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Review: Escaping Eleven by Jerri Chisholm

It’s been a good while since I’ve read a dystopian novel and thankfully Escaping Eleven didn’t disappoint. The world building is intriguing, a world in which the sun has overtaken the planet, nothing grows, life can not be sustained above ground, and so the human population moves beneath the earth. An underground society with different levels of worth to those who live on each level. This is where we meet our main character, Eve. 

From the moment the story begins, it pulls no punches, literally, figuratively – all the ways. Eve comes out swinging as we are introduced to the way life is for her. A fighter with a damaged history and a desire to seek out freedom. I never completely liked her and quite honestly I don’t think I was intended to like her in what I hope is the first foray into this world of hers. She’s a product of her environment and honestly the life of Compound Eleven is harsh.

Which brings me to the delight that is her counterpoint and love interest, Wren. From the moment these two lay eyes on each other, the combustion of their chemistry, the differences of their lives in the hierarchy of Eleven and all the other things involving these two, couldn’t be more explosive. They meet head on in the ring as they fight with fists and fury. Wren was likable for me, I also was left wanting/needing to know more about him and his. . .’issues’. 

The ending of this novel is powder keg and it’s awesome. If you enjoy young adult dystopian novels or like me, it’s been a while since you jumped into the pond with this genre, give Escaping Eleven a gander. It’s fun and intriguing, the characters crack open and let you delve into their lives and their society and that ending. . .you’re going to want the next book, stat. 

Thank you NetGalley and Entangled Teen for the opportunity to read this novel in exchange for an honest review.

4 Stars

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