Once by Anna Carey


Once by Anna CareyTitle:  Once
Author:  Anna Carey
Published:  July 3, 2012
Series:  Eve #2
Genre:  Dystopian
Format:  Kindle
Source:  Purchased

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.

I liked this book better than Eve, the first book in the series. There were still some flaws in the world that Carey created (see my review on Eve), but I thought the plot was developed better and the characters gained some depth in this sequel.

Eve is taken back to the City of Sand, presumably to be the King’s wife (ew). However, I liked/guessed that he was really Eve’s father based on some fun, little hints that were dropped throughout Eve. However, their relationship is very strained; it’s not easy for Eve to embrace a life as a princess of a world where she doesn’t agree with the rules, so she effectively becomes the King’s prisoner.

I liked the romance, even though it was a little cliché. Eve manages to sneak out at night to visit Caleb, who is working to start a rebellion against New America in the City of Sand. Of course the train goes off the tracks when they get a little wild and sleep too late. This of course results in them getting caught and the King setting an ultimatum–he will only release Caleb if Eve agrees to marry who he chooses.

Overall a good read–I’d give it four out of five stars. Hopefully this trilogy wraps up well with Rise.

4 Stars


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