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It is 2033, and the world hovers on the edge of explosion as unexplained crop deaths lead to severe global food shortages. In the United States, the Sickness is taking lives slowly, creeping its way into every family. Fi Kelly has already faced the Sickness in her own family, toughening her beyond her years. But a shocking confession from her dying father will push her tou ...more
Kindle Edition, 293 pages
Published December 17th 2011 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc. (first published January 1st 2011)
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Man this book. This book makes me shake my fist angrily at it, while I say “Youuuu…” Why is it giving me drama? Well, because it’s fantastic. And it’s not. This story has so much going for it, and then the one thing that is probably not so good. I’m going to tell you ALL the goods first, because if I tell you the bads first – you’ll just stop reading the review. lol.

World building – Scary. Ass. REAL. There is no other way to explain

First Impressions: I was contacted by Rachel Fisher the author of Eden's Root a couple months ago and asked to read her novel. I feel in love with the book cover and the whole idea of the story being set in the future. While I have read many Dystopian novels within the past two years, Eden's Root sounds like nothing I had ever read before so I decided to give it a go. I will be honest and say I was kind of put off by how long the book was, but knew it would be worth it.

My Review: Eden's Root i
Book Addictions by Christina
Apr 17, 2012 Book Addictions by Christina rated it it was amazing
First if all i loved this book! Really wonderful read especially if you love Dystopian...which I do. At first i thought it wouldnt take long to read because its only 350 pages when i picked it up and felt the weight, then I opened it an saw the small type.... and i knew it was going to be a bit mire than I was alot more than I thought. Which is just awesome because i loved reading it. I really felt like i took this journey with Fi and her Family. The writing was good and the chara ...more
Myra Khan
Jul 21, 2012 Myra Khan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is 21 years in the future. Genetic modification of foods has led to a disaster, as crops begin to die all over the world. Fi is only 13 years old, but a secret revealed to her by her dying father makes her realize that she will have to mature quickly if she is to survive. Because while chaos and wreckage tear the world apart, there is one hope for her family. One chance that they might make it. And it's up to Fi to save them.

First of all, a big THANK YOU to Rachel Fisher for giving me an ARC
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
The first thing that I noticed about the story was that it's a pretty big read. I read this on my kindle and there were no page numbers but there were 7191 locations that is above the normal teen reads I get that average between 3000-5300 locations.
It starts out describing the world and explaining the main plot of what the story is going to be, the reader gets to see right away that Fi, the main character who is 13 in the beginning of the novel is going to have to grow up fast. She is smart and
Nancy The book junkie
I remember when i first added the book on goodreads the summary got my attention, i mean a dystopian novel with an original storyline? I'm all for it! So of course when i've been offering the opportunity to read and review this book i jumped on the occasion. I first have to say a huge thank you to Rachel Fisher for kindly offering me a copy of her novel!

When i started my reading and saw very early in the story that the mankind was pretty much responsable for a spreading sickness and for the dest
Molli Moran
The entire time I was reading Eden's Root, one thought kept resonating: this wasn't just sci-fi - this was realistic science fiction. And for me, that is usually the most terrifying kind...the sort that isn't out of the real of possibility. This suspenseful novel forced me to think about possibilities that, although they scared me, also made me appreciate the Fi and her family live in, and the choices she makes to keep them safe. Ultimately, Eden's Root had a few issues that detracted from my en ...more
K.C. Hilton
Aug 12, 2012 K.C. Hilton rated it it was amazing
This was such a wonderful book! In my opinion, if you enjoyed Hunger Games, you will enjoy this book.


In the year 2033, an unexpected devistation occurs to the world's food source. Few people knew about the coming of hard times. Fi Kelly, a fourteen year old girl, was burdened with this knowledge before her father died. Her father was one of the people who knew what was coming and planned ahead. He urged Fi to learn survival tactics to keep the family safe and more important
Rebecca McKinnon
Feb 02, 2012 Rebecca McKinnon rated it really liked it
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book is what I consider "soft" sci-fi. (My definition of that is: a story that relies on science---or the "science" created for the book---but isn't about said science. It's about the people or situations.) It is also apocalyptic. To be honest, for a while I stopped reading apocalyptic books, because I spent every night in my dreams living through disasters. Not very restful. But I digress.

