- Paperback: 242 pages
- Publisher: Alanah Andrews (13 August 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0648421104
- ISBN-13: 978-0648421108
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 399 g
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
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"Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. I honestly can't fault this book at all! Eve is such a likeable character and I went through every single emotion she felt with her, even ending the book with a giant sense of loss about all Eve has been through."
"Alanah is an amazing writer, with a great eye for descriptions and imagery. This is one of those books that I can already see being made into a movie."
"I think it would be a huge understatement to say that I enjoyed this book. I absolutely love this story. You could say that I’ve gone “old world crazy” for it."
"I couldn’t put down this intelligent, gripping, dystopian YA science fiction thriller. I read it over just two days."
"I’m blown away by Alanah’s skill and talent for complex, imaginative world building, and the ability to create strong and realistic, relatable characters, all while weaving an intriguing storyline with a profound message. Alanah is an incredibly talented writer. Definitely one to watch! I look forward to reading more of her work. I gave it five stars only because I couldn’t give it more."
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For the first time, Eve’s emotional control wavers and she is beset by feelings that are viewed as a sickness. As she struggles to regain control, and her position, she is forced to confront hard truths about who she is and the society she is a part of. The introduction of Sam, a mysterious young man who does not follow the rules, sends her on an emotional journey that she is not prepared for.
A story of betrayal and loss, what Eve undergoes is underscored by snippets from the Book of Eridu that tell of the fall of humanity many centuries earlier. With strong emotions blamed for nuclear war and a manmade virus that wiped out almost the entire human race, to not conform is seen to threaten the survival of humanity. This creates a tense story, as Eve comes into conflict with her own beliefs, and she must decide if being able to feel is worse than not feeling at all.
A great dystopian read, with plenty of emotional conflict and tension to keep the reader turning the next page.
I wouldn't want to live in Eridu, made me feel very uncomfortable. And isn't that the point of a good story? Then this is a good story.
Eridu is a world born from fear. The founders took everything that could possibly lead to extremism and banned it. Love, hate, vanity. But unlike many post-apocalyptic worlds, Eridu seems to have been established with the best of intentions rather than a desire for power and control. It’s intended to be a utopia, rather than a dystopia.
If you’d been forced to watch humanity destroy itself and the world, wouldn’t you want to try everything you could to stop it from happening again?
I loved the parallels with modern society. Isn’t this what we say to people all the time? Calm down, stay calm, take a deep breath, take a chill pill, are you off your meds, is it that time of the month? Stop it, you’re getting hysterical.
Showing too much emotion is already considered taboo in our society. Andrews has dialled this up to the extreme in Eve of Eridu.
It would be fine for readers at the early end of YA as well – there’s no graphic violence or adult content, apart from a brief kiss and discussion of death.