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It’s been a while since I reviewed any dystopian science-fiction, despite its continuing popularity, and so I figured that I’d take a look at one for today’s review. E was first published in 2014 and is the debut novel of Kate Wrath. It tells the story of a young woman who is forced to survive life on the streets in a hostile world. The novel is the first part of a planned series, although at the time of writing no further installments have been announced.

Outpost Three is a notoriously dangerous town. Although robot sentries patrol the streets, dolling out instant punishments to those found guilty of breaking the ten laws that society is built upon, criminals have developed increasingly creative means to fool them and continue to break the law.

When a young woman wakes in an alley with no memory of who she is, she knows that she has to make herself invisible in order to survive. Taking on the name Eden, she is forced to spend her days sifting through trash to earn a meagre pay, while all the while being blackmailed and abused by the other petty thugs that stalk the dark alleys.

After winning a tidy sum in a game of poker, Eden attracts the attention of Apollon and Jonas – a pair of jack of all trades – who invite her to join their “family”. Finally safe, Eden works hard to help them to provide for the group. But her happiness can’t last. Political tension in the Outpost is growing. Grey, the leader of Outpost Two, has decided that he wishes to control Outpost Three as well and cuts off food supplies to the town in preparation for attack. As dissatisfaction and starvation take hold the only hope for Eden’s family is to flee south to Outpost Four but, with sickness and hunger rife, how can they hope to survive the perilous journey?

I feel that I should begin this review by warning that this novel is not a pleasant read. By that, I do not mean that it’s a bad novel by any means, but rather that it covers a subject matter that may make some readers uncomfortable. This includes scenes of torture, graphic violence and child death. If you’re sensitive to such things, it’s probably best to stay clear of this book.

In E, Wrath creates a setting that is utterly unforgettable. Eden’s world is brutal and uncompromising, which often makes her story a very uncomfortable read. There is little brevity in the story and usually if anything good happens to Eden it is immediately followed by tragedy. In one particularly sad scene, Eden saves a baby from the arms of its dead mother only for the new born to die as she tries to carry it to safety. The setting of Outpost Three is endlessly bleak and for me this made reading about it utterly compelling. Every time I thought that the situation could not get any worse, the novel surprised me by somehow making Eden’s world even more depressing.

Unfortunately, the novel really lacked any explanation of how this world came to be in such a state. In an early section of exposition, Eden reveals that the sentries were constructed to upkeep ten basic laws yet we don’t get any background as to why, when and how this system came to be. This was a shame as I don’t feel that the sentry system was particularly well thought out, given how open it was to abuse. It would have been interesting to discover why they were chosen over any other possible alternative.

The political elements of the plot offered interesting ethical depth to the story. One of the early questions raised is the idea of nature versus nurture – whether criminals would transgress again if they had their sense of self erased and were placed back into a different area of society. The other theme that I found interesting was that of the lesser of two evils. Personified in the story by Matthew, the wild-card leader of Outpost Three, and Grey, the outright evil leader of Outpost Two, the novel constantly raised the question to Eden of which was the best to side with. Although this seemed at first like a no-brainer, it grew increasingly complicated as the story progressed. Was it worth siding with Grey for a food whilst knowing that many would still die at his hands, or stay with the somewhat more reasonable Matt and starve? The story offered no clear answers, leaving the reader to decide whether Eden’s eventual decision was the correct one.

My primary issue with the plot was that no questions were answered. While the story raised many things – Eden’s nightmares, the creation of the sentries, her history with Jonas, as well as several more spoilerific ones towards the climax – it answered none. While I appreciate that the author may be saving these for the sequel, I would have liked to have received a little more closure within this book as it left the story feeling more like an introduction to the series and less of a complete story in its own right.

However, the best thing about E was that it brings a cast of incredibly strong female characters. Eden is a very relatable protagonist and proves to be capable in a crisis, more than able to cope by herself without the need for constant protection. Although she is not the strongest person in the novel physically, she is highly intelligent and able to stand her ground against even the most vile of villains. My only real problem with her was that I found some of her language to be a little flowery, particularly when describing atrocities, as this detracted a little from the horror of the situation.

The supporting cast, especially Eden’s family, were also very strong and I found myself genuinely concerned whenever they were in peril. My favourite was Miranda, as I felt that she went from strength to strength, growing from her experiences and become a stronger character because of them. Matthew was also a great character, proving a wildly unpredictable antagonist. I thoroughly enjoyed every scene with him in as you never knew quite how he would behave.

So, in conclusion, E is a fantastic debut. Although it contained some purple prose and offered little conclusion for the many questions that it raised, it was a dark and intelligently written novel which took its audience very seriously. It also contained a very well rounded cast of completely unforgettable characters and a female lead that was able to hold her own without the constant need of rescue. This novel really left me wanting more and I look forward to the release of its sequel.

E can be purchased as a Paperback and eBook on Amazon.co.uk


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E: Book Review

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E By Kate Wrath
Available on Amazon

A poignant tale of love and friendship in a world beyond hope…
Outpost Three: a huddle of crumbling buildings choked by a concrete wall. Cracked pavement, rusted metal, splintering boards. Huge robotic Sentries police the streets, but the Ten Laws are broken every time one turns its back.

