Sunday, March 25, 2012
Save the Pearls- Revealing Eden, by Victoria Foyt- 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
It sounds really weird right? I won't lie, it was. Really, really, really weird.
For starters, the whole "coating" thing, where Eden and all other white people coat themselves to appear black and to supposedly protect themselves from the destructive sun (although they live underground??), was bizarre. It may have made some small amount of sense if A- they lived above ground and it was some super duper sun screen that just happened to make them black, or B- when she does end up in the rainforest she was desperately burned from her lack of coating. Which she is not. Instead she's flouncing around, blond and pale, but other than that just really hot and sweaty. Oh, and did I mention she's gorgeous under the coating? But of course.
Next up is her relationship with Bramford. Bramford is her boss, she loathes him, but then he's turned into a human/animal hybrid and suddenly she loathes/wants into his pants. She can't help it, he's just so uber sexy now that he's a monster. What's considerably worse is how she's turned on every time he scares her. Ugh. Much has been said about this story trope all over the blogosphere. I won't deign to add to the diatribe, other than to say- I do not approve. Scary, is not sexy. Scary is scary, and yes it can be a front that with character development and reveals, I can see getting over,but scary should never equal sexy with no further explanation.
But wait! There's more! Eden screams, kicks up a fuss and goes ape shit on and off for the entire story. She's exhausting, and I'm embarrassed for her most of the time. Honestly, every time she screams I want to slap her. But somehow this is supposed to show that she's really tough. And Bramford keeps commenting on how she'd make one hell of a she-cat, which last time I checked does not mean you freak out about bugs, weird food, and not getting your way all the time. But feral Bramford obviously enjoys her feistiness, even while bitching about how untrustworthy she is and how he doesn't trust her not to betray them all. And I've only begone to touch on all the contrariness of this ridiculous story.
The ultimate disaster for me, is how unlikeable all the characters are. Bramford is obviously lusting over Eden, so I'm never going to like him. Eden is unbearable, screechy, bitchy and constantly being an ass, so I don't like her, Eden's dad is so flat he might as well not even be in the story line (he calls her Daught as a nickname?! Daught, honestly), and nobody else is developed basically at all.
I can't imagine why anyone would read the rest of this series and I have to admit that the only reason I forced myself through this whole book was because I didn't mind Victoria Foyt's previous book The Virtual Life of Lexie Diamond. I felt bad not giving it a full read. So I did, but I have to say I resent every minute I lost too it.
However, though I would not recommend this story, it has apparently done really well critically? At least according to this article on PRWeb, and I ran across a number of favourable reviews online as well. So if you're on the fence, don't let me be your deciding voice on the matter. It may have just not been my taste.
Save the Pearls Part One, Revealing Eden, by Victoria Foyt
Published by Sand Dollar Press, January 10th, 2012
My copy kindly provided by the publisher
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