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Once (Eve) Hardcover – July 3, 2012

4.4 out of 5 stars 167 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Eve Series

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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, MAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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“A gripping, unforgettable adventure—and a fresh look at what it means to love.” (Lauren Kate, New York Times bestselling author of FALLEN on EVE.)

“A thoughtful, heart–wrenching, and romantic book that I inhaled in one sitting.” (Cynthia Hand, New York Times bestselling author of Hallowed)

“Carey…keeps pages flipping throughout most of the story…[and] the sudden, menacing ending ought to propel readers to the next book in the series.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Eve again narrates, savvier and stronger, with plentiful backstory and former characters appearing. [ONCE] remains an exciting page–turner for female readers.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

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

  • Series: Eve (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st Printing edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062048546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062048547
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anna Carey has been a gift wrapper, face painter, nanny, horrific cocktail waitress, sofa saleswoman and children's book editor. She graduated from New York University and has an MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she can be found writing, reading, and doodling on the giant chalkboard in her kitchen.

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Format: Hardcover
First Impressions: Eve was one of the first books I read and reviewed on our blog. At the time, I loved it. I would have considered it a teen romance kind of novel, but I still liked it. The premise of the story was interesting. The love interests where slightly over the top, but not obnoxious. And the story had real potential.

I couldn't wait for the sequel to come out. Eve left off with such a fun pseudo cliffhanger. What was this women's colony? What happened to Caleb? Where did the other chick go? What about this hunt for Eve? What about the child factory?

Plenty of questions went unanswered.

Characters & Plot: This is where Once picks up. A few months after Eve enters Califia, she runs off again, for her/their safety. She also wants/needs to find Caleb. And the book takes off from there. I don't want to discuss too much of the specifics of the storyline because I hate giving surprises away.

Caleb is reintroduced in this novel. We see him making a return, of course, as Eve's love interest. We also see Eve's friends making a bit of a return too. Not much has changed here. Once is full of new characters though.

We meet another interesting character with direct impacts to Eve. I really haven't decided if I love or hate him yet. We also get to meet the king. He is the typical story villain, although a bit more likable. And there are so many other characters introduced too. It would take forever to get through them all.

But these characters make for a twisting story. Once follows a different mood and atmosphere than Eve. Eve was all about discovering truth and survival. Eve is very gullible and naïve in the first book. She is still gullible in Once, but not so naïve.
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Format: Kindle Edition
First, let me reiterate again the utter idiocy about rich people needing to supply the goods, money and services. The king was able to gather around him several wealthy people who provided needed goods and services to start up the new Las Vegas utopia. With 98% of the country dead, many of the necessary goods were available for the taking. They were not needing MONEY or VEHICLES because 98% of this was now laying unclaimed and available for the taking. I could not believe my ears when the audiobook continued to harp on the division of people by their possessions. In the land of dwindling educated people, the only valuable people were those with skills. The engineers, the electricians, oil and gas workers, plumbers, machinists, doctors, utility workers are now at the top of the food chain in the land that the king built. The rich have nothing to contribute because 98% of the rich are dead and left all of their crap laying around for the taking.

It is all about location, location, location.

And the king chose the one of worst locations available to establish his empire, Las Vegas, Nevada. There were some good things about the location. There were tons of hotels in one centrally located area where he could make sure that people were near supplies. There was power from Hoover Dam. It was near several large refineries and deposits of oil. There was one main water supply, which he could control. The people were unable to easily leave once they were brought into Las Vegas because it was surrounded by a desert. It all sounds great! It was not a place easily attacked because it was in a desert. It was all good. Now what jobs were missing and never discussed in our desert utopia? What is the problem with having a desert utopia? The land was arid and rocky.
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Format: Hardcover
Once proves that all the glitters is definitely not gold in the City of Sand. Combining splendid settings, high stakes and a story full of twists, it is an easy read that will keep its audience glued to the last page.

I like to think of Eve as a fairy tale gone wrong. It's an epic love story set against a decayed background that shows the worst of people. I'd mentioned in my review of Eve that the Americas truly felt like a character on their own and Once stays true to this form, only it is in reverse. We've got the fairy tale setting with lush gardens, glittering building and pretty dresses but it is a story of love being splintered apart and crammed back together all wrong. While Eve and Caleb feel in love amongst the rotting shambles of forgotten homes and crashed helicopters in Eve, Eve is trying to be forced into an unwanted marriage amongst gorgeous flowers and lavish feasts in Once. It reminded me a lot of one of Fitzgerald's stories since glitter among trash was one of his favorite themes.

While I enjoyed the setting immensely, I did have a minor problem with Eve. After being forced through so much in the first novel and growing leaps and bounds from the girl who was frightened of boys, I expected a stronger Eve. She was seasoned, she'd been touched by love and had it ripped away from her once. So I didn't understand why she was so passive when reasoning with the king. She kept reminding herself about her friends stuck in the birthing houses and kids like Caleb being forced to work for nothing but she never really pushed the king to do anything about it. Even when she was at her most desperate, she didn't even fight and I wanted to see that so much. Eve had so much spirit in the first novel but I feel like she was weakened in this one for no apparent reason.
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