You might think that we would be getting tired of reading YA novels about dystopian futures by now. Quite the contrary. There are so many stories that can be told, I still find them fascinating. After The Hunger Games and Divergent trilogies I was sent a copy of RELIC: The Books of Eva 1. I read it in about 2 days and thoroughly enjoyed it.
RELIC: The Books of Eva – The Story
RELIC: The Books of Eva 1, mixes fantasy in with dystopia. And instead of taking place in a distant future, it seems to take place in the current time. After almost the entire Earth is flooded, the only humans left live on a frozen island, New North. They believe that technology is what brought down the world and therefore live as in the medieval days. The story takes place 250 years after the flood.
Every year a group of strong teenage boys are trained and chosen for the testing, going to the dangerous ice crevasses to try to retrieve relics from the past. Most of the relics are misunderstood. They think that Apple is a God and the Apple products are idols. All medicine, makeup, weapons, mirrors, and anything colorful are seen as sins of another time and studied.
When Eva’s brother mysteriously dies before the testing, Eva takes his place. It is almost unheard for a girl to take part but it is allowed. Everything that happens during and after the testing will changes Eva’s life forever.
RELIC: The Books of Eva – An Educational Tool
Not only is RELIC a fascinating story, it was also written with an educator’s guide. The author of RELIC, Heather Terrell, worked with a team of experts, to create the educator’s guide that ties RELIC into the common core requirements of philosophy, history, political science and more.
RELIC: The Books of Eva 1 is published by Soho Teen and will be released on October 29, 2013. Go to the RELIC website to get a free download of the prequel. I already can’t wait for the second book of the RELIC series to come out. Eva is a strong female character and a great role model for teen girls. This is also a great book for both teens and parents to read.