Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Review: Relic (Books of Eva #1) by Heather Terrell

Title: Relic (Books of Eva #1)
Author: Heather Terrell
Source: Amazon Vine
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
Release Date: October 28, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

The truth will test you...

For fans of Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games: high fantasy and dystopia meet in this high-stakes tale of a civilization built on lies and the girl who single-handedly brings it down.

When Eva’s twin brother, Eamon, falls to his death just a few months before he is due to participate in The Testing, no one expects Eva to take his place. She’s a Maiden, slated for embroidery classes, curtseys, and soon a prestigious marriage befitting the daughter of an Aerie ruler. But Eva insists on honoring her brother by becoming a Testor. After all, she wouldn’t be the first Maiden to Test, just the first in 150 years.

Eva knows the Testing is no dance class. Gallant Testors train for their entire lives to search icy wastelands for Relics: artifacts of the corrupt civilization that existed before The Healing drowned the world. Out in the Boundary Lands, Eva must rely on every moment of the lightning-quick training she received from Lukas—her servant, a Boundary native, and her closest friend now that Eamon is gone.

But there are threats in The Testing beyond what Lukas could have prepared her for. And no one could have imagined the danger Eva unleashes when she discovers a Relic that shakes the Aerie to its core.

This book was fantastic.  Have you ever imagines what people will think 100 years from now as they dig up our "artifacts" and study them?  What would they think of our culture and all the things we use - especially when technology no longer exists.  This is a glimpse into one of those possible worlds.  

The Aerie has become a refuge for those that survived the Cleansing - a great flood that destroyed the world.  Their laws and traditions are very strict - no one wants to fall prey to the same flaws that destroyed the previous civilization.  But when Eva leaves to go on The Testing - a search for artifacts and an understanding of them, her eyes open to new possibilies and she begins to question.

This wasn't an overly adventurous story - it had its moments of action and excitement, but it was a more thoughtful book than many young adults I've read.  The story line was very intriguing and captivating.  The characters were unique and stood out even amongst each other.  The big reveal at the end of the book was very very big!  It was something I didn't really see coming and has me anticipating what will happen in book two.

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