Eden's Root

Eden's Root

by Rachel E. Fisher


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ISBN-13: 9781469902104
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/28/2012
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

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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ljldml on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I love dystopian/apocalyptic stories. This book is long but packs quite a punch. It is an amazing story. Well worth the read.The characters are incredible. The main character, Fi, is a young girl who grows up in a hurry. She has to prepare for the upcoming disaster. This books takes us through a few years of her incredible life. She is a multi dimensional character. She becomes perfect in just about anything she does- this is the one problem I had with the book. I didn't want to see her fail, but no one is that good.She lives in a future which may represent our own, food becomes disease infested. She learns how to live in a dangerous time.If you like sci fi or dystopians, you are certain to love this book!
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing 7 months ago
One word. WOW! Amazing and indescribable, Eden's Root is the perfect match for me!Why? Well for one the main character Fi. This character is groomed from the very beginning with dark secrets. She fashions herself with learning the arts like hunting, fighting, and skills in survival. I like that Fi was just a normal girl about to go through something big. She is prepared for it and comes out totally rocking at being a fighter. She does not only fight for herself, but for her family as well. There are part s where everything she is taught is so explosive you can;t help but yell," You Go Girl!" and giggle with excitement.The plot line of this book scares me. Because I have only read a few articles with theories on this, its just scary that this can really happen. With statistics rising in many diseases, I can't help but wonder if it is something that we are consuming that is making us ill. So many foods have been altered and testing on. This is why I stay clear away from fast food and would much rather cook my own meal. *Shudders* In any case, this plot line is an issue that has been raised time and again, yet no one listens.The love interest in it is sweet and wonderful. I like that Fi finds someone who is just like her in many ways. There is no love triangle, (Thank GOD) but just a young girl fighting for survival and finding her match. I like how these two find each other. They certainly have a story to tell! If anything, the love interest endures so much the reader knows it's real love.Eden's Root is a mind blowing story. Explosive from start to finish, the grooming and growth of Fi will rock your world. I don't think I ever read anything like this before. Eden's Root is epic masterpiece that will never grow old. Brilliant and stunning, Eden's Root rocks!
MarkedByBooks More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite things about reading books set in the not so distant future is the idea that something like this may actually happen. The thought is a little unsettling, but I think that it makes a novel a lot more relateable because the readers are imagining how they would react if they were in a situation similar to the characters in the novel. It adds a really interesting perspective, and every action carries a lot more weight because some part of us may believe that what we're reading may not turn out to be as fictitious as we originally thought. I felt very similarly with Eden's Root, though I don't know if I can accurately compare myself to Fi. For someone as young as she is, she turns out to be a lot tougher than I would have ever been able to be. She leads people five times her age with courage and strength, and takes all of the realities of her new world in stride. Sometimes it was really hard for me to believe that she was only thirteen-years-old when she started training because she always acts so mature throughout the journey. Though the majority of this book is told in third person limited, leaning towards her perspective, there are two other people that also get to share some of their thoughts: Sean and Asher. Fi doesn't really meet Asher until a little after halfway through the novel, but there are one or two instances before that point when we read things from his perspective. Honestly, I do wish that there were a few more of those passages before they meet up because the jump from the pre-Famine Asher in the beginning to the version of him that Fi meets is very large. He explains some of that story to Fi, but I still feel like my idea of him would have been strengthened if I got to see the progression from his point of view as it happened. Sean is the one I'm still trying to figure out. I really liked him in the beginning of the novel because of how much he cared for Fi and the rest of his family, but I started getting a little peeved with him later on. I really was rooting for him for most of the novel and mentally begging Fi to just give in and give the poor guy a chance, but once Asher was introduced into the picture, I started to have doubts. Now, that's not my excuse for saying that the best friend should never win because I completely disagree there. I love to root for the best friend, and they are almost always my original preference. The only problem is that whenever a love triangle is introduced, the best friend kind of starts being a bit of a jerk. I don't really understand why, but that seems to be the natural progression in most books like this. The new guys comes in, the best friend starts acting all bratty and snooty, and suddenly instead of me wanting them to get the chance I thought they deserved, I really just want them to shut up. Aside from Sean's new attitude (which really didn't even last that long anyway), I really don't have all that much to complain about in this book. I loved the scientific explanations behind the Famine that Fi's father gave her, as well as all of the other glimpses into how the Sickness changed her family. I also really enjoyed how Rachel Fisher looked at the way people can change when they really aren't given another choice if they want to survive, no matter who they started out as. Taylor
