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Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Book Review: 'E' by Kate Wrath

I downloaded a few free books this summer and 'E' by Kate Wrath was one of them. At first, I was captured by the ominous cover. And what does the title mean? What could 'E' possibly mean?

'I must find out!' I whispered into the darkness of two am.

And I am SOOOO happy that I did!

Wrath's character, Eden, really resonated with me. She wakes up with no memory of her life. All she knows is that life is hard. And not like Internet's down, Starbucks is out of Pumpkin Spice hard.  There is a large portion of the book where everyone is literally starving, fighting to make ends meet for just one more day, not knowing if that day really exists.

Hard choices are made.

I grew to love Eden as I love my own characters, and that is saying something. She's tough, especially when all she wants to do is curl up into a little ball and give up. She gambles to make money, playing cards with the toughest crowds. And though she is not particularly cunning or spry, Eden proves that she will go the distance for the ones she loves.

The relationships formed between the main characters sets a tone for Eden's journey, and the war ahead. Because, while Eden never fully rediscovers her lost identity -but savors clues along the way- the bond she forms with her fellow 'Erased' is unforgettable. Together, they challenge the police sentinels that loom over their very existence, confront the reason for their dwindling food source, and battle those who want to take everything that they have and are.

But together can only last so long.
"We can't go on like this, scraping life from the ground with our broken fingernails. That leaves very little in the way of choices." -Eden
Sometimes what must be done is the farthest thing from what your heart wants.