Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa and Lauren Sullivan
Rating: 5/5 stars
Synopsis: What would you do 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. Her kaleidoscope eyes will give her away to the ruthless Center government.
Outside of Eden, Earth is poisoned and dead. All animals andmost 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.
Whenever a YouTuber writes a book, I’m always curious to read it. The are deviating from what they are known for. I’ve read Zoella’s books which were amazing and cute. This book Children of Eden, by Joey Graceffa was spectacular.
When reading this book, I couldn’t even tell if it was written by a well-known author. It was that compelling. The book lured me in to a futuristic, dystopian world where I got to really contemplate about how the world would look like in the future.
The characters had unique names that aren’t common. Rowan is a pretty name. Her character makes me think of Rowan Blanchard from Girl Meets World. Both Rowans fight for what they want. When I first heard Lark’s name I thought of this quote from Romeo and Juliet,”It was the lark, the bird that sings at dawn, not the nightingale.”
Something that unsettled me in the book was the romance. There wasn’t much of it that was important to the plot of the story, but Rowan has feelings for two people of different genders. I am not criticizing her sexuality; I’m asking, ”Why the confusing romance?”. Similarly, Rowan Blanchard announced that she was queer and this: “So I am not gonna give myself labels to stick with — just existing,” she tweeted. Preach!
I would recommend this book. I loved the dystopian theme.