Author: Anna Carey
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: July 3rd 2012
Source: ARC won from Hapercollins Canada
Sixteen years have passed since a deadly virus wiped out most of the Earth’s population. After learning of the terrifying part she and her classmates were fated to play in the rebuilding of New America, eighteen-year-old Eve fled to the wilds and Califia, a haven for women determined to live outside the oppressive rule of the king of New America. However, her freedom came at a price: she was forced to leave Caleb, the boy she loves, wounded and alone at the city gates. Eve quickly learns that Califia may not be as safe as it seems and soon finds herself in the City of Sand and the palace of the king. There she uncovers the real reason he was so intent on her capture, and the unbelievable role he intends her to fill. When she is finally reunited with Caleb, they will enact a plan as daring as it is dangerous. But will Eve once again risk everything—her freedom, her life—for love?
Brimming with danger and star-crossed romance, and featuring a vivid dystopian landscape, this electrifying follow-up to Eve, which bestselling author Lauren Kate called “a gripping, unforgettable adventure—and a fresh look at what it means to love” is sure to appeal to fans who crave the high-stakes adventure of The Hunger Games and the irresistible love story of Romeo and Juliet.
Firstly can I say how much I love this cover? Because I really do, I found myself staring at it while reading. Once is one of the few sequels I find to be better than the first book. For me Eve was just an okay read, but Once step up to the plate and ended up being awesome.
One thing that really stood out in Once for me was all the great and jaw dropping revelations there were. There is a rather large one that will take you by storm, but Anna Carey has many more in store for you. Espiecially at the end, you will be left with a ending that will leave you desperetaly wanting (needing) to know what happens next.
Eve became a stronger human being in this novel, I wasn;t enjoying her on a personal level until Once, now I enjoy her as a main character and her POV. Which overall makes for a better and more enjoyable read. I like and don't like the romance between Caleb and Eve, on one hand it's sweet and on the other is too big of a part of the book. The romance is toned down a bit from what it was in Eve though.
I love the way that Anna Carey writes, to me it's the best aspect of reading her work. She writes in a very descriptive way, but not too descriptive and when I read her writing I can visualize what she is trying to describe. It really is amazing, her writing is her best asset.
Once is a sequel that is better than the first. Packed with sacrifices, revilations, and a heart stopping romance set is a horrifying dystopian world that has suffered the lose of most of the human population be disease. You definitely won't want to be missing out on this shocking seqeul in a fantastic trilogy.