Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I read the first book, Eve, a few months ago because a friend in class lent me a copy and I really liked it, it was a little morbid but the plot was interesting. I was dying to get my hands on the second book, and thanks to my library I was able to get it in ebook form, and it took me only a few hours to read it.
The world in Eve and Once is kind of horrible, certainly if you're young (labor and breeding camps, yuck), and the King and the people in the City of Sand don't want to change things.
Eve is a great main character, she is willing to sarifice herself for those she loves and stands up for herself, plus she did not get swept away by the whole 'Princess' thing instead she stood by Caleb and her friends at the 'School'.
The end was heartbreaking and I hope that the next book does not leave my emotions in such turmoil!
And now I cannot wait to get my hands on the last book, Rise. I recommend this book to those who like futuristic government controlled stories, but be warned there are some heavy themes in the book.
"Our bodies fitted together perfectly, as though we were never meant to be apart." p.135
Four out of Five Stars