Essence (2020)

Essence Lisa Ann O'Kane Essence Autumn escaped a cult but now she realizes she s fallen into another Growing up in San Francisco s Centrist Movement sixteen year old Autumn Grace has always believed emotions adrenaline endorphins
  • Title: Essence
  • Author: Lisa Ann O'Kane
  • ISBN: 9781783450114
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Paperback
Essence Lisa Ann O'Kane Autumn escaped a cult, but now she realizes she s fallen into another.Growing up in San Francisco s Centrist Movement, sixteen year old Autumn Grace has always believed emotions adrenaline, endorphins, even happiness drain your Essence and lead to an early death But her younger brother s passing and a run in with a group of Outsiders casts her faith into question.Ryder StAutumn escaped a cult, but now she realizes she s fallen into another.Growing up in San Francisco s Centrist Movement, sixteen year old Autumn Grace has always believed emotions adrenaline, endorphins, even happiness drain your Essence and lead to an early death But her younger brother s passing and a run in with a group of Outsiders casts her faith into question.Ryder Stone, the sexy, rebellious leader of the Outsiders, claims Essence drain is nothing than a Centrist scare tactic and he can prove it.Autumn follows Ryder to his Community of adrenaline junkies and free spirits in Yosemite National Park, and they introduce her to a life of adventure, romance, sex, drugs and freedom But as she discovers dark secrets beneath the Community s perfect exterior, she realizes the she risks in search of the perfect rush, the further she has to fall.
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  1. Ashley Ferguson

    I received this book from Strange Chemistry on NetGalley in echange for an honest review When I went into this book, I wasn t entirely sure what to expect Cults, some romance, and a lot of adventure, sure But what I got was SO much than that I wasn t prepared for the roller coaster that was this book, and I m still trying to recover from it I loved every second of Essence, and as soon as I finished it I wanted to start reading it all over again And I still probably will Essence takes place in t [...]

  2. Kris

    Some of the reviews on Essence are harsh, and I really don t understand why This is a good book Essence is a fast, but fulfilling read It is entertaining and thought provoking unexpected, yet plausible Autumn flees a cult in San Francisco cult only to enter another in Yosemite She is originally a member of the Centrist Movement Through a course of events, Autumn leaves that life behind to live with a group dedicated to proving the Centrists wrong Along the way, she second guesses herself often, [...]

  3. Rose

    I m at a loss for words because Lisa Ann O Kane s Essence is little than a contemporary YA romance with love triangle and coming of age leanings wrapped in a futuristic dystopian package It really isn t a dystopian title in any means because it literally does little if anything to play up the environment or even the future in which it takes place When you take away those parts of it, there s very little holding it together at all, and much of it comes across as ludicrous and puerile I honestly [...]

  4. Jennifer Bement

    I LOVED this book I read it on my phone and couldn t put it down except when driving, of course The characters were interesting and relatable despite living in a far different world from our own Autumn was an unlikely heroine, but following her through her journey of self actualization was a fun trip The descriptions of Yellowstone made me want to visit especially during mooonbow time, as it sounds absolutely magical.The relationships, while between young adults, didn t portray the I m going to [...]

  5. Britt Coon

    I love this book The day I purchased it, I was only planning to read a few chapters I couldn t put it down until I finished it The story kept pulling me back to find out what happens next This is a fast paced story with many twists and turns following the journey of a young woman experiencing life outside the her cult s boundaries for the first time Through these new experiences, the main character grows leaps and bounds The author does a fantastic job painting the scenery, putting the reader ri [...]

  6. A. Rolland

    I flew through this one Essence is a dystopian that doesn t quite feel dystopian because there aren t heavy hits of background or an emphasis on world destruction it wouldn t have fit the tone of the book However, intrigue isn t lacking due to the societies cults The MC is born into bland society where stimulation and emotion are forbidden Following the death of her brother, Autumn MC discovers a new extreme, a group who live to charge their adrenaline She wakes up to experience life with all it [...]

  7. Jamie

    This YA debut author knows how to paint a scenery Vivid descriptions helped me visualize Yosemite, despite the fact that I ve never been there Unlike many of the new YA dystopian novels, it is not overly violent, and all conflicts serve a purpose in the overall plot Between the imagery and Autumn Ryder s chemistry, it s a perfect rainy day read.

