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She prepares just like the others, granted not with the same amount of time, but being the only female to compete in the Testing for the first time in years, she proves herself to be strong and just as capable of overcoming the grueling Testing.
RELIC combines elements of survival with that of a dystopian. It’s an interesting read that keeps you engrossed in the story every step of the way. As the story goes on, Eva begins to realize that the world in which she lives may not be all she thought it to be. Eve is a heroine to admire. She demonstrates strength, courage, and determination throughout the book. And of course, there is a love triangle between Eva, Jasper, and Lukas, but it doesn’t take over the story and could almost be described as a side story. I like that it doesn’t take away from the action and adventure that the Testing contains.
As the first book in The Books of Eva series, RELIC sets up an interesting story and one that I am curious to read more about. It takes place in the frozen and dangerous Arctic, which is an entirely new setting for me as a reader. I am looking forward to continuing this series and finding out answers to some very important questions. You’ll have to read to find out what I mean… ;)
4.5 out of 5 stars!
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. Would I read the second book? Most likely not, because I just wasn’t impressed by RELIC.
I only kept reading RELIC because I did want to find out what the author had in mind with Apple as a false god. There’s a lot of brand/name dropping, from Apple to Coke to MasterCard, all of them being seen as evils that led to the Earth being flooded. Unfortunately, I was never sure if the author was being serious or going for an attempt at satire at how we live life now.
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