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
It’s not easy to come up with a post-apocalyptic theme that makes some sense but Rachel E. Fisher has conceived a very plausible premise what with all the food crop modification and genetic engineering that has been going on for years. There are some holes—it’s doubtful the food rationing would come as such a surprise to people because they would have begun to notice some shortages and it’s unlikely everything would go the Family’s way for so long with no battles between the Family and Others and no violent deaths—but the general idea is a good basis for worldbuilding. Most of the author’s worldbuilding starts out well but could use more fleshing out. For one thing, I couldn’t get a handle on exactly where they started from. They’re heading into upstate New York but, after wintering over and Fi turning 15, it has been about a year but they’re only four days away from New York City. A comment made by Fi regarding her love of the city led me to believe that her home was not terribly far away but it takes almost two years altogether to reach Eden, which is past Montreal and there is no description of a second winter. Even with wintering over and avoiding roads, it doesn’t seem as though it should have taken nearly so long. So, where did they start and how far did they actually walk? Worldbuilding is critical in this subgenre but so is character development. In the beginning, Fi is only 13 but she ages to 16 during the story. I don’t find it unbelievable that such a young girl would do well in martial arts and weapons training but her always being right in her decisions isn’t at all likely and I question her immense luck during her raids. I can actually understand why adults would choose to let her be the Leader because, in a time of extreme crisis, we tend to rely on those who behave as though they are prepared as Fi certainly is. On the other hand, Fi thinks the “Sickness” means all serious disease and that it is all caused by the bad food but that seems a very naive notion. Romance plays a role, naturally, but I like the way Ms. Fisher handled it, quite appropriately for the ages involved and I also like that it takes all three of the main players quite a while to really acknowledge their feelings. It’s a combination of romance and true friendship that does exist in real life and I’m glad the author mostly steered clear of passionate embraces, longing gazes, heartfelt silences, etc. While there are some weaknesses in Eden’s Root, there is much to like about it and I’m looking forward to the second book, Seeds of War, where I hope to find answers to some of my questions. I’ll enjoy continuing the adventure with Fi, Asher and Sean as well as many others in Eden.
TheStuffofSuccess More than 1 year ago
EDEN'S ROOT This book has totally hit a nerve with me.  I read ALOT and many books I have chosen to read involve our diet and what we consider food.  Our food today does not at all resemble what it was decades ago.  Wheat has been modified to such an extent there is only a tiny remnant of anything that was ever considered "wheat".  I have adopted three children - all with special needs.  Some of their issues are environmental but some have no explanation such as autism.  Is that a result of diet?  Immunizations? Other environmental influences?  Genetic?  Who knows but I have always felt strongly that much of it is related to food.  So what if our food - all food - truly becomes so modified and mutated that it dies off and we are left with nothing?  Think about it?  Who survives?  How do they survive?  This book is a tale of all of these struggles and survival.   SEEDS OF WAR Seeds of War picks up with the colonist from Eden trying to find others topside.  There is more relationship building between Fi and Asher as well as Sean and Sara.  I definitely enjoyed Eden's Root more but still liked Seeds of War.  The premise is very interesting, concerning and alarming at times - could we really do this to ourselves?  I enjoyed Fi more in book 1 but I enjoyed Asher more in book 2.  Their personalities are evolving and they are stronger together.  I have no doubt this strength will be very important in book 3.  Topside there are groups that will try to help as well as groups that will try to destroy.  Sometimes it is sad to think that people can sink to such depths.  Seeders are trying to cultivate True Food and rebuild civilization.   Overall I give these books a 4 star rating.  The Eden's Root Trilogy is a very unique type of apocalyptic literature.  It is definitely not more of the same.   I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read both Eden's Root and The Blight i loved both stories i read The Blight first then found Eden's Root i plan on buying the next book Seeds of War and reading it soon. This book has made me cry and laugh and everthing in between one of the best book i have ever read thevonly thing this book needs is to be proof read ther were some words out of order but over all an amazing book.
