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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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 293 pages
Published December 17th 2011 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc. (first published January 1st 2011)
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Bunny
**Originally posted at www.bunnycates.com/reading **

My Thoughts:

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
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Beckie

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
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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
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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
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Myra Sullivan
Jul 21, 2012 Myra Sullivan 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
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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 thought.....it 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 ...more
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
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Anagha
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!
Plot:
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
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Sandra "Jeanz"
Jun 06, 2012 Sandra "Jeanz" rated it it was amazing
MY REVIEW
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
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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
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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 ...more
Jude
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
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Elena
May 23, 2012 Elena rated it really liked it
4.2

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
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Darlene
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
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Yvensong
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
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HebaH
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
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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.

*** SPOILER BELOW ***

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
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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
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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.
Ashley
Aug 12, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it
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Eden's Root is a great example of a realistic dystopian book! I'm not a scientist, so I don't really know how accurate or realistic the science in the book is, but the scary thing is that I can see this happening. I believed it. Eden's Root is basically about crop deaths—due to food modifications or engineering plants or pesticides, etc.—and those deaths leading to a global food shortage, and eventually global starvation.

This book will make you think, it will

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Lani
Aug 29, 2012 Lani rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lani by: Bunny
~I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review~

Well, doesnt this book just really make you think about things a little differently!?

Eden's Root is a dystopian/sci-fi (though, in the authors words, not the robots and space sort of sci-fi. But science based fiction)set around 30 years in the future. It's based on the idea that our food has been genetically modified ALOT over the past century or two. Nothing is as it was back in the 1800's- food is all crossbred an
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Sarah Kalaitzidis
Jun 15, 2012 Sarah Kalaitzidis rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia
From the beginning I wasn’t to sure I would ever start reading this book, but I did have it on my To-read list on Goodreads should I ever get the desire to read it. When the author came to me and asked me if I wanted to read and review this book, I was very excited. No other author has asked that of me before. I was happy to receive this copy to read. My only regret is not reading this book sooner!


The main character in this book is called “Fi”. It's her nickname, with only her father using her f
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Marked By Books
Aug 24, 2013 Marked By Books rated it really liked it
One of my favorite things about reading books set in the not so distant future is the idea that something like this may actually happen. The thought is a little unsettling, but I think that it makes a novel a lot more relateable because the readers are imagining how they would react if they were in a situation similar to the characters in the novel. It adds a really interesting perspective, and every action carries a lot more weight because some part of us may believe that what we're reading may ...more
Dani
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
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Nina
I put Eden's Root on my shelf because I was intrigued, and then Miss Rachel Fisher contacted me and willing to give me a copy in exchange for a review. So, first, I want to say 'Thank you' for Miss Fisher's generosity, for giving me a very good book. Eden's Root may be one of the best dystopian books I ever read. I'm not really a big fan with dystopians, but I like them. Especially because dystopians are usually original. I love books with originalities on them. At first I was skeptical with my ...more
Christine
Aug 28, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it
Real Rating: 4.5 Stars!

Set not too far away in the future, EDEN'S ROOT is the story about what happens when science goes too far and the struggle and journey one Family takes to make it to safety.

This story was scary. Very scary. The apocalypse that has taken over the world was caused by food. Yes, food. You all know the case: science has tweaked and enhanced and fixed crops and food to make them seem healthier and to grow faster. Genetic engineering, basically. For some reason, we can't just le
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Heather
Jul 16, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
Whew! This novel is a definite page turner! Fi Kelly is only 13 when she learns about the awful famine that is coming and what will most likely happen when it occurs. Her dying father charges her to save her family, her already sick mother and her little sister. She cannot tell anyone about the coming collapse. Since Fi has to grow up in a matter of months and become an adult, it's a little hard to warm up to her. She's a bit like Katniss from The Hunger Games (I've only read the first one so I ...more
Ellen
Jul 20, 2012 Ellen rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tours
Fi Kelly is a normal 13-year-old girl, thinking about and doing things that you would expect any 13-year old to do, that is until her father becomes ill with cancer and her world turns upside down. Fi's father confesses a secret to her that relates to his work, Fi and her family's future, and the future of the world, the consequences of which are coming, quicker than anyone imagined. Unbeknownst to Fi, her mother is sick also, and her father tells her it is up to her to prepare and save the ...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
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Cameron
Apr 09, 2016 Cameron rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Originally posted on the blog: What the Cat Read

This was an interesting take on the post-apocalyptic/dystopian themes that are becoming popular in YA of late. While there were elements to the story that I enjoyed, I have to admit that this book left me rather disappointed when all is said and done.

Let me first talk a bit about the strengths this novel has.

First off, Fisher does a wonderful job creating a set of rich, complex characters. When we first meet Fi she is only 14 years old, but she doe
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Eden's Root Trilogy (4 books)
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