“Escaping Eleven” by Jerri Chisholm

5/5 stars!!!

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

First things first, I binge-read this book until 4am. I couldn’t put it down and just read it for hours until it was over. And then I hated myself because it was over and now I have to wait a while for book 2.

This book is like Divergent meets The Maze Runner with a heroine who could break your face in roughly ten seconds. Yeah, it’s THAT good.

When the sun scorched the Earth, humanity had no choice but to flee underground. Compound Eleven is one of these underground facilities. But hierarchy is everything, and Eve is from the second floor. She’s better off than those on floor one but not by much. She’s a fighter–a good one. However, Eve has a secret, one that could get her killed if someone found out. She has no intention of staying in Compound Eleven.

Suddenly, Eve has a match against a Preme–one of the residents of the fifth floor who live glamorous lives. Eve has spent her whole life hating these people, but he seems different. And then he destroys her in the ring…

This book was amazing! I was hooked from the first page. Sometimes I get a little burned out with the YA dystopia genre, but this book was definitely worth the read! From the plot to the characters, I loved the whole thing!

Eve is so cool! She’s been trained to be tough, unfeeling, uncaring. But she’s just as human as everyone else. She loves her friends and has a huge obsession with the world aboveground. I loved how she stood up for herself and how she looked after her friends. She also has a unique perspective on life, or rather, death. Anyway, she’s absolutely amazing!

Wren is also such a great character! Instead of being the entitled jerk he was raised to be, he actually is a kind and good person. Like Eve, he is strong and powerful. I love how he’s got Eve’s back when she needs it, but he’s also totally aware that she often doesn’t need his help!

The side characters were also really intriguing! Eve really loves her friends, and they each have their own issues going on. I thought the author did a really good job giving them unique personalities and making them realistic.

The plot was also fascinating! I loved watching Eve attempt to find a way out of the compound. I was so invested in whether she would actually make it out or not! I can’t say anything else about this without spoiling anything so you’ll just have to read it for yourself!

As I mentioned above, I really am regretting reading this so fast since I’m desperate to get my hands on book 2! My curiosity is piqued and I will definitely be looking forward to the next book! I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves dystopian books and strong female characters!

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