Once (Eve Trilogy Series #2)

Once (Eve Trilogy Series #2)

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by Anna Carey

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

For the first time since escaping from her School, Eve can finally sleep soundly. She is living in Califia, protected from the terrifying fate that awaits orphaned girls in The New America in the year 2041. But she was forced to abandon Caleb, the boy she loves, wounded and alone at Califia’s gates. When

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

For the first time since escaping from her School, Eve can finally sleep soundly. She is living in Califia, protected from the terrifying fate that awaits orphaned girls in The New America in the year 2041. But she was forced to abandon Caleb, the boy she loves, wounded and alone at Califia’s 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. Trapped inside the city walls, Eve uncovers a shocking secret about her past—and must confront the harsh reality of her future.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Lauren Kate
“A gripping, unforgettable adventure—and a fresh look at what it means to love.”
Cynthia Hand
“A thoughtful, heart–wrenching, and romantic book that I inhaled in one sitting.”
“Eve’s first–person, intimately detailed narrative—which incorporates suspense, romance, and fantasy elements—make this dystopian fiction an absorbing, well–paced read.”
VOYA - Lisa A. Hazlett
This second novel begins where Eve (HarperCollins, 2011/VOYA October 2011) ended, finding Eve in Calista, the all-female community sheltering escapees from government breeding camps meant to repopulate America after a pandemic plague. Eve, designated to marry the country's king but girlfriend to the fugitive Caleb, is unfortunately a dangerous resident. After overhearing Calista's plans to surrender her for government collateral, she flees to find Caleb but is recaptured and sent to the capitol, ironically and campily located in Las Vegas. There she meets the king—her father, who switches frighteningly quickly from loving parent to merciless despot. Although now "Princess of New America," Eve remains imprisoned, beautified, and used to socialize and promote her father's dubious policies. Still, she outwits security to subversively assist Caleb and the dissidents, even engineering a royal visit to her former school and surreptitiously hiding a key for future escapees. Danger surrounds Eve, and she can trust no one, but surprising loyalties are continually revealed. After politics force an unwanted engagement, Eve escapes once more and sleeps with Caleb, creating another shocking ending. Eve again narrates, savvier and stronger, with plentiful backstory and former characters appearing. Her heritage and her father's appalling survival decisions and consequences are revealed, alongside threatening rising powers, creating deeper, and increasingly unsettling, societal insight. Although changing situations provide additional intrigue and surge the plot forward, this longer sequel also drags somewhat from overly detailed or repetitive events. Regardless, it remains an exciting page-turner for female readers, especially those familiar with Las Vegas. Reviewer: Lisa A. Hazlett
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—In Once, Carey continues the story of Eve, a teenager living in a postapocalyptic world. In Eve, she escaped becoming a forced child-bearer only to discover that she had been specially marked by the King of New America and could not get away so easily. Here, she is being sheltered in an enclave for escaped women, another look at the series' theme of separation and distrust between the genders. When she is drawn out of her safe haven to search for her lost true love, Caleb, all does not go as planned. A twist quickly changes Eve's situation, but unfortunately fails to make her story any more probable. Likewise, detailed explanations of the formation of New America don't illuminate the story so much as reveal the poor foundation on which it is constructed. Interesting side characters are regularly shunted aside in favor of the bland protagonist and her cardboard love interest, and attempts to explore larger ideas fizzle before they develop. Purchase only where the first book was popular.—Eliza Langhans, Hatfield Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
This second book in the Eve series finds Eve trapped in the tyrannical City of Sand in this near-future dystopia. Sometime in the mid-21st century, the world tries to recover from a plague that wiped out most humans. The former governor of California has established a repressive monarchy that controls the lives of the population under his jurisdiction, while most cities, including San Francisco, are abandoned. Eve, running from The New America, became separated from her boyfriend, Caleb, in the previous installment. This time she's captured by New America soldiers and taken to the former Las Vegas, now ruled by the King, who's rebuilding the city with slave labor. There, Eve learns that she has a whole new privileged identity with the royal family. When Caleb contacts her, however, she sneaks out to meet him and becomes involved with the dissidents who intend to foment a rebellion. All does not go well, and Eve finds herself in a situation wherein she must make a desperate bargain with the deceitful King. Carey delivers a believably devastated world, sparsely populated by savvy survivors, and keeps pages flipping throughout most of the story, although the romance is standard stuff. If the book's crisis is a bit predictable, the sudden, menacing ending ought to propel readers to the next book in the series. Suspenseful. (Dystopian romance. 12 & up)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Eve Trilogy Series, #2
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5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Once: An Eve Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
jenababy13 More than 1 year ago
What?! The thoughts my brain are trying to process are just "Why Anna why?" and "Where is Rise when I need it?". Honesty, Once is even better than Eve. It's more surprising, more gripping, and you get to uncover a whole new world as Eve discovers it. And one things for sure, Anna Carey loves to create gripping survival stories with heart breaking endings. It's been three months since Eve arrived in Califia and three months since she's seen Caleb. As much as she's told to forget, she knows in her heart she cannot. So, when she hears a rumor that Caleb is alive and in need of help, she takes that chance to escape. But, she quickly falls into a trap and is taken to the City of Sand. It's there that she uncovers her heritage... that she is the king's daughter. The world is still a corrupt place though, and Caleb is what matters most to her. Together they'll have to figure out a plan before Eve's new life turns even more upside down. At first, I admit I was nervous to read this one. With Eve ending in the all girls camp and no Caleb, I thought I was going to be disappointed but boy was I wrong. Anna took this series in a direction I wasn't anticipating at all and I thought Once was even more exciting than the first. All the new characters we got to meet I ended up liking for different reasons. Especially Charles, who is an artist in a way with a kind heart. And, even though Charles gets put into a tough place, I sympathized with him. Also, most of the book also takes place in the City Of Sand which was a nice change of scenery. It was exciting to see the town and all it's deceptions and beauty. For Caleb and Eve, I was extremely happy how their relationship progressed. I'm still in love with Caleb and his light green eyes and how he's willing to do anything for Eve. I feel so bad, so often for Caleb and I really want a happy ending so badly for him. He deserves it more than anyone. Then, there's Eve who everything and the kitchen sink is thrown at her in this story. She has to deal with the king being her father, lies, Caleb, new palace people, her friends, and everything in between and yet she handles them with her head on straight and major strength. Most characters, give into their new world or slightly do, but Eve hardly does and I was so proud of her. She saw the world around her, knew what she's been through, and stuck with perusing her same fight. High fives for Eve and Caleb all around! *sits here still shaking head* Anna, how can you make the book so fantastical, and then end it on a note like that? It's an ending where you're like what the hell just happened? And then you have to wait for the third book to hope you're wrong. That being said, I was very impressed with Once and completely enjoyed it. I absolutely cannot wait for Rise.
ImaginaryReads More than 1 year ago
Eve's growth since leaving the school is apparent. More and more, she's taking charge of her life. Some of her decisions are questionable; however, she isn't about to let the City take over her life, which I respect. I can't say very much without spoiling the plot twist and who Eve is (so this'll be a short review), but she's going to get entangled in City politics because of the King's interest in her. Eve and Caleb will be pushed together and apart, and I have no idea what's going to happen to them now. The romance plays a large role in the novel. After finding Caleb in the City, Eve meets with him many times despite the dangers, and their relationship and feelings for each other grow stronger. I love Caleb and was delighted to see his return in addition to some of Eve's girl friends from book one. Still, too much of a good thing can overpower everything else. Where I was interested in learning more about City politics and the world it has become, I feel as though the novel was more focused on whether or not Eve would find a way to be together with Caleb or be forced into another arrangement. That said, the the writing is as beautiful, vivid, and haunting as in book one, and the emotions powerful. By the thirty-first chapter, I was tearing up over Eve's situation and sacrifice. Much of the plotting done in Once is more in preparation for events to come. I love the world that Anna Carey has built in the Eve trilogy and cannot wait to see what will hapen in Rise.
