Awesome. Great book. Nice cover.
Thanks, hunny. 😉 You better like it, or I won’t make you dinner.
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I read a review on this book, at the What happened to the Wallflower blog and it sounded amazing. I tried to find the book then on Overdrive but that didn’t work so I searched for the author and came here. I’m glad I did. The first chapter is truly beautiful and wonderful, and I’m going to try to find the book in a library or something.
Keep up the amazing work 🙂
Thanks, M! Right now, E is only available on Kindle and in print, because I have a contract with Amazon through their KDP Select program. When the contract expires August 1st, I plan to make E available through many more channels, including Smashwords… which means it should then be available to libraries through Overdrive as well. 🙂
Just an update: I tried Smashwords very briefly before deciding to give KDP Select another go instead. There are a lot of things happening in the publishing industry right now that make it very confusing to figure out which path to take. E is currently available through Kindle Unlimited. You can get a free trial, and read E (and a lot of other books) for free. E is also available in the Kindle Lending Library, so you can borrow it for free if you have Prime. The interesting thing about Amazon Unlimited is that it supports other devices (not just Kindle), which will make things a little more accessible. E is also available in print.
The line that cuts into me is “It’s happened so many times”
the chapter was nice
Oh, wow. I really love how you’ve written this! There’s so much description to the setting, which makes sense if she goes from a tiny box to the outdoors. It’d be overwhelming. Part of me wonders how she knows some of the things she does. She doesn’t know if she’s a girl while in the box, but when she’s out she knows that looks can get her in trouble. Did she just lose information pertaining to herself directly? Likes/dislikes and that sort of stuff. Really want to read this, that was a great teaser!
Enjoyed your first book in the series, eager to read number 2 now!
Thanks, Elizabeth! So glad you’re along for the ride! 🙂
I can’t remember a series I have been so hooked on! Going for book 3 now and can’t wait to get started!
Wow! Thanks so much, Ellen. That is quite the compliment! I hope you enjoy Eden as much, and hope you’ll be able to join us for the release day party for Jason and Lily on the 23rd. 🙂
I might be late than other readers as I just read the first book E & I have to say that i cant wait to start rest of them. Been a long time since I took same emotional strides as the characters in the book I read.
I did with Eden.
Thanks for this.
That’s such an amazing thing to know, Davinder! Thanks so much for taking the time to tell me. I hope you enjoy all the books in the series. Definitely keep in touch and let me know what you think of the next ones! 🙂
Seldom do I have the privilege and pleasure to read a work of fiction set in a distressed situation that is so believable. Most of your characters and settings truly come to life, Kate. I’ve knocked around a bit in my days, I feel I’ve known many of them. I hope to encounter more.
Your prose also reads like poetry from my language, one which has not yet murdered metaphor and expression with concision and abstraction. Thank you so much!
Thank you, Sean! Language is very important to me as well. I’m in love with words and meanings and depths, so it’s so wonderful to know that those things are coming through. Characters are also so incredibly important to me, as the people who carry the story and give it meaning. A couple of days ago at the release party for J&L, I was trying to explain how each of us have our own personal world and the outside world, the big picture, revolves around the inner workings so that all of the huge decisions or consequences are a product of things that are deeply personal to us. Not sure I really got that through– then or now! But yes, characters!
I think you and I are definitely on the same wavelength!
I found E yesterday and ended up staying up all night reading it. I kept saying one more chapter. Yet one more became three and my husbands alarm clock went off and I was still reading. I finished Jason and Edens story just now and can’t wait to start next book tomorrow. Thank you so much for such a good story
I don’t even know what to say to that, except I’m so sorry for interrupting your sleep! :p It’s so awesome that the story kept you up all night, but seriously, I feel bad. Get some rest before you tackle the next book, huh? Unless you want to actually live that moment where Eden is looking at the book and the letters start marching around like ants. Personally, I think I’d pass. 😉
So glad you’re enjoying the story, Raine, and thanks for reaching out to let me know. I’d love to hear what you think about the next book!
I just finished the series. After the prequel, I’m so ready for the next book. so I’ll wait for the email. Please let me know as soon as it is available.
Hi, Kelly! Everyone who is subscribed to the New Release Newsletter and/or Mailing List will receive an email when the next book is available. I’m about half way through the writing, and I’m hoping to release it in the late fall, so look for an email around that time. I’ll post updates to the blog and the main page of my site as I know more about the time schedule. You might want to add my email, kate [at]katewrath[dot]com to your safe senders list to make sure the email doesn’t get sent to your spam folder. Also, if you ever have any questions about progress on the next book, etc, and you don’t see the answers you’re looking for, feel free to email me or contact me through social media. 🙂
I bought the prequel book but I’m afraid to read it because I just finished book 3 and now I see there will be more books in the series. Will reading the prequel ruin the rest of the series for me because I will know too much? Thanks and I LOVE this series! I couldn’t put them down!
