After years of plagues and natural disasters, Earth has been conquered by the inter-dimensional Lord Geebor. To Matt, living under Geebor’s core tenets (trust, truth, service, and honor) seems peaceful—but Aahana’s not buying it. They might have survived the apocalypse, but if the two of them want to find happiness, then Matt will need to convince Aahana to submit—before her rebellious actions land them in trouble with their omniscient new ruler.
RESUMING EDEN is a charming mix of romance and science fiction. The core conflict of the book is the tension that grows between Matt and Aahana as they adjust to the “simple living” colony that Geebor has placed them in. Matt is easily pleased and agreeable; he likes life under Geeboran rule and is looking forward to the simple life. Aahana is controlling and suspicious; she craves modern conveniences and won’t yield to their new overlord. This difference in values (simple versus modern, trust versus control, quick thinker versus thorough thinker) imbues RESUMING EDEN with a lot of powerful themes. But despite this, a romance is only as good as its main characters. Matt (a kind, California surfer turned-survivalist-mountain-man who spends the novel learning to stand up for himself) is genuinely likable. Aahana, on the other hand, is not. Harsh, rude, and hostile, her character is so incredibly overbearing, it is hard for the reader to feel any sort of affection towards her. Matt deserves better, and readers are liable to spend the whole novel wishing the worst for her instead of hoping for the couple to find a happy ending.
But while Aahana’s personality is grating, the inclusion of Indian culture through her character is a refreshing change of pace. Aahana and the staff of the kitchen she runs all wear traditional Indian clothing and use traditional Indian cookware. Aahana wants to follow Indian marriage traditions and cultural diversity is important, so it is nice to see an author (especially a white, male author) put in the effort to add “color” to his story.
RESUMING EDEN’s writing is solid and filled with interesting themes, but what could have been a charming romance with a science fiction twist is dragged down by a female protagonist whose personality–for some readers–may cross the line from fierce to unlikable.
~Stephani Hren for IndieReader