This review is long overdue. But in the time that I have been procrastinating this review, I have been thinking and have realised that I don’t really care much for the characters, only what will happen to them and how the storyline pans out. It is a good story, but it’s just one that I would read to burn time… it’s not one that would stay with me forever.
!! minor spoilers. read at your own risk !!
The Eden Conspiracy
(The Liberty Box #2)
by C.A. Gray
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Publication Date: 18 July 2016
My Rating: 3.5 / 5
Can the truth set you free?
The refugee caves have been destroyed, and most of the refugees are dead. The Potentate now knows of their existence and will stop at nothing to wipe them out completely. He suspects that terrorist Jackson MacNamera is among them, as well as reporter Kate Brandeis’s fiancé, hacker Will Anderson—and probably therefore Kate herself. Now that the Potentate is aware of security threats, most of the strategies the rebels used to get back onto the grid before now no longer work. The Potentate knows the rebels are on foot, and he knows they were at the caves not long ago—they can’t get far.
The remaining rebels, among them Jackson and Kate, have Kate’s fiancé Will to thank for their survival: he arrived back from the dead and in the nick of time, bearing classified information about the Potentate’s plans to expand his influence internationally. But the remaining rebels and the Council cannot agree on whether their top priority should be spreading truth far and wide and freeing as many citizens from government control as possible, knowing that they will likely die in the process—or escaping to New Estonia, in hopes that they might live out the rest of their days in peace.
Kate, meanwhile, finds herself torn: between Jackson and the fiancé she thought she lost, and between the damsel-in-distress she once was, and the rebel she believes she has always been underneath. Whether the other hunters will support her or no, she knows she must use her influence over the people of the Republic to tell them the truth, no matter the cost. But is she strong enough to withstand the government’s lies?
This review is long overdue. But in the time that I have been procrastinating this review, I have been thinking and have realised that I don’t really care much for the characters, only what will happen to them and how the storyline pans out. It is a good story, but it’s just one that I would read to burn time; it’s not one that would stay with me forever.
The Eden Conspiracy starts off a bit slow.Continuing where The Liberty Box left off, it starts with the surviving refugees walking through the woods, trying to find a place to settle down for the time being and discuss their next course of action. And there we have our first conflict: rebel against the Potentate or flee the country?
I enjoyed Kate’s character development in this book. Kate isn’t your typical damsel-in-distress-turned-badass character. She doesn’t pretend to know everything or wants to do everything, she knows that she has limits but tries to do what she can to help out. Though that can lead to her making some reckless decisions…
We also got to see some new faces in this new installment, and honestly, the introduction of these new characters were my favourite part of the book. Not saying that the book is boring, but these newly introduced characters show us how different people might react to the same situation (living a peaceful life to suddenly being labelled as an Enemy of State).
However, as I was reading, I still can’t help but compare The Eden Conspiracy to Mockingjay. Maybe “Truth or a lie” will be their “Real or not real”. And then there’s the whole “I am her fiance and I’ve known her for years so she should choose me over that guy whom she’s known for only a few weeks” thing going on with Will which just annoys me to no end. (He does change in the end, for which I am extremely glad, and is trying to get along with Jackson and respecting Kate’s decisions.)