wrath
Type of Book: eBook
Genre: Dystopian Fiction, Science Fiction
Length: 343 pages
Release Date: May 3, 2014
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
* I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
BOOK ONE IN THE E SERIES
Books Two and Three are available now.
Eden wakes up alone and disoriented. She is not sure where she is. In fact, she is not sure WHO she is.
Her memories have been erased. But even though she remembers no personal details, she knows that life is not easy.
She knows about the robot sentries that patrol the streets and that the robots are there to enforce the Ten Laws.
Eden is in Outpost Three. It isn’t a city, it really isn’t even much of a town. The Outpost is full of crumbling buildings and surrounded by a concrete wall.
Even without her memories, Eden is smart. She is a survivor. She needs to find food and shelter and she must keep away from those who may wish her harm. She also knows she cannot allow the Slavers to find her.
Starving to death on the streets or the threat of being captured by the Slavers pales in comparison to the conflict that is coming.
Eden is a terrific protagonist. She comes across as a regular person who finds herself in a horrible and horrifying situation. But she somehow summons up the will to live. She is willing to fight to survive.
When she meets a small group of like-minded survivors they join together and become a family. There are only six of them, but somehow they scramble enough to keep each other alive.
As with any society, Outpost Three has distinct groups of people. There are bad guys and there are less bad guys. There are very few people who could be classified as “good guys.” This is one of the reasons that this story is so riveting.
Matthew is the overlord who basically runs the outpost. Nothing happens without him knowing about it. Everyone gives him a share of any money they earn. They have no choice. If they want to live they must follow Matt’s unspoken laws.
I don’t want to give away too much more of the story, but I will say that it is packed with action.
Kate Wrath has done a terrific job of character building and Eden is such a realistic character that you cannot help but root for her.
I liked the fact that there was not a lot of “poor me” whining in this book. I am sick of reading about heroines who feel sorry for themselves. Sure, Eden’s life sucks, but she takes whatever hit fate deals to her, dusts herself off and gets up to trudge on with her life.
The author reveals just enough details of the history and current state of the world to intrigue readers. As the story progresses more and more small details are revealed. She has also left enough unanswered questions to make the reader want to immediately start reading the second book in the series. This is a brilliant marketing strategy. I, for one, very much want to read the second book to find out what happens next.
I rate this book as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
However, I have to note that I do not like the cover. If you visit Kate Wrath’s website you will see the reworked cover which is a vast improvement to the original. Normally I would have docked a star from my review based on the poor cover art, but since it has been reworked and I absolutely love the new cover I have chosen not to take away a star because of it.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
For more information about her, visit http://www.katewrath.com