Author: J.A. Souders
Book One in the Elysium Chronicles
Edition Read: eBook via NetGalley
Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes, all her life she's thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.
But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she's forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie.
Her memories have been altered.
Her mind and body aren't under her own control.
And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.
Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb... and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.
MY OVERVIEW: By looking at the cover you would think this was a fantasy book, but it wasn't. It was a sci-fi dystopian set in an undersea bubble world.
PROS: The beginning was rough. I didn't think I would like the whole undersea world thing, but it grew on me. Once Gavin shows up, the book gets a lot better... then heads on a downward spiral.
CONS: The beginning and end were the toughest to get through. The end was kind of - "Just get this over with. Stop running." [SPOILER] The worst was when they find out that there are... wait for it... zombies! I really feel that this was unnecessary to add. You already have people being conditioned and so much "control" from Mother, and then zombies are added? Really? [END SPOILER]
MY FINAL THOUGHTS: I saw that this was the first book in a series, so was nervous that the book would just end without anything being completed/solved. But I was pleasantly surprised that it did have an ending. An opening ending to where another book would fit in, but an ending all the same. Because of this, I do not plan on reading the rest of the series.