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 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

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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
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)
Booklist
“Eve’s first–person, intimately detailed narrative—which incorporates suspense, romance, and fantasy elements—make this dystopian fiction an absorbing, well–paced read.”
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.”
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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062048547
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/03/2012
Series:
Eve Trilogy Series, #2
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
180,194
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Anna Carey graduated from New York University and has an MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College. She lives in Los Angeles.

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