19 January 2012

Review: Revealing Eden (Save the Pearls #1) by Victoria Foyt

Revealing Eden (Save the Pearls #1) by Victoria Foyt

Published: 10 January 2012

Pages: 307 (hard-cover)

Genre/s: Dystopia, Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult

Source: Publisher for review

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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. 

My Thoughts

The synopsis of Revealing Eden sounded fascinating – a girl in a post-apocalyptic world where class is determined by the color of one’s skin, a little lurve, some science – what more could I want?

Well, a little more actually. The idea of Revealing Eden is a good one and there are so many themes that could be explored and the writing is good and flows easily, but at times a little too easily – scenes change quickly in the first part of the book and several times I found myself thinking “Huh, what just happened?”.

I also didn’t really take to Eden – I assumed she would be a strong, independent girl who wouldn’t be easily convinced, but instead she came across as needy, whiny and manipulated at every opportunity. The relationship between Eden and her love-interest could also have been fleshed out more – it felt a little bit too “insta-love” (or maybe I’m just a cynic!) to really pull me in.

Revealing Eden for me needed a lot more world-building, there is so much potential that isn’t really tapped into apart from the opening chapters.


  1. Nice review, but not my kind of book.

  2. Great review! I feel like you summed up a lot of my feelings. This book had so much potential yet didn't quite reach it. I agree that the scenes change super fast in the beginning, maybe a little more explanation would have been nicer! :)



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