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Product Details

  • Series: Eve
  • 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 (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

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.

Review

“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)

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

This book was packed full of adventure and action.
kindlemom1 (My Guilty Obsession)
I love this series but each book ends on a major cliffhanger and I am so frustrated waiting on the next book.
princess bookie
If you like dystopian teen romance novels, than you'll love this book.
Amanda Welling

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Welling on July 3, 2012
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chels on July 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book surprised me from page one. Eve finally made it to Califia, a land where girls and women are safe from forced pregnancy and slavery. Betrayal by the women she trusts and news of the boy who saved her, however, send her and her close friend away from Califia and back into the wild. Eve cannot get Caleb out of her mind; when she last saw him, he was injured and being hunted. This chance for a reunion is what she has been waiting for, but the events that follow do not go according to plan.

Eve frustrates me at times, probably because I can relate to her too well. I always agree with her choices, and then I am mad at myself and her if they do not turn out well. Eve is likable and many teen girls will relate to her as well. She is a bold character, but sometimes she is randomly timid and that aspect of her personality comes out at the wrong time. This book takes a closer look at Eve's past and what is uncovered is sure to surprise the reader. Caleb's character is both exciting and many readers will clearly see just why Eve seems to love him so much. His reappearace was a bit predictable, but the how and when will leave the reader smiling, but worried. Carey's writing style fits the teen/young adult audience. I give this book four out of five stars. I look forward to the next book in the series.

*review copy provided, but does not affect my opinion in any way*
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amber @ Down The Rabbit Hole on August 8, 2012
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Compulsive Reader VINE VOICE on July 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Eve thought that she'd finally be safe and happy in Califia...only to find that it's a female-only refuge and seeking shelter means leaving Caleb behind at the gates. Trying to start a new life without him is almost unbearable, but when she finds out that she's not as safe as she originally thought, Eve flee Califia...only to stumble right into the king's trap. Eve quickly learns the shocking true reason behind the king's determination to bring her to the City of Sand--a revelation that will change her life forever.

This sequel to Eve is fast-paced and highly plot-driven. It'll grab your attention right away, picking up only a few weeks after Eve leaves off. Carey does an excellent job at expanding this dystopian world, bringing both Califia and the City of Sand to life. They two settings are nice contrasts to the rigid school and dangerous wilderness that are the settings of the first novel, and help make Once a very different novel from Eve. Carey drops a handful of surprising twists throughout the book that radically change Eve's life as she attempts to prove herself to the resistance fighters, and help build suspense. Many favorite characters also return as Eve find that sometimes, in order to save the ones you love, you have to make painful sacrifices. Carey leaves readers hanging with another shocking, abrupt end, and it's anyone guess as to where she'll go next in book three.

Cover Comments: I like the tunnel and the pink and purple colors of the cover! It's pretty and mysterious, and sort of symbolic to Eve's struggles in the book.
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