Nope! Go ahead and read it! 🙂 I published it after Book Three, intending it to be read in that order. There are lots of spoilers in the prequel for Book One-Three, but not so much for the rest of the series. As we move on to Book Four, you’ll know some things that Eden doesn’t know, but again, that was intentional.
Glad you’re enjoying the series! Have fun with the prequel. It was my favorite book to write so far. 🙂
I had started to think of all the e-books I read as tiresome,mainly because almost All now have an ongoing series. But in this case,I LOVE each and every book in the series. It has been a long time since I haven’t been a step ahead of the story. Your books are a breath of fresh air and I can’t wait to see what happens next!
That’s such a great compliment, Barbara! I also have trouble with reading because I pretty much always know what’s going to happen. With books, TV, everything… I drive my family crazy because I can pretty much always call it way before it happens. It takes a lot of the joy out of reading for me. One of the things I try to keep in mind when I’m writing is that I don’t want to take the obvious path or succumb to the “canned” story. While sometimes things have to be obvious, I try to keep things real. I try to think of my characters as real people who are thrust into extraordinary circumstances. They’re far from perfect, they make lots of mistakes, and sometimes they’re just reacting. I think that’s the main thing that keeps the plot shifting– that it revolves around people who aren’t heroes or archetypes. They’re just people, and anything can happen to them.
I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the series! There are some whoppers in Book Four, so hopefully you’ll love the next one as well!
I just want to let you know, I left my first review for Jason and Lilly on Amazon and Goodreads. I hope you don’t mind, but I compared it to The Hunger Games and Divergent but with Real Romance. I will post all three reviews to the blog in the next day or so. I made the comparisons because others always seem more comfortable if something they know is mentioned. It gives them the confidence to try something new. I hope it helps your sales. Your series is excellent. It deserves to be read. I signed up for your mailing list so I will know when the next book comes out. If you ever need another beta reader, I would be happy to help. Anyway, good luck with the series. P.M
Wow, thank you so much, Paloma! Reviews are a huge help. 🙂 And I don’t mind at all that you compared my writing to those very famous books!!! Your review is 100% your opinion, and you can say whatever you like, good or bad.
Every little bit helps, and it is truly appreciated!
Great series-It is very vivid and probably a bit more realistic on certain aspects of a post apocalyptic, dystopian world than some other series. It is a bit Hunger Games, a bit Mad Max, and a bit Divergent (among others) while still its own unique world. It sucks you in.
Eden is really in her own head a lot. I think she is an introvert. Throughout the series, she ruminates a lot on herself, emotions, others behavior and intentions, and just everything. She likes to keep to herself at times and needs time to think but she is completely devoted to those she cares about and would do anything for them…even sacrifice herself.
Finishing up the prequel and looking forward to book 4.
Thanks, Katina! I’m working away on Book Four!
I think you’re right about Eden. Funny thing is, I took the MBTI personality test not long ago, on a whim, and found out I’m an INFP. After reading/thinking about it, I had to wonder if Eden isn’t an INFP as well! Maybe I put more of myself into her than I knew.
Here’s a link to a basic INFP description: http://www.16personalities.com/infp-personality
I love this series and beyond excited for the next installment! This entire series so far has received 5 stars on Goodreads. Thank you for making a story so exciting and fun to read.
Thank YOU, Kristen! I really appreciate the reviews. 🙂 Words like this are so encouraging. You make me want to write more!
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On 9/28/2015 Devon wrote:
I love these books! I can’t wait for the 4th one! I couldn’t put them down…
Thanks, Devon! I am working on editing the fourth book right now!
I have read the E series and anxiously await the next installment! While the premise of the story is darker than I normally enjoy, your story is unique, enthralling and captivated me from book 1.
I have a pet peeve regarding misspellings and misuse of words. These problems abound in most fiction e-publications. My joy of reading is greatly reduced when the writer doesn’t care more about words, language, grammer, in their chosen media. I don’t have this drawback with your work, and I was allowed full enjoyment and delight as I read the E series! Thank you so much!
Count me in your fan club, as I await book 4!
Hi, Rae! Thanks so much for your compliment. I really work hard to make sure that my books are as problem-free as possible. My editor is pretty awesome as well! So glad you’re enjoying the series. I sure am enjoying writing it!
