ESCAPE FROM EDEN
by Elisa Nadar
Since the age of ten, Mia has lived under the iron fist of the fundamentalist preacher who lured her mother away to join his fanatical family of followers. In Edenton, a supposed “Garden of Eden” deep in the South American jungle, everyone follows the Reverend’s strict but arbitrary rules—even the mandate of whom they can marry. Now sixteen, Mia dreams of slipping away from the armed guards who keep the faithful in, and the curious out. When the rebellious and sexy Gabriel, a new boy, arrives with his family, Mia sees a chance to escape.
But the scandalous secrets the two discover beyond the compound’s façade are more shocking than anything they ever imagined. While Gabriel has his own terrible secrets, he and Mia bond together, more than friends and freedom fighters. But is there time to think of each other as they race to stop the Reverend’s paranoid plan to free his flock from the corrupt world? Can two teenagers crush a criminal mastermind? And who will die in the fight to save the ones they love from a madman who’s only concerned about his own secrets?
Hi. I’m Elisa. I like cheese and reading and TV show marathons. Writing is scary, but not as scary as, say, Civil War amputations. I’m an Aquarius. Uh… let’s see… I’m not very good at writing my own biography. Or autobiography. I guess this is reading more like a slightly incoherent personal ad.
Whats In My Bag!!First off, I can’t call it a purse. I can’t stand the word. I don’t know exactly why. There’s a bunch of words I don’t like: Purse, moisture, sluice, curd, squat thrust.
1. Wallet. This is a Phillip Lim 3.1 studded wallet wristlet from a few seasons ago. I tried to take it on an airplane once and almost got it confiscated as a weapon! I now have a backup wallet when I fly.
2. Car & house keys (Have you read Escape from Eden? Recognize the keychain?)
3. Fresh breath is not a nicety, it’s a necessity.
4. I love lipstick. I have so many different brands, but they all are the same color: A wine/brownish shade.
5. I remember my mom always wore sunglasses while driving. She said she needed them. I never knew what she meant until I got old. Also, reading glasses. Also because I’m old.
6. A bag of change. I can’t explain this.
7. Chargers. I travel with wall chargers, portable chargers, all sorts of chargers. I fear being somewhere without a charged phone. Fear!
8. X-mini Speaker and earphones. I always have headphones with me so I can listen to audiobooks (Just finished listening to The Coldest Girl in Coldtown - SO GOOD).
9. Mini Escape from Eden cards (they include the synopsis on the back as well as a quote from the book’s starred Kirkus review). And green signing pens (I’m very matchy-matchy).
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