Revealing Eden (Save the Pearls, Part One)

Revealing Eden (Save the Pearls, Part One)

by Victoria Foyt
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Revealing Eden (Save the Pearls, Part One) by Victoria Foyt

Eden Newman must mate before her 18th birthday in six months or she'll be left outside to die in a burning world. But who will pick up her mate-option when she's cursed with white skin and a tragically low mate-rate of 15%? In a post-apocalyptic, totalitarian, underground world where class and beauty are defined by resistance to an overheated environment, Eden's coloring brands her as a member of the lowest class, a weak and ugly Pearl. If only she can mate with a dark-skinned Coal from the ruling class, she'll be safe. Just maybe one Coal sees the Real Eden and will be her salvation her co-worker Jamal has begun secretly dating her. But when Eden unwittingly compromises her father's secret biological experiment, she finds herself in the eye of a storm and thrown into the last area of rainforest, a strange and dangerous land. Eden must fight to save her father, who may be humanity's last hope, while standing up to a powerful beast-man she believes is her enemy, despite her overwhelming attraction. Eden must change to survive but only if she can redefine her ideas of beauty and of love, along with a little help from her adopted aunt Emily Dickinson.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983650324
Publisher: Sand Dollar Press Inc
Publication date: 01/10/2012
Pages: 307
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Victoria Foyt is well known for her work as a screenwriter, actress, producer of critically acclaimed independent films, including DAjA vu and Last Summer in the Hamptons. She has appeared on major television and radio outlets, at film festivals around the world, and in many magazines, including Vogue, O at Home, and Town and Country. Her debut novel, The Virtual Life of Lexie Diamond (HarperCollins), a young adult (YA) supernatural mystery, received critical acclaim, including a five-star review from She established Sand Dollar Press in 2011 to promote YA novels through film-quality, online campaigns. Save the Pearls Part One: Revealing Eden is her first release, tied to an interactive site:, and a newsfeed.

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Revealing Eden 2.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry, but this book is simply a terrible example of modern fiction and a shameful piece of racist creepiness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One day, the author was insulted because of her so called "bee-stung lips" and was offended because it was a insult usually hurled at afro-american PoC. So instead of sympathizing with peopel that suffer worse treatment their whole lives, she writes a self-pitying ego-trip where white girls are victims. Way to go.
Simone_Maia More than 1 year ago
WARNING WARNING *blinking red signs* This is just completely racist, I read a lot of excerpts and I had to laugh to keep from crying or puking. Not only is the whole premise extremely offensive (blackface, "others", "the rest of them") and wrong (melanin does not actually act as any kind of decent sunscreen) but the narrative development is atrocious. I swear if this turns into a best-seller someone will have to stop me from throwing myself off a cliff.
aliceinwondrbra More than 1 year ago
Racist, unoriginal, and pathetic. Black face is unacceptable. Following the racist 'people of color are animals' belief through to make it literal. Really disgusting. I don't know how this trash got published but this author should be ashamed of herself.
inconciavable More than 1 year ago
An excellent example of how white supremacy destroys minds. And really? black face on your cover?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In a society where white people are seen as the bottom and PoC are seen as the top--Victoria Foyt will still find a way to make sure the book is full of blatant racism, dangerous stereotypes, dehumanization of People of Color and white supremacy. Do not support this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
how about...instead of creating a fictional world in which white people oppressed, we actually listen to people of color's ACTUAL, REAL LIFE experiences? why does oppression have to be framed from a white (or straight or male) perspective in order for it to be taken seriously? that's completely messed up. if you insist on reading about oppression framed from a white perspective, try Noughts and Crosses. it's written by a black woman who has ACTUALLY experienced racism and oppression.
KatZombie More than 1 year ago
The synopsis of Revealing Eden sounded fascinating – a girl in a post-apocalyptic world where class is determined by the color of one’s skin, a little lurve, some science – what more could I want? Well, a little more actually. The idea of Revealing Eden is a good one and there are so many themes that could be explored and the writing is good and flows easily, but at times a little too easily – scenes change quickly in the first part of the book and several times I found myself thinking “Huh, what just happened?”. I also didn’t really take to Eden – I assumed she would be a strong, independent girl who wouldn’t be easily convinced, but instead she came across as needy, whiny and manipulated at every opportunity. The relationship between Eden and her love-interest could also have been fleshed out more – it felt a little bit too “insta-love” (or maybe I’m just a cynic!) to really pull me in. Revealing Eden for me needed a little more world-building, there is so much potential that isn’t really tapped into apart from the opening chapters. But there are definitely some positives to Revealing Eden, interesting science and biology, characters just waiting to be explored further, a beautiful setting in the second half and references to Aztecs and Mayan traditions and beliefs. Would I read the next book in the series? Maybe, but only if I could be convinced that Eden matures as a character. There is a lot of potential in Ms. Foyt’s writing and I’ll be keeping an eye out for more of her work in the future.