  8. Melissa Robles

    This review is also at The Reader and The Chef Big thanks to Strange Chemistry and Netgalley for the eARC I can t believe this book won t be a series any WHY I think Essence is an awesome, well written book that s different from other dystopian books out there I liked how instead of focusing on the state of the whole world, it focuses on two small societies, or rather cults, where the people living in them think that s all there is to life.The story begins in San Francisco, CA with Autumn, a gir [...]

  9. Joe Kovacs

    Fantastic read Suspenseful with characters who evolve throughout the story as circumstances develop Nimble, gripping reading with fantastic scene setting at Yosemite National Park An all around examination into the forces that create idealism and those that motivate community and friendship Lisa O Kane is to be commended for penning such a worthwhile story.

  10. Precy Larkins

    This is the kind of book that will leave your palms sweaty and your heart rate elevated while reading, especially if you re afraid of heights That cover alone makes me want to cling to my bed post and never step down Highlining over hundreds of feet of just air I can t even imagine The Centrist movement is essentially a cult lead by a man named Cedar, who insists that every person has a quantifiable amount of Essence that can be drained if people let their emotions rule them Hence the saying Neu [...]

  11. Mark Stevens

    I don t read much YA or speculative fiction, but Essence drew me right along Set in San Francisco and northern California around Yosemite , this novel is a dash of gentle sci fi mixed with a dash of romance The coming of age awakening for protagonist Autumn Grace starts in eerie fashion She s stuck in a cult the Centrist Movement that believes in minimizing self expression in order to not expend too much of each person s set quantity of essence Outbursts of all kinds shorten life An Interesting [...]

  12. Isa Lavinia

    arc provided by Strange Chemistry through NetgalleyI don t even know what to write about this book.This is really weird, because I tend to love Strange Chemistry s books, I don t understand how they decided to publish this but other people seem to have liked it, soThis book has one of the most annoying and tstl heroines I ve come across recently Honestly, I spent my time going, Girl, don t do it Oh my God Add to that a nonsensical plot, no character development, no worldbuilding, AND A LOVE TRIA [...]

  13. Suzanne

    This story held my attention so tightly, I could barely put it down In the beginning, it s intriguing, but as you go, it s and intense I read 85% of it in about 24 hrs because I could NOT put it down It also makes me want to go to Yosemite now.

  14. Nichole Marshall

    Loved it Felt connected with the characters, wanted to hang out in Yosemite with them Would love a sequel to see how the two lovebirds would handle their own movement

  15. Kristin Taggart

    I don t use star ratings, so please read my review Description nicked from BN Neutrality is the key to longevity This motto has governed 16 year old Autumn s life in the mid 21st century Centrist cult, which believes that expressing emotions leads to Essence drain and premature death.But Autumn s younger brother s death casts her faith into question.While sprinting through a park in violation of Centrist teachings, she encounters Ryder Stone, an Outsider who claims Essence drain is nothing than [...]

  16. Rochelle

    Originally posted on my blog rlsharpe.wordpress 2014 07Note A copy was provided to me by the publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Cults are one of the most unsettling things to read about, and I felt unsettled for the entirety of the book, which I think just goes to show how well O Kane wrote this book It felt real, or that it could be real People fall into cults all the time and you can t help but feel sorry for the kids born into them.Autumn is part of a cult called The Ce [...]

  17. Heather Duff

    So I am tired today, this is due to the fact that I had to find out how this amazing book finished, so please forgive my grumpiness, but it is all worth it as Essence was unlike anything I have read before.Set in San Francisco in our near future, earthquakes have hit and the city is rebuilding itself but out of the chaos comes a movement, The Centrists led by Cedar, a man who believes that when we are born our bodies have a finite amount of essence or what we would refer to as emotions, the memb [...]

  18. Brandon Cooke

    Only took a few days to breeze through the discriptive text that continually beckons your natual man into the wilderness with Autumn and Ryder The characters are easy to identify with and their struggle for acceptance both internally and externally is one that reverberates with not only seekers and wanderers but with intellectuals and mainstream thinkers alike Thank you, Lisa, for sharing your heart and taking us on this exciting adventure e sound melted through my entire body until I felt mysel [...]

  19. Lisa O"Kane

    I hope you enjoy my debut novel ESSENCE It was inspired by the summer I spent living and working in Yosemite National Park as well as the crews of adrenaline junkies I have fallen into and out of through the years If you have any questions or would like to connect with me on social media, please visit my website for information I look forward to hearing from you Lisa AnnWebsite lisaannokaneTwitter twitter lisaannokaneFacebook facebook lisaannokaneGoogle lisaannokaneInstagram instagr [...]

