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.
The Journey Continues
Once picks up mere months after Eve ends. Eve, in Califia, still longs for Caleb, worrying over how he’s surviving, alone and wounded, out in the land. She still worries over Arden, whom she lost along their way. And yet, She herself is not safe in Califia and soon she’s gone from that hidden community, reunited with Arden, pulled apart from her again, reunited with Caleb, pulled apart from her again, going on and on through the twisting turning adventure of this book.
What I loved most about Eve’s journey was how true to herself she stayed throughout it. She winds up in the City of Sand, in situations she could never have imagined and still she holds to her core beliefs, she doesn’t forget the needs of her friends or the other dissidents around the new America, and she’s always trying to do what’s right.
Anna Carey does introduce a rival of sorts for Caleb in the City, but while I liked him and thought he had potential, I was happy that there wasn’t a traditional second book love triangle. And for that I can only say, “THANK YOU, MS. CAREY!!!”
I FREAKING adored Eve’s journey in this book and I give it a magical 5 star rating!
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Tavia Gilbert returns as the narrator for this book and she does an amazing job! Her ability to portray all the characters makes this riveting book even more compelling! The audio version is superb!