Author: Victoria Foyt
Release Date: January 10th, 2012
Publisher: Sand Dollar Press
Format: Electronic Copy
Acquired: ARC; Netgalley
Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: 4 Stars
Eden Newman must mate before her 18th birthday in six months or she'll be left outside to die in a burning world. But who will pick up her mate-option when she's cursed with white skin and a tragically low mate-rate of 15%? In a post-apocalyptic, totalitarian, underground world where class and beauty are defined by resistance to an overheated environment, Eden's coloring brands her as a member of the lowest class, a weak and ugly Pearl. If only she can mate with a dark-skinned Coal from the ruling class, she'll be safe. Just maybe one Coal sees the Real Eden and will be her salvation her co-worker Jamal has begun secretly dating her. But when Eden unwittingly compromises her father's secret biological experiment, she finds herself in the eye of a storm and thrown into the last area of rainforest, a strange and dangerous land. Eden must fight to save her father, who may be humanity's last hope, while standing up to a powerful beast-man she believes is her enemy, despite her overwhelming attraction. Eden must change to survive but only if she can redefine her ideas of beauty and of love, along with a little help from her "adopted aunt" Emily Dickinson
I'm not really sure what to say about this book. It was interesting in ways I didn't expect and it shows a lot of promise for the upcoming novels in the series. Foyt brings forth a world where those of darker skin color are the superior race, since they can stand up against the sun's blistering heat. She is called a Pearl, due to her white complexion.
When Eden and her father are taken to an island things go horribly wrong and thus the story really starts.
I like Eden, and Foyt makes it easy to really like it. The reader feels sympathy for her situation and makes her a likeable protagonist. And supporting characters like Ronsom help bring out Eden's character to light.
The plot doesn't move to fast but still keeps interest. The way this society functions makes the story appealing, but I'm a politics geek, so any new and different society looks good to me. One of the reasons why I read dystopia fiction, but I like that Foyt is able to keep this world very real, and very exciting.
One of the things I don't like as much is the cover. I'm sorry, but whoever came up with that cover just did not grasps the story at all, because I feel like this cover does not do the book justice. And I usually don't criticize the cover, but I just have to say something about this.
Like I said, Foyt pieces together a world full of secrets and adventure that leaves a lot of potential for the rest of the series.