Eden's Root

Rated 4.43/5 based on 8 reviews
The year is 2033, and in the United States, the Sickness is taking lives slowly, creeping its way into every family. Fi Kelly has already faced the Sickness in her own family, toughening her beyond her years. But a shocking confession from her dying father will push her toughness to its absolute limits. More

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Words: 138,560
Language: English
ISBN: 9781469902104
About Rachel Fisher

I am a wife and entrepreneur living and working in Florida. Though I grew up in the northeast, I can’t give up the sunshine and beaches of my adoptive home. My work is fictional and would be classified as science-fiction because it is rooted in science...but it is not the typical with robots, space travel, or aliens. This particular story is focused on realistic worst-case scenarios because those are what I find most intriguing right now. Favorite pasttimes...mostly outdoorsy things, and overuse of ellipsis.

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Review by: Kim Justice on Oct. 17, 2012 :
My Review:
I am really getting into reading more books within this genre, dystopian. And seems I am enjoying getting to know the authors and the characters with each book.

With that being said, the book was no exception except for the fact that it took me some time to get through the first part of the book. Don't get me wrong, it was good. It took me a while to get through it, mainly because it was so drawn out. I couldn't get into it because of this.

This book is different than some of the other dystopian book that I have read due to the nature of why the world as we know it is coming to an end. Let's see how to put this. If people would not have been so, for lack of another word, GREEDY!! I mean that the earth was stripped and people reaped what they sewed so to speak.

Fi is a great character and takes on a lot of burdens with in the pages of this book. Author Rachel Fisher is a great writer. Her plot and characters are great. Just wish that the first part of the book would have went a little faster. Because the second half was Awesome!

But these are just my opinion and you need to check out this book for yourself. I will not give away any details of this book. I feel as a book blogger, you as a reader, need to read and make your own opinion. I feel that this book deserves to be READ!!

So due to the above I am giving this book a Breath of Life Rating of:

Four Clock Rating!!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kim Justice on Oct. 17, 2012 :
My Review:
I am really getting into reading more books within this genre, dystopian. And seems I am enjoying getting to know the authors and the characters with each book.

With that being said, the book was no exception except for the fact that it took me some time to get through the first part of the book. Don't get me wrong, it was good. It took me a while to get through it, mainly because it was so drawn out. I couldn't get into it because of this.

This book is different than some of the other dystopian book that I have read due to the nature of why the world as we know it is coming to an end. Let's see how to put this. If people would not have been so, for lack of another word, GREEDY!! I mean that the earth was stripped and people reaped what they sewed so to speak.

Fi is a great character and takes on a lot of burdens with in the pages of this book. Author Rachel Fisher is a great writer. Her plot and characters are great. Just wish that the first part of the book would have went a little faster. Because the second half was Awesome!

But these are just my opinion and you need to check out this book for yourself. I will not give away any details of this book. I feel as a book blogger, you as a reader, need to read and make your own opinion. I feel that this book deserves to be READ!!

So due to the above I am giving this book a Breath of Life Rating of:

Four Clock Rating!!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kim Justice on Oct. 17, 2012 : (no rating)
My Review:
I am really getting into reading more books within this genre, dystopian. And seems I am enjoying getting to know the authors and the characters with each book.

With that being said, the book was no exception except for the fact that it took me some time to get through the first part of the book. Don't get me wrong, it was good. It took me a while to get through it, mainly because it was so drawn out. I couldn't get into it because of this.

This book is different than some of the other dystopian book that I have read due to the nature of why the world as we know it is coming to an end. Let's see how to put this. If people would not have been so, for lack of another word, GREEDY!! I mean that the earth was stripped and people reaped what they sewed so to speak.

Fi is a great character and takes on a lot of burdens with in the pages of this book. Author Rachel Fisher is a great writer. Her plot and characters are great. Just wish that the first part of the book would have went a little faster. Because the second half was Awesome!

But these are just my opinion and you need to check out this book for yourself. I will not give away any details of this book. I feel as a book blogger, you as a reader, need to read and make your own opinion. I feel that this book deserves to be READ!!

So due to the above I am giving this book a Breath of Life Rating of:

Four Clock Rating!!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kim Pyrros on Aug. 24, 2012 :
This book was given to me as part of the ARR program on Goodreads. A great new dystopian YA with incredible opportunities for sequels and dare I say it? A movie. I would live to see this as a movie. Reminiscent of other "life on the run" books this one adds a twist. The food supply has failed suddenly leaving millions starving. The food that is available will kill you. What emerges is a story of survival and family connections. Definately will read the next instsllment.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Yve on Aug. 14, 2012 :
Chilling and exciting YA tale that takes place in the near future. The MC, Fi, learns that life as we all know it is about to take a disastrous turn. Genetic Modification of our world's food goes awry. In a short time, food supplies pretty much disappear.

What makes this dystopia chilling is the sense that the future represented within, is possible. The author uses her knowledge to create a very believable scenario to take her characters, and her readers, through.

I like novels with strong, female characters, and Fi does not disappoint. She has to grow up fast and hard. The only stretch for me was that the adults were so willing to abdicate any and all control over their lives and the lives of their children to her without question.

The other characters complimented the story well. There are friendships that evolve, romances, deaths, survival struggles and a touching relationship between Fi and her father - even after he passed.

I only had one real issue with the story. The early introduction of Asher was very distracting and destroyed the flow of the story. The salient points could easily have been shared with the reader, later.

I received this book from the author through Smashwords for free. I thank the author for giving me the opportunity to read and review this.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Airicka Phoenix on Aug. 09, 2012 :
This book was generously donated to me by the author, Rachel Fisher, as part of her free giveaway on Amazon.

Imagine yourself at home, surrounded by your family (or cats) and you're marveling over a can of fruits. Imagine having to take that single can of fruits and splitting it between everyone. Imagine if that was your only food. Pretty messed up, right? What's even more messed up is the fact that this story is set in the year 2033. That, my friends, is only 21yrs away.

The first thing that got to me about this book was the cover. Now, normally, I'm not a cover nut. Some of the best stories are hidden behind hideous covers. But the cover of Eden's Root isn't hideous. It's not weird or glamorous. It's cryptic. It's like the Di Vinci Code, all those secret, hidden messages in paintings. I didn't notice it at first until I really had a good look at it.

Everything on the left is dead. It's murky, desolate, sad... depressing. Even the girl's face is half covered like her identity is being put into question. Then, on the right, everything is thriving. The sky is blue, the grass green and the girl's face is open. It's truly a gorgeous cover and so well picked for this book.

Inside, we meet Fi and her `family'. Some are her actual family, blood related, while others are people they took in, gave them a home and food when there was nowhere else for them to go. Fi losses her father and her mother is sick. She is the only one her little sister has left which forces her to grow up pretty quick.

I'm not sure I can say this book hooked me from page one or even page two. The first little bit dragged, seemingly on slow motion. I wasn't sure if it would pick up at all... and then Asher stepped into the scene and that was it for me.

Asher is one of those guys who, if you met in real life, you'd probably giggle to your girlfriends about while slyly pointing at him and daring each other to go over and get his number. He was a little older than Fi, but I don't mind that in a story. What made me really love him was the way he seemed to bring Fi to life. The whole first part of the book was just so cold, so calculated, like nothing would ever be right again. But as soon as Asher made an appearance... you could almost feel the colors leap off the page. Fi was a teenage girl again and not some revolutionary leader. You can tell right away that Asher was good for her. He was strong and protective, but he also knew how to make her loosen up.

The end of the book left me fumbling. I wasn't sure why the words suddenly stopped on my kindle. I was so engrossed that it actually took me a minute to realize I'd reached the end. I can only say that I am so glad the sequel to this book, Seeds of War is already out. I don't think I'm patient enough to wait for it.

Also, I just wanted to add before the conclusion, that I've had the pleasure of speaking to Ms. Fisher recently and only after I was already reading Eden's Root, and she is such an amazingly sweet person. It's been such a delight getting to know her.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Airicka Phoenix on Aug. 09, 2012 :
This book was generously donated to me by the author, Rachel Fisher, as part of her free giveaway on Amazon.

Imagine yourself at home, surrounded by your family (or cats) and you're marveling over a can of fruits. Imagine having to take that single can of fruits and splitting it between everyone. Imagine if that was your only food. Pretty messed up, right? What's even more messed up is the fact that this story is set in the year 2033. That, my friends, is only 21yrs away.

The first thing that got to me about this book was the cover. Now, normally, I'm not a cover nut. Some of the best stories are hidden behind hideous covers. But the cover of Eden's Root isn't hideous. It's not weird or glamorous. It's cryptic. It's like the Di Vinci Code, all those secret, hidden messages in paintings. I didn't notice it at first until I really had a good look at it.

