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Eve of Eridu

(Eridu #1)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  90 ratings  ·  47 reviews
In a world where emotions are forbidden, what happens when you start to feel?

The harvest separates the worthy from the unworthy. Those who pass are destined to continue the human race, and the unworthy are culled.

For years, Eve has been the poster girl for emotional control. But ever since her brother was culled, Eve is finding it difficult to keep the monitor on her wrist
Kindle Edition, 226 pages
Published August 13th 2018 by Michael Terence Publishing
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Alanah Andrews
Aug 12, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this book, so naturally I am a bit biased. However, I poured many, many hours into thinking about it, writing it, editing it and crying over it. Here's a bit more about this novel....

Eve is written in first-person perspective from a girl growing up in a world where emotions are seen as dangerous. There are many reasons why I wrote this book. For starters, I think that people have a tendency to suppress their emotions and think it is 'wrong' to show sadness, anger and so on, so I wanted
Lozzi Counsell
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. I honestly can't fault this book at all! Eve is such a likeable character and I went through every single emotion she felt with her, even ending the book with a giant sense of loss about all Eve has been through.

Alanah is an amazing writer, with a great eye for descriptions and imagery. This is one of those books that I can already see being made into a movie.

Can't wait until this comes out as a paperback so that I can sit it proudly on my bookshelf.
I actually really enjoyed this book. I liked the structure - we meet Eve immediately after the most devastating thing imaginable happened, and slowly see her try to cope. I read the prequel, The Harvest, first, and was more attached to Hana than Eve in that one, but Eve of Eridu got me extremely invested in Eve now too, trying to navigate her emotions and sort out her love and grief for her brother in a previously-unquestioned world that no longer makes sense to her. The structure and rules of t ...more
R.J. Rodda
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian
A really enjoyable dystopian young adult novel. Teenagers must prove their worthiness to remain in safe, warm, well-supplied Eridu by controlling their emotions and passing a range of tests. Those who fail are ‘transferred’ to The Grid. Eve wants to pass and get a good position afterwards. She’s always been top of the leaderboard and part of the Elite, so she should have nothing to fear, except one day the unthinkable happens and controlling her emotions is suddenly a struggle.

I recommend readi
Natalie Rix
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
To be content is to be free...

I think it would be a huge understatement to say that I enjoyed this book. I absolutely love this story. You could say that I’ve gone “old world crazy” for it. I couldn’t put down this intelligent, gripping, dystopian YA science fiction thriller. I read it over just two days. I’m blown away by Alanah’s skill and talent for complex, imaginative world building, and the ability to create strong and realistic, relatable characters, all while weaving an intriguing storyl
Kevin Klehr
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the things I love most about this book is that nothing is as it seems. You think you have the twists and turns worked out until you realise you haven't.

The novel really picks up when Sam arrives. He is everything we love and everything Eve is against. We barrack for Sam to break through Eve's veneer. And as we're always inside Eve's head, the gradual delight in seeing her emotions surface is what makes this book so readable.

A perfect dystopian novel.
I really liked the philosophical question that Alanah asked in this novel: how emotion illiterate are we? Does society at large know how to have conversations about emotions and how we regulate them? Have emotions really been the cause of all the horrible wars we've had in various parts of the world, some lasting decades? Will we be unable to be peaceful if emotions are truly at the core of these social problems?

