Down from the Mountain by Elizabeth Fixmer
Release date: March 1, 2015
This e-galley was provided by Albert Whitman & Company and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: 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.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The hardest books to review are the ones you're indifferent towards or feel meh about. Down from the Mountain tells an interesting story, but now that I've finished reading it, my response is a shoulder shrug. I was interested by the idea of this cult, but at the end of the day, Down from the Mountain wasn't a memorable, fantastic book. I liked getting to know Eva (she was a bit too perfect for me), but she lead us through the story well. I liked how things ended for her. Rachel was a good character that I really appreciated and felt sorry for. I wish I had more to say, but I really don't.
Everything was pretty clean, so that's a plus.
The Verdict: A fairly good read but not very memorable or very unique.
Will I be adding this book to my library?: Probably not.