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Relic (Books of Eva #1)

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3.28 of 5 stars 3.28  ·  rating details  ·  418 ratings  ·  151 reviews
The truth will test you...

For fans of Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games: high fantasy and dystopia meet in this high-stakes tale of a civilization built on lies and the girl who single-handedly brings it down.

When Eva’s twin brother, Eamon, falls to his death just a few months before he is due to participate in The Testing, no one expects Eva to take his place. She’s a...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Soho Teen (first published January 1st 2013)
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Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine)
"We need to learn again of the hunger for Tylenols that poisoned our minds; the thirst for Cokes that weakened our bodies; the greed for MasterCards that toppled our rulers. All this evil spawned from the worship of the false god Apple...”
Um, excuse me? For fans of Game of Thrones? The Hunger Games? Not fucking likely. This is more like the result of feeding a copy of The Hunger Games through an industrial-sized paper shredder and mixing up the remnants with the stinking, rotting entrails of...more
Faye, la Patata
Since we're way past the time when Paranormal Romance was the trend, many have deemed it proper to attribute their dystopian books to the one and only that started this "Dystopian Craze", the Hunger Games. However, when books get compared to this precious book in their blurbs and synopses, I instantly become wary and suspicious, not only because I'm against riding the success of another novel, but also because, more often than not, the excitement that was built would only result to mere and utte...more
Lisa
Really wanted more from this book -- I was told it was the next big thing in YA Lit so I knew not to believe that. However, I was expecting an okay kinda read. What I got was Hunger Games Ultra-Lite.

Great concept, but the plot was insultingly formulaic (and not very believable). Character development was non-existent. And the writing was boring.

I'm supposed to accept that Eva is a strident believer, yet she consistently breaks the social/religious laws that her people live by. I'm also supposed...more
Cheryl
I chose this book to read as it sounded very promising and intriguing. However looks can be deceiving. While I did like the idea of the story, I found the characters dull and the story boring (lacking in any action). The story was all over the place without really any good explanation. For example, Eva is racing along in the cold wilderness as part of the testing and when she reaches the rest point one of her biggest competitors and suppose love interest, Jasper has already arrived. Eva wonders...more
Debbie Lester
Dystopian fiction meets high fantasy in Heather Terrell's first book in The Books of Eva series, Relic. Fans of The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones and The Inconvenient Truth will all find something to entertain and to make them think in this novel. In a post-apocalyptic icy world a young girl must test her survival skills and her beliefs about her society. This is a coming of age story that begs the question, is the history we have been taught real or is it colored by time and what the government...more
Abigail
Sep 21, 2014 Abigail rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lovers of YA dystopians - this one won't disapoint.
Wow. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but wow.

I picked "Relic" up at BEA 2013 after overhearing someone at the soho teen book describe it to someone else. And man, am I glad I did. I couldn't put it down!

Eva's twin brother dies and she then takes his place in the Testing to find Relics of the forgotten past, from before the "Healing." I was expecting this to be like other "Hunger Games" inspired dystopian YA novels out there. Only, it wasn't.

"Relic" is a good read after finishing "Hunger Ga...more
Kayla Beck
So, I didn't really have an idea of what to expect from Relic by Heather Terrell, but I knew it wasn't going to be A Game of Thrones and/or The Hunger Games (nothing ever is). However, I was pleased with what I got. Relic is an imaginative mixture of post-apocalyptic quasi-dystopia with an epic quest aimed at a young adult audience. Sadly, there is no magic or fantasy. (Dear Game of Thrones Comparer, Here there not be dragons. Or incest.)

First off, I want to know why EVERYTHING has to be A...more
Keith
Like every year, I came home from Book Expo America 2013 with a trunk full of books. They always look so good on the show floor, all new and shiny. One in particular, the ARC of Heather Terrell’s Relic, caught me by surprise, and not just because of its compelling story and characters. No, what first grabbed my attention was the reaction my 14-year-old daughter had to it. As if some sixth-sense drew her, she pulled the book from my luggage without so much as touching those around it, hugged it t...more
Arianna
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Dear Reader,

I have to admit, I was a bit put off by this book's description. Yes, as Amber mentioned in her review of another YA dystopian-fantasy book: Here we go again, right? This is like the spate of vampire novels we saw spawn off of Twilight, or the many imitations of Fifty Shades. Enough already, right?!

