EVOLUTION (E #2) by Kate Wrath – BOOK REVIEW

Image obtained from www.katewrath.com

Image obtained from http://www.katewrath.com

EVOLUTION

Author: Kate Wrath

Type of Book: eBook

Length: 314 pages

Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian Fiction, Young Adult Fiction

Release Date: November 12, 2014

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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First off I have to mention the cover art for this book. The stylized “E” is absolutely stunning. It is perfect. It has just the right amount of flair and draws the eye. The gorgeous cover art was created by Patricia A. Doherty.

Outpost 3 has survived the attack by Grey and his men. Eden with Miranda’s help reprogrammed the Sentries to follow Matt’s commands. With these robots under his control, Matt now has ultimate power over the residents of Outpost 3.

Matt has forced Eden and Miranda to both move into his residence. He wants Eden as a romantic partner, but she does not love him. She is in love with Jonas, but Jonas is angry with her for siding with Matt during the battle.

All her personal problems pale in comparison to the fact that by taking over the sentries, they have broken a major world law.

Eden knows that the powers-that-be will not let their takeover of the sentries go unpunished. She knows that all the sentries everywhere are linked and that the only way to ensure their total safety is to go to the white tower and somehow disable all the sentries in existence. To do that she would have to find the city, enter the white tower and somehow shut down every sentry in existence. She also knows that Matt will never allow her to leave Outpost Three to test her theory.

When a sentry arrives from outside the Outpost and arrives in the marketplace, it begins speaking and says: “Residents of Outpost Three, you have violated the Founding Principle of the New World Covenant. As such, this Outpost has been marked for cleansing. All residents are to be processed for erasure. Form a single file line at the Outpost gate. You have two minutes to comply. Any resistance will extend the punishment for all residents to immediate death.”

Now what? How is Eden going to escape being erased again? What about her friends? How will she save them? Does Matt have a plan? Will she find a way to get to the tower? Or is this the end for all of them?

Dystopian fiction is a genre that is cluttered with a multitude of titles. Some are good. Some are bad. Some are just ok. But, there are a few that are GREAT. This book as well as the first book in the E Series both fall solidly into the great category.

What is so great about these books? Well, there are several things that make me love the writing of Kate Wrath. Firstly, although this is a young adult novel and the main character is female, she is not a simpering idiot. She does not have romance as the driving force in her life. Eden is much more focused on survival and on how to escape the Outpost. Also, she is loyal. Too often in novels we see the characters shifting their allegiances constantly. Though it may not look like it at times, Eden is steadfast in her loyalty to her friends. Thirdly, Kate Wrath’s world building is terrific and readers are constantly discovering more and more about what the world is like and why. I like the fact that not all the information was doled out immediately. It is much more realistic for the reader to discover the world at the same time that Eden does.

I know I mentioned above that romance is not Eden’s driving force and that is true, but that does not mean that there is no romance. It just isn’t the main focus. It is much more believable for someone who is struggling daily just to stay alive to focus on that survival first and foremost. By portraying the romance as slow to develop it draws the reader in and makes them more invested in the ultimate outcome.

Youth is often a time of confusion and conflicted feelings. Kate Wrath expertly navigates through these emotions. As Eden spends more time with Matt, the reader can clearly see that her feelings for him evolve. The juxtaposition of head and heart telling her opposite things is very realistic. And what about her feelings for Jonas and their shared past? Eden is as confused as any teenager; it’s just that her feelings have to take a back seat to her survival.

Probably my favorite thing about Kate Wrath’s books is their unpredictability. Just when the reader thinks they have the plot all figured out, a new twist or obstacle arises and the story takes yet another unexpected turn. I LOVE THIS! I love not being sure what will happen next. Predictability is annoying and greatly reduces the enjoyment of reading a great book. I cannot praise this series highly enough. I want to be surprised, and Kate Wrath continually delivers.

Besides the great plot, the amazingly realistic characters and the fact that this book is simply unputdownable, it also contains some amazing technologies. While I have spent most of this reviewing writing about various things I love about EVOLUTION, I have neglected to mention Kate Wrath’s genius when it comes to both world-building and the science-fiction aspects of the book.

Not only are there robots that were supposedly programmed generations ago that are still working perfectly, but there is also the entire future world to explore and discover. Her “aether lamps” and “aether traps” are another awesome creation from the mind of Kate Wrath.

*** POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT*** (no major plot points are revealed here, just a minor scene)

One of my favorite parts of this book is Matt trying to recreate Christmas at Outpost Three. He doesn’t have any memories of what Christmas should be like, and even the oldest outpost residents have never experienced Christmas. Because books, magazines and newspapers are few and far between, Matt only has a few torn articles and minor book mentions of the holiday to use to recreate Christmas. The result is mixed, which I thought was portrayed perfectly. Imagine seeing pictures of decorated Christmas trees while living in a world where trees only exist outside the outpost and as far as people know, the only uses for trees is either building material or firewood. People would think you had lost your mind if you decorated a tree, and exactly what could you use to decorTe it with? Resources are extremely scarce and most homes are little more than hovels. No one has decorative items. Who could afford them? And why would anyone want to own things whose only use is to look pretty? I think readers will agree that this portion of the book is a great addition to the story.

Kate Wrath is quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors. I cannot praise this series highly enough.

If you haven’t read “E” yet I suggest you buy it right away. If you have read “E” but haven’t purchased “Evolution” yet, what are you waiting for? Go to Amazon right away or visit the author’s website and buy your copy right away. You will not be disappointed and you’ll be happy you did.

I rate EVOLUTION by Kate Wrath as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

MY FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THIS BOOK:

1. “I used to read because the world wasn’t big enough. But now I know that there could never be enough books to hold all this world.” – Apollon

2. “After everything we’ve seen – everything that we never expected to see – I am only just beginning to have the idea that maybe this is only a glimpse. Maybe this is only the start of our adventure.” – Eden

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Kate Wrath is the author of the E Series. EDEN which is the third book in the series is set to be released on June 13, 2015 and JASON AND LILY – a prequel to E is due to be released on July 23, 2015.
For more information or to sign up for her newsletter visit http://www.katewrath.com

* I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

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