**Don't continue if you don't want spoilers**

She explores a dystopian world in whic
Tin Minute
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a fresh take on YA science fiction and I truly enjoyed it. Here's the premise. World War 3 has left 96 % of the human population dead from either the war itself, radiation poisoning, or a virus that popped up from the 2 combined. Eridu, a city populated by the surviving humans, is located near the center of the earth. Because it was thought that emotions were the cause of the war, the citizens of Eridu value the suppression of them. Those who cannot, face having a lower standing in ...more
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Compelling near-future fiction

Life is very ordered in Eridu. You go through the accepted stages, and all is good. As long as you don't. Emotions almost saw the downfall of the human race once, so the most vital lesson for children and teens is self control. Eve excels at this, but when her life is upended by something completely unexpected, emotions start to creep in at the edges.
Like Logan's Run for a new generation, Eve of Eridu is a compelling, fascinating read that explores what it means to
Marcus Turner
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Mystee Pulcine
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wowee. What a story. I need more. There's going to be a sequel, right? *Promptly redlines and gets culled* ...more
Veronica Strachan
A classy, sharp story

Thought provoking and well written. This YA dystopian tale throws us into a world of suppressed emotions, where there is a place for everyone, and everyone knows their place. Or do they? Great main character who struggles through the constraints and tests. Then a final twist and an unexpected ending.
I wouldn't want to live in Eridu, made me feel very uncomfortable. And isn't that the point of a good story? Then this is a good story.
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Rennie James
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
A quiet rebellion

Eve of Eridu isn’t your typical dystopian YA. There are no love triangles or big battles. It also appears to be a standalone - though I imagine more could follow, it is complete as it is. Another big difference IMHO is that the main character is quite likeable. Yes, I enjoyed Jennifer Lawrence’s portrayal of Katniss Everdeen; however, whenever I re-read I remember that I didn’t like the character in the books.

While I don’t think I’ll ever be a fan of first person POV, it works w
Shelley Nolan
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this book, and what I found was an intriguing story that kept me engrossed the whole way through. Eve of Eridu is a Young Adult Dystopian that is told through the point of view of Eve. In an underground society where worthiness is based on their ability to control their emotions, she is at the top of the leaderboard for her age group. Until her brother, who had been the top of his group, is unexpectedly culled.
For the first time, Eve’s emotional contro
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This book was amazing I read a free copy of book 0 that lead me to quickly to buy this one and delved into it at first I thought the artificial life was somehow sentinant and trying to control everyone but never had I imagined the direction it went in of course I did.... but I want a second book to see what happened after and rose she make it to the other place . There are just so many unanswered questions that I want answers to and I am sure that you would to if you read it. A big thumbs up
Rebecca Bowyer
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Emotions are dangerous; restraint of feeling is necessary for a peaceful society.

~ Book of Eridu

Nuclear fallout and and biological warfare have driven the few remaining people underground to try to keep the human race alive in a new society they call Eridu.

Several generations later, Eve is entering her final cycle before the harvest, which will determine whether she is assigned to an adult role in Eridu, or ‘culled’ to spend eternity in the Grid. Success relies on her ability to suppress her em
Judith Moore
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian
Originally posted at Chain Interaction
This concept, on the surface, isn’t entirely new. I’m reminded of the Delerium books that I read as a teenager and absolutely loved. The idea of a society based around hiding or concealing your feelings is in theory nothing new. However, I thought that the various details that were added to this concept really turned it into something different. Where other books include an operation or similar to stop members of society from feeling, this book is far more
Austin Sheehan
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
So, 'Eve of Eridu' is about a girl called Eve, who lives - wait for it - in Eridu.  Eve has lived her whole life committed to suppressing her emotions, just like everyone else in Eridu. She's been the perfect student, constantly at the top of the leaderboard, everything is as going as well as it can in her post-apocalyptic world. 

That is, of course, until her brother - like her an exceptional student at the top of his leaderboard - fails the harvest.  Instead of being assigned a role in the new
Chanel Hardy
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story opens with Eve, who has just gone through the traumatic event of her brother Luc, being culled. This is what happens when you fail the Harvest, which determines if you are worthy to remain in Eridu. This traumatic event causes her to redline, which in this society where emotions are forbidden, is not good news for Eve. Now on to what I loved about this book: It reminded me of the Divergent series, which is a compliment because anyone who knows me knows that the series is one of my all- ...more
Ruth B
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Emotions have been blamed of all the human disasters, diseases and tragic ends, so in a future world, emotions have been forbidden. Since birth people are taught to suppress their feelings and emotions. Control is the key and Eve has been really good at it but an unexpected turn of events makes her feel... yes, feel all kind of emotions.