  20. Hallie Dodds

    AMAZING I could not put ESSENCE down It was thrilling and breathtaking Every tiny detail that was put into writing this book, even to the intricate details of location blew my mind I would highly recommend this book to all of my friends, and I will I cannot wait to read from Lisa Ann O Kane How about a squeal

  21. Jeff Morrow

    Great debut that leaves you wanting Essence is a wonderful example of storytelling, great character development and vivid environmental descriptions If this book doesn t make you want to travel out West, I m not sure what is wrong with you

  22. Bibliotropic

    Full review here bibliotropic 2014 06 27 e Essence is an unusual novel in that it doesn t really fit into any of the typical categorizations for SFF The near future society in which the story takes place has its differences from our own, and on small scales it could be perhaps be called pseudo dystopian, but unlike much dystopian fiction, so little emphasis is placed on the society and an escape from it that the book seems awkward when compared to many others Not all YA SFF novels have to contai [...]

  23. Marga

    One thing I ve learned about reviewing a book Do it immediately after reading it because it s hard to make it later especially when it s so not special like this one I think I ve forgotten about this already Hmm Let s see.My eyebrows were pretty much raised while reading this story I mean, what s the difference between the Centrist movement and the movement with Ryder it s so obvious that it s just another cult.The heroine is so annoying Ugh.I wrote these notes while reading I totally disapprove [...]

  24. ChristaSeeley

    This review originally posted at More Than Just MagicCults are fascinating They re horrible and frightening as well but as an outsider looking in you can t help but be intrigued How did it start What convinced people to join And importantly what makes them stay But despite the curiosity around them I ve only ever read one other YA novel Escape From Eden that takes the reader inside a cult.Essence is an interesting approach to the cult narrative because it tackles two significant elements of cul [...]

  25. Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)

    Did I enjoy this book I m conflicted.I liked it finished it in two days, actually , but I m not sure if I like it because O Kane s written a good book, or if it s because Essence reminds me a lot and I mean A LOT of Divergent It s nearly the same plot girl leaves one culty type lifestyle and joins another, only to find out things aren t exactly what she expected She falls in love with the lead hottie, makes some bad choices, and ultimately figures things out The details are different tightrope w [...]

  26. Laura

    A girl growing up in a cult that believes emotions drain your lifeforce begins to question her faith after her brother s death That part was kinda interesting, but when she leaves and is scooped up by opposite cult of adrenaline junkies, it looses steam I was frustrated by how little she examines her new community, their motives and the obvious secrets And I hated how the adults encourage teens in reckless and even deadly behavior, as well as her icky romance with the cult leader s son hey, let [...]

  27. Eugene

    Essence, Lisa O Kane s debut novel, is fun and fast and incredibly descriptive The story and writing are strong her depiction of how a character feels after a sexual encounter is sensitive and very real Yosemite comes to life and even serves as another character in O Kane s writing And once you are in the story, it moves you to keep turning and find out how Autumn survives or I really enjoyed reading this YA even though I m a bit older than that now Her descriptions of the adrenaline sports are [...]

  28. Shallee McArthur

    So This book This book is lush It s adventurous It s a little heartbreaking And it s a haunting look into the mind of a girl raised in a cult who doesn t know how to escape the lifestyle, even when she tries I loved it so much Autumn was not just a great character, but a look into the mind of someone who really doesn t understand what life can be outside of someone else s control I loved her arc, her mistakes, and her discoveries I loved her wonder and her bravery I just loved this book, period. [...]

  29. Beth

    What a fun, fast paced, adrenaline filled read I was really fascinated by the inside look at the two cults Autumn found herself in, and then by the way she pulled herself out The love story component was fresh and unique, and like Autumn, at first I found myself NOT digging Ryder, but by the end I was a goner for him I want to know what happens next

  30. Jennifer Kilmurray

    Wow What a great ride I ve never been to Yellowstone but I sure feel like I ve been there now The imagery and freshness of the writing was perfect for the subject matter and brought to life with Autumn and Ryder s wild romance I m very disappointed this won t be a series I sincerely hope this author considers creating a novella or blog post series I can t wait to see what she ll write next

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