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Once (Eve) Hardcover – July 3, 2012
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“A thoughtful, heartwrenching, 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 pageturner for female readers.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
“Eve’s firstperson, intimately detailed narrativewhich incorporates suspense, romance, and fantasy elementsmake this dystopian fiction an absorbing, wellpaced read.” (Booklist)
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There is lots of stuff that happens in this book, so I'm going to keep it short to avoid spoilers. Eve finds herself pretty much held captive by the King, She is forced into... Read morePublished 5 months ago by What's Beyond Forks?
Perfect. So far it's everything that I expected out of Anne Carey's, Eve series. Detail to the writing is simple, but crystal clear. Love it so much! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jennifer Santa Cruz
Great Follow-up to Eve Trilogy. I'm anxious to read the last book, "Rise".Published 9 months ago by Nana
Once by Anna Carey continues the story that begins in Eve. Once also contains an interesting turn of events, while becoming more complicated and tragic. Read morePublished 9 months ago by LynnDell P. Watson
I hate books were the heroine is not much more than a glorified victim.Published 9 months ago by Dorothy L Blakeslee
I was a bit skeptical of this rising up to the first book Eve and I was pleasantly shocked. Anna Carey did not prepare my heart for the bombs she dropped that made my heart almost... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Keanna Lewis