Once by Anna Carey
Hardcover, 320 pages
July 3rd 2012
By Harper Collins
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?
I absolutely love this series. If you think Eve was good, Once will take you on a whole new journey of the unexpected. Carey gives you an unexpected twist in Once which I completely loved. In my opinion, usually when I read a sequel to a book I love, it's hardly ever as good as the first one. But not with Once, in fact I think this book was better. I find there to be more intense action in Once and more in depth with the characters and their relationships.
I didn't really read the blurb in Once, so I didn't know what to expect from it. All I know was that I wanted Caleb and Eve to find each other again since in Eve, the duo was running away from the King and his army. But when the time came that she meets the King in City of Sand and learns the real reason behind him wanting to capture her, it will throw you off your rocker! I literally screamed. I was taken aback by how unpredictable Once was. Usually when I read a book, I tend to figure out what's going to happen next, but I was not able to do that with this book. As Eve continues to learn new information, she later has to decide what to do with it and who she can trust. I can't really put a finger on how to describe Eve in this book, but I was just surprised by everything.
The only thing I'm a little upset about is that now I have to wait much longer for book 3 which is now called "Rise". To which I absolutely LOVE the cover!! I met Anna Carey a few months ago and she was such a sweetheart. I told her I read Once and she was very excited to talk about it. So do I need to say this book comes with high recommendations? Well it does, I give Once, 5 huge golden stars and it's definitely a Good Choice for Reading.
Here's Cover Love for her third book in this sequel:
It's such a mysterious cover! Where is she going? Hmmm?