Review: Once by Anna Carey

Once by Anna Carey
Series: The Eve Trilogy (# 2)
Release Date: July 3, 2012
Publisher:  Harper
Pages: 354
Source:  Publicist

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.

 

Review:  WOW! I couldn’t wait to get back into the world of Eve and see if she and Caleb ended up together. I also wondered in what ways had Eve changed after being sheltered her entire life then thrust into so many hard choice situations. I was not disappointed in book two and was totally hooked once Eve reached The City of Sand, Capitol of The New America.

In book one, Eve and Caleb spent most of their time on the run and Eve sacrificed people she cared about over and over as a result of her decisions trying to evade capture and be sent to the King. In book two, she is captured trying to find out about Caleb’s health and, again, a friend is sacrificed as a result of that decision. The penalties are harsh and when Eve is separated from her friend, she is taken to The City of Sand, where she is to become the one that bears the King’s children. This scene was one of the hardest for me to read and the tears were falling.

Without knowing Caleb’s whereabouts, Eve is taken to meet the King assuming that he is going to tell her about bearing his children. However, what she finds out is actually much worst in Eve’s mind and sets the tone for the remainder of the book. At this point, the pages began flying as I read and Eve came into her own. She openly defies the King while trying to find out about her friends and Caleb. While learning about policies and procedures in the City, she confronts the King about what is really happening outside the walls and begs him to save her friends.

*spoiler*

When Eve and Caleb are finally able to find out about each other’s whereabouts, Eve is thrilled that he is alive and sneaks out to meet him. She begs him to tell her about how he survived and finds out that dissidents are inside the city and have begun to use old tunnels with plans to take the city and overthrow the King. After many clandestine meetings, Caleb is found out by the King and the guards beat him and throw him in prison.

Confronted with Caleb’s inevitable execution, Eve sacrifices herself and makes a bargain with the King but things aren’t as they seem and in the end, the King has lied and Eve is on the altar about to wed someone she doesn’t love, someone that isn’t Caleb.

Heart-stopping, I know! I wish book three was in my hands NOW.