LaniSku More than 1 year ago
~I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review~ Well, doesnt this book just really make you think about things a little differently!? Eden's Root is a dystopian/sci-fi (though, in the authors words, not the robots and space sort of sci-fi. But science based fiction)set around 30 years in the future. It's based on the idea that our food has been genetically modified ALOT over the past century or two. Nothing is as it was back in the 1800's- food is all crossbred and pumped full of chemicals to make things bigger, better, taste different, grow faster. In Eden's Root, all this genetic modification has caught up with us, and things are starting to go pear shaped. Crops are beginning to die before they can be harvested and Cancer of all forms (or The Sickness, as it becomes known throughout the book) is killing people at a crippling rate and some believe it is caused by the food. 13 year old, Fi Kelly's father, is one of those believers. On his deathbed, he tells Fi that the world as she knows it is coming to an end.That soon, there will not be enough food to go around. The only glimmer of hope for Fi, is Eden. A colony sealed off from the rest of the world, that her scientist father helped to create. In Eden, they are growing heirloom crops, or 'True Food" as Fi comes to call it. These True foods come from unmodified seeds, from hundreds of years before. Fi and her family can be saved from the famines and the sickness that are sure to come, but first, they have to make it to Eden. Fi spends the first few months after her fathers death, training to become a fighter. Learning to hunt and gather. Preparing herself for the trek to Eden and this new world. Armed with her fathers journals and his dying words, she makes her plans. And when the events her father foretold start to come true, and soldiers roll into town, locking up food stores and riots begin, Fi knows its time to leave. To find Eden. Eden's root is told mostly from Fi's point of view, though we also have chapters from Sean (Fi's best friend and side kick), and Asher (who remains in the city, whilst everyone else is fleeing). From Fi and Sean's points of view, we follow them as they travel from their home in search of Eden. Picking up others along they way, whom they deem fit to join their family. Going on raids for suplies, hunting and gathering, trying to keep an ever growing amount of people alive while food is largely unavailable and everyone is out for themselves. My thoughts: Firstly, this hits a bit too close to home for me. It is not really a stretch of the imagination, to think that this could actually happen. We really do mess with food ALOT, under the guise of making things better, but are we really? Im not a scientist, i dont know the answer to that, but this book certainly makes you think about it. Love it when a book actually makes you think. Fi starts out in this book at 13 years old, and is 16 by the end of it, so the book spans quite a period of time. I found it hard to like Fi. She is an extremely determined, strong willed, gutsy leader and i found that hard to swallow, being she was a 13 year old girl. She leads a large group, which includes many adults, including her mother, and they all just follow her, pretty much without question. Yes, she trained to be a warrior for a few months, and yes, this new world would make a young girl grow up quickly, but i found her "voice" to be of someone alot older than 13. Like maybe someone of 40. If she'd started out at age 18 i think i would have had an easier time accepting her. It is explained many times, why she is the way she is (and there are ALOT of reasons in her past), I just found it a bit hard to buy. But this is really my only complaint in the whole book. Its a very easy read, the book flows well, without many slow spots.There is the occasional typo, but it wasnt enough to be distracting. Theres plenty of action, and an a little bit of a romance (even an almost love triangle). All the supporting characters are likable, and i would have loved to have seen some more from Asher's point of view when he was still in the city. I think an ebook novella from his point of view would be amazing!(hint hint Rachel!) Overall, an enjoyable read, and a really promising debut novel from Rachel Fisher. This probably wasnt quite a 4 star read for me, but it definitely deserves more than 3 stars. So i give it 3.75, because i like to be precise :) I'd recommend this to any dystopian YA fan. The sequel is already out, so im looking forward to reading that sometime soon. Thanks Rachel, for asking me to review your book :)
JustReadItCLK More than 1 year ago
This was such a wonderful book! In my opinion, if you enjoyed Hunger Games, you will enjoy this book. *** SPOILER BELOW *** In the year 2033, an unexpected devistation occurs to the world's food source. Few people knew about the coming of hard times. Fi Kelly, a fourteen year old girl, was burdened with this knowledge before her father died. Her father was one of the people who knew what was coming and planned ahead. He urged Fi to learn survival tactics to keep the family safe and more importantly to find her way to a place called Eden. Along the way, Fi and her extended family had to survive by looting, and living off the land. They had to not only feed themselves, but to also keep away from other people. The need to survive is not without trials. Danger hangs over their heads constantly. (A good explanation of Sickfood and Real-Food is given. I believed!) Fi is keeping her family safe and urging them to Eden, on foot. She takes her father's dying wish to a new level. Fi must do things she never dreamed of to survive or her family will NOT survive. I can't wait to read the second book in this series, Seeds of War.
