Release Date: July 3rd, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Sixteen years have passed since a deadly virus wiped out most of the Earth’s population. After learning of the terrifying part she and her classmates were fated to play in the rebuilding of New America, eighteen-year-old Eve fled to the wilds and Califia, a haven for women determined to live outside the oppressive rule of the king of New America. However, her freedom came at a price: she was forced to leave Caleb, the boy she loves, wounded and alone at the city gates. Eve quickly learns that Califia may not be as safe as it seems and soon finds herself in the City of Sand and the palace of the king. There she uncovers the real reason he was so intent on her capture, and the unbelievable role he intends her to fill. When she is finally reunited with Caleb, they will enact a plan as daring as it is dangerous. But will Eve once again risk everything—her freedom, her life—for love?
Brimming with danger and star-crossed romance, and featuring a vivid dystopian landscape, this electrifying follow-up to Eve, which bestselling author Lauren Kate called “a gripping, unforgettable adventure—and a fresh look at what it means to love” is sure to appeal to fans who crave the high-stakes adventure of The Hunger Games and the irresistible love story of Romeo and Juliet
Once is a sequel that once you pick up, you remember nothing of the trilogy’s debut. You remember bits and pieces, shadows of thoughts, but in the end, you don’t know if its from the first book or another book you read.
At least, that’s how it was for me.
I did remember one thing from Eve pretty clearly, though: the ending. The cliffhanger that left me torn and saddened.
Once starts off three months after the ending of Eve. Eve is still trying to forget the events that occurred three months ago, but she can’t help it. She will forever be plagued with her past. But suddenly, her past is nothing compared to the present – and her future. I admit, I never saw that twist coming. We went through a whole novel thinking one way, only to have it flip to something else entirely about a quarter of the way through Once.
Despite the twists, the desperate action scenes, the heartfelt emotions Eve felt, I felt nothing. I was on the sidelines, far, far away, looking at everything, but feeling nothing. I thoroughly enjoyed Eve, so it was a major disappointment that Once fell short for me.
Once was a sequel that didn’t lack in plot. It wasn’t a sequel that suffered from ‘second-book-syndrome’. There was just something lacking – whether it be description, emotion, I don’t know. I wasn’t hooked, or able to sit still and read it. It didn’t have that captivation I expected and looked forward to.
And despite it all, I will still read the third installment, Rise. Though the cliffhanger ending didn’t leave me ‘hanging’ as I would have liked to, I would like to see what happens, if only out of curiosity. But don’t take my word for it! I’ve seen some raving reviews for the sequel, and you might just like it more than me.
Disclosure: This review is based on an advanced copy of the book received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received.