Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa -- Review

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Title: Children of Eden 
Author: Joey Graceffa
Pages: 277 
Publishing: October 4th 2016 by Atria/Keywords Press
ISBN: 1501146556 

Summary: 

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.


Review: 

After seeing the beautiful cover and reading the synopsis, I couldn't say no when asked to read Children of Eden. I'll be honest, I'm not super hip in the YouTube world, so I wasn't familiar with Joey Graceffa prior to reading The Children of Eden. Another little bit of honesty... I'm so glad I picked up this book! 

The plot wasn't completely original, but after so many dystopian books I think it probably gets a little difficult to come up with a completely original story line. Although it had similarities to The Hunger Games and Divergent, it also had plenty of originality. I was completely drawn into the word Graceffa created and was able to imagine my own version of it perfectly. At times, I found myself wondering what my life would be like in Eden.   

Children of Eden was fast paced with constant twists, and it was filled with high intensity action scenes that left me constantly wanting more. I was thoroughly entertained and found myself unable to put the book down. As I got closer to the end of the novel, I had more and more questions unanswered, which leads me to believe (crossing my fingers) there will be a second book about Rowan and her adventures. 


All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the story and hope to read more from Graceffa in the future. The Children of Eden was a fun, entertaining, and quick read that fans of the dystopian genre are sure to enjoy. This book went on sale yesterday so head on out to your nearest bookstore and pick it up!

Rating 4/5


*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

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