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Exile from Eden: Or, After the Hole

(Grasshopper Jungle #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  331 ratings  ·  97 reviews
From New York Times bestselling author Andrew Smith comes the stunning, long-awaited sequel to the groundbreaking Printz Honor Book Grasshopper Jungle.

It’s been sixteen years since an army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises forced Arek’s family underground and into the hole where he was born; it’s the only home he’s ever known. But now, post-end-of-the-world,
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Shaun Hutchinson
This was not what I was expecting the sequel to Grasshopper Jungle to be, and that made it so much better. The scale of this book felt smaller and much more personal. It felt like climbing out of a hole myself.

May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, lgbt, ya, sci-fi, society
every time Austin and Robby were mentioned I started ugly baby crying
May 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer
Holy shit. No. More thoughts later.

Edited to add: I wrote about the racism and sexism in this book for Reading While White.
Samantha Fondriest
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Andrew Smith writes teenage boys authentically and unapologetically, which is why I return to his works again and again. His characters are unabashedly male without any of the machismo or societal expectations of what masculinity should look like. Exile from Eden is no exception - this takes place 17 years after Grasshopper Jungle, and follows Arek and Mel, two 16 year olds who have grown up in Eden, or “the hole” - aka the bunker from Grasshopper Jungle. When Arek’s dads leave on one of their e ...more
1. I still love austin and robby

2. the themes wrapped up in this coming of age story didn’t personally hit as hard as the themes from GJ. ymmv

3. andrew smith... can’t write women. mel is the most one-dimensional manic pixie dream girl I think I’ve ever read and shann’s character was absolutely obliterated from who she was in GJ. and I deeply hated both of those things
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great sequel, maybe even better than the first book. I remember really liking the story, but wishing that Smith was better at writing about women, since Shann really disappears in the book. I think there was space, both in GJ and in the sequel to have a better understanding of Austin's desire/love for both Robby and Shann and how that changes over time for each person. Instead this book reveals that Shann basically hates Austin b/c he loves and wants to be with Robby, so while Austin and Robby's ...more
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
So, you know how you're reading a book and you're so wrapped up in it that everything is lovely and then you get to the end and you're sad it's over and then it's the next morning and you're all like, "Wait. Wait. I have questions." but you're still madly in love with what you read? Yeah, that's me right now. But the questions are, I think, part of the experience.

This is not as bizarre and surreal as Grasshopper Jungle, though it has its moments. It is, in many ways, a smaller, more intimate and
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was probably somewhere between a 3.5-3.8 I vacillated for a long time between giving this a 4 or 3 stars (give me the halves, Goodreads!). Most of the book was engaging, well-written, sharp, an enjoyable read. It's the kind of book that has multiple perspectives on it, which makes me eagerly wait until the perspectives are joined so that I can see what the meeting reveals about the story or how things change drastically when the stories finally come together. This book REALLY fumbles at tha ...more
Lisa Mandina
I loved this book by Andrew Smith. As usual, it was a total "boy" book. But I love that about it! While we started out and I was worried I might not remember who was who from the first book, Grasshopper Jungle, it was very nice that the main character, Arek, kept kind of reintroducing the other characters as he narrated the story. I liked so much about the story, all the different characters and viewpoints we got. It was towards the end when they all collided it seemed, and it was the perfect wa ...more
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The publisher's blurb on the back of the ARC says that this sequel to Grasshopper Jungle is more bizarre than the first book. I don't agree with that; I thought GJ was Bizarre (with a capital B). But maybe reading the bizarreness that was GJ is like taking the polar plunge (I'm from Minnesota--we do stuff like that here). Afterwards you'll never mind jumping into an outdoor swimming pool--and a book needs to be really crazy for you to call it bizarre.

Exile from Eden is excellent. It takes place
Miguel Jorge
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"That's why all boys go away: to chase endlessness."

Ahhh, the long-awaited sequel to Grasshopper Jungle, aka my favorite Andrew Smith novel - even if it's overly reliant on the Cheating Bisexual trope and is a go-to example of how much Smith is, by his own admission, not good at writing women. Then again, Shaun David Hutchinson loves the shit out of it, which I'm sure most of YA Twitter would tear him apart for. Lol.

Did Grasshopper Jungle need a sequel? Ehh, not really.

Am I glad Exile from Eden
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was eagerly anticipated, and it did not disappoint! I have a feeling there will be another one.
Rachel Louise Atkin
It was so good to see Austin and Robby again after such a long time. Their relationship was the best BEST thing about this book and made the whole thing worth it. That being said, I knew Andrew Smith would just not be able to follow up how amazing Grasshopper Jungle was. Although I had a really good time reading this book and absolutely loved diving into Smith's world and writing again, I found that there was a lot less depth to the sequel than the original novel. This was a sequel that didn't h ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, apocalypse
I actually liked this book more than Grasshopper Jungle. It was still out there in a definite Andrew Smith way, but it also felt more real and hopeful. I did feel bad for Shann though. Poor Shann. But I loved Arek and Mel and Breakfast and Olive. And the idea of straddling time being something you can do only as you get older and go through big, life-changing experiences. And even though everyone older in the book was somewhat scary, I thought he really had something to say about young generatio ...more
Heather Jensen
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh how I have wondered what has happened in Eden between Robby, Austin, and Shannon. In Exile from Eden, we meet Austin and Shannon's son Arek who is 16 years old. We also meet Mel who is Connie and Louis's daughter (Robby's sister). I was so happy to find Robby and Austin are still deeply in love and still fighting the Unstoppable Soldiers. Through Arek and Mel we get to explore the new world as they search for "the boys." The addition of Breakfast and Olive offer another lens of what life woul ...more
Jaiden Flanders
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Andrew Smith has amazed me a second time. I never wanted this book to end.
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s a sequel to one of my favorite books, and somehow it’s exceeded my expectations. I love Andrew Smith’s books.
It wasn't as good as the first one but I still loved it a lot. Breakfast is also a really high quality character and so is Olive.
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
My thoughts are here. ...more
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the strangeness of Grasshopper Jungle and was excited to see a sequel. This did not disappoint with the strangeness and awkwardness of coming of age. I think there will be more to come...
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The perfect sequel to a novel that ended so perfectly it didn't need a sequel!

In the first book, Austin really antagonizes over his indecisiveness about, well, everything. And he marvels over how interconnected everything in the whole world is. That interconnection feels like closure when they have to evacuate to Eden.

Smith was able to masterfully take those themes that Austin was obsessed with and metamorphosized them into the things that Arek, Austin's son, was obsessed with. This book feels l
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy, lgbt, series
This is a sequel but mostly follows completely different characters. It's 17 years since the initial outbreak, and after living in the hole for so long Arek wants out.

I enjoyed this book but I think it's maybe not as good as the first one. I loved Robby and we don't see much of him (although I did love it any time we did get those Robby and Austin scenes)

Also ,talking about Robby and Austin, we finally find out the truth about THAT night from GJ (view spoiler)
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always loved Andrew Smith's writing, but this is his best work as far as female characters goes. I fell in absolute love with Mel. And the rest of the hilarity and surprises I've come to expect from an Andrew Smith book were all there.
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Man... I'm going to have SUCH a book hangover. Loved it! Just bravo!
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Andrew Smith continues to be the best storyteller I know. His 13th book is everything I wanted and everything I didn’t know I wanted. From Breakfast and Olive to sweet Mel, this sequel is fantastic.
Jul 04, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sequel

Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"There is no such thing as the end of the world. The world can’t end; it can only change, and change, and change, without end."

Arek Szczerba was born in the hole. The others—seven people he'd spent his sixteen years living with—called it Eden, but to Arek it is only the hole. His father, Austin, could straddle time. Before the hole, and after the hole. It has changed people, living in the hole. Arek's mother, Shannon, is withdrawn, depressed. Robby, Arek's second father, travels together with Au
Sarah Grace
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok long story short- 3.5 stars from me.
I want to preface this by saying Smith is one of my all time favorite authors and I have read every single book of his except for one- but I’ll surely get on to reading that one, too, without a doubt.

Needless to say, I love smith’s work! Sometimes irrationally or maybe my opinion is swayed a little here and there because of the sentimental value his books hold for me but without fail he tends to release amazing and unique stories.

So, to be honest, when I
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