One of my favorite parts of t
Sandra "Jeanz"
Jun 06, 2012 Sandra "Jeanz" rated it it was amazing
I'll start with the cover, the female with the lovely red curls on the front is Fi Kelly, a strong young girl who has to grow up quickly s she soon becomes responsible for not only her own survival but that of her mother and sister too. The cover also depicts the dry cracked earth of a dying planet and the nourished flourishing planet. I love the cover as it really does fit the book well. Also (I know this book is only on kindle) but this book has the type of cover you would pick up in
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)
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At A Glance
I liked the concept but the execution wasn't great.

The Good
I LOVED the concept of this book. The crops are dying and aren't growing back. A famine is on the horizon. Only a select few know about it. Before he died, Fi's dad warned her of what was coming. So Fi has prepared herself mentally and physically for the chaos that is about to descend on the populace. Because it is her job to take her Family to a place where they will be safe, wher
Sep 27, 2012 Anagha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: If you like dystopian reads, you'll find this one refreshing!
My favorite thing about Eden's Root is the circumstances around which the apocalypse happened. It wasn't the plan of evil governments, it wasn't bombs or volcanoes. It was - quite simply - man's greed. Scientists had, for centuries, cross-bred plants and animals and added pesticides and preservatives, convinced that they were helping to make more food to end hunger. Instead, all the blind tinkering with food sources led to all the plants and animals quickly dying (resulting in a famine) and
Apr 08, 2012 Jude rated it liked it
Dystopian novels are some of my favorites, they all have original and thrilling concepts, and Eden's Root was not the exception, though with a bit more creepiness in it because the scenery of the story sounds a bit more possible than average dystopian and because the year is waaay to close for my comfort o_o 2033 to be exact. Finger's crossed this story never happens, anyways, on to reviewing ;)

In order to survive you need food, bu what happens when the food that feeds you it's also the one kill
Dec 11, 2012 HebaH rated it really liked it
Eden’s Root is an apocalyptic surprise! The world is falling into destruction, and the danger lies in the genetically enhanced foods that become known as 'Sickfood'. Fi Kelly’s father entrusts her with the serious task of getting her sickly mother and younger sister safely to Eden, but doing so means traveling far and wide through the troubles of hunger, sickness, and violence.

Rachel Fisher thoroughly details the breakdown of the world, which is why the novel seems a little slow in the beginning
Wow! This is quite a book. The author did a lot of research, it is evident, but it isn't splashed on every page. The research proves this to be a great sci-fi in the real sense that REAL science is involved.

I want to thank Ms. Rachel Fisher for this complimentary Kindle copy for reading and reviewing. I got to know her a bit through email exchanges and found she was friendly and accessible to her readers.

On to the book. I would say that the first 86% of it was fascinating. I didn't want to put i
Rachel at theJeepDiva
Jul 15, 2012 Rachel at theJeepDiva rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
I really enjoyed this dystopian tale even though there were a few things that seemed to easy. I liked how the author made most things that happened in the story believable. I recommend checking this story out if you like dystopian tales. I give the story 4 stars.

Plot – First of all I feel this was a well written tale and it feels like the author really did her research. The story kept me interested and reading to find out what happens. Everything about this story seems like it could happen. The
Aug 14, 2012 Yvensong rated it really liked it
Recommended to Yvensong by: Darlene Milner
Chilling and exciting YA tale that takes place in the near future. The MC, Fi, learns that life as we all know it is about to take a disastrous turn. Genetic Modification of our world's food goes awry. In a short time, food supplies pretty much disappear.

What makes this dystopia chilling is the sense that the future represented within, is possible. The author uses her knowledge to create a very believable scenario to take her characters, and her readers, through.

I like novels with strong, femal
May 23, 2012 Elena rated it really liked it

Eden's Root is not your ordinary Science Fiction YA novel. It does not contain vampires, aliens, nor zombies.This novel is frightening, too frightening with its realistic situation. You are never lost through out this book. Fisher does a excellent job of keeping her readers informed on whats happening. I was good in Biology, but this takes it to a whole new level, when the food becomes the main source of the dwindling population. Set in the year 2033, which is not far off, food is manipulate
Jade Turnbull-Allen
Jul 07, 2012 Jade Turnbull-Allen rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012

The author sent me this book in exchange for an honest review.
I liked this book, it was obviously well researched and has a believable base storyline. This book is aimed more towards younger readers and I would recommend it for fans of sci-fi fiction. I liked the seriousness she put into the main character and yet somehow manages to keep naive qualities also necessary for you to feel empathy for her. The author manages to explain the science side of it without making the reader feel like a sim
Rachel Fisher
Feb 25, 2012 Rachel Fisher rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my OWN book. I am just figuring out how to get friends to review me here. If you read this title and like it please REVIEW me and recommend to friends.
Courtney (Storybook Slayers)
Jul 16, 2012 Courtney (Storybook Slayers) rated it really liked it
Dystopian happens to be a large chunk of Young Adult novels nowadays with tough characters that learn to fight for themselves and stand up against a rivaling factor whether it be government or environmental factors. Eden's Root happened to be a wonderfully executed dystopian novel.

