ABOUT THE BOOK:
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…
Down from the Mountain by Elizabeth Fixmer is the story of a girl in a religious sect called Righteous Path. I’ve never been part of a sect nor do I know anyone who is so I’m not sure how realistic the book is. But, it seemed pretty realistic to me!
The main character in the book, Eva, is interesting to me. I liked how the author told her back story (I’d have loved to hear even more about it) because it gave good insight into the person she grew up to become. She seemed weak at first, but she became strong – and the strength was probably always in her, it’s just that in Brother Ezekiel’s world, it was kept stifled. It’s always been a mystery to me how people could so blindly believe in someone with claims such as Ezekiel had. I imagine they would have to feel pretty low about themselves in the first place. Ezekiel can be charming when he needs to be, however, and everyone is scared enough of him to stay within the compound unless they have his permission to leave. Luckily for Eva, she gets to take trips to town and that’s when everything changes for her.
The flow of book was good and the writing is fairly simple. It didn’t take much time for me to finish it. Despite there being a few things that Elizabeth Fixmer had delved deeper into, it’s a great read and I’d definitely read another by the author.
*I received an e-book copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*