Mother_Gamer_Writer More than 1 year ago
Eden’s Root is a refreshing reprieve from Vampires and Werewolves while following in the dystopian world footsteps of Hunger Games meets Soylent Green. Fi, a thirteen year old girl is faced with illness, danger, grief, survival, and love. She is a girl that even grown women such as myself can relate to, and I can easily see my own daughters within her. Fi has faced the sickness and now must become a strong fighter and survivalist to protect those around her. Food is rare and sickness is rampant. She must gain the knowledge given by her father and in a short amount of time to prepare her for the journey she knows she must take upon herself. Everything from stealing, hunting, and fighting will have to be endured if she plans on keeping herself and her sister alive. For being a young adult book, Eden’s Root actually frightening, and I don’t mean “BOO” frightening. I would advise those younger than 12 to have a serious talk with an adult about the setting of this book and as they progress through the book to raise their concerns to their parents because what Rachel writes isn’t too far from what our future could possibly hold. This book delves deep into humanity and many topics such as survival and environmentalism – which have become very important as of late. Rachel creates characters which are very realistic, someone you could see yourself friends with, or actually becoming. There are however, so many characters throughout this book, I often had to try and recall who was who.As the book comes to a close, I highly recommend this wonderful read to all ages; even a great book to read to younger children. There is a lot to feel, experience, and love about Eden’s Root that I know you will love it too! Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Reviewer: CrayolaKym
Airicka_Phoenix More than 1 year ago
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.
Molli-OnceUponaPrologue More than 1 year ago
The entire time I was reading Eden's Root, one thought kept resonating: this wasn't just sci-fi - this was realistic science fiction. And for me, that is usually the most terrifying kind...the sort that isn't out of the real of possibility. This suspenseful novel forced me to think about possibilities that, although they scared me, also made me appreciate the Fi and her family live in, and the choices she makes to keep them safe. Ultimately, Eden's Root had a few issues that detracted from my enjoyment of it, but I still found it to be a wild ride I won't soon forget! While reading Rachel Fisher's novel, I struggled a bit with some of the characters. I've waited awhile after finishing to write my review, and I think there was something off in the character's voices for me. I liked the actual characters themselves well enough - Fi was brave and loyal, Sean was protective and strong, Asher was devoted and swoon-worthy, and the other members of the Family all had important roles to play. But in retrospect, even though I understand she was forced to grow up fast, Fi never felt like a teenager, nor did Sean or Asher, really. The only way I can describe it is that maybe Rachel struggled to really find their identities as teens - even teens who had grown up before they should have had to, due to their circumstances. Also there was a bit of a distance between the writing and their voices, almost as if she was afraid to get to close to the characters. However, I did find a lot to like about Eden's Root. I really loved the scenes with Fi and her father - to me, that's where part of the heart of the story lies, in Fi's devotion to her father, and in his wish to prepare her for the harsh realities she'd face after he was gone, another victim of the Sickness, a cancer-like disease transmitted through the very food they're eating. I also liked the unexpected romance between Fi and Asher! At first I thought Rachel Fisher was going in a different direction with the romance, but I'm happy with the way it all played out - it felt natural. Despite the fact that the pacing when it came to large passages of time felt choppy, Asher and Fi ARE given time to grow as friends and as a couple, so that their pairing felt more natural than rushed. Overall, I liked Eden's Root, and read it in one sitting, so that says something about the story being told and about the writing! I think Rachel Fisher has a lot of promise, because while there are a few aspects to this book that felt under-developed, there was also a great deal of potential for a brilliant sci-fi trilogy!