Eve has been working all her life to be the best and to be on the top positions for the harvest, but suddenly all of her works seems useless and little by little
E.H. Alger
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Five stars for this wonderful dystopian YA novel!

Eve of Eridu takes place after the human race has been virtually wiped out by both a nuclear war and a deadly virus. The survivors created Eridu - built, safe from the radiation and virus, underground. Because its founders believed that strong emotions were the root of humanity’s downfall, children are taught from a young age to suppress all feelings - they wear monitors on their wrists which glow blue when they feel no emotion, through amber to r
Samantha Bradshaw
May 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Eve of Eridu is a dystopian novel filled with danger, even though it was a wee bit boring. It's still good, though. Don't get me wrong on that.

Emotion. In the underground land of Eridu, it's forbidden. Emotion leads to war in the old world. Emotion leads to death. Now, Eve has lost her brother. She's begun to feel. Knowing that this will lower her chances in Eridu, she does everything in her apathetic power to control it. Sam, an informer, and someone she should stay far away from isn't helping
Carol Marshall
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There is a sense of the familiar when reading Eve of Eridu by Alanah Andrews. The first chapters of the Eve of Eridu echo the set-ups of The Hunger Games and the Divergent series. This concerned me while reading the first chapters. I didn’t want the book to be a copycat storyline of those series. There was no cause for concern Eve of Eridu seems inspired by dystopian styles, but it has its own voice.
I found myself easing into the story, enjoying every chapter, and looking forward to the next. A
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After having read the short prequel to this book got free on Amazon, I purchased the Kindle version immediately. I’m going to do my best to make this review spoiler-free.

This book surprised me. Not just because I’m not familiar with the author— it’s crazy how many amazing books are out there that should get more attention, so I try to give everyone an equal chance to captivate me. The world-building was incredible and the main character was (mostly) relatable. Even when she would not cooperate
Carolyn Denman
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loveozya, ya-sci-fi
When Eve's older brother is unexpectedly shifted to a different plane of existence, Eve is supposed to accept it and be content. She is supposed to have faith that the system produces the best outcomes for everyone. She is supposed to forget him and focus on remaining at the top of the leader board as the paragon of unemotional perfection. Her detachment and faith are tested when a new-comer ignores protocol by constantly asking her questions about the foundation of their society, as outlined in ...more
Jerrica Wiley
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
For me this one was a slow burner. It picks up halfway through when the main character Eve starts to let herself feel emotions. The deeper I got into this story though the least interesting Eve became. I will honestly say that I was far more interested in the supporting character ,Sam. He made this book for me and I’d love to read a book from his POV but I digress. The novel isn’t anything that I haven’t read before. It lacks
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
As a YA dystopian novel I was happily surprised to read something that had a unique story line. I found the characters likeable, dialogue believable, and the premise very interesting.

The idea that a specific gene required for viral immunity can only be activated by the suppression of strong emotions is intriguing. The community built on that fact and the withholding of information throughout development makes the reality of it that much more daunting. I like how these concepts had me thinking a
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great novel from a new Australian author. It was an easy read and I finished it in only a couple of sittings. The character development was great but I really wanted to know more about the masks and world up top. I'm hoping the second book further develops that and Eve discovers what she has been missing.

Great book to add to any YA dystopian fans library!
Kat Betts
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
4 stars, but only due to minor formatting issues.

Outside of those, which are easy to ignore, this is one of the best indie-author books I've read in a long time. The story is compelling and immersive, the characters distinct and well-crafted, and the plot is direct and detailed (in a good way).

Alanah is an author to keep a close eye on, and I look forward to reading more of her work.
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Alanah is an English teacher in Australia. She writes because her imagination overflows onto paper.

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