My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The world has changed in so many ways. Ruled by those who can withstand the deadly solar rays, those with the lightest skin are considered to be the lowest of the low. Eden Newman knows this within every fiber of her being. Yet she’s done her best to fit in ever since she can remember. Adopting the artificial coating that gives her protection against the world outside, she’s struggled to make the most of what life has given her.
Acceptance of who and what she is, however, has been hard to come by. Her only option is to find someone who would be willing to mate with her, thus boosting her potential as a worthwhile citizen within the new world. This, unfortunately, is easier said than done. Nonetheless, she’s intent on using the resources around her to gain the upper hand and find the happiness that’s eluded her for so long.
When she unwittingly stumbles upon a plot to overthrown those in charge, she takes it upon herself to thwart the plans that have been set in place. Betrayed by the one she’s loved, she knows he must be stopped before he can cause further damage. Taking matters into her own hands, she inadvertently puts her life and that of her father and the head of the facility in harms way. When their safety is compromised, they’re forced into dangers path in hopes of finding a salvation that seems to elude them at every turn.
Forced to confront the secrets of her past, Eden finds it impossible to accept the changes that have now been forced upon her. Even more disturbing is the fact that she’s now drawn to Bramford himself. As she struggles to overcome her doubts and insecurities, she comes to understand that there’s a larger world out there than the one she left behind. A world she intends to embrace with open arms, no matter the consequences.
I truly enjoyed this book. It drew me in from the moment I began reading and couldn’t put the book down until I got to the very end. Victoria painted a vivid picture of what this post-apocalyptic world would be like. She made me us feel Eden’s hopes, her dreams, her feelings, her passions, everything that made her who she was. I think she did a brilliant job in fleshing out her characters and the world around them. This is a book that I’ll definitely be reading again. I truly recommend reading it.
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.
About The Author:
Victoria Foyt’s debut novel, The Virtual Life of Lexie Diamond, a young adult fantasy
mystery thriller (HarperCollins) was Recommended by The Center for Children’s Books, and received a five-star, must read rating from Teens Read Too: “Foyt has created a compelling character and an electrifying story that will hold readers until the last page.”
Victoria co-wrote and starred in several acclaimed feature films, including “Going Shopping” with Rob Morrow, “Déjà Vu” with Vanessa Redgrave, “Last Summer in the Hamptons” with Melissa Leo, and “Babyfever” with Eric Roberts.
Victoria has appeared on news outlets such as Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, E! Entertainment, HBO, CNN-TV, Showbiz Today, ABC Radio, Turner TV Entertainment Report, TNT Rough Cuts, and Westwood One Radio, and has received extensive coverage on Siskel & Ebert.
She also has been featured in Vogue Magazine, O at Home, Elle Magazine, Movieline, Venice Magazine, Avenue Magazine, Night Magazine, Moviemaker Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, La Opinion, Miami New Times, Dramalogue, and Backstage West, among others.
Born and raised in Coral Gables, Florida, Victoria attended the University of Miami, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish and German. She currently resides in Santa Monica, California. She loves reading–at least two or three books a month–movies, tennis, swimming, hiking, and lots of dark chocolate.
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