Down from the Mountain is a well written if predictable glimpse inside cult life

Down from the Mountain is a well written if predictable glimpse inside cult life

Religious cults, by nature, inspire a lot of curiosity.  Down from the Mountain by Elizabeth Firmer is a book that will give a fairly textbook example of what life in one of these communities is like, but it won’t be a book that surprises you.  The isolation and abuse at the hands of a false prophet is exactly what readers expect to find, and as the plot takes place just as the ties that bind these believers is unravelling, there is little insight about what makes this type of community so attractive to people.  Still, this is a book that can reveal the way power and faith is warped in the hands of the wrong people.  It is also a coming of age story, set in the transitional teen years when many begin to question the previously sacred teachings of their parents, so middle and high school readers may find it engaging.  More discerning readers will most likely find it bland.

Goodreads Summary
Eva just wants to be a good disciple of the Righteous Path. She grew up knowing that she and her mother are 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, Ezekial, 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 Ezekial’s wives.  But a college student named Trevor and the other “heathens” she meets on her trips beyond the compound are different from what she’s been led to believe. 
Expected publication: March 1st 2015 by Albert Whitman Teen (first published January 1st 2015)

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When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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