Net Galley Friday is here again and today I’m reviewing Down from the Mountain. Thanks to Net Galley and Albert Whitman & Company for a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review!
Rating: 3 Stars
Published: March 1 2015
Genre: Young Adult
Eva and her mother are a member of the Righteous Path. They will be saved from the heathen word because their leader, Ezekial, hears the word of God. Ever since the compound’s move from Arizona to Colorado, their food supplies have been low along with morale and Eva doesn’t quite know what to think anymore. Her thoughts become more confused as she’s tasked with making and selling jewelry in town where her eyes become more open to the outside world since it’s more different than what she thought.
This novel is different. This isn’t my typical read but I enjoyed it, nonetheless. I loved being inside Eva’s head as she grew as a person and learned to think for herself. It’s fascinating to read about cults and this gives more insight into how hard it is to break away from something you grew up as knowing as the only way.
I like that even though you’re probably rolling your eyes at the beliefs of the cult while reading the novel, you can understand the power it holds over the character. I really enjoyed reading this story. It’s not something you come across every day, especially in YA.
However, there are some things that I felt were underdeveloped, for instance, Jacob’s change of friendship with Eva, Trevor’s character and plot line, the character of Mother Rachel, and some of the background info about the cult itself. There was some repetition in information, as well.
I liked the ending but at the same time, I would love to continue reading about Eva as she adjusts to her new life. There’s so much more that could have been explored. I just think it was too short.
Over all, I would recommend this novel because it’s different and well- written despite the lack of other details I would have liked.