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ONCE by Anna Carey

ONCE

An Eve Novel

From the Eve series, volume 2

By Anna Carey

Age Range: 12 - 18

Pub Date: July 3rd, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-06-204854-7
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

This second book in the Eve series finds Eve trapped in the tyrannical City of Sand in this near-future dystopia.

Sometime in the mid-21st century, the world tries to recover from a plague that wiped out most humans. The former governor of California has established a repressive monarchy that controls the lives of the population under his jurisdiction, while most cities, including San Francisco, are abandoned. Eve, running from The New America, became separated from her boyfriend, Caleb, in the previous installment. This time she’s captured by New America soldiers and taken to the former Las Vegas, now ruled by the King, who’s rebuilding the city with slave labor. There, Eve learns that she has a whole new privileged identity with the royal family. When Caleb contacts her, however, she sneaks out to meet him and becomes involved with the dissidents who intend to foment a rebellion. All does not go well, and Eve finds herself in a situation wherein she must make a desperate bargain with the deceitful King. Carey delivers a believably devastated world, sparsely populated by savvy survivors, and keeps pages flipping throughout most of the story, although the romance is standard stuff. If the book’s crisis is a bit predictable, the sudden, menacing ending ought to propel readers to the next book in the series.

Suspenseful. (Dystopian romance. 12 & up)