Eden is determined, smart, and a born survivor. Stripped of her memories and dumped on the streets of the Outpost, slavers and starvation are only the beginning of her problems. A devastating conflict is coming that threatens to consume her world and tear her newfound family apart.

Life is harsh. It makes no exceptions. Not even for the innocent.

My Review: Imagine a bleak, harsh, dystopian world where starvation is the norm and people will do anything for survival. Where giant, metal Sentries wield swift, brutal justice, and citizens are ruled by fear. This is the world Kate Wrath has created, a world in which Eden must learn to survive. Cold, alone, her mind wiped clean of all memory, Eden has been erased. She must either run or face slavery—or worse. Injured, starving, and betrayed by the person she thought she could trust, Eden finally forges a plan for escape, but ends up finding a family instead. But in this world where danger lurks around every corner, love can sometimes be your greatest liability.Only a very talented author could create beauty from such desolation, and that’s what Kate Wrath has done. This story is beautifully written with expressive, descriptive prose. Make no mistake, though. The author doesn’t sugarcoat the harsh realities of slave-trading, poverty, and war. Her characters manage to find moments of happiness and a sense of community, but all the while are planning ways to escape. Desperation is a huge theme in this book. What will one do to survive? What will one do to save the people they love? While some seem to turn off their humanity in order to survive, others like Eden occasionally break under the pressure. But Eden’s inner strength triumphs again and again, and her sense of justice and love for her “family” drives her onward.E is the first in a multibook series. Though the ending comes at a good stopping point, it’s not entirely conclusive. You could stop at the first book, but why would you want to? E is stunning novel that I would recommend to everyone. I will certainly be reading the next book. My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

(Learn more about E and Kate Wrath’s upcoming projects on her website: http://www.katewrath.com/)

 


 

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In the world of dystopian sci/fi novels, E stands out as a wonderful literary piece.  This book focuses on Eden, a smart and determined girl who is stripped of her memory and thrown into this dystopian world.  Forced to survive she does what she must to make a life for herself.

I fell in love with the main character Eden.  She’s strong and badass and does what she must to make sure she doesn’t fall victim to a world where every move could get you killed.  Wrath does a brilliant job creating a dark dystopian world that develops around the reader and makes them feel like Outpost is coming alive around them.  Although the reader personally isn’t experiencing the trials and tribulations (at least I hope they wouldn’t be), its easy to get sucked in and attached to the problems they are having.  You find yourself rooting for the characters and crossing your fingers that nothing happens to them.  I loved the fact that although Eden was the main character, the other characters in the story didn’t feel like they got left behind.

I’m very happy that I got a chance to read this book and can’t wait to get to the next in the series!

 


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

E by Kate Wrath

 

Synopsis

dystopian novel

A poignant tale of love and friendship in a world beyond hope…
Outpost Three: a huddle of crumbling buildings choked by a concrete wall. Cracked pavement, rusted metal, splintering boards.

Huge robotic Sentries police the streets, but the Ten Laws are broken every time one turns its back.

Eden is determined, smart, and a born survivor. Stripped of her memories and dumped on the streets of the Outpost, slavers and starvation are only the beginning of her problems. A devastating conflict is coming that threatens to consume her world and tear her newfound family apart.

Life is harsh. It makes no exceptions. Not even for the innocent.

Publisher: Self Published
Print Length: 351 pages

 

Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair review. 
I give E 5 out of 5 stars (5 stars= I loved it)

Fans of dystopian fiction are in for a treat with Kate Wrath’s E. The setting is dark and cruel, the characters are memorable, and the story is full of surprises.

 

I didn’t know what to expect from this book. I read the synopsis and was interested in the description of the story and the setting. At the same time, I was concerned it was going to simply be a glittery romance novel with dark undertones.

 

I discovered quickly that this story is anything but glittery. The characters are complex and well-developed. The main character, Eden, is smart and tough, but she also has her vulnerabilities.  She makes friends and enemies throughout the story, each one unique and important to plot.

 

The futuristic world in which the story takes place is a frightening one, putting the characters in potentially deadly situations everyday. In this world, people must break laws and moral codes just to survive.  Food is scarce, the streets are unsafe, and those with power abuse it. Laws are enforced by robotic creatures who deal with suspected offenders violently and swiftly. All this adds up to a book that is hard to put down.

 

The story is written very well– it’s intelligent, fast-paced, and if there were any editing or proofreading problems, I didn’t notice them.

 

Kudos to Kate Wrath for an excellent story!


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: E By Kate Wrath

A poignant tale of love and friendship in a world beyond hope…Outpost Three: a huddle of crumbling buildings choked by a concrete wall. Cracked pavement, rusted metal, splintering boards. Huge robotic Sentries police the streets, but the Ten Laws are broken every time one turns its back.

Eden is determined, smart, and a born survivor. Stripped of her memories and dumped on the streets of the Outpost, slavers and starvation are only the beginning of her problems. A devastating conflict is coming that threatens to consume her world and tear her newfound family apart.

Life is harsh. It makes no exceptions. Not even for the innocent.

