Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Sand Dollar Press
First book in the Save the Pearls series
*This was gifted to me by publisher for 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.
I didn't know much going into this story. It was a little hard to get into. My feelings were very up and down. At times I really liked where things were going, at others I wanted to throw it across the room.
This tells the story of Eden. She must mate but has no real interest. Unknowingly she messes up her fathers very important experiment. She ends up sucked into the rain forest with someone considered to be a beast and her father.
I really just wanted to punch Eden sometimes. Yes she was on a world that sucked away any confidence she had. But, that is no excuse. At times it was like she didn't even think! She also had no idea how to properly use her words. She was all over the place and it was terribly hard to enjoy her. Bramford I loved. He was a very interesting character. He reminded me of beast from beauty and the beast. I don't know how he put up with Eden. I hope we see more of him in the next book.
This had a very unique storyline. It really reminded me of Beauty and the Beast but in a jungle. At times it was all over the place. There was always a lot going on. It had some really unique aspects that I really enjoyed. I loved the jungle setting. I did wish for more background information. It was a pretty fast paced story. Lots and lots of action. Overall this was a pretty good start to the series. It had a few problems but was still enjoyable.