Escape to Eden is a fantastic story that will likely remind you of the Uglies as well as The Hunger Games. You might find the protagonist, Sage, to be more of a role model than Katniss or Tally, however. Sage is brave, forgiving, unselfish, uplifting, and positively affects many in a short amount of time. Most of the characters we meet have had their DNA altered and have become faster, stronger, and seemingly better in every way. Even though these characters have special abilities and appear to have everything one could ever want in life, their life expectancy is significantly lessened along with their overall happiness. Sage (whose DNA has not been altered) has much to teach these people who think they’re superior to her.
Rachel McClellan knows how to grab your attention. With a complex plot and many-layered characters, Escape to Eden is fascinating. You may find yourself wanting to shout at Sage who always seems to do the unselfish thing, whether or not it is the smart/safe thing. This action-packed thriller gets pretty intense and be prepared for a little gore. There are some spine-chilling creatures who make you grateful you don’t live in Sage’s world. As book one of “The Original” series, expect an ending that will have you anxious to continue the story.
Note: You’ll likely find it helpful to refer to the glossary in the back. There are a large variety of different creatures and it can be a bit tricky to keep them all straight.
This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Sweetwater Books
Profanity/Language: 4 mild obscenities.
Violence/Gore: Many (59) brief incidents including characters want to hurt another; character looks ready for a fight; character jokes about hurting self; verbal threats; many references to people dying young (20-30s); reference to young children’s parent dying; characters get hurt by creatures; characters in prison died from starvation or killing each other; reference to character knocking others unconscious; references to characters fighting and getting hurt (both life-threatening and non-life threatening); reference to school burning and characters left three children to die without trying to save them; character is stabbed and left temporarily paralyzed; character has broken blisters on hands, causing bleeding; character knees a male character in the crotch; character slapped; character knocks self unconscious with needle; character uses stun gun on another; character punches another; characters cut another’s leg; creature picks person up by neck and scratches it in doing so; character puts needle with medicine in another’s neck; creature smashes up walls; dying character has a few seizures; characters get chased by a bear; window shattered; car roof smashed in; several incidents when humans fight creatures, some involving in death; a few incidents of creatures eating raw meat and tearing it and each other apart with blood flying around. One extended incident of characters fighting resulting in some dying and many injured.
Sex/Nudity: Several (17) brief incidents including dancing; holding hands; arm around waist; flirting; hugging; kissing; touching shoulder, face and lips; cuddling; young (13YO) girl wears only t=shirt and underwear to sleep in and walks around male characters; innuendo; character jokes about a (13YO) character having a rash (insinuating that its from an STD).
Mature Subject Matter:
Murder, death, character has several seizures, DNA modification.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
A character acts drunk; a few incidents when a character is knocked unconscious with medicine given intravenously.