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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.Read more ›
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.
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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I downloaded this as an audiobook from my Overdrive library.
Summary: 242 years ago there was a massive world wide disaster caused by the icebergs melting. Read more
The opening book in Heather Terrell's "Books of Eva", "Relic", tells the story of Eva a maiden who takes the place of her brother Eamon who falls to his death prior... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Paul L.
A thrilling and thought-provoking new adventure that asks questions about the nature of history, memory, tradition, and salvation. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Catherine S. Flanagan
Very well done and so up to date with the world we live in today.To think my Apple would be a relic in a new world is ingeniousPublished 13 months ago by Delores Rendernick
I liked the main characters and enjoyed the way the author developed their personalities over the course of the story. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
It started out pretty good with a rather new and unique theme of a "brave new world" after another "healing" of the earth with the culprit for all of earths ills... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mountain Laurel
Unique and different. It kept my attention throughout and I enjoyed the characters. I would have liked to have had the testing itself have a bit more "meat" to it since... Read morePublished 19 months ago by A. Pohren
The book started out with a death then ended with the main persons story 1/2told so all in all the book was ok but in my option not finished.Published 19 months ago by Kindle Customer
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