The thing is, though, I also have to admit that I kind of like these dystopian-fantasy books. All of the ones I've come across since The Hunger Games have featured strong, sm...more
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
There is so much wrong with that synopsis that I don't even know where to begin. So, let's just take it from the top. I have never read Game of Thronesand I've only watched the show on occasion, but as a fan of high fantasy, I can tell you that fans of that series will be sorely disappointed by that comparison. There is hardly anything at all fantastical about this story. The Hunger Gamescomparison is slightly more apt, as there is a competition of sorts that pits 18-year-old candidates against...more
Kelly Hager
I thought this was an incredibly fun story. As far as dystopians go, it doesn't really tread new ground per se, but it was fun to see the parameters of this particular world.

The fact that the citizens of this world are the descendants of survivors of a Noah's Ark-type flood, the Healing, and that they are a polytheistic society (referred to collectively as the Gods) was very interesting. What was even more interesting is the fact that the world destroyed is our world. And what was bitterly amusi...more
Liviania
RELIC begins with a treacherous mountain climb and a betrayal, resulting in the death of Eamon. I loved this beginning, and was sad that it took a long time to get to what I thought would happen earlier: other characters realizing Eamon was murdered. The main character, Eva, is Eamon's twin sister. She decides to take his place in the Testing, even though it isn't very maidenly.

Eva is from the future, living in the Arctic along with the other surviving humans. She's high class, and does have the...more
Carolyn
Ok, here we go. On Amazon, it says this book is a cross between The Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games, hoping to entice readers who love that sort of thing. It isn't. The only similarities are this: female protagonist in a dystopian world, some kind of testing and competition, rulers that are insidious in their desire to protect the status quo, a world where the people live in the style of the Dark Ages with patriarchal gender roles. That's it. It is an insult to both writers of TGoT and HG t...more
Rob Slaven
Firstly, let it be known that I didn't pay for this book. As usual I received it for free and this time directly from the publisher via the courtesy of a Shelf Awareness notification. Despite this kindness I give my candid opinions below.

The story of this book is really an amalgam of several that have come before. It operates in a post-apocalyptic realm, a'la "The Road" since this world has been overwhelmed by a disaster that reduces the population to a mere fraction of its previous maximum. A t...more
Lesley
Read as an ARC...Well, I suppose you can say it's like The Hunger Games in that it's a future dystopia and the main character has to do some wilderness-surviving (which is apparently super easy). But Game of Thrones? No. Not in even the remotest way imaginable. (At some point, I expect to start seeing "The next Game of Thrones!" on everything from baby board books to cookbooks, because apparently all a book needs to do is be a book to be compared to the currently most popular thing.)

I agree with...more
Pamela
I was extremely excited when this came into the office as an ARC--I had just added it to my possibly-buy-me list and it sounded really intriguing.

Things are not going well when I catch myself rolling my eyes within the first 30 pages.

Wait ... I just double-checked my book. Make that 20.

My edition says in big angry letters on the back: DO NOT QUOTE FROM THIS GALLEY. Okay. I won't.

I'm always looking for something new to offer to fans of The Hunger Games or Divergent. This seemed like a contender...more
April
Unique and different. It kept my attention throughout and I enjoyed the characters. would have liked to have had the testing itself have a bit more "meat" to it since this first book in the series centered mainly around this aspect. All in all a good book and I look forward to the next book in the series.
Melissa
I received this book as a goodreads giveaway, so I was excited to start reading it. It is a fast-paced story and I flew through it very quickly. The only problem is that this book isn't due out until October, so I will have an even longer time to wait for the next book in the series. I enjoyed the storyline and the characters. However, I thought that parts of the book were pretty far-fetched. I won't elaborate on that though, since it would be a spoiler. Overall, I really liked the book and will...more
Frank Chillura
Make sure to check out & follow my blog at UtopiaNeverComes.blogspot.com for any upcoming & all previous reviews.

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So when reading the synopsis, I got really excited about this book... everytime I have read a book lately that said "For fans of the Hunger Games", I have actually enjoyed the book a great deal. And it is not as if I did not enjoy this book, but it was not as incredible as I was hoping. I actually only decided to read this book next, even though I have a slew of new book...more
Jennifer
Summary:
In a future world, there has been a great flood that has wiped everything out and then frozen over. The new world, The Healing, is in the North and has an old fashioned feel to it. Girls are Maiden's that are trained to run a household and be good wives in arranged marriages for social standing. Eva is one of these Maidens. She is current set to marry Jasper, a man in the ruling class who is as proper as men can come. She has no issues with this until her twin brother, Eamon, dies. In or...more
Jamie
I'd really rate this 2.75. Note, I listened to this on audiobook; a review of the narrator follows my review of the book.

