Author: Joshua David Bellin
Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Last year I read Freefall (you can read my review here) and was blown away by the excellent world-building and the on-the-edge-of-your-seat thrills, and I am happy to announce that ECOSYSTEM delivers just as well.
In a world where the Ecosystem has turned against humanity, humans are confined to villages made of stone where nature has no hold. In order to survive in the hostile world, Sensors – those born with a gift to feel and sense the intentions of the ecosystem – risk their lives to hunt for food, water, and wood. Sarah, one of the newest Sensors, has been training to take up the mantle of her mother since she was three years old after she was murdered by the Ecosystem. Sarah, unlike the others, does not fear the Ecosystem but hates it, and each foray into the forest is for revenge. When Miriam, an apprentice Sensor, goes missing in the Ecosystem, it’s up to Sarah to find her, and delve further into the Ecosystem than ever before and discover its secrets – secrets that threaten the future of her village and everything she’s been taught to believe.
Joshua David Bellin manages to create a thrilling, unique, post-apocalyptic world where nature itself has turned against us. There are horrifying creatures, deadly plants and living trees that are described in such detail it’s like being there, amongst the Ecosystem. This was definitely one of my favourite parts of the novel, and for anyone who is a sucker for a good, well-built world, there is very little lacking in ECOSYSTEM, and Joshua David Bellin has created a thoroughly immersive setting.
Sarah, our protagonist, is a formidable character. I adored her fierceness, intelligence, and loved to see her overcome the wall she built around her heart. One of the most enjoyable parts of the novel was also experiencing Sarah interact with those around her. She’s, at first, prickly and always on the offensive. But as she grows, she learns to trust and love, and I especially adored her relationship with Aaron, the father figure in her life.
There is a bit of romance, and it’s thoughtful and well done, and I think even those adverse to romance in books will find it a compelling relationship (and also I really do enjoy hate-to-love relationships, so this was a plus for me).
If you’re a fan of survivalist and post-apocalyptic literature then I would definitely, and not so subtly, tell you to read ECOSYSTEM.
Lauren is a british blogger and book reviewer. She is an avid bookworm, writer and procrastinator extraordinaire. A recent history grad, Lauren is currently grappling with adulthood, finding solace in the written word. As an avid reader of YA literature, she’s a lover of sci-fi, contemporary romance, sister stories, and cute f/f books. Some of her favourite books include Code Name Verity by the incredibly talented Elizabeth Wein, the soul-crushingly cute The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, and the magical fantasy Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst.