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Exile from Eden: Or, After the Hole

(Grasshopper Jungle #2)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  35 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,
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Simon & Schuster
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Shaun Hutchinson
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 24, 2019 marked it as to-read

May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, lgbt, 2019, ya
every time Austin and Robby were mentioned I started ugly baby crying
May 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
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.
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Jun 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: queer-lit, 2019-reads
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
Samantha Fondriest
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Heather Jensen
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 04, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: sequel

Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Man... I'm going to have SUCH a book hangover. Loved it! Just bravo!
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Christopher Waltz
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
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Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Edelweiss+ provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I love Andrew Smith's sci-fi. It's bizarre, it's funny, it's not for everyone.

This one is advertised as a sequel to Grasshopper Jungle, but I would almost call it more of a's 16 years later, Robby and Austin are adults, and the story actually focuses on Arek (who is, in essence, the son of Shann, Austin, AND Robby). If you're looking for another Shann/Robby/Austin adventure, you'll be disappointed--they sho
Mrs. Kenyon
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Arek is sixteen years old and has lived underground his entire life. The surface is infested with six-foot-tall creatures that look like praying mantises. Arek’s dads left on a mission and have not returned. He wants to find out what happened to them and is willing to risk the unknown to look for them. He sets out in an RV without any set plans. His best friend, Mel, hid in the van and wants to help him with his quest. Will Arek find his dads in this big empty world? Are there any more humans le ...more
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, 2019
*I received an eARC from NetGalley for a fair and honest review.*

I deeply enjoyed this book, just as I enjoyed Grasshopper Jungle. I really like the overall philosophical questions grappled with by Arek in this book. Arek is complex and his first-person narration uncovers complexities of the post-apocalyptic world. Breakfast is interesting as a "wild" boy, who sees the world completely differently than others. Austin and Robby are interesting as characters who "straddle" two worlds. All these ch
I finished this a couple days ago, but have been sick forevvvvver and didn't feel like writing a review until just now. Also, as usual, I was still processing.

So, this one is a much different sort of book than Grasshopper Jungle. A little less crazy, a little less funny, a little quieter and more subtle and with possibly more heart. I really loved Arek and seeing him figure out how to escape from the hole he's both literally and figuratively lived in all his life. I loved his relationship with
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Exile from Eden, the eagerly awaited sequel to Grasshopper Jungle, is amazing, possibly better than the original. Focused on new characters, with flashbacks to our favorites- Austin and Robby- from the first novel (the one weakness is the women of the story- not well developed- Shan is not featured prominently). The book is thoughtful and meditative on the human condition while also being action-packed and quite funny. It's hard to write much more without spoiling the fun, but I highly recommend ...more
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You ever really loved a sequel but it’s hard for you to read because you are WORRIED about the characters you love? That has been my reading experience with Exile from EDEN. Some writers are very good at what they do.

Exile from Eden is brilliant. I loved Olive. And the sneaky (I think intentional) nod to @ShaunieDarko. And Arek, and his relationship with his dads, and his expanding universe. All stories are true the moment they are told.
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Arek has lived his whole life in "Eden"--the corporate survival hide-out in Grasshopper Jungle, and it's time for him to see what left outside of the "hole." He's inherited his philosophical and reflective side from his dad, Austin (narrator of GJ) and his bravery from other dad, Robbie. I can't wait to hear this book on audio and sit with its layers more intently. In this read, I was barreling along to find out what happens next.
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure, I'm a huge Andrew Smith fan. And I loved this book. It is a little less wacky that his last few. More a straight road theme, but it works for me. I am so grateful that Mr. Smith is so consistent and prolific. This is the 3rd book of his that I have read in a year and they were all wonderful. As with all his books, I will be thinking about Breakfast for days. Thanks for that!
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
me: exile from eden is flawed yet insightful and real and incredibly introspective and haunting and uncomfortable and lonely. its a bit of a masterpiece

also exile from eden: shidding an farding

and side note this is the EIGHTH andrew smith book ive read. EIGHTH. hes got me in his clutches
Jul 12, 2019 marked it as tbr-ya
G-d this fucking sucks why did he need to write this before I had the chance to write my angsty Shann/butch Margot from Paper Towns longfic???? Jossed, c*ckblocked, &c., time to retire to my hole and wait for this to come out
Michelle Glatt
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Andrew Smith always makes me think, no matter what kind of bizarre things are going on in his books. I enjoy that. (Still) reminds me of Kurt Vonnegut.
Miguel Jorge
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lee Cochenour
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun sequel to Grasshopper Jungle, but not quite as good. Great characters!
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Andrew Smith is the author of Winger, Grasshopper Jungle, The Alex Crow, 100 Sideways Miles, and Rabbit & Robot, among others. Exile from Eden: Or, After the Hole, the long-awaited sequel to Grasshopper Jungle, is coming from Simon & Schuster on September 24, 2019.

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