Review: E by Kate Wrath
BOOK ONE IN THE E SERIES
Life is harsh. It makes no exceptions. Not even for the innocent.
Outpost Three: a huddle of crumbling buildings choked by a concrete wall. Cracked pavement, rusted metal, splintering boards. Huge robotic Sentries police the streets, but the Ten Laws are broken every time one turns its back.
Eden is determined, smart, and a born survivor. Stripped of her memories and dumped on the streets of the Outpost, slavers and starvation are only the beginning of her problems. A devastating conflict is coming that threatens to consume her world and tear her newfound family apart.
This is an atypical book for me, so if you follow my reviews and expect a certain sort of read, be warned. However, I'm judging this book as what it is, not holding it up to my "normal reads." What it is is a harsh, realistic dystopian with a gritty feel and visceral emotions. A lot of it, especially the last quarter or so, is downright disturbing by my (admittedly lightweight) standards.
However, the writing is clean, the characters are believable, and overall, this is a good book.
My only minor nitpick: the book is written in first person present, but occasionally, I had no idea what the main character was thinking. Sometimes I felt like I was playing "catch up" to figure out what her plan was. Looking back, I think this might've been trying to register the fact that since her memories were missing, she herself was acting instinctively, without all the information needed to form full ideas, but it did lead to a little bit of confusion for me during the climax. Confusion that may very well be sorted out in future installments in the series.
I'd call this New Adult as far as its age level. There is scattered swearing, and as mentioned the overall tone is very dark (especially especially the end. Yes, the double especially IS intentional), so be warned if you are sensitive to violence or f-bombs.
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