What can I say? I wanted to like this book so much more. Had high hopes for it. Many of the reviews (and Amazon) compare this to GoT or Hunger Games. Neither is an appropriate comparison. It felt closer to Philip Pullman's Golden Compass books than either GoT or Hunger Games, and perhaps Divergent is a closer analogy than Hunger Games completely. I loved the concept of the boo...more
Krista Stevens
Eva's world, set 200 years in the future after a great flood destroys almost all of humanity, believes that the gods destroyed the world because of its attachment to all things technology, including the evil Apple. Their society, carefully built and protected in the New North - the Arctic, modeled after the medieval golden age, is tightly controlled. When Eva's twin brother dies, she eschews tradition and takes his place in a rite of passage where she must survive the frozen wilderness and find...more
Leif Anderson
Sometimes you like a book, sometimes you don't. Well, I didn't like this one, and I could pick out a bunch of little reasons for it, but I'll spare you my whining, and only mention one: I didn't like the pace.

While reading this story, I felt like I was tied by the wrist to a heavily loaded train car coasting down the tracks in a desert between two cities, at a light jog. It never stops as it pulls us along, but at the same time, I wish we could really speed up to a full sprint sometimes. The st...more
Briana
This review is also posted at Pages Unbound Book Reviews.

Relic has garnered a wide mix of reviews, but the disgruntled ones seem in large part to be the result of faulty marketing. The publisher compares the book to A Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games, and, frankly, Relic does not deliver the intense, richly developed story one would expect from such a comparison. And, most confusing to me, the book is not at all fantasy. There is no magic, no alternate world, nothing to suggest this book is...more
Amanda
There's not a lot of setup initially for this book, nor a lot of characterization. And claiming this book is like GoT and Hunger Games is a total lie. First off, there's not a lot of deaths for that. Secondly, this post-apocalytpic Arctic is a pretty interesting idea: a people knowing their world was dying set up a new world on an island, a second Noah's Ark. Two hundred fifty years later, their descendants are continuing a world that rallies against the evil of Apple, the cult everyone belonged...more
Loryn
At first, I wasn't so sure about this book. I'm only reading it because I was given the second novel as an ARC to review for VOYA.

Eva lives in the New North: an icy land that holds her and the only other people alive in the world after the Polar caps melted and flooded the Earth. As an 18-year-old living in New North, she is expected to follow all of the strict rules and regulations that the Lex commands.

Each year, young men go off into the frozen tundra in search of relics to remind the peopl...more
Leeanna
This review originally appeared on my blog, Leeanna.me.

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Okay, so RELIC is billed as a cross between THE HUNGER GAMES and GAME OF THRONES. It’s not. It’s nowhere near either one.

I struggled a lot with this book. Here’s an example of one reason why: “The Gods told our Founders that we needed a Triad of strong leaders, ones who could teach the New North people the dangers of our past, worshipping the false god Apple. Leaders who could show the people we must live in accordance with the Lex, which...more
Sophie {Bibliophile by Nature}
Just sounds ridiculous and BAAD. I mean really. What kind of dumb society is going to blame APPLE and TYLENOL for their problems? And Khanh is right. When you're going to survive, gender bias goes out the window because you need EVERYBODY YOU CAN to help survive. DUHH. And the girl who "singlehandedly brings it [the society] down?" Um, isn't that called a MARY SUE?!
Libby
I wasn't sure what to think of this going in...the cover and the description I read made me think it was "just another young adult fantasy quest novel." What drew me in was the vividness of the Arctic setting. I liked Eva as a character, and I thought the story was interesting--it certainly kept me reading. But the descriptions of different kinds of snow, climbing ice walls, the wonder of seeing real trees in the taiga, and trying to keep warm in the frozen tundra were what really brought Eva's...more
Victoria
This YA Fantasy has a very promising beginning - it is a sort of blend of dystopian fiction and high fantasy, and like all the best high fantasy, the book opens with a map. From its prologue, the book is both engaging and intriguing - and not just because I am a sucker for books about twins!

Unfortunately, its initial promise quickly falls flat. The timeline for this wintry dystopia is not even 250 years from the “Healing” of modern society - a pretty short span of years for how little remains a...more
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Heather Terrell is a lawyer with more than ten years' experience as a litigator at two of the country's premier law firms and for Fortune 500 companies. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College with a focus in History and Art History, and a cum laude graduate of the Boston University School of Law. She lives in Pittsburgh with her family.
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