Hello Kate, Super website! As soon as I finish my current novel, I will revist your site and possibly dive into book one! TEMark
Hi, TE! Thanks for checking out the site. I looked at yours as well and I was impressed with all the effort you must put into those posts. Great content! A great idea, too. I’ve never seen anyone do that kind of thing before.
I’ll check out your books as well. I’ve already downloaded a sample as a place holder.
I was fortunate enough to happen upon your first book during its free period (yesterday–it was an also-viewed for my own short story which was free last weekend) and on a whim I started reading it last night. It grabbed me immediately. I’m impressed with the language, the storytelling, the characters, the level of writing. You have a(nother) new fan!
Thanks, Scott! I love meeting my fellow authors. 🙂 It’s always such a compliment that someone who works in the craft of storytelling likes my work.
Finished it yesterday, grabbed the second in the series. I reviewed it on my blog if you want to take a look: “E” by Kate Wrath Enjoyed it, as you’ll probably be able to tell from the review!
Wow! I really enjoyed reading your review. Thanks a lot, Scott. I’m sure, as a fellow author, you really understand how reviews help. 🙂
Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou so much for thinking up this beautiful, twisted, insanely complicated, amazing story. Your writing just flows so perfectly you feel like you’re watching a movie instead of reading, and before you know it, it’s 5am and you’ve finished an entire book in one night! I started reading this series a week ago and I desperately need book 4! Can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us. Btw, I loved Matt’s character hopefully we see him again soon!
Whenever my readers tell me I’m keeping them up at nights I always experience this conglomerate rush of guilt and satisfaction. :p Thanks so much for the lovely compliments!
I’m expecting to have Elegy out near the end of the month. My beta readers have it right now. I’ve given them until the 16th to get back to me. After that it usually takes about a week to complete the changes and formatting. I’m keeping everything really simple this time around, so I expect to have the book to readers shortly after that.
Matt is definitely one of my favorite characters to write. I love that he’s incredibly imperfect and yet so appealing. And he’s always full of surprises. A while back I started writing “Glimpses”, a series of flash fiction– well, I wrote the first one, anyway. I’ve just been so busy with the main novels that I haven’t had time to get back to the flash fiction and keep writing. Hopefully I’ll get back to them soon. They are just what they sound– little glimpses into the lives of some of the characters you know. I had a lot planned for Matt. Right now it’s all floating around in my head just waiting for me to have the time to put it down in words. One of these days!!!
I just spent the last day and a half reading the series and now I’m experiencing withdrawal symptoms! I can’t wait for the next book. Thank you so much for these books. I love the characters and have cried more than once while reading the series. I don’t often find a series where the loss of a character doesn’t ruin the rest of the book(s) for me. You have done an excellent job of making all your characters lovable and real so that the reader is still interested in the remaining ones and wanting to know what happens to each one. Thank you for not doing the change of narrator in each chapter. It seems as if every book I’ve read lately has used that device. Keep up the great work!
Hi, Jess. I just noticed I hadn’t replied to your comment and I honestly don’t know how that happened, because I don’t usually miss them for this long!
I’m totally touched that you have cried while reading my books. It’s so awesome to know that you’re connecting with them in that way! I *love* when books make me cry. 🙂
Losing characters can be soooo hard, and I definitely know what you mean. It’s hard for me as a writer, too, but I think that sometimes it simply has to happen to be true to the story. One of my number-one rules in writing is that *anything can happen*, which sounds rather obvious, but I read a lot of books, too, and I often feel, as a reader, like I know there are safe zones, buffer zones, where an author simply won’t allow certain courses of action to happen. I don’t like that, and I try to stay away from it as an author. Sometimes, that means being willing to change everything. For example, later in my series, the loss of a certain character totally blindsided me. I had plans for that character! And then I had to figure out how everything would go on without him. But I suppose that’s very much like life. When we lose someone we love, we have to figure out how to continue on, even though it’s difficult and there’s a big void in our lives. I hope that comes through in my writing.
Change of narrator, lol. Yes! I can’t handle it when books do that. It makes me feel like I’m being painfully ejected from someone’s head, only to land in someone else’s. Or worse yet, I can’t tell the difference between the character personalities, and I get all confused about what’s really happening. I can’t say I don’t understand why authors do it, though. Sometimes it has been really difficult to tell the story I need to tell through Eden’s eyes alone. She doesn’t know everything that is happening, so sometimes there are components of the story that I simply can’t communicate to the reader. I usually find ways to do it, but it’s definitely hard, and it’s not perfect. The book that I’m currently writing has been particularly challenging on that front, because there’s sooooo much happening in the world to wrap up the series. But no, I’m committed to telling this story from Eden’s perspective, so you won’t find any narrator hopping here! The spinoff that I’m going to work on next will be told in third person, so I think that will allow me to give a broader perspective to the world and characters without resorting to narrator switching. I’m looking forward to being able to do that, though the main characters are either going to be completely new, or minor characters you already know from the series.