FuzzyCoffeeBooks More than 1 year ago
What I Liked: 1) Whoa! I was not expecting the twist that came in this book. What an interesting place to take this book. Eve's life was changed when she leaves Califia in search of Caleb and stumbled upon some news about her past. Miz Carey gets props for surprising me so thoroughly! 2) Eve - I mentioned in the first book that she didn't have much of a personality. That has been fixed very well in Once. She really comes alive as she learns more about herself and realizes that she is stronger than she once thought. *NAILED IT* 3) A more solid villain. In the first book, Eve and Arden were on the run, hiding from an unknown threat. Well, he was "The King" but he was completely faceless, and so the fear was more about the unknown and the assumptions of what was to come. But in this one, the villain gets a face and a name. It's so much easier to root for the good guys when you know who the bad guys are. 4) Caleb. There are many, many good things about this guy. He's so determined, and also very faithful to Eve, and it really made me like him. Caleb is different than other male MCs. Mostly I find that you like male MCs from the beginning. But with Caleb, I slowly warmed up to him. It wasn't that I disliked him in the beginning, but he definitely had to grow on me. What I Didn't Like: There was more in Once that pulled me into the story, though I am still missing a little of the emotional connection that I usually get when I really fall in love with a story. But I get more into it with each new book, so I'm hoping that the next book will be even better. Overall Thoughts: Once was a really good continuation of Eve's story. The characters seemed to be more in sync with the plot, and the action is at a good pace. I like the appearance of the King so the good and bad guys are more easily defined. The books in this series seem to each be better than the first, so I'm expecting Rise, the final book of this trilogy (releasing April 2013) to be even better.
sand7s More than 1 year ago
Very interesting and entertaining. Very good book. finished it very quickly
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant wait for the next book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just plain amazing:)
CoriAnder More than 1 year ago
As the second book in the trilogy, I felt it was a little slower than the first. I did like the change in speed and there were many twists that I wasn't expecting at all. I would recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it!
emzreader More than 1 year ago
I'll admit, I didn't see the part at the end comming... What Anna Carey was thinking, I have no idea. I hope she finds so way to fix it. In order to understand Once, please read Eve first. It was a fast read, I think about 200 pages, but good all the same. There were 2 twists that I didn't see comming and was suprised by them. One I mentioned at the top, and the other, well, you'll see for yourself. A niceley woven story. If you like distopia books, this is one of them.
Kapri More than 1 year ago
I actually really enjoyed Once a lot more than I thought it would. Eve was a good read, but nothing super-fantastic. Anna Carey has definitely uped the ante with Once. Eve has grown a lot, even since the beginning of Once. She was very vulnerable and some of the decisions she made had me rolling my eyes. But she quickly grew up. I loved her passion and the loyalty for those she loves. She is definitely one to go to the end of the earth to save someone she loves. Once takes a different turn than before. I won't give anything away, but there were some twists and surprises along the way. And, there were also some heartbreaking moments as well. There were times that I just couldn't put it down. We were introduced to this world and Eve, but I don't think I fully got into it until this book. In Eve, we got to see a lot of the outside world. But we see a different side of it in Once. Eve was good, but Once is a rare sequel that is even better than the first. Filled with heartbreaking and heart-pounding moments, I can't wait to read the conclusion to the trilogy.
MyReadAddiction More than 1 year ago
Eve is finally "safe" the only problem is that now she is not only apart from the boy she loves, but she has no idea if he is even still alive. I'm not going to lie, I really missed all things Caleb in this story. I really loved what he brought to the first book and his absence was definitely felt. The revelations in this story were so unexpected. I really loved the suspense and how the story flowed. Eve is still her headstrong self and you can always count on her to do her own thing no matter what everyone else wants from her. Eve is faced with some shocking discoveries and is forced to make decisions that could change everything. Great sequel to Eve. I am loving this series!
