Autumn escaped a cult, but now she realizes she's fallen into another.
Growing up in San Francisco’s Centrist Movement, sixteen year-old Autumn Grace has always believed emotions—adrenaline, endorphins, even happiness—drain your Essence and lead to an early death. But her younger brother’s passing and a run-in with a group of Outsiders casts her faith into question.
Ryder Stone, the sexy, rebellious leader of the Outsiders, claims Essence drain is nothing more than a Centrist scare tactic -- and he can prove it.
Autumn follows Ryder to his Community of adrenaline junkies and free spirits in Yosemite National Park, and they introduce her to a life of adventure, romance, sex, drugs and freedom. But as she discovers dark secrets beneath the Community’s perfect exterior, she realizes the more she risks in search of the perfect rush, the further she has to fall.
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About the Author
She currently resides in Florida, and she is now a huge fan of shooting stars, indoor plumbing and keeping both her feet planted firmly on the trail.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
So. This book. This book is lush. It's adventurous. It's a little heartbreaking. And it's a haunting look into the mind of a girl raised in a cult who doesn't know how to escape the lifestyle, even when she tries. I loved it so much. Autumn was not just a great character, but a look into the mind of someone who really doesn't understand what life can be outside of someone else's control. I loved her arc, her mistakes, and her discoveries. I loved her wonder and her bravery. I just loved this book, period.
Did I enjoy this book: I'm conflicted. I liked it (finished it in two days, actually), but I’m not sure if I like it because O’Kane’s written a good book, or if it’s because Essence reminds me a lot (and I mean A LOT) of Divergent. It’s nearly the same plot — girl leaves one culty-type lifestyle and joins another, only to find out things aren’t exactly what she expected. She falls in love with the lead hottie, makes some bad choices, and ultimately figures things out. The details are different — tightrope walks and drugs instead of high jumping and combat training — but I’m not sure they’re different enough. I like the whole “out of the frying pan into the fire” thing, but I just couldn’t shake the feeling that I’d read this story before. Would I recommend it: Yeah, sure. If you’re a fan of Divergent you’ll get more of what you know you like. As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Books. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.