Down From the Mountain by Elizabeth Fixmer

DownFromMountainTitle: Down From the Mountain

Author: Elizabeth Fixmer

Publisher:  Albert Whitman Teen

Format: eBook

Publication Date: March 1, 2015

Overall: Rating on 5


Eva just wants to be a good disciple of Righteous Path. She grew up knowing that she’s among the chosen few to be saved from Armageddon. Lately, though, being saved feels awfully treacherous. Ever since they moved to the compound in Colorado, their food supplies have dwindled even while their leader, Ezekiel, has stockpiled weapons. The only money comes from the jewelry Eva makes and sells down in Boulder—a purpose she’ll serve until she becomes one of Ezekiel’s wives. But a college student named Trevor and the other “heathens” she meets on her trips beyond the compound are far different from what she’s been led to believe. Now Eva doesn’t know which is more dangerous—the outside world, or Brother Ezekiel’s plans


Down From the Mountain was an incredible tale of a girl who was raised within a cult. Eva was so relatable throughout the book, but it was also mind-boggling at times how these women just followed Ezekial. The kids I could understand being confused and following him. And if this had been a generational cult that got worse and more restrictive over generations, then I could understand that as well. But these were normal women, from normal families, who had exposure to the outside world, and they allowed Ezekial to hurt their children and families. That is what I have a hard time understanding. I did enjoy watching Eva begin to learn about the outside world, and start to discover that God didn’t have to be a punishment but rather he could be kind and loving. At first I wasn’t sure I could make it through this book given its content and my own lack of religious affiliation, but I feel like it made my understanding of the people within those situations better.

This was a book that really stuck with me, and I found myself thinking alot about it after I finished the book. It was tremendously heartbreaking and as much as Eva loved her mother, I found myself hoping that she would get away. I think that Eva’s mother truly cared for her and wanted what was best, but she clearly had some mental health issues to be taken in by Ezekial. I really loved the friendships that Eva built with Rachel and Trevor, although it was disheartening to watch her friendships within the compound deteriorate. It made sense as Eva was losing her faith, they were becoming more fanatic. I would give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.


3.5/5 – A Great Read, Well-Written

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**


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