“We killed the world and ourselves at the same time.”
Title: Children of Eden (Children of Eden #1)
Authors: Joey Graceffa
Format: Paperback (library book)
Genre: YA , Science Fiction-Dystopian, Fantasy
Rating: 2 stars
[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads)
The electrifying #1 New York Times bestselling debut novel from YouTube sensation Joey Graceffa dares to ask the question: What would you do in order to survive if your very existence were illegal?
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.
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 from the ruthless Center government in her family’s compound for sixteen years. Now, 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.
An instant #1 New York Times bestseller, Children of Eden is a thrilling and completely absorbing work from one of social media’s brightest young storytellers. Taking the genre of dystopian fiction far beyond where it has traveled before, viral sensation Joey Graceffa’s first novel introduces us to an empowering and endearing young protagonist and a world that contains as many perils as it does illuminating surprises, perfect for fans of the Divergent and Maze Runner series.
(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only and may contain coarse language)
Rowan is a second child, but her very existence is illegal and if she’s caught, she is as good as dead. When she manages to sneak out and explore for a night, but it leads to nothing good and soon, she is labelled as a renegade on the run.
To be honest, when I saw that this book was written by a YouTuber, I was slightly skeptical and put the book back onto the bookshelf. But a little voice in my head told me to give it a go and I decided to give it a chance.
It wasn’t a bad book, honestly. But it wasn’t very impressing for me either.
This book reminded me of The 100 and the world building was okay, pretty easy to digest and understand. I ended up speed reading the 2nd half of the book.
Unfortunately, I didn’t emotionally connect with the book and I didn’t find the book memorable enough.
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