My rating: 4 of 5 stars
First of all, this is my first ever ARC review. This book is not coming out until September, and I’ve already read it. Yay!
Now with celebrations out of the way, let’s talk about the story.
In this story, we follow a slightly futuristic world. And we as humans have finally discovered a faraway planet named “Eden” (this term alone makes me like something, I am biased towards the word Eden). A company named Babel Corp is in the forefront for researching about this planet. Their first couple of expedition, whilst encompassing a lot of life losses, has resulted in a discovery that the people of Eden have stopped reproducing. Women in them are scarce. And by default, they are softer towards kids. Babel Corp comes with a plan to use that to their benefit and hire a bunch of kids from all over the world.
The only merit required is for the kid to be broken and dirt-poor and enough of a need for money. Emmett is one such kid.
He comes from a small community in Detroit. His mother is suffering from a terminal disease and his father is broke inside out. This is Emmett’s only chance. So he leaps at his first chance to hop in the spaceship.
But only later he and the other kids in his group of ten realize that what Babel has in mind is far darker and deadlier than they had realized at first. The first catch to the offer is that only eight out-of-ten kids will be allowed to land on Eden.
A competition is set up for them in the spaceship. A gruesome and deadly competition.
This book questions morality. Things like the big picture questions like right and wrong aren’t so clear when you look it from up close. Albeit after a slow and slightly boring start, this story picks up and once it catches the pace, this is a hard to put down.
I can’t wait to see it as a finished copy and watch it reach new heights. This book deserves it.