Author: Elizabeth Nader
Publisher: Merit Press
Released: July 18th 2013
Pages: 272 (eBook)
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?
About The Author
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.
I effing hate Edenton. I can’t believe my parents brought me to this hell hole. Well, I can believe it, I just don’t understand it. What do they expect me to do here? Repent for my sins? What’s done is done. I can’t take back what I did, not matter how much I want to. Maybe this is my punishment? I was never punished for what happened, and I can’t help but think I should have been. Severely punished.
This place is so different from home. The other teenagers here are so brainwashed. It’s pissing me off, seeing all these people with their blind acceptance and unconditional love. No one would put up with this kind of crap in New York.
When I met Mia, I knew. She isn’t like the other people in Edenton. There’s something in her eyes -- an awareness, a longing, a need -- that I don’t see in anyone else’s glazed-over, absent stare. She’s alive, and waiting. Waiting like me for the chance to get out of this place. But I don’t want to wait for a chance. I’m going to find my own way out.
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