Author: Elisa Nader
Publisher: Merit Press
Format: Hardcover ARC
Since the age of ten, Mia has lived under the iron fist of the fundamentalist preacher who lured her mother away to join his fanatical family of followers. In Edenton, a supposed “Garden of Eden” deep in the South American jungle, everyone follows the Reverend’s strict but arbitrary rules—even the mandate of whom they can marry. Now sixteen, Mia dreams of slipping away from the armed guards who keep the faithful in, and the curious out. When the rebellious and sexy Gabriel, a new boy, arrives with his family, Mia sees a chance to escape.
But the scandalous secrets the two discover beyond the compound’s façade are more shocking than anything they ever imagined. While Gabriel has his own terrible secrets, he and Mia bond together, more than friends and freedom fighters. But is there time to think of each other as they race to stop the Reverend’s paranoid plan to free his flock from the corrupt world? Can two teenagers crush a criminal mastermind? And who will die in the fight to save the ones they love from a madman who’s only concerned about his own secrets?
This was a very good book about Mia and Gabriel and what they went through in Edenton, a community of people who live within a flock and have a Reverend who everyone thinks is great except to Mia and Gabriel. Mia has been with the flock since she was 10 she has a hard time buying what the flock represents and wonder what is really going on? Gabriel just arrived with his parents and is having trouble towing the line.
The two find out what is really going on and how they can fight for what they know is right, as opposed to what is really going on.
This book was very different to be able to write about a place like Edenton which reminds me of places like Waco, Texas. Ms. Nader is very good at describing what is going on within the flock. The shelterness that they have going on.