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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Eden by Shade Owens is a dystopian story that features a unique kind of conflict, one I have never seen so well-developed in any story — the gender war. Before the American Rebirth, women outnumbered men 7 to 1, until President Price banned the abortion of male embryos. In a devastated world — where basic amenities are a huge problem and lawlessness a troubling reality — a group of surviving women, led by the esteemed feminist leader, Eve Malum, retreats to a peaceful life in a utopian world called Eden. Although Eve gets the respect and admiration of everyone in Eden, Lucy Cain doesn’t trust her and is determined to find out what she is up to. The two have a connection as mysterious as their pasts. Meanwhile, an ex-Marine, Gabriel, and a host of men are at the American walls looking for surviving women.
Shade Owens' novel is a powerful story that seems to give a new interpretation to the myth of Eden and readers will enjoy the characters and the allusions to biblical themes. The writing is good and readers will notice the author’s economy of words. The setting in Eden is well-imagined and it reflects the conflicts that are developed in the story. Characters like Lucy Cain are strong and readers will find it easy to root for them. This is a story driven by conflict and character, crafted with great pacing and with surprises that readers won’t see coming. Amongst the different things that caught my attention in this story is the author’s deft treatment of the theme of man’s insistence on the inequality of equal men.