Paperback_Princess More than 1 year ago
When I say that this is a quick read, I mean it. This book was so easy for me to power through, and that was a great thing. The story of Eve and Caleb is something that you just want to devour and know what is going to happen next. I loved that this book didn't make me want to drag my feet and that I could enjoy everything thing was going on(for the most part). There are a lot of surprises in this book, and one of them (and this is the only spoiler I'm dropping) was the Kings true intentions for Eve. I have to say, I wasn't shocked when it was revealed that The King used to be a politician in the world before. With all of the nonsense that he pulls with the Schools and the labor camps, it really shouldn't be surprising. I always feel bad for Eve as she finds out that the people that she was trusting can't be trusted, like when she went to the school and she found out everything she learned their was a lie, and then there was that incident with Leif in book 1, and then a whole bunch of new betrayals in this book. This is another one of those books that if I say too much I'll give away too much and I would rather not do that, but instead I want you to head out and meet the new people in Eve's life. I just have to say that my only complaint is that no one other than Caleb seems to stay in her life for very long, even though we have come to love some characters, especially a little boy in a tutu in the first book, you never get to know them for long or have them in the book. I'm really looking forward to book 3 and I can't wait to read about it to see how everything works out and what will happen to Arden, and Eve in the next round of their adventures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. Very well written and thought out. I was heartbroken and excited at alot of parts. I cannot wait for rise! I wont have any spoilers but this series will be the best you have ever read! Very well worth the cost. Buy it! You will be pleased.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loooooved it!!! Really awesome i am so excited for the next book!!!
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
I love, love, love Once. And for all of you who have read Eve, you know what the three “loves” mean. Anna Carey is an awesome, awesome, AWESOME! writer and she has written an irresistible series with Eve. I couldn't believe Carey could leave me on a more heart-breaking, torturous cliffhanger than she did in Eve, but yes she did it again arrrrrr! Eve and Caleb are my kind of YA couple. Eve is a strong, take-charge heroine, and Caleb is my strong, fun loving hero. Eve and Caleb are steamy hot this time around with their romance and I do feel like Eve is going to kick some royal King's butt along with a few New America guards in the third book Rise. I think the title says it all. Can I just please have the third book now?!!! Eve has been living in Califia at the women’s settlement that Caleb helped her reach, to escape the King and his guards. But Eve keeps having nightmares that Caleb is dying. When one of the girl's from the settlement tells her a rumor about a guy that has a bad infection from a leg wound and that's he’s across the bridge in an abandoned warehouse, Eve is sure it's Caleb. And there's no way Eve’s not going back across the bridge into the wild to save Caleb. What's waiting for Eve at the warehouse isn't Caleb, but the last person she thought she would ever see again. Eve is now a prisoner, and on her way back to the City of Sand to be the King's wife…or that's what she thought until she arrives at the King's palace and finds out marrying her was not his intentions. But when the King tells her who he is and who she will become, let's just say Eve never saw this one coming, and neither did I. When Eve arrives at the palace she's still trying to find Caleb, but what she finds is Charles and the king's plans for Eve which doesn't include Caleb. I was very glad that Eve and Caleb were able to share their feelings for each other before all heck breaks out. Eve and Caleb are beautiful together. Eve dreams of being with Caleb, but the King and Charles are definitely not going to let that happen. Eve fears her nightmares for Caleb are going to come true, along with her fears of what she will have to do to save him. Anna Carey did not disappoint me with this awesome sequel to Eve, I love it, and Eve and Caleb romance is getting more amazing with each novel. I only hate having to wait another year for Rise, but I will because it's well worth the wait! I highly recommend Once as a must read.