My Rating
4.5
My Review

E will grasp onto readers from the very beginning and hold onto them throughout the entire ride. It was hard to stop reading at all, with the fast pacing and engaging plot. A must-read YA, E is dark, exciting, heart breaking, and thoroughly enjoyable.

There is a lot more than meets the eye with this novel. When Eden first awakes, remembering absolutely nothing of her past, readers are thrown right alongside her into this new world, with Wrath crafted and developed gorgeously. It is a dark kind of future in which the dangers of criminal gambling, extreme poverty, and human trafficking seem a lot more like our past. You know, aside from the robot law enforcers.

Not only does Eden have to worry about figuring out who she used to be, but she has to survive sickness, starvation, and being sold to slavery. One little mishap could have her facing deadly consequences at the hands of Matt, the sector’s criminal mastermind and resident mob boss type, or losing herself all over again to the unstoppable Sentries. If this weren’t already bad enough, a criminal powerhouse from sector two wants to invade and engage in a full out war – and, supposedly, he makes Matt looks like a ball of sunshine. There’s definitely no shortage of plot, stakes and pace in this novel. However, all of the major conflicts did have the whole “identity wipe” thing seem pretty forgotten. Eden didn’t spend time at all really trying to figure out who she used to be, which is understandable, but I still would have liked to see more consistency in that. However, this is only the first book and the next installment of the series may very well bring this back to light and answer all my questions.But if E has a strong plot, it has even stronger characters. Eden is a great POV to read from, as she always felt true to her character and held admirable qualities. I enjoyed Matt as a character, as he is so incredibly complex, as well as Miranda. Both of those characters have juicy layers under hard exteriors, and that’s always fun. But what really stole my heart was the relationship between characters.

If you know me, you know that I love a good, swoony, romantic couple. Well, one of my all-time favorite relationships is from this novel. And it’s not a romantic one. Yes, it still both comfortably warmed and achingly burned my heart, but the relationship between Eden and Oscar is platonic. Although they aren’t related, they really feel like a brother and sister. I loved every scene they had together, as well as the lighter tone Eden had only with Oscar around.

All in all, I loved E. and I definitely recommend it. In fact, I have half a mind to break the law and have a Sentry wipe my mind, just so I could read this book again for the first time.


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Here I am again, with my second book choice. “E”, by Kate Wrath is a must read for all fans of dystopian fantasy. From the moment I read the opening line, I was hooked!

I wake up in a box of iron. I know nothing, remember nothing.

There is one thought imprinted on my consciousness: you have been erased. (Copyright, Kate Wrath.)

And it doesn’t disappoint. From the word go, the reader is plunged into a world that is unremittingly harsh. It’s a fight for survival against starvation, slavery, and most of all, fellow human beings. Even recycling other people’s cast offs, to earn money to buy food, is fraught with danger.

Wrath’s writing style is elegant, descriptive and paints a crystal clear picture for her readers, and yet leaves them enough leeway to make their own interpretations. To read a sample of her work, or even purchase the book, go to:

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You can also visit her Goodreads page and ask her about her writing at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8187351.Kate_Wrath

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Friday, August 1, 2014

E (E, #1) by Kate Wrath Review:

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

*Note: I recieved a copy of this book from the author on a R2R basis*

Let’s just take a minute to stare at this gorgeous cover! I just adore this cover. 

Okay, now onto my review of this gorgeous book.

 

I loved this whole  book! It was just fantastic in every way. The characters were well developed ane understandable. I loved Eden, she was everything I like in a main character. I love the genre dystopia, so this book was right up my alley. The world that Kate Wrath created in this book is a world that I’d love to live in. Also, the world created in this book was completely original and a new fresh take in the dystopia genre. 

I really can’t wait to read book two in this E series. I know that it’ll be just as fantastic as this one was.

 

 


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

E by Kate Wrath

dystopian novelTitle: E

Author: Kate Wrath
You can find this book here: Amazon (Kindle Edition) and Amazon (Paperback).

Author’s description:

A poignant tale of love and friendship in a world beyond hope…

Outpost Three: a huddle of crumbling buildings choked by a concrete wall.  Cracked pavement, rusted metal, splintering boards.  Huge robotic Sentries police the streets, but the Ten Laws are broken every time one turns its back.

Eden is determined, smart, and a born survivor.  Stripped of her memories and dumped on the streets of the Outpost, slavers and starvation are only the beginning of her problems.  A devastating conflict is coming that threatens to consume her world and tear her newfound family apart.

Life is harsh.  It makes no exceptions.  Not even for the innocent.

Intro:
I don’t usually read sci-fi. Or dystopian. I’m more of a happy reader, looking for rainbows and unicorns. What made me read (and love, and put the author on my top favorite authors list) “E” were the first paragraphs posted on Kate Wrath’s website. The power and the beauty of the dark, poetic language won me over, reminding me of some of my favorite poets. And once you start reading this book, trust me, you cannot stop.

 

My official review:

Title & Genre
“E”. As simple as that. The title is a mystery, just like the main character of the book. You will only discover what the title means when you are about 50% in this science-fiction, dystopian novel, so I won’t spoil that for you.  

