Review: Once by Anna Carey

Once (Eve #2) by Anna Carey
Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: July 3rd, 2012 by Harper Collins
Source: Publisher
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.

Eve was a story that really stuck with me.  It was a lighter read for a dystopian, but it still had this big impact, leaving an imprint on you where you can always picture this world in your mind.  The reason for that, for me anyway, is because it’s so easy to imagine our world crumbling like that, that becoming our future.  It really doesn’t feel so far fetched.  Once left just as much of an impact, and we got to see more of this world.

I was concerned that this book would take place in the camp and wouldn’t have as strong of a plot.  I was wrong.  We saw the camp a bit but things quickly moved along and then we got to see the City of Sand, the capital.  And here we find out a big secret that really surprised me.  We also get to see Caleb, though he is absent at parts of the book, it was enough to satisfy me.  He was still an integral part of the story.

I felt like this was a very unpredictable read because you never know who is really good and bad.  It seems so many people that you think are bad might end up not being bad.  You know, enemies of the King hidden in plain sight.  I always love an unpredictable plot and this one had that.  

I love Eve’s personality.  She has just enough spunk to stand out in my mind, but doesn’t always make the best choices.  Fortunately in this book she didn’t make the same mistakes as she did in the first one, so she’s obviously learned from her mistakes.

I definitely recommend you pick this series up if you enjoy dystopian books.  This feels lighter because it’s a very fast read, but it has quite a lot of depth still.  The entire book you’ll be sitting on the edge of your seating just waiting for something horrible to happen because you just see it coming.  You can’t look, but you can’t look away.  This was a winner as far as I’m concerned!

Disclosure:  I received this book for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

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  1. I love dystopians! But I actually passed on trying this one because so many said it was dark and depressing lol but I am glad to hear it feels lighter for you. I might try it sometime. Glad to hear the sequel has a strong plot because I have been disappointed with a few sequels lately. Also love that it isn’t predictable. Great review!

  2. I totally love theses shades of grey you mentioned, when you do not really know who is “bad” and “good” Those are the stories where you can get easily lost in:))
    I really loved Eve so I’m definitely going to read Once!

  3. Okay, this review really eases my mind because I felt the same way as you about the camp. While I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first in this series, it sounds like the second carries the plot along quite well.

  4. This review is very very encouraging!! I can’t wait to read this…super awesome!! I really enjoyed Eve in “Eve” and can’t wait for more of her. I also LOVE books where you don’t know who’s good or bad – love love love that dynamic! All in all it sounds wonderful! Thanks for an awesome review, Candace!

    Sierra @ Yearning to Read

  5. I still haven’t read book one, but I’ve been eying this series for a long time now. I should get to it soon. Eve sounds like a fantastic character. Glad to know she actually takes the time to learn from her mistakes.

  6. I haven’t read my copy of Eve. Still sitting there. But I read your review anyway. Doesn’t seem like you spoiled anything. You’ve convinced me to go ahead and get the second book and read them back to back. No cliffies?


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