When I first heard of Road to Eugenica, read the synopsis, and checked out the cover, I never expected to love it as much as I did. I mean, don’t get me wrong, the book has a pretty cover and an intriguing synopsis, but neither of those do this justice – this book is freaking amazing and I loved it from the very first chapter, where I instantly decided that this could easily become a favorite series (yes, first chapter, no kidding). From the first page, even, I was hooked on the author’s writing and didn’t just want to keep reading, I felt like I needed to keep reading.
“I also know a warm is imminent. A war that’ll forever change the fate of Stuitus, the dimension I’ve called home.”
Alexandrea is a normal teenage girl – she goes to school, spends time with her parents (mostly her dad, with whom she has a close relationship), hands out with her best friend (who also happens to be her crush), Dylan, and can’t think of anything that makes her unique or strange. Except the fact that in her dreams, and all the places she goes, she can see a strange, green-eyed man who seems to haunt her, scaring her, and making her unsure of her own sanity.
“Other kids dream of monsters who want to kill them or giant snakes that want to ear them alive. Hell, I’ve had those dreams. But they don’t scare me like the Green-eyed man. I fight the images away and pray we won’t be seeing each other on the other side of sleep.”
Even though she has told Dylan about the green-eyed man and how he scares her, he doesn’t take her seriously. After Drea gets sick one day and spends a few days in bed, being taken care of by her parents, she has some even more bizarre dreams, and can’t wait to get out once she recovers. When she begs her dad to take her out for breakfast together one morning, a terrible accident changes everything for Drea and sets into motion a whole new chain of things that she can’t even explain.
Drea starts to get new abilities – for example, she once struggled in Spanish class, but now can easily carry on a conversation in the language as though it were her native tongue. She can also surf with no problems, and then there’s the new kid, Maddox, and the strange feelings that she has for him, despite the fact that Dylan keeps warning her to stay away from him.
When things start to escalate, and Drea finds herself on the run from the green-eyed man, she starts to learn some shocking truths about herself that she isn’t sure she is ready to deal with.
“This is too much. All these things running through my head don’t make any sense. I don’t even like Maddox, like that. I’m starting to feel like an imposter. Like I’m living someone else’s life. I’ve always been less than the understudy, more like the assistant’s assistant. I’m not the girl who jumps in the middle of a fight. Or the girl boys say things to like ‘let me make it up to you.'”
Drea’s character was so well written and I found myself loving her adventure from the first page. I don’t know what it is about her that I was so drawn to – whether it be the fact that she was independent, or the relationship she had with her dad, or the way she just describes things in general, but I felt so connected to her. I also liked Dylan’s character, and I thought he was a good friend to her, despite the fact that that seemed to be all he wanted to be, while Drea clearly wanted much more than that. Maddox was interesting as well, although a bit hard to figure out for the first half of the book. The second half of the book had me really interested in him, as well. It’s really rare that I find a book in which I love all the main characters, but Road to Eugenica really did.
The pacing in the first half of the book was a bit slower than I thought it would be, but it sets everything up for the second half, and the next book in the series. We really get an in-depth look at the characters, the settings, and the situation so we can fully appreciate it later, and it builds up as we go along.
While I’m not going to lie and say that all of it was full of twists that I couldn’t figure out (one big one was kind of easy for me to piece together, but I can’t say that it took away from the novel or anything, so there’s that), there were a few that I honestly didn’t see coming, including the very end of the book. Wow, I honestly never thought that would happen, and it did. It was kind of an explosive ending.
The cliffhanger the book left off at made me want more…I can’t wait until the next book in this amazing series comes out. I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a book as much as I enjoyed Road to Eugenica, and if you’re a science fiction fan, I cannot recommend it enough.
A.M. Rose is the author of Road to Eugenica, and writer of young adult novels of all genres as long as they have a hint of romance, the drinker of too much coffee (with way too much coconut creamer), and lover of all carbohydrates. Currently, she lives in Houston, TX with her three boys (yes, her husband is in that count) and three cats. When she isn’t writing about swoony boys or ways for her MC to get into trouble, she is an avid reader, critiquer, (is that even a word?) and trampoline enthusiast. A.M. Rose is a graduate from San Diego State University with a BA in Communication and a minor in underwater basket weaving. (Okay, maybe not the basket weaving part.)
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