Eve has been living in Califia, free of the King and his plans for her - or so she thinks. Captured while on the run, Eve is taken to the City of Sand where she finds out why the King has really been after her all this time, she is not his future wife, she is really his daughter. It is a shock and almost seems like a betrayal to learn this bitter truth, and realising that she is a prisoner in a gilded cage seems too much to take - until she discovers that Caleb is also in the City of Sand. Living a double life, Eve tries to find a balance between the world she has left behind and still has contact with through Caleb, and the new world of the City where she is entitled to a world of wealth and privilege because her father is the King.
Once follows on from Eve in explosive fashion, a gripping sequel in what promises to be one of the best trilogies of recent years. Eve is an engaging character and I couldn't help but get absorbed in the world she lives in, one that is only a few decades into our future. Thanks to watching movies and TV shows like CSI I can visualise some of the environments of the City of Sand, but you don't really need to have that background because the story carries you along. Sometimes the sequel can dip, losing something between the first and second book, but the Eve trilogy is still going strong and I really hope that Anna Carey is working on the final book in the series so I can find out how things end for Eve.
Don't let the relatively short review deceive you - I really enjoyed Once, but if I tell you too much it might ruin some of the twists in the story and reduce your enjoyment of this great read.
If you like this book then try:
- Eve by Anna Carey
- The hunger games by Suzanne Collings
- Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
- Among the hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
- Inside out by Maria V. Snyder
- Virals by Kathy Reichs
- Graceling by Kristin Cashore
- The selection by Kiera Cass
- Slated by Teri Terry
- The forest of hands and teeth by Carrie Ryan
Reviewed by Brilla