The thousand steps – ARC review

Title: The thousand steps.

Author: Helen Brain.

Format: E-arc.

Publisher: Catalyst press.

Page count: 240.

Release day: September 6th 2019.

Genre: YA, fantasy.

Rating: 3 stars.

*Thanks to Edelweiss for providing this arc!*

What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)

Ebba has never even seen the sun but now must reunite four sacred amulets to save the earth from destruction.

On the brink of execution, 16 year old Ebba den Eeden is unexpectedly elevated from the bunker deep in Africa’s Table Mountain where she has lived all her life, believing–as do all the other teenagers who toil daily to make their food and power the bunker–that the world “Above” is uninhabitable due to a nuclear holocaust. Instead, she is heiress to a massive fortune—one that everyone wants to control. While dealing with the machinations of the High Priest, his handsome son Hal, and the rules and regulations of a society and religion she doesn’t understand, she must also try and save her three friends, still stuck in the bunker and facing execution any day. 

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My thoughts:

The prologue of this book was perfect and I immediately wanted to continue!

This book has a theme that we’ve seen before. This not so ‘special’ girl finds out she is actually pretty rich and important and wants to change the world. BUT this book definitely also has some things that I haven’t seen (often) before, since it also makes use of goddesses, which is pretty cool. So the storyline was interesting but also a bit predictable at times.

Something that I really did not like was how this book looked down on females, see quote. But I guess this was the authors way to make changing the world for our main character harder. But still, not a fan.

“All You’ve got to do is learn how to be a good wife and catch a husband”

I also have some mixed feelings about the main character. On the one side, she had been locked up for sixteen years and doesn’t know the real world and how it all works, but on the other side she is so unbelievably stupid at times, especially in the beginning of the book.. I was annoyed by it, but I’m not sure if that is ‘fair’.

Overall I did quite enjoy the theme of this book, I would say that there are some things that could be improved upon. But I’m definitely interested in reading the sequel!

Happy reading!

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