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Relic (The Books of Eva I) Kindle Edition

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From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up-Fans of The Hunger Games will devour this book. The world suffered a cataclysmic flood a century earlier that the survivors believe occurred as punishment by their gods for the evils of that civilization. Now living in the Arctic North, bound by ice and water on all sides, the rulers of the Aerie are rigid and demanding to ensure that they not repeat the evil of their ancestors and bring about another flood. After the death of her twin brother, Eamon, 18-year-old Eva, the daughter of an Aerie ruler, decides to take his place in The Testing, which involves traveling by dogsled over snow and ice to an area where artifacts from the past corrupt civilization must be excavated from a crevasse in the ice. Proper and popular Jasper of the ruling class and outsider Lukas of the Boundary People, servants to the ruling class, are both vying for Eva's attention. Until her twin's death, Eva was a dutiful daughter to her status-conscious parents and not averse to their plans of marrying her to Jasper. Lukas, who had been training Eamon, now works with Eva to prepare her for The Testing. On the eve of the event, he gives her Eamon's journal, which makes her realize that her brother was about to embark on a mission that would change her world forever, but the journal isn't clear about how. The relic that Eva finds during The Testing, and her interpretation of its meaning, alters her worldview and will ultimately lead her to challenge all she believes and holds dear. Although Relic's story line is familiar, Terrell has created an interesting setting and memorable characters. Teens will be looking forward to the next installment in the series.-Kathy Kirchoefer, Henderson County Public Library, NCα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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When Eva’s twin, Eamon, dies as he prepares for the Testing, she decides she must face the ice world of the Boundary Lands in his place. It has been 250 years since the gods, furious at the way the people of earth worshipped at the altar of Apple, sent a flood that covered most of the land except the New North. These survivors live in a medieval style, and though no Maiden has tested in more than a century, Eva has the help of Lukas, a native of the Boundary Lands who schools her in the ways of snow, ice, and survival. Her main task is to find a relic that will reinforce the government’s thesis that technology destroyed the old society. With threads taken from The Hunger Games, The Giver, and other dystopian novels, Terrell spins her own story, which has plenty of adventure, some unanswered questions, and a dash of romance that will certainly be explored in the next installments. The way relics—iPhones, guns, even makeup—affect the story adds an ironic touch. Grades 7-10. --Ilene Cooper

Product Details

  • File Size: 4448 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Teen (October 29, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 29, 2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Heather Terrell is a lawyer with more than ten years' experience as a litigator at two of the country's premier law firms and for Fortune 500 companies. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College with a focus in History, and a cum laude graduate of the Boston University School of Law. While practicing as a lawyer, Heather dreamed of a fantastical job unraveling the larger mysteries of time and uncovering the truths lurking in legend and myth -- and found it when she tried her hand at writing. She first wrote the historical novels The Chrysalis and The Map Thief, which will appear in more than ten countries, as well as Brigid of Kildare. She made the transition to young adult fiction with the series Fallen Angel -- and continues it now with The Books of Eva.

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Okay, so RELIC is billed as a cross between THE HUNGER GAMES and GAME OF THRONES. It’s not. It’s nowhere near either one.

I struggled a lot with this book. Here’s an example of one reason why: “The Gods told our Founders that we needed a Triad of strong leaders, ones who could teach the New North people the dangers of our past, worshipping the false god Apple. Leaders who could show the people we must live in accordance with the Lex, which dictates mankind live as we did in the Golden Ages, that idyllic time before the false neon of modern advancements set mankind on a path to wickedness and lawlessness (p. 16).”

WHEW, right? I was constantly rereading passages, trying to figure out Eva’s world. The first few chapters gave me a headache because I was trying to keep everything straight. Once I quit attempting that, the book did get more bearable, but I never really got into it.

Another reason I struggled with RELIC is the unbelievability and flatness of main character Eva. Eva is, well, she’s boring. As the first Maiden to Test in 150 years, you would think she’d be a dynamo, and have some compelling reason to break the Maiden mold. Nope. She’s just doing it so her brother’s dream doesn’t die like he did. Now, I can understand that motivation, but once Eva started the Test and had NO TROUBLE at all, I just didn’t believe it. She had *three* months of training. The other Testors, including her brother, studied their whole lives. So I didn’t buy her being the fastest dog sledder, or that she could kill a gigantic ox, or that she built a picture perfect igloo, all on her own.

To top it all off, RELIC just seemed like setup for the rest of the series. Yeah, stuff happened, but not a lot. Only near the end did the book really get going, and then it was over.
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This was a little slow going at first. I didn't actually feel like reading it, but I pressed on. The set up makes the book sound like a whole new winter world with a different race of humans, but the farther you read, you find out you have been duped. As far as comparing this to The Hunger Games, the contest aspect was the only similarity and that is stretching it. I just did not care for this novel, but I can't seem to explain it without giving spoilers, so if you are still interested, read ahead.


The central conflict involves a quest for relics in the frozen arctic. Sounds okay so far. What you don't know is that the relics are things from our present day: Ipads, cosmetics, mirrors, etc. The religion of this time believes that Apple is an evil god that people of the past worshiped before the cleanse(the wiping out of almost everyone and everything). The more I read, I assumed that this was an anti technology/ anti consumerism book. To an extent, it may be. Then at the end, you were left wondering what the author's angle is. Is she preaching about technology, sin, consumerism, or something else?

I don't mind a political or other symbolic message in my books; however, I want it to be symbolic and underscored. I don't want it so glaringly obvious that I am no longer sucked in the world but in the present. On top of that, I just didn't have any interest in the book. As I said before, I kind of had to make myself read it...not good.

Obviously I am just one person, so I know some will enjoy this novel. I hate giving negative reviews, but I wanted to be honest. If you are still interested in this novel, get it from the library.
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This story takes place 250 years after a great flood that wiped everything out. This community lives in the arctic region with other survivors from Europe and the native Inuit. Eva is a child from one of the three people that run everything. She follows most of the rules but with a little rebellious streak. It seems everyone progressed and now women are weak and can only do sewing, cooking and such where the men are rough and tough and the gallant knights of ages ago.

So, when Eva’s twin brother dies before Testing, she decides to honor him and take his place. Of course this is taboo since she is a girl and although there is no outright rule saying she can’t partake in the Testing, she is still frowned on by the community. You can tell that she has an idea of what she is getting into but it’s a bit of a shock the full extent of what she needs to do.

The Testing is when the teenagers go out into the wilds to forage for items from the lost civilizations like iPads, makeup, Tylenol, etc. The person that returns with the most monumental item has the chance to be one of the new leaders of the community.

I have to say that I really liked Eva. She is a strong willed woman. She is offered a relationship from another guy partaking in the Testing, but she doesn’t go to mush, she just keeps working to going through the Testing. It’s nice to have a character that doesn’t fall to pieces over a guy’s attention. I also liked how this is a book based on the race and struggle to keep going.

I have to say the one thing that got to be the most was the religious preaching of how drugs poisoned us, money is evil, and Apple is the devil. Now I do agree to an extent that these things are ruining the world, but not to this religious fever in the story.

Over all I really liked this story. There is a lot of potential on where to go with it and I can’t wait to read the next book. This is a great dystopian story for anyone.
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