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
I seriously had no idea what I more could expect from author Rachel Fisher’s novel Eden’s Root, after reading the synopsis on Goodreads, I was seriously pumped. The novel sounded just like my cup of tea and post- apocalyptic stories are always bound to be amazing, so I’m sure you’re wondering is something along the lines of: So was the story as good as you were hoping. Well… obviously yes! Or else I wouldn’t have started the review that way! Eden’s Root is a novel that I personally had high hopes for and it is a science fiction novel that you most definitely can’t predict yourself. Famine is the one thing that has caused our world to destroy itself thirty years from now, the time that Eden’s Root is set in. Main character, Fi Kelly is given her father’s dying wish to protect her family by learning to protect them herself and by finding them a way to get them to Eden before it’s too late. Embarking on this journey with her new skills in hand and her group that is known as the Family, Fi heads off to find Eden and meets the challenges that come with this new world which consist of starvation, death, and Sickness. If there’s one thing that caught my eye with this story is the main character. Fi Kelly is a strong female character who I personally felt a strong connection with. She reminds me a lot of Katniss Everdeen in the sense that she is willing to do anything and everything to keep her Family safe. Not to mention that just before she turns fourteen, Fi begins to train in martial arts and becomes a total butt kicking machine. She sounds a lot like me, in that sense *grin*. I loved Fi. I loved how Fi was so willing to kill anybody who could potentially harm her Family and of course, she wasn’t a character with a heart of stone even though she has a warrior spirit. Fi still felt sorrow and other emotions such as… love *winky face*. The only thing about Fi that I found unrealistic was that, when she escaped from her hometown with the Family, she was described to have these really visible, really defined Catwoman muscles which… considering that she was a fourteen year old girl was really unrealistic since I train and work out just as much as Fi does in the novel… and I don’t look like Catwoman. Just saying. I envied Fi for that. The world that Rachel Fisher introduced me to was one that I found myself falling in love with because it actually held a realistic reason for the world to end. It wasn’t zombies or giant bunnies destroying the Earth (the bunny thing will happen, mark my words), it was our own ignorance and need to be superior that caused our downfall in Eden’s Root. The food shortages were described as leaving people desperate, and I loved that Fisher actually described other characters who weren’t in the Family as being in a desperate state where they would create gangs and kill other gangs and groups for food. But don’t worry, there was no cannibalism in the novel. The romance portion of the novel is something that I personally described as young love when it came to Sean’s feelings towards Fi. But when it came to Fi and Asher, I have to admit that despite the age difference between the two, I was totally falling for Asher. He was so romantic, brooding and at the same time able to kick some major behind. All in all, a story that I loved with a main character who is ruthless. I loved it! I would recommend Eden’s Root to fans of Post-apocalyptic novels, science fiction and readers who want a story with a stron
PassingPages More than 1 year ago
First of all, a heartfelt thanks to Rachel Fisher for providing me with a copy of her book to review. Eden’s Root…well, I guess I should start out by saying that a think it deserves 3.5 out of 5 star rating. Over the week that I read this, I treaded the line between dreading reading it and interested to know what would happen next. It was fascinating, intriguing, precarious and fear inspiring journey that shows love and survival are two of the most important things. Our main character, Fi is just a young girl when we first meet her. We learn about her tenacities and her losses and a loss the is affecting her now: Her father is dying of the Sickness-I will explain what the Sickness is in a minute-and a secret that will change her life forever. The world is Sick, crops that have been genetically engineered are making people very sick and that the government know it and has prepared a place just for the people it deems reasonable. Before he father dies, he charges her with the task of getting her and her mother and sister to this place, Eden. What did I like? Hmmm, there are many things that I “liked” about this book. Fi was very interesting to move with and hear her thoughts. She was strong and willing to do what had to be done. She transformed from someone relatively weak into someone who could do whatever another needed her to. Character building was essential to this novel and something that is vital. The characters that we are introduced to were well defined even when they played only the smallest parts, and the ones that stayed the duration are thought out and fun to read about. Miss Fisher also showed the effects of hard living on people-a crazy person is a