Series: Eve #2
Published by HarperCollins on July 3rd 2012
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?
Eve was one of my breakaway dystopian favorites of last year. And with the ending, I just had to know what came next.
Once opens mere months after Caleb and Eve located the all-women settlement. Eve has attempted to merge into this group, yet finds herself unable to forgot Caleb. When word comes that Caleb may have been spotted near by, Eve decides that she will stop at nothing until they are reunited.
Like Eve, Once gives readers a startlingly surprise pretty early in the book. Now, some readers may not find it as shocking as the revelation in Eve, but for me, this unveiling was (almost) completely out of left field. Leaving me really torn on this revelation. Part of me loves how I never saw it coming. Like never would have guessed this in a million years. The other half feels like this is one level to the book that could have been left out… but realizes that it is needed to let the series move forward.
Unlike Eve, Caleb is sadly missing from a good portion of Once. But when he is present, I was in full swoon mode. Caleb is definitely a character I look forward to. While Caleb's character does not have a whole lot of growth, this is easily blamed on his lack of plot time. In contrast, Eve seems almost like a different person. Is it due to her new circumstances? I don't know, but I sorely missed her spunk in this installment.
There was plenty of enjoy with Once. But the urgency and swoon-worthy couple moments were not as present as I would have liked. Whereas Eve was more about discovery, Once seems to be all about foundation. It is the type of book that builds us up for that final installment. And with the ending Carey gives us, I can say that we are in for a heck of a ride… bring it on!