Freedom Trials
Evelyn Summers is imprisoned for a crime that was wiped from her memory.In order for Evelyn to be released, she―along with other “reformed” prisoners―must pass seven mental, physical, and virtual challenges known as the Freedom Trials. One mistake means execution and, with her history of being a snitch, her fellow inmates will do everything they can to get revenge.When new prisoner Alex Martinez arrives, armed with secrets about Evelyn’s missing memories, she must make a choice. She can follow the rules to win and walk free, or covertly uncover details of the crime that sent her there. But competing in the trials and dredging up her erased past may cost Evelyn the one thing more valuable than freedom: her life.

Freedom Trials Details

TitleFreedom Trials
Author
ReleaseOct 9th, 2018
PublisherPage Street Publishing
ISBN-139781624145995
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Freedom Trials Review

  • Chelsea
    January 1, 1970
    Reading this book is really a trip. Everytime I opened these pages, I swore I was back in 2011, when YA consisted of half-baked dystopian worlds, competitions just for the sake of there being competitions, and protagonists who do morally reprehensible things but never shut up about how bad they feel and how they’re such a monster…This book checks off so many of the post-Hunger Games dystopian cliches that it makes this read almost enjoyably familiar.Freedom Trials read to me like a hybrid of Div Reading this book is really a trip. Everytime I opened these pages, I swore I was back in 2011, when YA consisted of half-baked dystopian worlds, competitions just for the sake of there being competitions, and protagonists who do morally reprehensible things but never shut up about how bad they feel and how they’re such a monster…This book checks off so many of the post-Hunger Games dystopian cliches that it makes this read almost enjoyably familiar.Freedom Trials read to me like a hybrid of Divergent and the extremely comparable The Maze Runner. Evelyn finds herself in prison for a crime her memory has been wiped of, forced to compete in trials to earn her freedom.And it goes exactly like you would imagine.The main character is rather insufferable, and not in a way that I think the text realizes. We’re supposed to root for her, but she literally got three girls in the prison executed because she ratted them out for wanting to escape. When the other characters call her out on it, Evelyn defends herself as if she’s done nothing wrong. She’s whiny and childish and acts like she’s better than the people around her. She develops a bit but like...Evelyn is the worst type of protagonist this book could have had. How about someone who truly did something bad instead of this meek, rule-following teenage girl with no personality?We also have some of my favorite plot devices, like convenient amnesia, a gang of pretty girls that bully the main character, dystopian slang (ie. “slinger”), and a competition used as a framing device with no justification as to why a competition like this would be needed.His green T-shirt exposes tone biceps. If he weren’t scowling and a criminal, I’d probably say he’s hot....His biceps bulge through his tight white peels, and I’m guessing there’s a six-pack hidden under there too. Okay, I’ll say it—he’s hot....“It’s full of shit, just like you.”Bex flares out her fingers. “Boom. Shots fired.” ...good one?Look, it’s action packed and incredibly fast paced. I’ll give it that. But for me, it’s kind of hilarious in its cliched attempt at the futuristic dystopian genre.I know I’m not really the target audience for this one, so I will recommend this for younger readers just looking to get into YA. I think I’ll pass on reading the continuation of this series, though.
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  • Amanda Heger
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come once I figure out how to write about $%*$&@ and #*@)! and $%*^)# without spoiling the whole book.Edit: Evelyn Summers did something bad. Something bad enough to be imprisoned. She's just not sure WHAT that bad thing is.But she's worked her way through the ranks of the prison--despite a cast of fellow inmates intent on bringing her down--and she's thisclose to freedom when a mysterious stranger shows up and throws a wrench into everything.The book alternates between Evelyn's pa Review to come once I figure out how to write about $%*$&@ and #*@)! and $%*^)# without spoiling the whole book.Edit: Evelyn Summers did something bad. Something bad enough to be imprisoned. She's just not sure WHAT that bad thing is.But she's worked her way through the ranks of the prison--despite a cast of fellow inmates intent on bringing her down--and she's thisclose to freedom when a mysterious stranger shows up and throws a wrench into everything.The book alternates between Evelyn's past journal entries and her present quest to earn her freedom. The story twists and turns and sometimes gets violent, but it's an incredibly quick read--especially on the back end.
