ages: 13 and up
Grades: 7 and up
on sale: now
author: Keary Taylor
Eve knew the stories of the Fall, of a time before she wandered into the colony of Eden, unable to recall anything but her name. She's seen the aftermath of the technology that infused human DNA with cybernetic matter, able to grow new organs and limbs, how it evolved out of control. The machine took over and the soul vanished. A world quickly losing its humanity isn't just a story to her though. At eighteen, this world is Eve's reality.
In their Fallen world, love feels like a selfish luxury, but not understanding what it is makes it difficult to choose between West, who makes her feel alive but keeps too many secrets, and Avian, who has always been there for her, but is seven years her senior.
The technology wants to spread and it won't stop until there is no new flesh to assimilate. With only two percent of the human population left, mankind is on the brink of extinction. While fighting to keep Eden alive, Eve will discover that being human is about what you will do for those you love, not what your insides may be made of. And even if it gets you killed, love is always what separates them from the Fallen.
Okay first, I'm so deliriously happy because I read this. It was the best book I have read in a long time, since I read Delirium I think. Why is it that these apocalyptic, dystopian novels get to me the most? I am just. So. Happy. ^_^
the characters: Besides the main character, Eve, my favourite is Avian. He's the equivalent of "the good guy" in YA paranormal and West is the equivalent of "the bad boy". Avian was amazing, and I love how he's 7 years older than Eve and how much he loves her. He's a doctor too, how sweet, and a soldier. An well, he's beautiful (my image of him with short dark hair and burning blue eyes ~swoon~) and besides that, Avian's character was just great. He was complex and well formed and he earned a lot of respect from me. He was always there for Eve, the reasonable and wise person that anyone could depend on. Eve was torn between the two, and the fire I could feel between Avian and West was practically tangible. And Eve, she's forgotten most of her life, and all the emotions she feels are so new. It was wonderful watching her grow and develop into what she is now. The characters were just. plain. awesome.
theme: The themes.....were of survival and love. It's a theme that's evident in dystopian novels, but it was uniquely different in Eden. Refreshingly new and enjoyable!
plot: Situated around life and death and emotion. Let's just say I was constantly at edge while reading and I couldn't put the book down. The plot was engaging and brilliantly worked through. The constant threat of danger, the tragic deaths, the severity of the situations.....after reading the book, I felt joyous and I felt as if I were still part of the story, as if I were there....that kind of feeling is hard to write!
style: Holy shiz was there style! What else can I say?
overall: If you don't read this, I'm going to kill you. (haha, no I'm kidding, but you get what I'm trying to tell you) I recommend this to EVERYONE!!!! GET OUT OF YOUR SEAT, BUY EDEN AND READ IT!!!!!!!!! I swear, I have never felt so happy after reading such a great book before! READ IT!