Fi truly grew on me from the beginning of the book. In the beginning Fi begins to learn about the food, in a world where famine and starvation are common, she is distributing to her family is filled with harmful chemic
May 25, 2012 Kieff added it
Eden’s root is the story of a young girl’s journey leading her “family” to safety in a World crumpling down by hunger and despair.
The plot of the book progresses through several years and is told in third person mainly by Fi point of view, here it shows how everyday life shifts irrevocably when one of the main elements is taken abruptly out of picture and how this change alter social structure and the behaviour of people to compensate and survive.
Although it shows an apocalyptic reality it isn’
Jun 29, 2012 Moedawg63 rated it liked it
I received this book from the author and I enjoyed my communication with her so much that I was really looking forward to the book. I give the book extra credit for the fact that I think the author is pretty cool. I thought it was going to be a bit more of a typical dystopia than it was so I think my main resistance to it was that it was more about cancer and the way modifying foods makes us sick. Personally, I try to avoid books about cancer, even really highly acclaimed ones so right off the b ...more
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Rating: 3.5/5

First, I'd like to thank Rachel for sending me an advanced copy of her book. I really appreciated the gesture. This book had been recommended to me by one of my friends and after reading the summary of it, I was intrigued and added to my to-read pile.

Eden's Root follows the journey of Fi Kelly and her family in search of Eden. The year is 2033 and the announcement of the food shortages has made people fear the worse. The world is no longer safe and it's everyone for itself. In this
Apr 08, 2012 Dani rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review
This review was originally posted at The Cozy Armchair!

When Eden's Root first came to my attention, I was immediately intrigued by the summary. Not only do I love post-apocalyptic novels, but I had never read a book that tackled the idea of humanity having to deal with the severe consequences of genetically engineered food crops gone bad. When I first received the author's email, I had just finished writing a paper for my bio class on the topic of genetically modified foods, so I was definitely
May 03, 2012 Justine rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2-review
Eden's Root is a read to review novel that I received free from the author Rachel Fisher in exchange for an honest review.

Fi is a thirteen year old girl, she lives with her mom and sister, he father is sick and dying. Her dad feels the need to tell Fi what he actually does so that when the time comes Fi can save the rest of the family.

Fi's father Mike tells her that basically all the food that they have been eating on the planet has been altered and it is killing everyone slowly and some quickly
Philippa (Tea in the Treetops)
This review was originally posted at Tea, Daydreams & Fairytales on 19th July 2012.

I’ve read a lot of Dystopians but Eden’s Root has to be one of the hardest I’ve read to date purely because of how very gritty and real this book is. Unlike many Dystopians where you get a vague idea that at some point in the past something went horribly wrong leading to a completely different way of life and governing body, in Eden’s Root you are there from the beginning experiencing with the characters in a
May 09, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
Eden's Root is a Young Adult (YA) Dystopian/Sci-Fi novel that is set in a world that has been devastated by the world wide death of crops, a disaster caused by mankind's arrogant genetic manipulations. The main protagonist is a 13 year old girl Fi who is told by her father that the world is about to go to hell in a hand basket, and it will be up to her to save her Mother and Sister by becoming a warrior and a survivalist. What follows is a fast paced, sometimes chilling story that takes the read ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Originally reviewed on A Reader of Fictions.

Eden's Root is unique amongst my Dystopian August reviews, in that it is the only indie title included in the bunch. I don't review too many independent titles, because of the possibility of author wrath, the often-terrible editing, and the fact that they're a bit more difficult to acquire (assuming you don't get one for review). When Rachel offered me a review copy of Eden's Root, though, I was happy to oblige, since she approached me very politely an
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Eden's Root is one of those books that will leave you speechless and stay with you for a very long time. Thank you AToMR Tours for allowing me to be on this tour. Eden's Root grabs you right from the beginning and holds you right to the very end. It had me thinking about all the people who say that things like that food is poison don't eat it. The truth is you never know what you are eating and where it came from unless you killed it yourself or you grew it yourself.

Fi is one of those characters
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Eden's Root Trilogy (4 books)
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