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  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    **I received an ARC of this - thank you so much to Page Street Publishing but it didn't change my opinion at all**This book was wholly interesting and super boring at the same time. There were things that I gave major side eye but then a page later, I would be intrigued again. There were a lot of components that added up to make this an okay book, but there was nothing that made it really compelling or great. I did get a bit confused on what the genre really was for this book, so I'm going to gi **I received an ARC of this - thank you so much to Page Street Publishing but it didn't change my opinion at all**This book was wholly interesting and super boring at the same time. There were things that I gave major side eye but then a page later, I would be intrigued again. There were a lot of components that added up to make this an okay book, but there was nothing that made it really compelling or great. I did get a bit confused on what the genre really was for this book, so I'm going to give my best interpretation of it for you. It's sort of a tiny realistic sci-fi with a mix of thriller, action, and horror. There are some bloody moments that reminded me a bit of #murdertrending and the Hunger Games but with super other little crazy government experiments vibe. Okay, I'm not sure that makes any sense, but that's what I got. Things I liked:+ the trials (each one was new, exciting, and kept me guessing)+ twists and turns. There were a decent amount of them, and I never really saw what was coming. I guessed a few things that could happen, but I didn't really come up with some of the big ones and that was cool.+ the writing was easy and simple enough to breeze through.+ the setting was pretty cool. I dug it. Things I was not a fan of:- the absurdity of everyone hating Evelyn. Literally it was so over the top of their hate and I was constantly like, really??? They are not just this mean allllllllllllllll the time and going to literally kill you for no reason????- I lost track of characters. There were a whole cast of them for the trials and all of the names blurred together and I didn't remember who was who when they were killed off so I was like, oh, kk, another person is gone but idk who they were so I'm just going to skip to the next paragraph. - pacing got a little jumpy in parts. Some things would get really slow and then really fast. Like, Evelyn's jump to stop taking her memory pills seemed like a pretty big of a jump, since I didn't feel the lead up. And then her memories came back realllllly slow compared to everyone else. - the disconnect. I never felt anything for the characters, the plot, anything. I mean I was vaguely interested in everything, but as you can see by the smallness of this review, I just feel a lot of meh. I really just have a lack of feels for this book and it could be because I didn't write the review right away or a plethora of things. But it's an okay book, but it's not super memorable. I liked the plot and the twists and turns and it did have a cool vibe, but I really didn't connect with anything and a few things did feel quite absurd. 3 crowns and a Belle rating!
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  • Roxanne
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Page Street Publishing for a copy of the ARC in exchange for a fair review.Evelyn needs to complete her trials in order to be considered rehabilitated and set free, and she has just found out that she is to start her trials. However, failure means death and with her reputation the other inmates will jump at the chance to put her to death. When she meets new inmate Alex, and he seems to know her she wonders what happened in the missing time. Evelyn doesn't actually remember her crime Thank you to Page Street Publishing for a copy of the ARC in exchange for a fair review.Evelyn needs to complete her trials in order to be considered rehabilitated and set free, and she has just found out that she is to start her trials. However, failure means death and with her reputation the other inmates will jump at the chance to put her to death. When she meets new inmate Alex, and he seems to know her she wonders what happened in the missing time. Evelyn doesn't actually remember her crime, but from what they told her it was just a few days, but she really doesn't get how Alex can know her if that was true. As she begins her trials and uncovers the truth will Evelyn be able to keep it together long enough to be free?This had a ton of potential and a really interesting premise, however I think it just got a little crazy with all the twists in the end. It feel more than a little flat for me. I mean the trials were pretty bloodthirsty and twisted but then when you find out it just makes it more unbelievable at the end. I really couldn't connect with any of the characters, I wish they had been fleshed out a bit more, and I wish she would have stuck with the first premise and built it from there. I mean dystopia world in which kids have to do like 7 trials in order to be considered rehabilitated and failure means death. Crazy interesting right?
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  • Matt
    January 1, 1970
    A young prisoner in a futuristic prison struggles to survive seven tests supposedly designed to prove her rehabilitation for a crime she can’t remember committing. In Freedom Trials, Tate tells a fast-paced tale set in a violent, unforgiving dystopia.
