Author: Victoria Foyt
Genre: Dystopia, YA
Subject: Alternative societies
Publisher: Sand Dollar Press Inc.
Release date: January, 2012
Length: 307 pages
I got this book: from the writer/publisher for review.
"Eden Newman must mate before her 18th birthday in six months or she'll be left outside to die in a burning world. But who will pick up her mate-option when she's cursed with white skin and a tragically low mate-rate of 15%? In a post-apocalyptic, totalitarian, underground world where class and beauty are defined by resistance to an overheated environment, Eden's coloring brands her as a member of the lowest class, a weak and ugly Pearl. If only she can mate with a dark-skinned Coal from the ruling class, she'll be safe. Just maybe one Coal sees the Real Eden and will be her salvation her co-worker Jamal has begun secretly dating her. But when Eden unwittingly compromises her father's secret biological experiment, she finds herself in the eye of a storm and thrown into the last area of rainforest, a strange and dangerous land. Eden must fight to save her father, who may be humanity's last hope, while standing up to a powerful beast-man she believes is her enemy, despite her overwhelming attraction. Eden must change to survive but only if she can redefine her ideas of beauty and of love, along with a little help from her "adopted aunt" Emily Dickinson."
I really liked this book. It was a fast paced story and while I didn't read it in one sitting, I was always eager to continue reading when I had the time. In this case I liked the story better than the character development. That doesn't mean there wasn't any, because there was but Eden only changed her attitude towards everything fairly late in the story and sometimes she did came across as selfish. However there was a lot she had to take in and these things do take time, so in that aspect her character development was mostly realistic. Story wise there happens a lot and while barely surviving one event, the next already follows, sometimes because of Eden's own decisions. I can't wait to read the rest of the series to see how things will continue. This will be a good read for people who like dystopian novels and fast paced action.
I really liked it!
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Challenges: Dystopia 2012
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