In Compound Eleven, the hierarchy of the floors is everything.
My name is Eve Hamilton, and on my floor, we fight.
Which at least is better than the bottom floor, where they toil away in misery. Only the top floor has any ease in this harsh world; they rule from their gilded offices.
Because four generations ago, Earth was rendered uninhabitable—the sun too hot, the land too barren. Those who remained were forced underground. While not a perfect life down here, I’ve learned to survive as a fighter.
Except my latest match is different. Instead of someone from the circuit, my opponent is a mysterious boy from the top floor. And the look in his eyes tells me he’s different… maybe even kind.
Right before he kicks my ass.
Still, there’s something about him—something that says he could be my salvation… or my undoing. Because I’m no longer content to just survive in Eleven. Today, I’m ready to fight for more than my next meal: I’m fighting for my freedom. And this boy may just be the edge I’ve been waiting on.
Gritty, exciting, and at times hard to swallow, Escaping Eleven is an amazing young adult dystopia that needs to be on way more to be read lists! The premise is fantastically done and a scary “what if”. There were so many scenes that were hard to read. It just makes you cringe for the world Eve and her friends live in and the things they have to deal with and witness.
Also, can we talk about how gorgeous these book covers are? I LOVE them and want them to be posters.
I will say when I started reading the main character, Eve, seems just too angry and too detached to fully connect to. However, as we get to know her you come to realize why she has to be this way. On the other side, I absolutely adored Wren and will take ten of him. I really want to know more about his background though. Why his mother said some things… I’m really hoping it comes up in book two.
Overall this is a fantastic start to what is sure to be a dark thrill ride. I cannot wait to read book two!