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  • Natalie {I'd So Rather Be Reading}
    January 1, 1970
    👉🏽Full Review HERE 👈🏽Freedom Trials has a very familiar and identifiable feel to it. It is undeniably the offspring of The Maze Runner & Divergent with maybe The Last Girl as its aunt. YA fans of the dystopian genre are going to either fall in love or outright resent this one. The world and plot are so relatable that you are either going to dive in and be excited to re-enter a familiar world or you are going to just not be interested in a re-run.With that said, I really enjoyed the ride! Th 👉🏽Full Review HERE 👈🏽Freedom Trials has a very familiar and identifiable feel to it. It is undeniably the offspring of The Maze Runner & Divergent with maybe The Last Girl as its aunt. YA fans of the dystopian genre are going to either fall in love or outright resent this one. The world and plot are so relatable that you are either going to dive in and be excited to re-enter a familiar world or you are going to just not be interested in a re-run.With that said, I really enjoyed the ride! The story pace is fast and had a very easy flow to it. I liked piecing things together with Evelyn and the feelings of uncertainty & confusion; the slang took me a bit of time to figure out because there wasn't a lot of explanation to it (hacks, slingers, etc) but it worked out.Because this is a first in the series there is a lot we just don't know {yet}.There is a lot of build-up for book two. It is either going to set this series apart from its predecessors or its simply not. I think Freedom Trials is off to a good start. Welcome the Dystopian Family Ms. Tate! Bring the fire in book two, we can take the heat!
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  • Janet Slipak
    January 1, 1970
    I love this cover!Evelyn Summers is imprisoned for a crime that was wiped from her memory.In order for Evelyn to be released, she―along with other “reformed” prisoners―must pass seven mental, physical, and virtual challenges known as the Freedom Trials. One mistake means execution and, with her history of being a snitch, her fellow inmates will do everything they can to get revenge.When new prisoner Alex Martinez arrives, armed with secrets about Evelyn’s missing memories, she must make a choice I love this cover!Evelyn Summers is imprisoned for a crime that was wiped from her memory.In order for Evelyn to be released, she―along with other “reformed” prisoners―must pass seven mental, physical, and virtual challenges known as the Freedom Trials. One mistake means execution and, with her history of being a snitch, her fellow inmates will do everything they can to get revenge.When new prisoner Alex Martinez arrives, armed with secrets about Evelyn’s missing memories, she must make a choice. She can follow the rules to win and walk free, or covertly uncover details of the crime that sent her there. But competing in the trials and dredging up her erased past may cost Evelyn the one thing more valuable than freedom: her life.Out October 2, 2018MY THOUGHTS:I received this book in exchange for my honest review.First, I must say I loved the premise! I couldn't wait to see how the author pulled off the story.Violence of a justice system that is geared to a set of tests to determine if a criminal should live or die. In this dystopian world, Evelyn has everything against her as she waits to be released as a 'reformed' prisoner.  In order to be released she has to pass a series of seven tests.  Others don't like her, don't like her reputation as a snitch and want to see her dead.How can you not be interested in this?  Tate's science fiction is bang on! I love the characters and their development, the world building and setting, and the action-packed, fast paced plot.  It's a page turner and if you like science fictions, you'll love this one.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    YA Dystopian is dead, you say? Well, for one thing, if that's the case it's long overdue for a comeback. I mean, take a look around, kids. Sh*t has gotten weird.And, two, let me reassure you that this is not your big sister's dystopian. The trials that harken back to the dystopian boom of the mid-aughts are just an entry point. An amuse-bouche, if you will, designed to entice you and pull you into the story. The main dishes are the complex and nuanced world building, the morally messy main chara YA Dystopian is dead, you say? Well, for one thing, if that's the case it's long overdue for a comeback. I mean, take a look around, kids. Sh*t has gotten weird.And, two, let me reassure you that this is not your big sister's dystopian. The trials that harken back to the dystopian boom of the mid-aughts are just an entry point. An amuse-bouche, if you will, designed to entice you and pull you into the story. The main dishes are the complex and nuanced world building, the morally messy main character, and the spot-on social commentary that tackles everything from the school-to-prison pipeline to drug addiction.Seriously, there's never been a better time for complicated, angry girls who do everything they can to change the world.
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  • Ron
    January 1, 1970
    This book is amazing. Non-stop action, a bad-a$$ MC, well-rounded side characters, and twists & turns galore. I loved every second I spent in this dystopian world.
