Review: Once by Anna Carey
Once by Anna Carey
July 3, 2012
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.
ONCE is a compelling and shocking sequel to EVE that will have you biting your finger nails in anticipation for the next scene! EVE was full of action, fighting, romance, and thrill, and while ONCE tones some of those components down, I never felt bored or like it was missing something. While ONCE does end with yet another cliffhanger, there is a hint of hope in there that will carry readers over until the final novel in the trilogy.
While even isn’t the same broken and naive girl from EVE, she still has her fair share of problems to deal with. She has to learn how to conquer all of her road blocks to be happy and with Caleb, but that is way easier said than done. Through it all, Eve never once backs down, even when all hope seems to be lost. By the end of ONCE, Eve knows her purpose and will not stop until it is fulfilled.
There is some crazy stuff that occurs in ONCE! It was hard to wrap my mind around some of the twists that were revealed. In ONCE, it all finally starts to come together. The questions are still there but readers can actually understand the reasons why things are happening. Even better, we learn a little more about EVE and some of her background. I am very happy with all that occurred in ONCE, and I can’t wait for the final novel.
If you haven’t read EVE yet, I highly recommend it. There are so many dystopians out there in the YA genre but this one can stand on its own. If you read EVE, you will definitely enjoy ONCE. It is a great continuation and I need more!