Source: received for review
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.
This was a fast paced novel, that kept me interested throughout. It had many twice and turns which I found helped keep me as a reader interested. I love how the mystery within the novel was not revealed until the end, this added a lot of suspense to the novel.
The futuristic devices were interesting and I loved how the author managed to explain it all simply so the reader was able to follow along. The characters were well-developed and all had a purpose and a role to play within the novel.
I loved the Mayan and Aztec mythology that was present through out the novel. It added an interesting dimension to the novel.
I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series as I found the whole plot of this novel to be an interesting concept.
A copy of this novel was received for free and all opinions are my own through reading it.