  • Meredith Tate
    January 1, 1970
    I wrote this! It's kind of dystopian, kind of sci-fi, kind of a thriller? If deadly challenges, moral ambiguity, complicated friendships between girls, erased memories, and themes of regret are your thing, check it out!I had so much fun writing this weird story. I hope you enjoy reading it. :) <3
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  • Elisha
    January 1, 1970
    FREEDOM TRIALS by Meredith Tate is the hypothetical birth child of THE MAZE RUNNER and THE TESTING. Set in a dystopian future, Evelyn is a hack, a prisoner for a crime she can’t remember. Her jailers have wiped her memory, along with all the other cellmates. What she knows is she is bad and she’s trying to reform. The Freedom Trials is the final test that prisoners must pass in order to prove they have learned their lesson and are ready to assimilate back into society. Evelyn is selected for the FREEDOM TRIALS by Meredith Tate is the hypothetical birth child of THE MAZE RUNNER and THE TESTING. Set in a dystopian future, Evelyn is a hack, a prisoner for a crime she can’t remember. Her jailers have wiped her memory, along with all the other cellmates. What she knows is she is bad and she’s trying to reform. The Freedom Trials is the final test that prisoners must pass in order to prove they have learned their lesson and are ready to assimilate back into society. Evelyn is selected for the Trials, along with seven other Level Threes. If they don’t pass, they will be executed, and all eight of them are willing to do whatever it takes to stay alive. I am so excited to see a pure dystopian book on the shelves again! Since THE HUNGER GAMES ushered in a genre craze, years later, publishers have been saying the genre’s dead. Meredith Tate and Page Street Publishing prove that sentiment is anything but true. This book does not necessarily push the genre boundaries or serve up a story that’s wholly original, but it offers nostalgia and meets the genre expectations that us dystopian fans have and love. The packaging of this novel is genius. The title, the cover artwork, and even the jacket copy, tell me exactly what to anticipate. They don’t hide the fact that it’s dystopian, and because of this, FREEDOM TRIALS was a must-read for me. It did not disappoint. From cover to cover, I read this book in two days. It picks up momentum with each reveal and surprise, driving the plot forward at a galloping pace. There’s not one moment that’s dull or doesn’t serve a purpose, and I enjoyed how Evelyn became a bigger anti-hero with each page turn. I’m still unclear by how the seven trials chosen by the board of directors each relate to Allard’s overall vision, but I’m hoping that will be developed in future books. For example, in THE MAZE RUNNER, the trials the gladers faced were important to creating an antidote to the Flare. There was a purpose and cause scientists could rally behind. Tate dips her toe in this, but I'm waiting for more.While FREEDOM TRIALS is extremely similar to other books in this genre, the writing and the characters validate it as its own entity. Dealing with heavy themes of redemption, guilt, and responsibility, I highly recommend this novel to any dystopian fans and those whoever felt like they couldn’t escape their past.Review originally published on YA Books Central: http://www.yabookscentral.com/yaficti...
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  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    January 1, 1970
    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.FREEDOM TRIALS is, at its core, a young adult dystopian novel in the vein of THE HUNGER GAMES and others that came out over the past decade or so. With a twisty plot and dashes of science fiction and thriller, FREEDOM TRIALS has the quality of being a dark and violent book that is not necessarily easy to read, but hard to put down.For me, a large part of how I judge a book is how immersed I get while I'm reading it. And FREEDOM TRIALS met that mark - I Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.FREEDOM TRIALS is, at its core, a young adult dystopian novel in the vein of THE HUNGER GAMES and others that came out over the past decade or so. With a twisty plot and dashes of science fiction and thriller, FREEDOM TRIALS has the quality of being a dark and violent book that is not necessarily easy to read, but hard to put down.For me, a large part of how I judge a book is how immersed I get while I'm reading it. And FREEDOM TRIALS met that mark - I was pulled in from the beginning and stayed up past my bedtime because I wanted to finish it. The nature of the plot, with Evelyn not knowing her crime, and the mysterious prisoner who might know her, makes it a compelling read.However, there's a lot going on in FREEDOM TRIALS, and sometimes plot points don't make sense in the greater scheme of the story. I think this is a result of just trying to cram so much into one book. For example, during the trials, Evelyn is dealing with sabotage from other prisoners, plus figuring out who Alex is, plus trying to regain her own memories. And then there's twists and turns that would probably have been more impactful if we had a chance to get to know any of one of the many characters other than Evelyn.I can't tell if this is first in a planned series, or if this is it, but I was mostly content with the ending and I don't feel like there's too much left unresolved that would frustrate a reader. Overall, while FREEDOM TRIALS doesn't break new ground, readers who miss the deluge of dystopian novels in the YA market will feel at home reading it.Sexual content: Kissing
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  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come!
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