Tuesday, December 25, 2012

ONCE by Anna Carey.... Riding the fence on this one.

ONCE (Eve #2)
by Anna Carey

Published July 3rd, 2012 by Harper Collins
ISBN 0062048546

When you're being hunted, who can you trust?

For the first time since she escaped from her school many months ago, Eve can sleep soundly. She's living in Califia, a haven for women, protected from the terrifying fate that awaits orphaned girls in The New America.

But her safety came at a price: She was forced to abandon Caleb, the boy she loves, wounded and alone at the city gates. When Eve gets word that Caleb is in trouble, she sets out into the wild again to rescue him, only to be captured and brought to the City of Sand, the capital of The New America.

Trapped inside the City walls, Eve uncovers a shocking secret about her past--and is forced to confront the harsh reality of her future. When she discovers Caleb is alive, Eve attempts to flee her prison so they can be together--but the consequences could be deadly. She must make a desperate choice to save the ones she loves . . . or risk losing Caleb forever.

In this breathless sequel to "Eve," Anna Carey returns to her tale of romance, adventure, and sacrifice in a world that is both wonderfully strange and chillingly familiar.

I thought ONCE was a very good novel from an emotional standpoint but I was disappointed by how short sighted Eve was. She never seemed to be thinking of different possibilities, of different outcomes. 

(Slight spoilers ahead) 

Even when learning her true status, Eve didn't pause to consider how she could change the entire nation once she gained power. Caleb seemed to be not as strong a character this time around with his head stuck in la la land. A major shocker at the end left me wondering how book three will develop. ONCE seemed not as thought through as the first novel and we jump disjointedly from situation to situation. The author's thoughts seemed unfinished and I'm still wondering what the point of some scenes were. Given that, I still felt it warranted a 3.8 (rounded to 4) for the striking visual and social references as well as the emotional pull.