Title/Author: Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa
Publisher: Atria Books
Synopsis: Rowan is a Second Child in a world where population control measures make her an outlaw, marked for death. She can never go to school, make friends, or get the eye implants that will mark her as a true member of Eden. Her kaleidoscope eyes will give her away to the ruthless Center government.
Outside of Eden, Earth is poisoned and dead. All animals and most plants have been destroyed by a man-made catastrophe. Long ago, the brilliant scientist Aaron al Baz saved a pocket of civilization by designing the EcoPanopticon, a massive computer program that hijacked all global technology and put it to use preserving the last vestiges of mankind. Humans will wait for thousands of years in Eden until the EcoPan heals the world.
As an illegal Second Child, Rowan has been hidden away in her family’s compound for sixteen years. Now, restless and desperate to see the world, she recklessly escapes for what she swears will be only one night of adventure. Though she finds an exotic world, and even a friend, the night leads to tragedy. Soon Rowan becomes a renegade on the run – unleashing a chain of events that could change the world of Eden forever.
**A huge thank you to Atria Books for sending me a review copy of this book! This in no way affects my thoughts, feelings, or opinions.**
Personally, I think that the biggest potential hindrance to a dystopian novel is that as the reader, you have to buy into it.
While logically speaking, I couldn’t quite get behind the concept of the future presented in Children of Eden, as I read further into the story, I warmed up to it and ending up loving the concept on a pure enjoyment level. There was intrigue within the world Graceffa created (i.e. a corrupt government–because this is a dystopian novel, after all), and I found that the world ended up being one of the most interesting parts of the novel. Continue reading