Author: Victoria Foyt
Release Date: 1/10/2012
Series: Save The Pearls
Genre: YA Dystopian
Received from NetGalley for honest review.
Summary from B&N.com:
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.
Revealing Eden was interesting, but that was the only good thing I found about this book. This book was over all very frustrating. The characters were very frustrating. The dystopian world was so confusing it was frustrating.
Eden Newman is the main character of this book. Eden was almost always having a self pity party. She always judging people before she really got to know them. Eden also was always help me help me, never helping herself. The "beast-man" had these caring undertones to his hardness, but Eden never really saw that until the end of the book.
This dystopian world was that something happen with the sun and that people had to live underground. The book never told me exactly what had happen, just if you were exposed to the sun you could get the heat (a disease that you get from the sun in the book). The over all big theme of the dystopian world was, that dark skinned people referred to as coals in the book were better than light skin people referred to as pearls and albinos referred to as cottons. Another big theme was Eden needing to mate before the age of 18, or she would be cut off.
The author was trying to said out a message about racism, by putting a different view on it. But it really didn't make sense. In the book coals were suppose to me better than pearls, but word pearls means more than the word coal in our life. Her message was very jumbled but yet interesting.
This book had a interesting message, but the rest of the book was frustrating. The dystopian world was not talk about enough to understand, and it also contradicts its self. The character were very poor poor me, and I don't think that was appropriate for a dystopian.