double crazy person when a gun is added to the mix-and the reactions that they would have. And I am a “see it, it shines, love it,” girl. What that means is the cover is very well done and I LOVED IT ;) And one more thing…Asher!!! Keep an eye out for him ladies. What didn’t I like? There is always something not to like. For me, this novel was incredibly hard to get into. Part of it was that I jumped into it when I was already seeped into another series. Part of it was just getting into the book. I don’t care about seeing preparations for the battle, generally, but I am all for the battle. For the first hundred or so pages when she’s becoming the “new Fi” was incredibly boring for me. There was a little too much swearing at times but it was used sparingly so it was not horrible, and I felt that the “Sickness” part was not explained well. What the “Sickness” is, basically, is anything at all that will make you very sick and cause you to lose your life. Simple, but it took me forever to get that for some reason. Maybe I’m just dumb ;/ So? I have to applaud the-what should I call it?-idea of this book. “THE WORLD IS ENDING” blah, blah, blah. Yes, we know, we all know. So many authors have tackled this same subject, and have failed. I am more than pleased to say, if you are looking for hard core survivalist apocalyptic tales, this one will keep you hooked from beginning to end. Its sassy, its fun, it has the perfect blend of hope with the right touch of desperation and despair and combines love and jealously with distinction. This is a novel worth the time and the trying.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
One word. WOW! Amazing and indescribable, Eden's Root is the perfect match for me! Why? Well for one the main character Fi. This character is groomed from the very beginning with dark secrets. She fashions herself with learning the arts like hunting, fighting, and skills in survival. I like that Fi was just a normal girl about to go through something big. She is prepared for it and comes out totally rocking at being a fighter. She does not only fight for herself, but for her family as well. There are part s where everything she is taught is so explosive you can;t help but yell," You Go Girl!" and giggle with excitement. The plot line of this book scares me. Because I have only read a few articles with theories on this, its just scary that this can really happen. With statistics rising in many diseases, I can't help but wonder if it is something that we are consuming that is making us ill. So many foods have been altered and testing on. This is why I stay clear away from fast food and would much rather cook my own meal. *Shudders* In any case, this plot line is an issue that has been raised time and again, yet no one listens. The love interest in it is sweet and wonderful. I like that Fi finds someone who is just like her in many ways. There is no love triangle, (Thank GOD) but just a young girl fighting for survival and finding her match. I like how these two find each other. They certainly have a story to tell! If anything, the love interest endures so much the reader knows it's real love. Eden's Root is a mind blowing story. Explosive from start to finish, the grooming and growth of Fi will rock your world. I don't think I ever read anything like this before. Eden's Root is epic masterpiece that will never grow old. Brilliant and stunning, Eden's Root rocks!
Angel208 More than 1 year ago
The year is 2033 and the world hovers on the edge of explosion as unexplained crop deaths lead to severe global food shortages. 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. Saddled with an impossible secret and the mission of saving her little sister, Fi sets out to transform herself into the warrior that she must become to survive the coming collapse. Along the way, she will discover that evil can be accidental and that love can be intentional.-Goodreads. How can I say this without sounding rude?... I loved this book, but got really scared, not roller-coaster-ride scared, but I-have-seen-a-ghost scared. 2033 is AWFULLY close. And the way the author kills humanity is too realistic. I love how she showed us every single detail of Fi's training. Some might say that it should be brief and not so many details to invoke the reader's curiosity. I say the more details the better, I'm reading because I want to sleep in 2 hours or so, I don't want my imagination running wild and giving me freaky nightmares. This book made me feel weak, just like in the Hunger Games. You know that this end-of-the-world is coming, and those fiction books are giving you a way to avoid it, but you can't use any weapons, Hell, I can't even ride a Bike!! *sigh* Anyways, I did enjoy the book so very much, and would definetly recommend it :) xoxo, Angel.
HaideeHaze More than 1 year ago
This book would be a great read for people who are into apocalyptic books. I personally are more into paranormal/supernatural books but i did quite like this book. The main character Fi had to really step up to the plate to make sure her and her family survived. I think the story was well written, if a bit slow paced for me. All in all i enjoyed the book and thought the author did a really good job.
