Review: Revealing Eden

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Revealing EdenRevealing Eden by Victoria Foyt
Series: Save the Pearls #1
Published by Sand Dollar Press on January 10, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Romance, Science Fiction
Pages: 307
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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.

This was a seriously weird book. Like way weird. The main plot line is, in fact, about a jaguar man. This is not a joke. At least it’s not about were-panthers right. Although he kind of is a were-jaguar, only it wasn’t an inborn power; it was science. But still…

Moving on, the reason I chose to read this was because it is a dystopia. Gotta read ’em all. What intrigued me about this one was the power reversal that happened at some point. Old white men no longer control the economy or politics. Now, young black men are the most powerful and desired. Unfortunately, whoever is in power, they are assholes to everyone else. To avoid being treated too harshly, the Pearls have to paint their skin and hair black. Ignoring the fact that that is blackface, as shown on the cover, Foyt made the…questionable decision to call the blacks “coals” and the whites “pearls,” which still implies that white people are better, especially paired with so many of the black men being rapists in this book.

What really weirded me out about this novel was the romance aspect. To begin with, Eden hates Bramford and has no real interest in him. She thinks he’s vaguely attractive, but mostly just a jerk. And you should probably stop reading now if you don’t want spoilers. I don’t think they are very surprising plot-wise, but just saying.

Okay, so then Bramford gets transformed into a jaguar man. He’s still on his hind legs like a human, but he has a thin coating of black fur, long black hair (he was bald before) and a vaguely feline face. As soon as this happens, Eden wants him like none other. She begins panting after him now that he is not wholly human. She is so drawn to him that she cannot think about anything else when he’s there; when he’s not nearby, she insults him and continues to think he’s the biggest douchebag ever. Ummm, okay.

Overall, Revealing Eden reads like a romance novel. However, the themes of racism and what it does to people are interesting in theory but badly handled.

2 responses to “Review: Revealing Eden”

  1. Nori says:

    Strange, huh? I have this one too! But, I haven’t gotten to it yet. And now I’m not so sure how excited I am to read it. And for some reason, Facebook really wants me to read it…Do you have ads for it on your Facebook page too?

  2. Christina says:

    No, but my adblocker blocks facebook’s ads, so…

    Anyway, you should at least try it, because you often like things I didn’t.

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