- File Size: 805 KB
- Print Length: 195 pages
- Publisher: Human & Rousseau; 1 edition (September 1, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 15, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LQLB1DG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #635,592 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Elevation 1: The Thousand Steps Kindle Edition
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Although written for young adults, as an adult I thoroughly enjoyed this book; reminded me of 'The Hunger Games' in style. Helen Brain's writing is descriptive and pacy. I'm looking forward to giving copies to my grandchildren for Christmas.
Ebba has lived her whole life underground, worked half to death, believing that she and her fellow prisoners are survivors of a terrible Calamity. All they know of the earth outside is that no human can live there and that the god Prospiroh will only allow the strong to survive. When Ebba is saved from being culled because of a strange amulet she has had since she was abandoned as a baby, she is forced into a new and very strange life.
While the Calamity has changed the earth and set humanity back, it is a lie that it cannot support human life, and Ebba discovers that she is the sole heiress of a lush farm...and a host of stranger things. Silly and naive, she is easily manipulated by the above grounders about her, who see her as a pawn, and with her lands, a treasure to be bartered amongst themselves.
On the other side of this, there are strangers telling Ebba that she's the last scion of the goddess who made the world, and that she is meant to gather sacred amulets and restore the goddess to earth.
While Ebba starts off annoyingly dim, she grows and shows her strength and her better nature as the story progresses. Elevation is the first part of a YA series, and many questions are left unanswered in this installment as is usual in the genre. One thing I found very different was how Helen Brain set the story up as the usual real world post-apocalyptic dystopia (it is set in a future Cape Town, South Africa that has been flooded and split into islands), but also crosses it with more typical secondary-world fantasy fare - including a whole new mythology and creation myth.
Older YA readers and adult fantasy readers looking for something more complex are not the target audience, but even within the confines of the genre, the author has tackled heavy-hitting subjects and the theme is strongly egalitarian, encouraging young readers to not simply trust a government that elevates one caste higher than the others, and makes slaves of another group for the "good of the people".
From the first page, the reader is drawn into a rapidly evolving story, where the protagonist must make complex moral choices as she navigates the emotional tides of desire and learns who to trust and how to read the as new rules of this hierarchical society where some must still hide their true identities to survive. In the genre of Can she learn to manipulate her power to her favour? What is the meaning of her birthmark? Can she make sense of her mysterious past to forge her future and save her world?
As the first of a trilogy, this novel promises many adventures to look forward to. I'll be waiting to see where Ebba and her troupes take us next!