224perweek More than 1 year ago
Surprisingly enough, I kinda of liked it. The first half of the book was really good. Interesting. The second half started to get a little too mushy for me. The "he hates me, he likes me, he hates me, he likes me" was getting annoying. I did not find the reversal of dominance of the races a problem. It just a story after all. The whole changing into a animal...........kinda of weird. Glad I read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting concept to begin but slowly turned into trashy teen romance. Dumb girl after rich, powerful, mysterious man. She messes up everything and he bosses her around. She slaps him, he pins her down. Unhealthy representation of a relationship. Again, it had great potential in the beginning to be an interesting sci fi but deteriorated into a story about a whiny, insecure girl in an abusive relationship. If you enjoyed twilight and 50 shades you might enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'll admit, I started reading Save the Pearls after seeing some of the negative press about the novel; I'm not one to pass judgment when I don't have all of the facts. But once I started reading Revealing Eden, it took me less than a 100 pages before I realized my hand was over my mouth, as I was gasping at each new action-filled page. Foyt's post apocalyptic universe creates stunning visuals and delivers a dystopian world different than anything YA fans could have ever imagined. Unlike other YA novels, Save the Pearls' world isn't struggling because of a lack of resources, they are struggling from a depleting population and a society that can no longer survive above ground. Foyt brings Darwinism into a realistic light, as "The Heat" slowly kills off Caucasians, forcing humans to be divided by race, as if they were different species. She put a futuristic, eye-opening spin on this dystopia that plagued my mind for weeks. Eden's internal struggles and paralyzing fear of the world around her rings true for many of my fellow introverts. Her sudden bursts of self-confidence are reminiscent of any pubescent teen who has stumbled upon a little faith in themselves while struggling to find their place in the world. When Eden finally found her footing and realized that the key to true beauty was within herself, and real love couldn't be found until she accepted who she was as a person, I was moved to tears. Revealing Eden truly teaches the lesson, don't judge a book by its cover (or reviews). Don't let the negative press deter you. I guarantee most have not taken the time to experience this wonderful novel. Revealing Eden was a truly inspiring novel, and I can't wait to read what happens in the sequel.
Nagone More than 1 year ago
This book is terribly racist. This take racial stereotypes to a different extreme. Black face is now a way to survive, and dark skin means heat resistance. Perhaps the author doesn't know this, but heat is traditional attracted to darker objects, plus, skin has nothing to do with heat resistance, nor will it ever. If it did, we'd all be "darker" so we could survive intense. The author still lauds white characters with the title "Pearl". "Coal", to me, is not a positive term. This seems more like she's on her soap box about how she feels about race, rather than a novel involving race. More so, this novel is poorly written. It's sophomoric at best, and sounds like something written over NaNoWriMo that never saw a Microsoft spell check. But, I didn't expect much from the only flagship title of the Sand Dollar Press company that the author started in order to put out this novel. The development barely follows classic form, and it was predictable. The characters were stereotypes, and I felt no pity for any of them: the author was simply forcing them to be terrible images of what is common perpetuated in society. Even still, the Pearls are a "minority", therefore they are special. It just comes off as if the author means to say that white skin will always be precious, so it's safe to let the "tiger's eyes" and "coals" work in hotter areas. This is a book that doesn't deserve the NY Times Best-seller's list, or any list for that matter. This needs serious revision and thought. It should be educational and speculative, not racist and predictable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished the book Revealing Eden and really enjoyed some of the interesting and unique situations. It’s not very often you find a book that challenges the way we view race. Eden is the typical character who is young, looking for love, and trying to survive an increasingly hostile environment. She is referred to as a Pearl. This designation is a racial term used to classify their race as having poor survivability in the harsher climate. The Coals are literally the opposite and are able to survive “the Heat” as it is called and because of this are more appealing as mates. Eden runs into her first challenge as she continues to age. The society that survived the global warming that produced the Heat created a unique set of rules to ensure the continued survivability of the human race. Eden must mate before the age of 18. If she doesn’t, she loses her ability to be an asset for the human race and the remaining government secretly disposes of useless people. As the clock ticks Eden’s pessimism evolves to a level of activism. She does have a love interest with a Coal, but it’s a little bit of a love hate relationship. This relationship is a little more than complicated. Initially, Eden hates the man, but deep down there is a physical attraction she can’t deny. Eden’s father works in the lab with her love interest. They are researching animal properties that make them resistant to the sun or the heat. Things got a little heated when her love interest was turned into a half jaguar man due to experimentation. As Eden struggles through a culture that belittles her consistently, we watch her evolve from a whiny teenager to a strong woman. There isn’t a book I look forward to more than the sequel. With Adapting Eden coming out so soon, I had to finish this right away. It really was an amazing read, only just a little short. The characters are wonderfully described and mature through the story that makes them relatable. Adapting Eden is sure to answer so of the unanswered questions and I couldn’t be more excited!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do not bother reading this shoddy racist novel full of black face, making the black male an exoctic beast, and just piss poor writing. However if you are cool reading a book that trys to brainwash you into bigotry go for it. If i could give zero stars i would
