When I read a book I generally like to learn a little about the author first. I was amazed at what I learned about author Matthew Plourde. He is  a cancer survivor, lived in Vietnam and adopted one of his two children. He has said that writing is his passion but he also works in business. His writing is creative and his views of what others have tried to write about are diverse and exciting.

Alexandra Contreras, the heroine of Eden, fights to survive after a massive earthquake throws the world as we know it into a dark place. Everything is collapsing around her as she searches the wilderness for that sacred place where all of humanity was born, the Garden of Eden. The last days of earth are not progressing as they were written in the Bible. As Plourde describes, “…Heaven and Hell have fallen to Earth.” As Alexandra is on her journey she meets a mystifying man who helps her on her path. Now she must make a decision, but what she doesn’t know is that her decision has the power to change the fate of the world.

Eden was an amazing read for me as I’m fascinated with the post-apocalyptic genre. I felt that this book was not only filled with lots of adventure, but also with very strong characters; it was the kind of book that keeps you wanting to turn the pages while also dreading the end.

Plourde makes it very easy for readers to become attached to the characters. As I was reading, I wanted Alexandra to find what she was looking for, I wanted her to survive. At times I thought that some of what the author had written seemed unbelievable, but you become so connected to the characters and the story that you want to believe it.

Rating: 4/5

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Matthew Plourde. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.