Whew, this has gotten long! Thanks so much for your lovely comments, Jess. You really got me thinking! 🙂
Thank you so much, I have just finished reading E, and wow what a rollercoaster emotional ride that was! I love all of your characters, The story line is phenomenal and am sure there is much more to come. All the best x
Thanks so much, Tracey! There is definitely more to come. I’m working on the last book in the series right now, but I have decided to write a spinoff series after that. I don’t think I’m ready to say goodbye to all the characters yet.
After reading the first three I purchased Elegy three days after it was released, as soon as I had a connection to do so. It has taken me until today to read it, knowing the inevitable would come to be and I couldn’t bring myself to do it. After all parting is such sweet sorrow, I now have to wait for Endgame. It will be a long, painful, and curious wait.
Hi, Em. Thanks so much for your comment. It’s definitely hard to let that character go. Maybe it was a good thing that you went into it with an idea of what was going to happen.
You mentioned reading the first three books, but not Jason and Lily (the prequel). If you haven’t read it yet, you can go back in time with that story and get your Eden/Jonas fix for a while. I really do recommend it if you haven’t tried it yet. It’s definitely my favorite one out of them all, and I think it’s probably been the best-received by fans, as well.
I’ve now hit 120K words on Endgame, which is as much as the longest of the other books. I’m still writing, but coming into the homestretch. We’re working on editing simultaneously, so we’re hoping to have it out sometime in May. I’ll announce a solid date as soon as I have it.
In the meantime, here’s a link to a few pieces of flash fiction set in the world of E. One of them is by me, and unfortunately I just haven’t gotten around to continuing this series… yet. The other two are by my editor and provide some interesting takes on the E universe.
I have read Jason and Lily, which is part of what made Elegy so difficult for me. Three times really, it is my favorite. Every time I start a new book I read it front to back without stopping, neglecting all else around me. From work to sleep I do nothing but read and have forsaken my entire family for a day as I read and reread J&L.
I have to sound a small request. You might consider editing your first comment to me to include a spoiler alert disclaimer. I had remained vague so not to give anything away to any newcomers who may not have read Elegy yet. Everyday people are discovering this delightful and interesting dystopian series and knowing such a heartbreaking event might turn some off to continuing the series. Frankly, I would hate to see that happen. I wouldn’t want anyone to be dissuaded from enjoying your work. Keep writing and I’ll keep reading.
Wow, that’s some serious reading! 🙂 I love that you’ve read J&L so many times.
I’ve added the spoiler alert to the previous comment. Thanks for pointing that out. I really should be more careful!
Take care, Em!
I can completely see the need to let go of that character. Our beloved Eden wouldn’t be able to grow while holding onto the past and she definitely isn’t Lily any more. Although she is the same morally incorruptible, and steadfast person, she doesn’t share Lily’s experiences. I can justify it with my brain but my heart still hopes to be surprised with some manner of resurrection, but of course, you only get one chance at redemption in that world.
I greatly appreciate you touching base with your followers here. Thank you.
Another long gap in reply…. Sorry, I’ve been way out of touch with everything for so long. It’s been crazy. But I really wanted to reply because your comment totally resonates with me. Eden is definitely not Lily, and I think that is so important to realize. Also, losing Jonas was transformative in so many ways for her. His story is really central to the series, and by that I mean that her relationship with Jonas is the catalyst that makes everything else happen. If Lily had never fallen in love with Jason, she never would have gone after him, thus beginning a revolution. And if she had never lost him (as Eden), she may never have come round to his way of thinking, which was the continuation of the revolution. For me, the entire series is about the power of personal relationships and how they change things on a massive level, inspiring and moving us to do things that we would never undertake otherwise. Oscar is another example of that. Love is the most powerful force in the universe.
Any thoughts in the future about releasing them in audiobook formats? I’m a big fan of the Whispersync, as it helps me combat the “all night read”. I can keep the story going throughout the day: while I walk my dogs, drive to work, cook dinner, etc. Then I can switch to back to reading before bed right where I left off from the audiobook version.
I almost hate to say it, but I’ve put off reading these just for this reason. I’m waiting on the audiobook, because I know once I start them I’m going to want to binge read all of them. I’ve read the first few chapters of E and it has definitely captured my interest, but I stopped and have been checking back frequently looking for an audiobook version.