Everything on the left is dead. It's murky, desolate, sad... depressing. Even the girl's face is half covered like her identity is being put into question. Then, on the right, everything is thriving. The sky is blue, the grass green and the girl's face is open. It's truly a gorgeous cover and so well picked for this book.

Inside, we meet Fi and her `family'. Some are her actual family, blood related, while others are people they took in, gave them a home and food when there was nowhere else for them to go. Fi losses her father and her mother is sick. She is the only one her little sister has left which forces her to grow up pretty quick.

I'm not sure I can say this book hooked me from page one or even page two. The first little bit dragged, seemingly on slow motion. I wasn't sure if it would pick up at all... and then Asher stepped into the scene and that was it for me.

Asher is one of those guys who, if you met in real life, you'd probably giggle to your girlfriends about while slyly pointing at him and daring each other to go over and get his number. He was a little older than Fi, but I don't mind that in a story. What made me really love him was the way he seemed to bring Fi to life. The whole first part of the book was just so cold, so calculated, like nothing would ever be right again. But as soon as Asher made an appearance... you could almost feel the colors leap off the page. Fi was a teenage girl again and not some revolutionary leader. You can tell right away that Asher was good for her. He was strong and protective, but he also knew how to make her loosen up.

The end of the book left me fumbling. I wasn't sure why the words suddenly stopped on my kindle. I was so engrossed that it actually took me a minute to realize I'd reached the end. I can only say that I am so glad the sequel to this book, Seeds of War is already out. I don't think I'm patient enough to wait for it.

Also, I just wanted to add before the conclusion, that I've had the pleasure of speaking to Ms. Fisher recently and only after I was already reading Eden's Root, and she is such an amazingly sweet person. It's been such a delight getting to know her.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Julie M. on July 28, 2012 :
copies from my account on goodreads:

Rating: 3.5/5

First, I'd like to thank Rachel for sending me an advanced copy of her book. I really appreciated the gesture. This book had been recommended to me by one of my friends and after reading the summary of it, I was intrigued and added to my to-read pile.

Eden's Root follows the journey of Fi Kelly and her family in search of Eden. The year is 2033 and the announcement of the food shortages has made people fear the worse. The world is no longer safe and it's everyone for itself. In this new world, Fi leads her family in hopes to find a place safe for all of them.

Prior to this announcement and on his final months to live, Fi's father confessed to his daughter that she is the only hope to save their family. He lets her in onto a secret that he never revealed to anyone and gives her a mission to accomplish. A mission Fi never believed her 13 years old self(going on 14) would have survived in normal circumstances; but nothing is normal now.

For months, she prepares herself physically and mentally for the journey ahead of her. Fighting, stealing, hunting and gathering become part of her. She's no longer the innocent girl she used to be; she's becoming a warrior.

Now, I will admit that it took me a bit before really getting into the story. My mind couldn't wrap itself around the idea of a teenager leading a group of people. It took them leaving the city to finally get me into the story.

Fi proved to be a good leader for the Family, but I'll admit that she got on my nerves from time to time. It was really a like/dislike relationship that I had with her. She was mature and, as I mentioned before, had leadership, but the way she thought sometimes made me remember that she was just a teenager. But no one could doubt how much she cared for her Family or her heart. And throughout the book, I could see her change, becoming the woman she was meant to be.

But overall, whether I liked a character or dislike it, it just shows that the author did something good. Whenever I feel strongly about a character, it just means that I got into the story or else, hating or loving them wouldn't mean nothing. When I cried with the characters, enraged with them or laugh with them, it shows that I somehow became attached to them. And Rachel did just that with all of her characters.

Fi might be the main character, but it wouldn't be the same without the other characters who brought in their own personality making this book more interesting to read. Because no one reacts the same in any situations and Rachel made sure that we could see many sides in this story.

The story is about survival, but it also gives you reasons to believe in love and trust. Things that Fi will learn through the journey. Mistakes will be made, lessons will be taught, but how can it be different when this is a whole new world they are learning to live through?

Overall, I liked the story a lot. It was quite an interesting idea that Rachel came up with and I'm really excited about reading the next books in the trilogy. I want to see the characters grow into this new world; I want to see what this new world will evolve into and mostly, I want to believe like them that hope is not a wasted sentiment.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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