ARC Review: Freedom Trials by Meredith Tate|Intriguing blurb, even better story!

About the book

by Meredith Tate 

Published October 9th 2018 by Page Street Publishing

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.


My Thoughts

First Impressions

When I first read the blurb for this book I was so excited! A crime being wiped from your memory? I thought it was intriguing how this would play out. How can you serve time and be rehabilitated for something that you have no memory of? Then add in the trials and I had to read this book. I love plots where the characters have to fight for survival.

The Story

We start off the book with poor Eva spending another normal day in the detention center. What sets this day apart is that she gets notified that she is moving up a level for being a good inmate and will start the Freedom Trials to see if she has been completely rehabilitated and is set for release.

When a child is brought to the center, they wipe their memory because they feel that will help them rehab instead of knowing the awful thing they had done. They also tattoo what their crime was on the back of their neck and collar them so no one can see it. If they pass the trials, that is when they will find out their crime. The tattoo stays on them forever so that everyone on the outside will know what they did and it is a lesson to anyone whom thinks they can do the same and get away with it.

The trials themselves are awful and they really set these poor souls up to fail. There are seven “trials” and each one is based off of a different principle that the prisoners should have learned in their time spent there. If they fail any of them, this means that there is nothing left for them and they are not rehabilitated, all that is left is execution.

The Characters

I really liked Eva. She was tough and had gone through so much. A lot had happened to her in her 2 years at the detention center and she had gotten a really bad reputation. She was bullied to no end but she kept her chin up and just kept on moving. She pushed herself through everything because she just wanted to just get out and see her family. She tries so hard to remember what had happened but with her memory wiped, it just seems no use to try.

I enjoyed the way the writer gave us glimpses into Eva’s past through diary entries. This was very clever and allowed us to get snippets that tied into the story and left me on the edge of my seat.

In Conclusion

I really liked this book! The pacing was perfect until almost the end. I felt like parts were added just for shock value and the actual book could have ended a little sooner.

Although I do not see any word of a sequel, the ending was left open to where there definitely could be one. I am hoping so because I would love to see where this story leads to.



An unspoken understanding passes between us. We can’t take back the awful things we have done to each other. But maybe we can move on from them. We’re in it together now. Us against this broken, mangled world. 


Trigger Warnings

Violence, Death, Bullying

Thank you to the publisher for this review copy in exchange of an honest review.

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