I received the following book from The Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Down from the Mountain by Elizabeth Fixmer
Published by Albert Whitman and Company on March 1st 2015
Genres: Young Adult
Source: The Publisher via Netgalley
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Eva just wants to be a good disciple of Righteous Path. She grew up knowing that she’s among the chosen few to be saved from Armageddon. Lately, though, being saved feels awfully treacherous. Ever since they moved to the compound in Colorado, their food supplies have dwindled even while their leader, Ezekiel, has stockpiled weapons. The only money comes from the jewelry Eva makes and sells down in Boulder—a purpose she’ll serve until she becomes one of Ezekiel’s wives. But a college student named Trevor and the other “heathens” she meets on her trips beyond the compound are far different from what she’s been led to believe. Now Eva doesn’t know which is more dangerous—the outside world, or Brother Ezekiel’s plans…
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this book, but I knew as soon as I read the synopsis I had to read it. Eva(not her birth name) has lived with The Righteous Path since she was young, after her father allegedly abandoned her after her parents’ messy divorce.
Raised to fear God instead of to truly feel his love, she lives a life of fasting for long intervals and of fear that her time to marry Ezekiel is soon coming.
Though I(thankfully) cannot relate to Eva and the others based on experience, the author’s raw, emotional portrayal of these characters had me near tears(okay, in tears) and feeling like I truly could . Besides Eva, I really liked Rachel. I believe the book would have been wonderful from her point of view as well. One thing that was great about this book, to me, is that it had little focus on romance, it was an honest fictionalized portrayal of a young girl’s experience in a cult-like setting. The research that the author must have put into this is amazing, and I found myself fearing Ezekiel almost as much as Eva did. Down from the Mountain may not be for everyone, simply because of the subject, but I found it to be a wonderful and thought-provoking read and definitely recommend it!