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
I don't even know how to write this review. I guess I could start by saying that I stayed up until 3am reading ONCE. And I'm exhausted from lack of sleep, but I have no regrets. There was no way that I could possibly stop reading until I finished. ONCE was that wonderful. What can I say about ONCE without spoiling it? I honestly feel like nothing. But I'll try. Luckily the blurb does a lot to help me out, because it pretty much lays out the story. ONCE picks up three months after Caleb leaves Eve at Califia. Eve is managing, but her moments are spent wishing for Caleb, to simply be with him again, even if it means living in the wild. As it turns out, no matter where Eve ends up, she's always trapped. After ending up in the City of Sand, Eve is dealt the king of all shockers, spinning her into a whole new orbit. Determined to fight for her own future, Caleb's future, the future of all New Americans, Eve's sense of loyalty, love, and sacrifice are put to the ultimate test. Many times, middle books in a series are a letdown, a filler. That is not the case in ONCE. This story had so much packed into the pages. The dramatic revelations were shocking. I seriously didn't see any of it coming. The action was intense. Eve is a continual force, never halting her search for an escape. What got me most of all was the love story. Sadly, Caleb and Eve are separated for most of the story, but he is always in her thoughts. When the are together, it is absolutely magical. I literally held my heart while reading several particularly beautiful moments. They were subtle, and breathtaking. After finishing ONCE I had one single thought: My heart hurts. I won't say the ending was cruel. In fact, as far as cliffhangers go, it was quite brilliant. I am already counting down the days until April 2, 2013, the day book three, RISE, releases. Favorite Quote: "I was convinced we would return to one another - it was only the how and when that had yet to be decided." (pg 56, ARC) "I'd spent so many years preparing for this moment, just so I could steel myself against it. But it didn't feel like that. Not now - not with Caleb. He was asking for permission, his face mirroring all the nervousness I felt. I want to be closer to you, he seemed to say, as he bit down on his bottom lip. Will you let me?" (pg 183-4, ARC)
WhatsBeyondForks 8 months ago
There is lots of stuff that happens in this book, so I'm going to keep it short to avoid spoilers. Eve finds herself pretty much held captive by the King, She is forced into situations she doesn't want to be in, and she's trying to escape with Caleb. Eve has more sense this time around. She's come a long way. Poor girl. There are some shocks, surprises, and then some!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't think Anna could possibly write anything better than Eve. I was wrong!!!! Once was amazing! Some things that were revealed were quite shocking. I cried, with joy, anger, sadness, heartbreak, betrayal! Moments were so sweet they actually made my heart ache & then all of a sudden I thought my heart was actually breaking. The book just amazed me in so many ways, especially when I found out the truth behind Eves past. I really cant wait to read the next book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant buy the book so can someone plz spoil it for me put leah in the heading
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Valerie Book provided by the publisher for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book WOW! I couldn’t wait to get back into the world of Eve and see if she and Caleb ended up together. I also wondered in what ways had Eve changed after being sheltered her entire life then thrust into so many hard choice situations. I was not disappointed in book two and was totally hooked once Eve reached The City of Sand, Capitol of The New America. In book one, Eve and Caleb spent most of their time on the run and Eve sacrificed people she cared about over and over as a result of her decisions trying to evade capture and be sent to the King. In book two, she is captured trying to find out about Caleb’s health and, again, a friend is sacrificed as a result of that decision. The penalties are harsh and when Eve is separated from her friend, she is taken to The City of Sand, where she is to become the one that bears the King’s children. This scene was one of the hardest for me to read and the tears were falling. Without knowing Caleb’s whereabouts, Eve is taken to meet the King assuming that he is going to tell her about bearing his children. However, what she finds out is actually much worst in Eve’s mind and sets the tone for the remainder of the book. At this point, the pages began flying as I read and Eve came into her own. She openly defies the King while trying to find out about her friends and Caleb. While learning about policies and procedures in the City, she confronts the King about what is really happening outside the walls and begs him to save her friends. *spoiler* When Eve and Caleb are finally able to find out about each other’s whereabouts, Eve is thrilled that he is alive and sneaks out to meet him. She begs him to tell her about how he survived and finds out that dissidents are inside the city and have begun to use old tunnels with plans to take the city and overthrow the King. After many clandestine meetings, Caleb is found out by the King and the guards beat him and throw him in prison. Confronted with Caleb’s inevitable execution, Eve sacrifices herself and makes a bargain with the King but things aren’t as they seem and in the end, the King has lied and Eve is on the altar about to wed someone she doesn’t love, someone that isn’t Caleb. Heart-stopping, I know! I wish book three was in my hands NOW.
eheinlen More than 1 year ago
This book was just as good and engaging as the first book had been. I highly recommend it. A great series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This sequel is so so great! Eve finds out sime really wierd news and carries is well. You will absolutly love Once, but I will warn you, by the end you will be bawling <br> Enjoy!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Sad ending but better than the first and Eve was also a great book :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago