Life After E.L.E. by J.C. Morrows

My Review:

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book!

I’ve just discovered another favourite author, there are quite a few on my bookshelf and on my Kindle.

Life After E.L.E. is a young adult, post-apocalyptic, dystopian story, but anyone from sixteen to one hundred and sixteen would enjoy reading it. Thirty years after a rogue moon had crashed into the earth, leaving a frozen world in its wake, we learn about how the human race had only just escaped extinction, and how they had to revert to living as cave people, the harsh systems that had been put into place by an unrelenting government, and the many secrets and conspiracies that would make daily life extremely difficult and dangerous.

The story reeled me in from the get-go. From page one I was hooked on every word, wanting to know what would happen next. About one-third of the way through reading this book, the mystery and suspense had built to such an extent that I just couldn’t put the book down. Not bad for someone who didn’t previously enjoy fantasy/Sci-Fi or Speculative Fiction. Just as Eve was starting to become more suspicious and paranoid about the circumstances surrounding her father’s death … so was I.

… and the young people who had been executed, what had they done to deserve such a harsh punishment?  What secrets had Eve’s father entrusted to her before his untimely death? I found myself wishing she would divulge those secrets, because I wanted to have some answers too, and the suspense was killing me … but in a good way.

Life, it seemed, wasn’t too dissimilar to how it would have been thousands of years ago, after all, they had to start from scratch and rebuild their world, such as it was. Celebrations were rare in the caves, within the compound. Families had even been restricted to having two children. Times were tough, however, what seemed to make things worse was the fact that as only thirty years had passed since E.L.E., many had fond memories of how life on earth used to be.

downloadSome good Christian values were subtly introduced. There were regrets. Just as Eve was angry with her father for ‘not trying harder to survive’, her mother regretted being angry with her husband the last time she’d seen him. ‘The last words I spoke to your father were in anger. I’m not going to do that to you.’  Gently reminding us of the importance of forgiveness, love and understanding, no matter what.

Although the kissing scenes may have been a little overdone for strict Christian taste, I loved them. Why? Because it meant that these poor people were just as human as anyone else. Under such difficult and confusing circumstances … life after the event, and with the new, cold, and harsh world they now found themselves in, love could and would still blossom. It had to I guess, for life to continue.

Even now after E.L.E., it would seem that human beings had learnt nothing from their past. There were the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’, and the ‘haves’ were just as greedy, jealous, suspicious and malicious as their fore-bearers had been. Life was survival of the fittest, although in the animal kingdom more decorum would have been displayed. Very little if anything had changed.

Rules around what couples could/couldn’t do in public unless they were ‘bound’ were similar to the strict cultural laws of various countries in the old world. Great emphasis was put upon how our actions in any situation, would affect not just ourselves, but all of those around us. Eve’s compassion and caring nature towards others, even when she was in pain, was extraordinary. What a world we’d have if everyone’s heart was like Eve’s.

‘If only the people on the moon base had survived … If the government had gone on the way it was supposed to after that rogue moon had hit earth …’

Many wonderful things will happen in life, but there will always be equal devastation. Our lives seem to be full of “what if’s” … but isn’t hindsight a glorious thing?

I love how Morrows describes the world by the use of dialogue, both spoken and in thought. I felt my mind connect with some of the characters, and it was as though their thoughts were my own.

My only real complaint about this book was the enormous cliff-hanger of an ending … darn it JC! Now I just have to wait with baited breath for the next instalment.

One of the discussion questions for book club readers intrigued me.

‘If you found yourself in a post-apocalyptic world, how do you think that would affect your faith? Would you hold on tighter to God – or would you maybe begin to question His plan?’

cI gave this question some thought, and I don’t believe it would make much difference. Our current world is made up of believers and non-believers, and even those who either believe something entirely different, or nothing at all. Often we hang on to our faith out of sheer fear of what might happen if we don’t … a kind of insurance if you will. What do you think? How might you answer this question?

What a riveting, enthralling adventure reading this book was. JC I love your work!

A little about the author:  JC Morrows, author of the bestselling young adult dystopian series: Order of the MoonStone and the new Frozen Earth series (Post-Apocalyptic with a Dystopian edge), spends her days writing, arguing with her evil computer, juggling two kids, and wishing someone would invent a coffee IV.

A storyteller in the truest sense of the word, JC has been telling stories in one form or another her entire life, and once her mother convinced her to write them down, she simply couldn’t stop.
And . . . as a true believer, she gives God all of the glory for her talent and ability!
“And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” Habakkuk 2:2

Giveaway: To celebrate her tour, JC Morrows is giving away a themed basket including the book and swag and some specially chosen surprises!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b0fd.

Link to purchase this book: Life After E.L.E. JC Morrows Amazon

I was generously provided with a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

About Just Jo'Anne

Josephine-Anne, also fondly known as Jo'Anne, just turned sixty years old, an age she's decided to be for the remainder of her life. Jo'Anne has had a life-long passion for reading and writing. Most of her working life was spent in the administration and finance field; however, once an early retirement became necessary, the next step was logical. So, after much soul-searching, Jo'Anne decided to spend the remainder of her days doing what she loves. She's currently working on a fictional memoir "Charlie Dreams" and has also tried her hand at short stories, poetry, and narrative non-fiction. Jo'Anne has had a poem published in the "Glimpses of Light Anthology, called "God's Woollen Blanket". Jo'Anne loves to read all kinds of fiction, especially crime/ thriller and suspense, contemporary and historical romance. When she's not writing you will find her either inside a good book, with a cup of tea in hand, or pottering around the garden daydreaming and plotting.
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15 Responses to Life After E.L.E. by J.C. Morrows

  1. JCMorrows says:

    Thank you Jo’Anne for such a compelling review! Not only am I thrilled to see that you really “GOT” the story, your words have MADE MY DAY… MY WEEK! My MONTH! Bless you!

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  2. carylkane says:

    Amazing review! Sounds like a fascinating read!

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  3. jenohagan says:

    Great reveiw – thanks Jo’Anne. Life After E.L.E. sounds like a fascinating book & I see I need to add J C Morrows to my to-read author list 🙂 Thrilled that you are discovering the joys of speculative fiction – a genre close to my own heart.

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    • Just Jo'Anne says:

      Thanks Jenny – Yes, definitely add JC Morrows to your ‘to-read author’ list. Speculative fiction is a term that I haven’t previously been familiar with, however I am beginning to get my head around it. I just love to read middle-grade fantasy (such a child) 🙂

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  4. Very comprehensive review, Jo’Anne. I’m a bit like you in that I have been a more recent convert to fantasy and sci-fi, so it sounds like something I might be interested in. I love those ‘what if’ scenarios. Terri Blackstock did an interesting series a few years ago called ‘The Restoration’ series which was based on the premise that pulses had knocked out all the electronic equipment on earth and everyone had to go back to basics. It was interesting to see how it all played out. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Just Jo'Anne says:

      Thanks Nola – I’m beginning to enjoy so many different genres, that I just don’t know what to read next. I think I go through a mourning process when I get to the end of the book. When I finished this particular book, yes I went through that process, but I was also cranky with JC for leaving me hanging *wink* I hope I don’t have to wait too long for the next instalment. One of these days when I get the time, I’ll look out for Terri Blackstock’s books. Yesterday I read a book review where when a person dies, their soul is transported into a new-born baby. Not so bad until I read on and found out that these souls were taking with them all the wicked, criminal things that the deceased had done during their lives. That DNA could be forever traced by government authorities, leaving that baby/person with no hope of ever having a decent life. Hmm, don’t want to read that one.

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  5. Paula Vince says:

    Thanks for that review, Jo’Anne. Speculative and dystopian aren’t always my first choice, but you’ve made this title sound intriguing enough to add to that never dwindling TBR list. Sounds like this one has a lot of thought-provoking themes about human nature.

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    • Just Jo'Anne says:

      Thanks Paula, I have always felt the same way about speculative (once I understood what it was) and dystopian fiction. But recently I have read a few very good ones, and am becoming more open-minded. It’s all Jeanette O’Hagan’s fault, she writes so well 🙂 *wink* Life after E.L.E. is great, and I will definitely try to read anything else that she writes. Time permitting of course. My TBR pile is quite worrying.

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  6. sounds like a good book if you loved a genre you don’t normally like. That’s always a good advertisement and also a good reason for reading books outside your normal genres.

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    • Just Jo'Anne says:

      Hi Christine,
      Yes I agree. It was a great book, and I’ve recently learned to have a go at reading different genres. I know from my own experience that we can get stuck in one or two genres. We all have our favourites, but variety is the spice of life 🙂 There’s always something new to learn.

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