Once: Book Review

Novel: Once by Anna Carey (Eve #2) | Goodreads
Release Date: July 3rd, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: ARC
Source: BookPeople Teen Reviewing
Challenge: None

When you’re being hunted, who can you trust?

For the first time since she escaped from her school many months ago, Eve can sleep soundly. She’s living in Califia, a haven for women, protected from the terrifying fate that awaits orphaned girls in The New America.

But her safety came at a price: She was forced to abandon Caleb, the boy she loves, wounded and alone at the city gates. When Eve gets word that Caleb is in trouble, she sets out into the wild again to rescue him, only to be captured and brought to the City of Sand, the capital of The New America.

Trapped inside the City walls, Eve uncovers a shocking secret about her past–and is forced to confront the harsh reality of her future. When she discovers Caleb is alive, Eve attempts to flee her prison so they can be together–but the consequences could be deadly. She must make a desperate choice to save the ones she loves . . . or risk losing Caleb forever.

In this breathless sequel to “Eve,” Anna Carey returns to her tale of romance, adventure, and sacrifice in a world that is both wonderfully strange and chillingly familiar.

(Synopsis and Image from Goodreads)

Willa’s Rambles:

I really loved Eve, the first book in this trilogy, so I was obviously excited for this one. The beginning is somewhat slow, but the minute that Eve is taken into the City of Sand, it picks up, and suddenly you’re turning pages right and left.

At the beginning of the book, Eve is kidnapped and taken from Califia to the City of Sand where she is told the truth about her past and her future is changed forever. So when Caleb comes back into the picture, their situation is both better and worse – and possibly life-threatening. Eve has to decide if she wants to risk her life to be with Caleb, or save them all.

When Caleb comes back into the picture, I was almost disappointed. In a lot of ways, I think Eve is stronger without him. Also, the way he was brought back into the book – by them seeing each other in a crowd – it just didn’t seem realistic. The rest of the book is Eve battling with her hopes for her relationship with Caleb and her obligations in the City of Sand, which reminded me of a lot of other books I’ve read. (Wants to leave city to be with boyfriend, can’t due to obligations to city.)

One thing I really did like – Eve stayed very true to who she was out in the wild. She had the same beliefs, had the same tenacious personality, and stood for the same things. Now though, she could do something about it! I’m really looking forward to seeing how she grows in the third and final installment of this trilogy – hopefully she’ll reach her potential!

This series is great, but it’s not the best. There are definitely some better ones out there, but I still suggest it to dystopian fans! I liked Eve a lot more than Once, but I’m really excited for the finale!