Relic by Heather Terrell
Published: October 29, 2013 by Soho Teen
Format/Source: Paperback ARC from BEA
Genre: Young Adult Dystopia
The truth will test you…
For fans of Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games: high fantasy and dystopia meet in this high-stakes tale of a civilization built on lies and the girl who single-handedly brings it down.
When Eva’s twin brother, Eamon, falls to his death just a few months before he is due to participate in The Testing, no one expects Eva to take his place. She’s a Maiden, slated for embroidery classes, curtseys, and soon a prestigious marriage befitting the daughter of an Aerie ruler. But Eva insists on honoring her brother by becoming a Testor. After all, she wouldn’t be the first Maiden to Test, just the first in 150 years.
Eva knows the Testing is no dance class. Gallant Testors train for their entire lives to search icy wastelands for Relics: artifacts of the corrupt civilization that existed before The Healing drowned the world. Out in the Boundary Lands, Eva must rely on every moment of the lightning-quick training she received from Lukas—her servant, a Boundary native, and her closest friend now that Eamon is gone.
But there are threats in The Testing beyond what Lukas could have prepared her for. And no one could have imagined the danger Eva unleashes when she discovers a Relic that shakes the Aerie to its core.
I’ve done an unforgivable thing. I have either forgotten to write a review about this book or it is lost somewhere in cyberspace. So, let’s go ahead and call this what other bloggers say, a ‘mini-review’.
The world in Relic is one of backwards evolution. Society has become something more easily recognized by medieval peoples than modern day ones. I appreciate when people imagine the alternate possibility of the future: not one of crazy technology but instead lost technology and knowledge. I also really appreciated a setting that varied from the usual–an arctic world isn’t something you see all the time.
There were times when I was really curious to learn more about the world, to learn more about the relic Eva finds. I found some of the political ideology in the backbone of the story a little off-putting. Additionally, there was nothing particularly outstanding about the book. It was an enjoyable, light read, but it’s not a book that leaves any lasting impact on you. I am not certain if I will pursue the sequel.