- Series: The Remedy Files
- Paperback: 284 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 7, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1505389593
- ISBN-13: 978-1505389593
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,673,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Remedy Files: Illusion (Volume 1) Paperback – December 7, 2014
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Lauren Eckhardt became addicted to writing at an early age and would gift her stories to her family, friends, and teachers. When she won her first Young Author's award for "The Locker that Ate My Books" at 8 years old, she knew writing stories for other people to read is what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. She currently lives in Bloomington, Illinois, with her husband and baby boy, happily surrounded by books and pets.
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Evangeline is a strong character. She is different than those around her. Every day since she was 6 years old, she has gone outside Impetus walls to visit a guy named Gavin. He encouraged her to ask questions, which was illegal inside of Impetus. It became a habit to see him. I liked their relationship. It was risky, for sure, but it was worth the risk for Evangeline. She learned so much from him and that helped her get out of Impetus.
Throughout the book, you can see Evangeline lose faith in the system. She discovers secrets that cause her to rethink her views. They just build up and eventually she can't hold them in anymore.
The whole idea of remedy being super important isn't really fully explained until Evangeline ends up in Rebirth with Gavin. We know that it is a drug and that people believe they will die without it, but another secret comes out. It represses feelings in order to keep people under control. Finding this out, I understood why Evangeline and Liam's monitors went off when they met. Their feelings for each other, being very intense as shown by the goose bumps, came to the surface. The job of the monitors was to detect when something like that happened so that more Remedy could be taken to curve the feelings. It was like a light bulb went off in my head when Remedy was explained. It showed that Liam felt what Evangeline felt when they first met.
The love triangle didn't come into full swing until Evangeline was in Rebirth. There, Gavin and Liam were both competing for attention. I liked both Gavin and Liam, but I liked Liam more. He made Evangeline feel more, hence the goose bumps. Gavin was just surrounded by so many secrets it was kind of a turn off. When Liam was made known to those secrets, he understood why Gavin was that why. This just intrigues me more. I want to know these secrets!
Evangeline wants to save everyone in Impetus, especially her best friend Jacqueline. She tries to enlighten her about what is going on, but Jacqueline doesn't want to hear it. She doesn't want to feel. I believe that Jacqueline is possibly scared of feeling. She doesn't know anything about it and it probably scares her. It kind of broke my heart when Jacqueline refused to go with her, but I believe that we will see more of her eventually.
One thing I haven't figured out yet is why the color of peoples' eyes matter. I'm guessing it has something to do with how Remedy affects them? But I'm not completely sure. Gavin's eyes are blue, but he was born in Impetus. So I'm guessing I'm on the right track.
THE ENDING. Oh my goodness. I thought it was going to end all happy, but no. It was a giant cliffhanger that has me aching for answers. What is Gavin doing there?! Where is there?! Where is Liam?! Answers please, I'm dying!
So yeah. I really liked this book. I can't wait to get my questions answered in the next book. I really recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Don't let the lack of ratings scare you away.
THE REMEDY FILES appears to be a series of Young Adult Dystopian novels that mix fantasy with philosophy in a challenging manner - always a good sign for a debut book. The author's synopsis works well: `A life without feelings, a life without decisions; that's the only life Evangeline knows. Due to the manufacturing of Remedy, her community of Impetus has discovered a way to survive and prevent the self-destructing mistakes of The Before by inhibiting feelings, creating a society that relies wholly on logic and entrusts Impetus to make all the decisions for its people. A chance encounter results in a friendship between Evangeline and Gavin that challenges Evangeline to reassess her conviction in the world she has always known and introduces her to a choice she never thought she had. By defying Impetus on her 18th birthday, Evangeline is taken on an intense journey through divided populations, power struggles, love triangles and the vitality of physical and emotional feelings. Every single part of her being is tested and challenged to make decisions like she's never before been forced to do. She must determine who she trusts, who she loves, and who she's willing to sacrifice in pursuit of what's right and to fight what she believes is wrong.'
Though writing about fantasy places in a future we do not yet understand, Lauren demonstrates a fine sense of credibility in her make believe world: `It's in these moments that I understand Impetus the most. Although Gavin has proven new facts to me that Impetus tries to hide, I get it. They are trying to protect us. They want to keep us safe. The founders of Impetus recognized their mission is to provide a better future for mankind and to prevent mistakes of the past form repeating. The survivors of The Before created our new life here. They know it better than anyone else because they saw it all... They were a witness to the destruction when there was nothing left in the world except a few remaining lives that agreed on a pact to survive and not kill each other, creating a brand new civilization.'
Very fine concept for a series and while the writing will likely gain more polish in subsequent novels, this is an author who seems to have chosen the right path. Grady Harp, December 14
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