Escaping Eleven by Jerri Chisholm

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book was amazing! It kept me glued to the pages. The storyline was interesting, and I loved the characters!

This is a dystopian YA novel set generations after the earth has become too hot for humans to live on the surface. The wealthy leaders of Earth built enormous bunkers under the ground and brought laborers with them so that there would be people to run the underground cities and do all the work. Eve lives in Compound Eleven. She’s a lowly 2nd-floor inhabitant, however, it’s better than the 1st floor. Living on the 5th floor are the elite and the privileged. As she looks for a way to escape the compound, she accidentally befriends a 5th-floor boy. She finds that maybe not everyone on the 5th floor is bad…or are they?

This is just what I want in a dystopian novel. There were secrets about the higher-ups and the lower classes are downtrodden. I loved the danger of the outside world. It created this locked-in feeling throughout the story. It reminded me of Breathe by Sarah Crossan where the outside world is dangerous and truly unknown by all these newer generations.

This was also just the right amount of YA. The romance is soft with kisses, but nothing further really. Eve’s relationship is an enemies to lovers trope, which is one of my all-time favorites. I loved the persistence of him and the stubbornness of her.

Overall, this was an absolutely fabulous read! I enjoyed everything about it, and I am impatiently awaiting the next book!!!

Content Warning:

There is an attempted rape scene, which is somewhat graphic and could be a trigger for some. There is senseless murder, abuse, and references to child murder.

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend Escaping Eleven to readers that enjoy a YA series in a dystopian setting with a strong female lead.

Where to Find This Book:

Escaping Eleven by Jerri Chisholm is available at these sites.

Amazon ~ Goodreads


In Compound Eleven, the hierarchy of the floors is everything.

My name is Eve Hamilton, and on my floor, we fight.

Which at least is better than the bottom floor, where they toil away in misery. Only the top floor has any ease in this harsh world; they rule from their gilded offices.

Because four generations ago, Earth was rendered uninhabitable—the sun too hot, the land too barren. Those who remained were forced underground. While not a perfect life down here, I’ve learned to survive as a fighter.

Except my latest match is different. Instead of someone from the circuit, my opponent is a mysterious boy from the top floor. And the look in his eyes tells me he’s different…maybe even kind.

Right before he kicks my ass.

Still, there’s something about him—something that says he could be my salvation…or my undoing. Because I’m no longer content to just survive in Eleven. Today, I’m ready to fight for more than my next meal: I’m fighting for my freedom. And this boy may just be the edge I’ve been waiting on.

Just the Facts:

Escaping Eleven by Jerri Chisholm
Series: Eleven Trilogy, Book 1
Genre: YA Dystopia
Page Count: 384 pages
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pub Date: December 8, 2020


I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest, unbiased review voluntarily.

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