Please, please tell me you are planning on it!
Hi Lynda! That’s a great question. I would love to see the books on audio, however it’s not quite that simple. My agent and I are considering the possibility of taking the traditional route when it comes to audiobooks, but at the moment, I simply don’t have the sales numbers to support going that route. So we’re holding off. Depending on how things go, I might reevaluate in the future. I would love to have that format available for people like you! As for now, unless something changes drastically, I can’t promise you audiobooks any time soon. I am definitely looking forward to the possibility of it happening, though!
Wow!!! Just WOW! I finished reading the first E book and I couldn’t contain myself…I had to leave a note…question somewhere….anywhere!! I was completely moved by your writing…it isn’t like me to just gush over someone’s writing ability but I have to….have to gush over yours!!!! (I read way too many books for my own good and I find myself correcting grammar, sentence structure and typos all too often). The way you describe and depict the feeling of hopelessness, loss, and despair is absolutely beyond compelling! The imagery you create with your writing is awe forming in a way that I just can’t find words for. (Lol). It begs the question of what inspired you? I am in awe of your brilliant writing ability!!! I have been longing to find another “series” that I could be drawn into and lose myself completely in…like I was with The Knife of Never Letting Go & Breeders/Benders series. Thank you for creating this fictional world that is so spell binding…that I am completely lost in!!! I just know when I reach the last book in the series I will be thrilled by the journey and that it will stay with me as one of my “favorites” forever! On to book Two…..
Oh, and I can’t wait to dive into whatever you are working on next!
Hi Chanda! I think I feel the same way about your comment that you feel about my book! WOW! Thank you so, so, so much for these lovely, encouraging words. Sometimes being an author gets a little discouraging and it’s people like you who keep me going. Just knowing that there are people out there who connect to what I do is the best reward that I can ask for. Thank you so much for sharing that with me!
What inspired me? Hmmm, well, that’s a hard one. When I began writing E, I had no idea what I was writing or what it would become. I was working on research for another book, and I needed a break to just write something for the joy of writing. So I sat down and started writing, and I had no idea what would come out, but I knew I was going to keep writing as fast as I could and without stopping or pausing. I wrote a big chunk of the beginning and realized I wanted to keep writing the story. So I came back to it, still just writing for me. And then I realized it was going to become a novel! Anyway, I suppose the inspiration was all subliminal. I still think that maybe Eden woke up in a box, not knowing who she was, because I didn’t know who or where she was when I started writing!
I love to write and I love to get completely absorbed in other worlds, too, whether I am creating them myself or reading what others have created. I’ve not read the books you mentioned, so I’m adding them to my to-read list. It’s definitely hard to find books that are completely absorbing. I hope that my other books deliver the same sort of experience. 🙂 Definitely let me know what you think as you continue to read. FYI, Jason and Lily is my personal fav for getting lost in, to the point that I really grieved when I was done writing it. I didn’t want to finish writing it. I just wanted to hang out in that little world forever.
The new series is a totally different animal, but I’m hoping that everyone will love it anyway. It’s soooo much lighter on the surface, so I’m not really sure what my readers will make of it. I guess we’ll find out!!!
Thanks so much yet again for letting me know that you loved the book!!! If you have a chance to paste those gorgeous words into an Amazon review (or wherever you purchased the book) that would help me immensely! Take care, Chanda. 🙂
Kate, I wanted to thank you for creating such a strange and wonderful world in your EDEN series. I enjoyed watching your video’s showing how you made the beautiful artwork for the Fairytale Evolution: Flipped hand bound book. My daughter really liked watching the process. I can’t describe my elation and surprise ( ) when I found out I had won such a rare and wonderful gift! Christmas came early. I can’t wait to finish the Eden series and look forward to reading your upcoming books. Your fan forever!
Thanks so much, David! I’m happy that the dragon book is going to a fan. 🙂 Isn’t it cool to win something??? (I never win anything, ha!) I’m getting the dragon book packed up tonight– bought loads of bubble wrap– and I should have it in the mail tomorrow. I’m excited for you to see it in person, because I think the pictures don’t really do it justice. Thanks again for your excitement and enthusiasm. This is exactly why I do these kinds of things!
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I recently looked through your website. To tell you the truth, I like the material you publish. I was wondering: do you accept guest posts? If “yes”, I would be happy to propose you my topics. And maybe we can discuss the topic that will be relevant to your site?
Anyway, thank you! Look forward to collaborating with you
Your Eden series is amazing! It’s the best series I have read all year. Thank you so much for writting this fantastic escape.