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Becoming Calder is the story of love, sacrifice, and the realization that life isn't always what you think it is.
Calder and Eden live in Acadia, a religious sect separated from the world. Eden is promised to Hector, the leader of Acadia. She is to wed him when she comes of age so the group will be able to get to Elysium, their version of heaven. However, as the story unfolds and Calder and Eden grow up, it becomes apparent that Acadia has many cult-like tendencies. Nothing is quite as it seems, and Hector is a volatile, angry leader. When Eden and Calder begin to explore a friendship that turns into something more, they must choose between the life they've known and the big world outside of Acadia. However, Hector isn't going to let Eden go without a price.
I was entranced by this book from page one. Sheridan paints a clear image of Acadia as a utopian environment--and then she tears that image right down. To see Eden and Calder's acceptance of their way of life turn into questioning stirs themes of identity and happiness. Both believe in the values of Acadia without question until certain events make them wonder if they are living a lie. This realization drives the plot of the book forward and hooks the reader.
Calder and Eden are both developed fully throughout the novel. I loved watching them grow and learn about life, about the world, and about who they really are. Most of all, I enjoyed watching their relationship grow and develop. Their love is pure and rich but also passionate. In a hopeless situation, their love drives them forward, really showing that love can save us. I was rooting for their love story the entire book, even up through the exciting ending.
Sheridan does an amazing job at weaving tension into the story. I was constantly on the edge of my seat, my stomach twisting with fear for the two protagonists. I loved that we got to see the story from both Eden and Calder's perspective because it only heightened my appreciation for their relationship and for what they both had to lose.
This book is beautiful in the simplicity of the world Eden and Calder fall in love, but also in the complexity of it. As the story unfolds, you realize that Eden and Calder's love is their saving grace and is even more of a treasure considering the circumstances in which it blossoms. This book is a refreshing reminder of what freedom and love truly look like. I will definitely be reading more books by Sheridan, including the sequel, Finding Eden.
Calder Raines is a young boy when he comes to the commune with his mom dad and older sister who has Down's Syndrome. Caldor is growing up into a handsome man, and he is so beautiful and generous and giving, he works hard and loves his sister and takes her around with him to make her happy. However Calder is not one of the chosen and is not allowed to dream or to make plans or to even think really. However as he gets older he begins to see things for what they really are. Especially when their leader Hector, their prophet, comes back from many of his pilgrimages with his future wife, Eden -the one that will lead them all to Elysium with Hector-and when they meet her she is 9 years old and Caldor is 10. The day she turns 18, is the day she will marry Hector.
When she sees Calder for the first time and he sees her-there is an instant connection-even though they are children. Eden is beautiful with long light blonde hair and the face of an angel, as handsome as Calder is- she is that beautiful. No one is allowed to talk to her, she is the chosen, but as time goes by and as Hector is gone for long periods of time, they get to know each other, and they fall in love. As the years go by they fall in love, and are wiling to risk it all to be together.
There are some very good supporting characters as well, like Calder's sister Maya, and Xander, Calder's best friend, and they all suffer mightily in this story, in different ways. I do not want to say too much more except that I could not believe the things that happened in different parts of the book, and the last third of the book is so sad that you better have tissue.
In the end, the story ends in a cliff hanger however the author also published the second part Finding Eden at the same time so you do not have to wait. In the end we also see the depravity of one man's mind and the lengths he goes to to utterly destroy Calder and Eden's life. Tis is a book that can't be missed!
I gave this book 5***** emotional stars and I can't wait to read Finding Eden to see how this ends!
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Heading straight into book 2!!!