ChiKittie More than 1 year ago
First Impressions: I was contacted by Rachel Fisher the author of Eden's Root a couple months ago and asked to read her novel. I feel in love with the book cover and the whole idea of the story being set in the future. While I have read many Dystopian novels within the past two years, Eden's Root sounds like nothing I had ever read before so I decided to give it a go. I will be honest and say I was kind of put off by how long the book was, but knew it would be worth it. My Review: Eden's Root is set in the year 2033, the world as we know today is very much like the one described in the book but with one huge difference. The world itself is slowly dying. Fi Kelly's father is dying of cancer and on the last days of his life her father decides to tell Fi something that will change her life as well as everyone lives in the world. The food eaten and the drinks that were drank is killing everyone slowly. Known as "Sickfood". Scientist do not know what is causing this and why crops are dying out around the world. Now everyone must continue to eat this "sickfood" to survive hunger even knowing the food is what is causing the world to slowing crumble around them. Fi was been told by her father days before he passes away that she and her family must find a safe haven away from this apocalyptic world. She will need to find a way to be strong and lead her family to safety. All the while knowing the road ahead will be filled with hardships, horror, and even sadness. Fi and her family are now on a quest to find the one place that could save them all, Eden! First let me say that I loved the whole idea behind this novel. The apocalyptic whole and it's surrounding were told in a way that I felt I was right there with Fi and her family. I could almost feel her pain and see in my minds eye what she was going through through-out the story. The story idea of the food we eat everyday being the one thing that will end the world and the people in it is scary to think about but a very unique concept. I adored Fi Kelly as the main character. Her inner strength and willingness to survive was astonishing and gave the book a "never give up" feel to it. On another aspect I did feel the story was dragged out a bit and long. While this is not always a bad thing because it gives the reader a full understanding of the book and all of the events that took place within. For me personally I would have liked it more if it was a shorter book to read. I found myself taking breaks and coming back, not because the story itself was lacking but the length was a bit intimidating to me. All in all Eden's Root was worth the read. I feel in love with the character's in the story and the things that they were made to endure were so motivating. I loved reading about the journey in itself that took to reach safety. Final Thoughts: I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves Dystopian stories. While for me I felt it was a bit slow at parts and a long book to read the story within was amazing and very unique. Rachel Fisher has written a great debut novel and I look forward to seeing what else she may has in store for the future. ( Hopeful not a future like the one in Eden's Root! ^__^ )
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cubicleblindnessKM More than 1 year ago
The first thing that I noticed about the story was that it's a pretty big read. I read this on my kindle and there were no page numbers but there were 7191 locations that is above the normal teen reads I get that average between 3000-5300 locations. It starts out describing the world and explaining the main plot of what the story is going to be, the reader gets to see right away that Fi, the main character who is 13 in the beginning of the novel is going to have to grow up fast. She is smart and takes everything her father tells her to heart. She begins preparations for the time when she is going to have to leave town with her little sister when the time comes. There is a lot of stealing and lying and storage of necessities by her over the next couple of months. As well as learning how to fight, hunt, and some plant knowledge for food reasons. She eventually decides that she cannot leave her family and friends and decides that she just cannot leave them without some idea of what's going on. Plus the neighbor boy Sean has noticed she is missing school and that something is going on. There were some parts of the book where they cannot travel because of the weather and settle down. The story slows and there is not a lot of things happening in those sections. We get to learn more about the individual characters and scout for more food and supplies in the abandoned towns. This story contains a lot of characters. We start off with around 14 people traveling in the group (the plan was just supposed to be three) so we have a lot of people to get to know and as they travel more people are brought into the story. Not all of them play the major role in the story, but there were a couple places I found the amount of characters hard to remember and especially their ages and which ones were sick or not and what skills they had to provide for the group. The story eventually starts to involve a little bit of a romance and a lot of complications that the family must get through to find their way to safety. I was offered a copy of this for review, but when I checked online to see that it was selling for $2 for the ebook I was surprised, especially because of the length of the book. I think it is 100% worth that and more. That is a very good deal for this story. My favorite character is Sean. I admired him, his actions and how supportive he was of Fi. Fi is a very strong leader and it really shows in this story that she had to grow up very fast in a short amount of time. I was torn at times that some of the adults in the group did not insist that she did not go out to scavenge herself because she knew where they were going and could not risk her getting hurt. But she always held her own and kicked ass when she needed to. I think the main story behind the story is how the world treats our food supply. With all the cross breeding of plants and use of chemicals in our foods, if not watched carefully could cause global damage, and in this story to the extent of global famine. 4 Stars
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
I liked this story and then there were some parts I wasn't crazy about...so I am going break down my review in 3 parts. Starting with the first 100 pages…I was so intrigued with the story line. I loved hearing about how the world had slowly been killing itself due to the food it was creating and consuming. What's weird is this fiction is hovering freakishly close to real life. It's a scary thing. But hearing how it all started and how it all went wrong was plain creepy, yet cool. My hubs has told me I have a very unhealthy appetite for apocalyptic stories. Am I one of those Doomsday Preppers? Nope. But I would like to think I could hold my own for a bit if something were to happen. Ok, next part is the middle 100 pages. With this section of the book, I found a little boring. This is the part where the Family were either traveling or holding up in an old farm house for the winter. Just not a lot happened here and I also realized I didn't relate much to Fi, the Family's Leader. Here is a 14 yr old girl telling grown adults what to do. And the adults were all like 'Whatever you say'...well in so many words. I just don't think I would like a 14yr old girl telling me what to do…experience or not. I will say that Fi is sort of like a young fierce Katniss. But not much happens in this time frame during the story so sometimes I would skip over some paragraphs just to get to the next scene. I found there was a lot of unnecessary detail in this part…and I am not fond of a lot of detail woven into books. The last 100 pages is where it picked up again and in such a good way. Fi is now 15 and I found myself actually enjoying her character a little more, especially when she is introduced to a new character. He is not really new to the readers because he has had a few scenes throughout the book where we got his POV. But things start happening between them and with the Family. It gets pretty exciting for them and a lot happens. Plus the romance was very cute and I loved those moments. I am a pushover for good romance scene. So there you have it. I recommend Eden’s Root to anyone who enjoys a good apocalyptic style read with a little time on your hands. Eden’s Root is a rather long read…at least for my taste it was.
Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from the author to read and give an honest review. I also grabbed the book off of Smashwords when it was free (so I have both a hard copy and digital version). I will be honest from the get go and say that I got 58% through this book before I had to finally put it down and not read anymore of it. So it gets put on my DNF (did not finish) pile. Blurb from Goodreads: The year is 2033 and the world hovers on the edge of explosion as unexplained crop deaths lead to severe global food shortages. 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. Saddled with an impossible secret and the mission of saving her little sister, Fi sets out to transform herself into the warrior that she must become to survive the coming collapse. Along the way, she will discover that evil can be accidental and that love can be intentional I have to say that what initially drew me to wanting to read this book was the cover. It really is just gorgeous. I love the color scheme and the layout. I also love the contrast of the world's presented right there in front of your eyes. When I read the blurb for this book, my interest was immediately piqued. I love dystopian books. And with my views on GMOs at this time, this book really seemed to fit right up my ally. Once I started reading, the concept really took hold for me and I really wanted to see how the author incorporated a food shortage into creating a dystopian world. The characters: I didn't connect with any of them at all. Fi, the main character, shows no personality at all. She is a 13 year old girl, but speaks like she's an adult. And, while I understand the need for her to grow up fast, she is quick to do things as an adult and barely makes the mistakes of a 13 year old. She easily transforms into this warrior as soon as her world starts to fall apart, which makes no sense to me. And her relationships with the people around her are disjointed and don't feel real. I can't feel her compassion for those who are sick, I can't feel her anger the the situation going on around her. Also, I find her to be way too trusting of just about anyone, even though she tells the reader she shouldn't be trusting others because everyone is out for themselves. Whenever she meets someone, she seems to have no fear that they will hurt her or take things from her. I just didn't understand how she could not be scared when the entire world was falling apart in front of her eyes. As with Fi, all the other characters just seem flat. In actuality, I had a hard time telling one from the other when they were speaking, unless it was directly noted that they were the ones saying the words. This was quite frustrating for me. The story line itself was fairly interesting: the world experiences a food shortage due to the fact that foods were causing cancer. I thought for sure in many of the situations we would see a lot of action. Yet, for the first half of the book there were rarely an action scenes. And when there were, nothing really happened or they were resolved so peacefully. For a book set in a dystopian landscape, I was expected a bit more violence to show how much people were suffering. When the action did start around half way through, I got really excited. But once that scene was over, the story went back to dragging with Fi and the others walking through the landscape and nothing really happening. Often I expect a lot of background and world building in dystopian books, but there also has to be things that move the story along, which I didn't feel was happening at all. There is a ton of narrative in this book. Which wouldn't have been so bad if it hadn't been so repetitive. When there was dialogue, it was not interesting or witty and dragged almost as much as the narrative. And the exchanges between the characters seemed odd and out of place to me. There were some moments that were meant to be humorous but I just did not feel they were funny. Finally I got a bit annoyed with the POV writing in this book. One of the characters who speaks is Asher, but I was totally lost as to where he fit in because we hear from him only very briefly in the beginning of the book. He does finally make an entrance again about half way through the book, which I assumed would eventually come or else why would the author have introduced him to the reader, but it just seemed out of place. I usually like POV novels, as I love to get the information from the varying views, but the way this one is laid out just caused more confusion for me than anything else. All in all, I wish I could have gotten more into this book and finished it. I tried my hardest to push through it, thinking it would get better for me, but I just could not get into the way it was written. It did not grab me. While the theme is really something that could have pulled me in, the writing and the flow of the book just did not allow me to be captured. 2 out of 5 stars from me.