I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: The Elysium Chronicles #1
Published by Tor Teen on November 13th, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes, all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.
But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie.
Her memories have been altered.
Her mind and body aren’t under her own control.
And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.
Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb... and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all.
Evelyn lives a sheltered life. Living underneath the ocean in a city called Elysium her life is perfect with her gorgeous gorgeous garden and her equally blonde and stunning mate. Her Mother rules all, and she’s a queen that rules with an iron fist. When Evelyn’s memory flashes pop up in her mind’s eye, it causes her to question her perfect utopia. Even more so when a surface dweller somehow stumbles upon their city in the water and starts to tell her the truth of what happened back on land.
Evie didn’t exactly pick up on her trashed memories until it started happening more frequently which I found bored to read with. It kept happening and replaying again and I found it boring and tiresome. I felt no connection with Evie whatsoever, minus the fact that the plot kept me so entertained.
Mother reminds me of a woman Hitler. She’s downright tyrannical, leads her people with an iron fist, and is more crazy with the idea of perfection than you have ever seen in a character. Naturally she ends up being the most interesting character. As the story progresses, the history of how she came to be is revealed. And thank God there were answers. Nothing annoys me more than a book that leaves all the questions unanswered.
The romance was downright abysmal and I’m always a sucker for romantic relationships in novels. I even enjoy love triangles, but this one fell short. It had a lot of potential to be a great book but it was sorely lacking. Not to the writing style itself, but to their character personalities. It’s always such a sucker punch to the gut when you can’t connect with the characters you read. sighs
Evie does grow a lot during the story, so that was a big plus.
Incredibly fast paced in the beginning, a tad still in the middle, and huge climatic ending. Wonderfully done.
Cover & Design
Brilliant. Love the colours and the type suits the book well, but I felt the girl on the character to be too CG’d.
Incredibly woven with a twist or two here and there which made it fun to keep reading.
Lots of potential, and I wished I liked the characters more.