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this badly-written piece of trash, the author expounds racist philosophy and claims to be "reverse-racist" without the slightest idea of what any of that means. There's also sexism, inappropriate understanding of how the world actually works, and a severe lack of writing skill. Avoid at all costs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is nothing more than racist drivel. Do not waste your time or hard-earned money on it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is racist, it's bad, it's bad, it's bad, it's RACIST and it definitely should not be what a twelve year old should be reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Buried-in-Books More than 1 year ago
This was an incredibly fast paced and creative story. The primary theme is that the world has suffered apocalyptic catastrophes of sum sort and living on the surface is not feasible. Therefore, anyone with light skins, "pearls" died or is sure to die if they get near the surface. They are weaker and therefore, the Coals, the people with more melanin in their skin become the ruling class. What's worse, if a male or female doesn't mate by the time they are 18, their resources are cut off and the eventually die. But Eden has bigger problems! She's just escaped with her wounded father and a man she despises with the FFP after them, a group that wants to kill all Pearls. And she's not sure how she'll survive on the surface. Or how she'll survive Ranson Bramford. This is a fresh, creative, fast paced novel with an interesting take on how to save mankind in this changed world. It's pretty clean except for some suggestive talk. Maybe a few bad words. Nothing excessive.
BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
The premise of this book was wholly original and unique and in some aspects I can see a future with a world like this. The racism Eden experiences because she is white and in the minority is a large switch around from our world and I thought it was interesting and enlightening in the way it was portrayed and the reasoning behind it. Eden lives in a futuristic world where she coats herself in order to hide the color of her skin, but I didn’t quite understand that as it is obvious to everyone what she looks like underneath. It isn’t just her that does that either, her father and other “Pearls” do this as well. Once we switch from the world she’s used to over to the rainforest things get even more interesting. The beast-man is entertaining and combined with the rainforest makes it reminiscent of The Island of Dr. Moreau in many ways. While this was just the opening to a new series, the ending did tie up some of the loose ends while leaving more room to grow with the characters and their relationships. I’d be interested to see where the author takes us and whether or not humanity really stands a chance in this world. Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
Once_and_future_librarian More than 1 year ago
I really, really enjoyed this dystopian story. It was really interesting how, in the world that Foyt created, the "Pearls", or people with white skin are considered inferior and ugly, and the darker the skin the more desirable you are. Eden doesn't understand why skin color should matter...."she had waited for someone to see past her skin color and recognize the real Eden. After all, didn't everyone share the same DNA?" I loved the underlying theme of the importance of being "color blind." Eden thinks that Jamal, a Coal with a very high mate-rate, is her salvation. She finds out that he has only been using her to get information about her scientist father's experiments. It turns out that her salvation may be the man she would have least expected. There were many things I liked...the Coals vs. Pearls idea was intriguing, the contrast of going from the underground world to the jungle was interesting, the idea of creating a new super species by mixing DNA of other animals with a human, and the frequent use of quotations from Emily Dickinson's work was really cool too. There were very few drawbacks for was that I had a very hard time picturing Bramford after he was "changed" into a jaguar man. I couldn't help but picture him in a cartoon like way - this could be because my son is in love with the cartoon series "Thundercats". I can't fault the author for this though. Also, Eden does a whole lot of screaming in this book. Seriously, it seems like every page has her screaming. This made me think of her as kind of weak. And rather annoying. But, other than that, it was a fabulous book, and I am totally looking forward to the next in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't normally review a book based on its premise...but when I do, it's a racist piece of crap like this. At least ATTEMPT to be subtle about it, a la Kathryn Stockett. Honestly this sounds like something Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck could have written. To those who have purchased this book, please return it. Don't worry, Fox News will pay her enough when they feature her on their channel. I can't see why they wouldn't. Oh, and before anyone says it, just because she's a democrat and voted for Obama doesn't mean she can't be racist or too privileged to understand why this was a stupid idea.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blatant, unabashed racism.
SophiaBebeau More than 1 year ago