Theme & Plot
The storyline is constructed around three main themes: hope and the loss of it, character destruction and rebuilding, and the battle between good and evil. Actually, I would rephrase the last one as “the battle between evil and less evil”, because we are talking about a world where nothing is good or innocent, and one has to choose between worse and the worst.
The main plot revolves around the main character and what she has to do to survive. I think the main fights take place in her heart and mind, not in the outside world. On the outside, though, there are events and struggles that create an endless web of sub-plots. A simple accident (getting a piece of glass stuck in Eden’s foot) creates a whole side-story that lasts through chapters. Characters rise and die, taking their stories with them. The beginning of one sub-plot sometimes resolves the other, but in general, there are two or three going on at the same time.

Point of view
The novel is written in first person, present tense, from the main character’s point of view. That gives you the chance to discover the world that she is dumped in together with her, as you start on the same level: neither you, nor the character knows what that world is like in the beginning.

Characters
Kate Wrath’s characters are alive. You see them, feel them, bond with them and discover their world through their eyes. The main character is “reborn” from an “iron womb“, nameless, in a hopeless world. She has no memories, no past, no future. Later on, she names herself Eden. Since the story is written from her point of view, the reader bonds with her deeply; you end up liking what she likes and hating what she hates. Eden is a complex character that learns, discovers, adapts and evolves very fast. Think of a new-born child forced to become a grown-up in a matter of days. What I like is that, even if her memories were erased, her sense of morality remained intact. She always tries to do the right thing, in this world where being correct lessens your chances of survival. This also leads to inner struggles, when she has to choose a side to fight on or choose among friends. The author pays the same attention to secondary characters: Apollon, Jonas, Miranda, Neveah, and my favorite, Oscar (which make up her new family); and Matt, the “god” of the Outpost, a very controversial character that you hate and love in the same time. All these characters have depths that I have rarely seen in a sci-fi writing.

Setting
As you would expect from a sci-fi/dystopian novel, the setting is crucial to the events that take place and to character development. What renders “E” different from other books in the same genre is the lack of direct description, the lack of dwelling on the subject. Everything happens in Outpost Three, but that is all you will know about it. You do not find out where it is situated, in what year, how big or small it is, and you do not need to, because it is not essential to the storyline. It is the dark atmosphere that the author creates that lets you in what the Outpost is all about. She does not describe the rags that people are wearing, but tells you that the leading groups have fewer holes in their clothing; she does not try to tell you what hunger feels like, but that “even the mold tastes good“. Kate Wrath creates a world where being pretty is a curse, where you sell yourself for a crust of moldy bread, where the only way to “get rich” is to strip a corpse of its belongings, where menace comes in many shapes and from many sides, “the bottom of humanity’s barrel“. 

Style
Modern poetry are the words that define Kate Wrath’s style. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love it. Fragmented sentences; rich, descriptive vocabulary; attention to details and, especially, to feelings; dialogue as a main source of characterization – these are just a few things that describe this author’s style. She lets the train of thought go, makes you think what the character thinks, and the thoughts come into your head not through words, but through this poetic language that enables it. A language that speaks to your subconscious, demanding to let go and embrace your feelings, and be part of this grim universe. 
I will give you only one example: “Tepid air.  Tepid metal.  The inability to move.  Limbs pressing outward, ineffective.  My ribcage curled in on itself.  No room to breathe.  The back of my skull smashed against the box.  Neck and spine aching.  Heavy limbs.  Not enough space.  Not enough air.  Suffocating.  Dying.” Get the drift?

Recommendation
Obviously, I recommend this book to sci-fi and dystopian readers, poetry lovers, readers in search of a good thriller or a good book in general. But I warn you: this book is not for the weak hearted.

 

My Twist:

Favorite character: Oscar, without a doubt. This little sunshine of a boy offers you a ray of hope in an otherwise hopeless world.
Favorite quote: “E”. No, not the title. The whole damn book. 
I’ll choose a little rainbow-sweet quote for you, though: “Once […] there was this white doe. I don’t think she died […].  I don’t think God would let something that pretty die. Well, […] if I was God, I wouldn’t.
Favorite names: Eden and Apollon. All the names are well-chosen and meaningful, but these two got my attention: Eden – a garden of beauty and desired perfection in a far-from-perfect universe – and Apollon – a cross-breed between Apollo, the Roman god of sunlight, and Apollyon, the destroyer, a name given to the Devil in the New Testament.

Least favorite character: Miranda – shallow, egocentric, but good-at-heart character, who sometimes behaves like a spoiled brat – it is a wonder how she has survived for so long in this world.
Least favorite quote:You stink” – I never like it when people say that to me; do you?

 

Aspirin of the book:

If you wake up one day with no memories, in a dark world where everyone wants to harm you, and you don’t even have your cell phone with you, look at the bright side: you might get to eat rats!


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Absolutely heart-stopping! Eden wakes up in a metal box with no memories of who she was. From the beginning, she has this amazing desire and instinct for survival and it is fascinating to watch what she does to get by. This girl does it all and then even more amazingly, she start to think 3 steps ahead of her own survival. This is grizzly, dark, haunting and gripping in a way that kept me glued in to the very end. I loved the character development with Eden and I loved that she always has her own agenda that isn’t swayed by the people, both good and bad, in her life. If you are looking for a strong and smart heroine in a kick butt dystopian world, this is the book for you.

 


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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Review: E by Kate Wrath (E #1)

 

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Rating:dystopian novel
Title:E
Author:Kate Wrath
Publisher:Self-published
Publication Date:May 4th 2014
Source:The author
Format:E-galley
Pages:351

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Anarchy reigns in far-flung Outpost Three, where a nameless girl wakens, having lost everything that defines her– home, family, memories. E is the story of her battle to survive, to find meaning in a gritty world full of darkness, and to hold on to the few beautiful things she has managed to scrape together. At once riveting and heart-breaking, E delivers an action-packed page-turning experience that flows with an undercurrent of dark poetry.

Review

I was sent an e-galley of this book by the author and to be honest, the book really didn’t sound like something I normally would read but I was like “Hey, why not?”. Long story short, I read the book and I loved the book. The writing style in this novel was really nice, it was beautifully descriptive and kind of poetic, actually. The world and the premise of this novel were…interesting, really grungy and scary, I would die if I lived in this world but it was intriguing to read about. The main thing that sold me on this novel was the characters who were just unbelievably amazing!

I have a major problem with writing styles; it is the thing that can make or break a book for me. Some writers choose to be overly-descriptive which bores me to death and some writers choose to be lax in descriptive approach which annoys me so much and makes me want to bang my head against a wall. For me, it’s either there’s too much description or too little description but I think that E was somewhere in the middle and I liked it because it didn’t go down to the T describing the consistency of lint but it also didn’t leave me confused. There was also a sort of poetry to the writing and everything flowed and was pretty. I just could not stop reading because the way in which it was written made you want to read more, if that makes sense.

The world that Kate Wrath built in this novel was original and I loved it. I felt as if it was perfectly described and the things that weren’t fully explained were left that way to provide a sense of mystery and suspense and it worked because I am filled with anxiety, waiting for the next book. I thought that there was just enough world building, not too much so as to overpower the actual plot of the story but enough to keep the reader informed. The world was so action-packed and kickass and overall, just cool, there was never a dull moment while reading this, there was always some factor in the book that kept the reader’s thought flowing along the lines of “What’s next?” and I tend to get bored and distracted easily while reading so I was thankful that the premise was quite interesting.

I loved the characters in E! They were just so developed and actually had depth which is usually my problem with dystopian novels. The authors usually focus so much on the world and introducing it that they forget about the other important things like character development. These characters are basically my homies now, like yeah, we’re friends. My favourite characters in the book were Eden (the badass), Matthew (the thug, kind of), Jonas (the smart one) and Oscar(the kid). Eden was the perfect female protagonist, she did not need a man to save her (though Matt kind of helped her out a few times but still…), she had a knife and she gambled and she was my girl! She’s high up on my list of favourite female protagonists, now, yay! I do not know what it is about Matt that makes me like him because he’s kind of a horrible person most of the time. But then, there’s the other times when he is extremely sympathetic, nice and likable! He is just so…HOT! But, he’s mine so…back off! Jonas is extremely bipolar sometimes, you never know with him but he’s really wise and the kind of guy you would want to have as your friend if aliens ever invade earth; he’d be sure to come up with a plan. Finally, Oscar who is the cutest thing alive and I cannot really get into any major detail about the pain I feel right now without spoiling you but he is just amazing! The characters were the story, I was reading it for them, they were captivating, funny and really lovable.

My enjoyment of this book cannot fully be described with English words, there are some incoherent sounds and fangirl screams up in there but know that it was a good book, a great book, an amazing start to what looks to be an amazing dystopian series and you should read it. Read it now. Go to Amazon and just buy it, support the author because this is a self-published book, a great one that I think the entire YA community needs to know about. For all the reasons listed above, I gave this book five cupcakes and I think you will to when you read it. Fun fact, this book actually has a 5.00 rating on Goodreads right now, what, I don’t think I’ve ever seen that happen before, it’s kind of awesome.

Final Sentence of the Book

What Matt has not figured out yet.

Read if you enjoy…

Dystopian~Action~Awesome Female Protagonist~Lovable Characters

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dystopian novelE, Kate Wrath

Anarchy reigns in far-flung Outpost Three, where a nameless girl wakens, having lost everything that defines her– home, family, memories. E is the story of her battle to survive, to find meaning in a gritty world full of darkness, and to hold on to the few beautiful things she has managed to scrape together. At once riveting and heart-breaking, E delivers an action-packed page-turning experience that flows with an undercurrent of dark poetry.(source:goodreads)

Cover-
I adore the use of the robot hand that’s holding the lily. It’s the kind of concept that I wouldn’t ever expect to see, but I think the effect of that part of the image is absolutely breathtaking.

The image behind it, though, of the alley blends with the hand a bit, so I have to question the placement of it. I also wish that the title was a little more visible, and the author name a little less. This would have made the center image-the robot hand with the lily-and the title work together to create one comprehensive cover for the book.

Still. That concept with the hand and the lily. I love just thinking about it.

★★★☆☆

Narrative-This book is told in the first person POV from the perspective of Eden, the self-named protagonist of the novel. To sum it up, I can say that Eden’s voice is breathtaking and hauntingly beautiful, particularly within the first few chapters of the book (although it remains that way throughout the entire thing, as well).

I point out the first few chapters, in particular, since this is where it’s basically just Eden. There’s no dialogue (with the exception of a few lines), so the entire opening is what Eden is doing to survive, her thoughts, and her thought processes, and the entire time I read it I couldn’t help but notice that Wrath gave Eden an incredible voice, able to describe any situation and feeling with incredible detail and accuracy.

This pattern remains constant, even after Eden meets the band of misfits that become her family; if anything, it becomes even stronger as her emotions become anchored in those people who take her in. It’s poetic, in a way, without weighing the narrative down, and there were a number of times that I couldn’t help but stop and be insanely jealous that Wrath’s writing was so fantastic and beautiful.

★★★★★

Plot-Wrath’s ‘E’ is everything I love in a futuristic world where nothing goes right. There’s death everywhere, people literally fighting to survive on a daily basis, alliances that have to be forged and broken just to stay alive…the best part? Things only ever get worse. There literally is no “better.”

Even after Eden is off the streets, things can only go well for so long. The initial fight for survival is over, but then the stakes rise when food becomes basically nonexistent; this is where troubles begin to rise not only within Outpost Three, but between Outpost Three and Outpost Two, who is ruled by an even worse anarchist than the one who controls Three. Begin trouble.

Despite all of this, I love the angle that Wrath took: Eden is only slightly involved in the actual planning and fighting, and more concerned with navigating alliances between people she cares about and doesn’t want to lose. She’s trying not to starve to death, and she’s trying to make sure that her new family doesn’t starve to death. Even though she has no clue who she was before being “erased” (the term used to refer to the process in which first-time offenders of the law are completely stripped of everything they had before that point: their memories), she focuses on the future. At one point we learn what might be her name (I’m still wondering if that really is her name or not, or if it’ll come up later), and yet there is very little of Eden focusing on that, since there’s other things that steal her attention.

This book is about survival in a world where every choice is the wrong one. Eden may want to save everybody, but she can’t even save herself.

Simply: I loved it.

I will point out that there isn’t a lot to be learned about where the Sentries came from (giant robot things that are more effective than police, in some ways), or how the process of being “erased” actually works, or even how that system was administrated in the first place. What I find incredible is that these were things I didn’t think about until after I read the book, and they still aren’t a problem for me. Wrath literally puts the reader in the middle of Outpost Three and makes us appreciate not the struggles of the “system,” but of the people struggling to survive in the middle of it.

★★★★★

Characters-Shoot, I have no clue where to even begin with these guys.

I’m not even kidding I don’t know where to begin. I guess from the beginning?

Eden is our kickass main character. She literally wakes up, and within five minutes saves herself from slavers. Then she manages to survive a few weeks on her own, pretending to be a sick old hag while trying to feed herself amidst being blackmailed by a real old hag who knows that she is, in fact, a young girl suitable to be sold to the slavers. She’s smart, and she’s resourceful, which made me like her practically the moment I began reading the book. Plus, those smarts inevitably lead her into the company of a pair of nice guys. Which leads me to:

Apollon and Jonas. These two are the big, burly, lovable glue that holds the family together and protects them at the same time. Note also that it’s not really a “family,” but a group of people just trying to survive; also not that it was Apollon’s idea to take in all of them, and Jonas was overruled by him, though he really does care about everybody in the same way. As mentioned, they’re the protectors, and they have a rather interesting past that connects them to Outpost Two, which makes it extremely hard for Eden to later “choose” sides. They’re brotherly, smart, and willing to so whatever it takes to survive. They also don’t mind throwing around a cute smart-ass quips now and again.

Miranda, Oscar, and Neveah. Miranda is a little spitfire. Something I loved about her was her ability to act tough when she needed to, particularly when one of her own was being threatened. At the same time, she’s a girl with ghosts, just like the rest of them, and ultimately her skills are not within combat or bloody encounters, which is a detail that she seems to know about herself. Oscar is the cutest eight-year-old kid ever. He’s the little ray of sunshine in everyone else’s life, able to look at things with a kid-like naivete that only…well that only a kid could have. At the same time, fighting for survival on the streets has given him wisdom beyond his years, making it so that he can understand a lot more with just a look than people would give him credit for. Last within the family of misfits is Neveah, a woman of little words but who is skilled with herbs and medicines. While she’s more in the background, she is a bit of the mother figure; even when she’s not in the middle of the action, I couldn’t help but think, “Don’t worry, she’s there.”

Last is Matthew, or Matt as he’s also known. Like this category, I have no clue where to start with him. Within the first few pages of the book, you know he’s not the guy you want to mess with. Even further in, you still hear his name and realize that he runs the entire outpost. Then Eden meets him, because he takes an interest in her, and cue the downward spiral. Matt is like…well he’s the anti-hero. You want to like him so freaking much, and then he goes and does something that proves to you that he’s evil. Then you want to like him again, and then you hate him. Then the end of the book comes and you’re like, “Matt, let me hold you, everything will be okay!”

Then you’re staring at the screen of your e-reader blankly wondering what the heck just happened.

I’m not even kidding, Matt is probably one of my favorites just because of how challenging he is to figure out.

★★★★★

Okay, I really did love this book. If I’m being completely honest, I didn’t think I’d love this book near as much as I actually love this book.

Obviously, this is  a lot of love. The only reason this book doesn’t get a perfect score is because I think the cover could have been put together a tad better. If I weren’t playing by my own rules (the ones outlines on the reviews page), then I would totally give it a perfect score.

But, alas, I must play by my own rules or risk being called out as a hypocrite, which is something I’m trying not to do.

Still, this is an insanely good review from me. I typically don’t like books this much.

Final Answer: 4.5 / 5

Special thanks to Kate Wrath, who provided me with a copy of E to read and review. Everybody, please go check her out.

Rae


 

On Booklover 2.0 by Laquesha Bailey:

Booklover 2.0

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Currently Reading (Dangerous Boys, Angels, Outposts + More!)

Hey guys! I hope you all are well and happy! I know that I haven’t uploaded in five days and that is due to the fact that I haven’t had a lot of computer time recently and it’s extremely difficult to create anything other than text posts on my iPad and I’ve been wanting to post a lot of reviews lately of the books that I’ve been reading and the Blogger app just doesn’t have the HTML capability which is suckish. Also, I’ve been simultaneously trying to fix my blog i.e it’s design and make it better and cooler and I’m afraid that’s really time consuming, I’m sorry. I’m going to try to upload daily now and hopefully post more reviews but…for now, today, we are going to be discussing the two books that I am currently reading. Just keep in mind that I am not finished reading these two books and I am going to fully review them when I am done but these are just my natural and current thoughts based on the point in the book which I have reached. So I hope you enjoy reading, feel free to shoot me a comment if you do!

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (Hush, Hush #1)

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Hush, Hush is an angel book, or at least, that’s what I get from the cover. I don’t know much about it, except that it has really mixed reviews on Goodreads, people either really hate or really love this book series, there’s no in between. So, I’m about 28 pages into this book and I’ve been at this point for days now, I don’t know why! I just can’t! I mean, it’s not a bad book. Actually, I don’t honestly know if it’s a bad book or not because I haven’t gotten far enough in to really have an opinion. I can say though, the prologue was EXTREMELY confusing and a little bit stupid, quite frankly, because prologues are supposed to develop books somehow and give the reader a little backstory/sneak peek of what they’re in store for and this prologue did nothing for me! The only thing it made me feel was annoyance. Also, I feel nothing for any of the characters yet and I don’t know how I feel about that. I need to pick up the pace at which I’m reading this book because I am eight books behind on my 2014 60-book reading challenge and I have to rectify that and I don’t know if it’s the prologue or what that’s making me hesitant to read this book.

E by Kate Wrath (E #1)

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I received an e-book copy of this book for review from the author who was so nice and polite and I was super excited to read this book because the synopsis sounded really awesome. It’s really difficult

to explain but basically, the book is about this girl who wakes up in a box not really knowing who she is because she’s been…erased which means that your memories are taken away and that’s really dangerous because then you can be sold into slavery by slavers. Long story short, she meets some really cool friends, forms some bonds and comes into contact with the mysterious, dangerous and literally sexy as hell…Matthew. This novel tells you the story of the girl, Eden, as she named herself and how she survives living in Outpost Three avoiding sentries, struggling to put food on the table and dealing with Matthew and everything else that’s going on. So far, I’m really enjoying reading this book, I’m about 170 pages in. I think that the plot is interesting and I really really like the protagonist! She’s a girl but…she’s not girly, she’s kind of kickass, actually and she’s the kind of person that you want to party with because you know…you will have a good time! And she can gamble…what else do you need? I really hope that there’s a possibility of a Eden-Matthew relationship because they would be so cute together! As much as I’m loving the book, I feel like certain aspects of the story haven’t been explained and maybe it’s because I’m not far enough in yet but I think that more needs to be said about erasure and exactly how Matt who seems to be only like eighteen or nineteen got into power because I’m not really sure about that. I really hope that as the book progresses, it’s further explained because I’m really loving this and I WANT TO KNOW!! *cough cough* because I might be having an interview with the author *cough cough*
So…yep those are the two books that I’m currently reading and I’m glad I got to share my little thoughts with you guys because I love books and I want to love both of these books. Actually, I want to love all the books that I read but that’s not possible, sadly. *sighs* Reader problems. Anyways, I will talk to you guys later, thank you for taking time out of your busy day to read my rambles. Love you to the moon and back.

 

 

Toodle-ooo,

Laquesha <3


 

On Light Knocks by Jerome Jackson:

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Kate Wrath: In the Garden of Eden

jjjaxx78 | 4 July, 2014 at 13:00

 

Powerful. Unrelenting. Mesmerizing.

 

E, a novel by Kate Wrath, takes place in a society crippled by its own rules and citizens, in a dying world of destitution that seems ready to take its last breath with each inhalation.
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I had the pleasure of meeting Kate through a website called Stage 32 and after beginning our conversation, she mentioned that she had a book out that she would like for me to read. I was intrigued so I checked out a sample of her work on her website. As I read the beginning of her first chapter, I immediately knew that this was a novel that I needed to check out as soon as possible. So, naturally, I went to Amazon and downloaded it about a minute later. A slight smile came to my face, and in hindsight, it foreshadowed the elation that I would have in the hours that followed my purchase. I finished “E” in a manner of two days — a Saturday and a Sunday — completing a weekend that was filled with the imaginations of a very talented writer.

 

The female protagonist, who goes by the name of Eden, seems to jump off the page as her struggles with her past, present, and future makes her extremely relatable. Imagine waking up and not knowing who you are, where you are going, and what lead to your loss of memory and you immediately get a taste of how desperation seeps into Eden’s life. Finding out her identity as she searches for food and shelter is always a tense situation that keeps you intrigued while rooting for a heroine that is as mysterious as her surroundings.

 

In an impoverished city known as Outpost Three, the will to survive is as stagnant as the scattered trash and human waste that lies throughout the streets. Enemies are a dime a dozen and friends keep secrets that make you question their true intentions. Robotic “protectors” roam the town, keeping peace with their cold, metallic fingers and the residents gripped in fear of retaliation. Harsh times can make the noblest of men sink into corruption and despair, leaving them wondering about the purpose of existence. With all the trials and tribulations, how does one find the will to live?

 

With compelling characters, an intricate plot, and excellent pacing, Kate has managed to weave a story that leaves you willingly trapped in its clutches. There is much to like about this novel and with the fact that it is Book One of the series, the reader is left with hope of more to come in the future!

 

Check out more about Kate Wrath at her website www.katewrath.com and visit Rock The Book for her blog with fellow authors Leti Del Mar and Nicola S. Dorrington!

 

Don’t forget to like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter for updates!

 


On Behind the Novel by Alice Dee:

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E by Kate Wrath

Featured novel for July 2014

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Anarchy reigns in far-flung Outpost Three, where a nameless girl wakens, having lost everything that defines her– home, family, memories. E is the story of her battle to survive, to find meaning in a gritty world full of darkness, and to hold on to the few beautiful things she has managed to scrape together. At once riveting and heart-breaking, E delivers an action-packed page-turning experience that flows with an undercurrent of dark poetry.

 

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Rating: 5 stars

The first thing that piqued my interest about this novel was the title. After reading the blurb I could tell this was my kind of book. Over the course of a few weeks I read the novel every chance I got. But I really love Wrath’s writing style. E is dark, beautifully written, and laced with poetry. The MC wakens to a very bleak, and seemingly hopeless existence after her memory has been wiped. She has no recollection of who she is or was. Sentries, slavery, and starvation are just a few threats in her fight for survival in this gritty, futuristic world.

Realistic and likeable characters (Jonas my favorite) Descriptive and life-like (the rat scene will forever marinate in my head!)

While I liked the story, I must admit that Wrath’s writing style is what really kept me anchored. Can’t wait for the next installment.

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Samuel Patrick Jones:

Fellow author and screenwriter Samuel Patrick Jones said:  “I believe you are a very talented writer and have a unique vision. When I read something that sparks my interest, I always write a poem.”

Here’s the poem:

STRUCTURE
The blind man’s mark, the fool’s self chosen snare.
Found Fancy’s scum and drums of scattered thought.
Band of all evils and cradle of causeless care.
The webs of will, whose end is never wrought.
Desire, desire I have too dearly bought.
Who should my mind, to higher things prepare.
Yet in vanity, has my ruins sought.
In the maddest, to all things aspire.
In the kindest, all the smoky fire.
For virtue, has this a better lesson taught.
Within myself, to seek my only hire.
Desiring not, but how to kill desire.
In a trance, to our omnipotent God.
I stand near the ultimate consequence.
Before the beginning of years.
There came to the making of man.
Time, with a gift of tears.
Grief, with a glass that ran.
Pleasure, with pain for leaven.
Summer, with flowers that felt.
Remembrance, fallen from heaven.
And madness, risen from hell.
Strength, without hands to smite.
Love, that endures for a breath.
Night, as a shadow of light.
And life, a shadow of death.
He who bends to himself a joy.
Does the winged life destroy.
But he who kisses joy in fleeting.
Lives in eternities sunrise.

by Samuel Patrick Jones

3 Responses

  1. Allan White

    Hi Kate – You’ve probably seen these already but I can see you’ve not updated your scrapbook in a while so here’s a few 5 star reviews you might like to add…

    https://amiesbookreviews.wordpress.com/2015/06/21/eden-by-kate-wrath-book-review/
    http://wereallbookishhere.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/review-evolution-by-kate-wrath-e-2.html
    https://janedougherty.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/book-review-e-by-kate-wrath/

    Can’t wait for Elegy!

    • Thanks, Allen! You’re right. I’m incredibly behind when it comes to posting here on the Scrapbook page. All of the reviews here were reblogged with permission from the original authors. There are a ton more reviews out there floating around the internet, but getting permission, reformatting, and all that takes a lot of time. I may just do an update to this page with links to more current reviews. I think that would be a happy medium.

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