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Daeios by Colleen Eccles Penor - Book Tour & Review

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Daeios: 140 Feet Down 
by Colleen Eccles Penor 
Genre: Dystopian Thriller

They believed Daeios would be a safe haven.

They were wrong.

Fleeing apocalyptic weather, a young survivalist woman and her family seek safety deep underground. But a new danger awaits them.

When the leaders of the shelter announce their plans to repopulate the earth using all fertile females, Shea knows she will be forced to become a breeder. Horrified at her impending fate, Shea must make the gut-wrenching decision whether to breed with an elderly, sadistic man and bear his child, or to fight the breeding, knowing that defiance will endanger her life and that of those she loves most.

A dystopian thriller with overtones of The Handmaid’s Tale, Shea’s chilling story will appeal to readers with an interest in family and survival.

Contains mature situations and language. 

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Daeios: 140 Feet Down is one of those books that sounds intriguing, and then it ends up blowing you out of the water. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this novel.
Shea, a twenty-something woman, is living her life the way she wants. But apocalyptic weather forces her to return home to her family and take shelter underground, and her freedom to live how she wants becomes non-existent.
Daeios is a shelter run by religious zealots. Not only do they not allow anyone of another race (only white people allowed), if you're "imperfect" in some way (like tattoos, scars, etc), you can't belong to their shelter either. Only Elites are granted access to Daeios.
Once underground, things kinda suck for Shea, but she figures she'll adjust. Until one of the leaders announces all fertile females will be impregnated so they can work towards rebuilding the world.
Shea must make a decision: let it happen to her, or fight back. Both options have consequences, but which one is the lesser of two evils? How much is Shea willing to risk?
I was immediately hooked by the synopsis of this book, and it sucked me in pretty quickly.
I thought Shea was a great character. Even though she thought about leaving her family and going off on her own (after helping track down her drug-addicted brother), she stuck with them and went into Daeios with them instead.
I felt bad for Shea's brother. He was basically killing himself with this drug called Gloss, but once he made it to the shelter, well... I can't say anything, since that might spoil things.
Shea's mom was pretty bad-ass. I didn't think I'd like her, but her character arc made her out to be one of the best people in the book.
Plot-wise, Daeios is nicely paced, with a lot of stuff going on. It keeps you on your toes, and you'll find yourself cheering on Shea as you flip eagerly through the pages, needing to know what's going to happen next.
Also, that cover is pretty great. I really like it a lot.
If you're a fan of dystopian fiction, thrillers, or The Handmaid's Tale, you'll want to give Daeios a whirl. It's definitely well worth the read.
4.5 stars from me!

Colleen Eccles Penor wrote and illustrated her first children’s book, The Rubber Ducky, when she was seven, and sold it for 25 cents, keeping 100% of her royalties. She's a United States Army veteran who served as a military police officer, where she learned survival skills and the use of multiple weapons, skills needed by the characters in DAEIOS: 140 FEET DOWN. This is her debut novel. 

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