||Sand Dollar Press
Save the Pearls
Eden Newman must mate before her 18th birthday or she’ll be left outside to die in a burning world. Eden must fight to survive, but only if she can redefine beauty and true love.
Eden Newman must mate before her 18th birthday 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 blond hair, blue-eyes and a tragically low mate-rate of 15 percent? In a post-apocalyptic world where resistance to the overheated environment defines class and beauty, Eden’s coloring brands her as a weak and ugly Pearl. If only she can mate with a dark-skinned Coal from the ruling class, she’ll be safe. But when she unwittingly compromises her father’s secret experiment, she is thrust into the last patch of rainforest, and into the arms of the powerful, beastly man who she believes is her enemy, despite her overwhelming attraction. Eden must fight to survive, but only if she can redefine beauty and true love.
Eden would be the envy of many young women, feisty, smart, beautiful and blonde. Unfortunately for her, she is born into a dsytopian future where pale skin means radiation poisoning and early death. Thus racial stereotyping is thrown on it’s head. Our heroine must mate before she turns 18 or risk being abandoned by society and forced to live a short, brutal life on the outside. She longs for a Coal (black) mate so that her children will not face the same stigma of being a Pearl (white).
Eden’s mother died of The Heat when she was younger, and her father is a distracted and intelligent scientist working to improve mankinds genetic code and save the human race. When the experiment goes awry due to interference, Eden and her father find themselves in the wilderness together with the experimental subject…now half man, half beast.
Eden longs to be revealed…to find a lover who will truly see her, not the color of her skin….but she must learn to see as well as to be seen.
The author creates a fascinating and logical world and Eden is a likeable heroine who endears herself to the reader even as we groan with her mistakes and misguided anger. Eden’s mother loved the poetry of Emily Dickinson, and it is peppered liberally throughout the tale adding a depth of dimension usually not seen in such works. Eden also admires and emulates her father, the scientist, and the sprinklings of scientific facts also add to the educational value of a fun read.
Revealing Eden was a great read. It's about a world/ society that could possibly happen in the near future. As the planet dies around them, people must hide underground to protect themselves from the sun. The suns rays are deadly, causing severe burns as it penetrates through the atmosphere. The dominate species are what they call Coals; dark-skinned people, those with the darkest skin are the ones most likely to survive. As their pigmentation protects them from the devestating effects of the sun. There are many classifications among the skin tones and that is how people are judged. Pearls are the pale white-skinned people, who are looked down upon and the only thing lower than them are the cottons which are the albino race. The rarest around especially because they kill off the weak species.
Any pearls living among the coals must coat themselves with a type of paint. darkening their skin and hair so as they can blend in more easily. For Eden life is hard but not as hard as most. She works with coals because of her father; a scientist searching for a solution to the problem. All Eden wants is to be like the coals, dark and beautiful. She want a mate and she needs a mate because at 18 if she doesnt have a mate she will be cut off from the supplies needed to survive. The only way to live is to find someone and reproduce, helping society survive. But finding a mate isn't as easy as one would think. Being a Pearl diminishes her odds but Eden has her sights set on one Coal in particular, one who has been keeping his eye on her as well. Secretly talking to each other Eden hopes that he will soon ask her to be his mate but sometimes those you think you can trust are actually not who they seem to be.
When Eden unwittingly reveals secret information about her fathers experiments she jeopardizes everything they've been working towards, forced into an unescapable situation and thrown into a lost society out in the wilderness Eden must find herself and learn to adapt. With Eden's father as their only hope of survival in the hot rainforest, Eden must do everything she can to save him so that he can complete his experiments. As Eden struggle with what to do without technology, and the always present worldband now out of reach she finds comfort in the company of a beast-man. A man who she believes to be her enemy but can't seem to stay away from. With her attraction to Brandford, Eden must try to understand his motives for bringing them to the forest and accept that life will never be the same.
When the secret to Brandford's actions is revealed you be shocked. As Eden and Brandford fight for their lives you feel pulled into their world. The emotions run high in this fast paced book filled with questions, action, and even a little romance. Heart-pounding and devastatingly realistic Revealing Eden will leave you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen. Amazing writing, creative and enthralling story that captivates you. Eden's character was developed beautifully, she's strong, independent but still a girl at heart just wanting someone to love her for who she is. A great story showing that you can't judge a book by its cover, and that beauty comes from within.
Fantastic read I recommend everyone to check out this book, can't wait for book 2! So glad I got the chance to read this book by an amazing author. Loved her writing style and the detail she puts into the story is fantastic. I loved how she took something so real; problems that we're struggling with today, and made a possible world from it, and the concept of rascism in reverse is a fresh take on problems that we as a society have had for generations. I really don't know what else to say but it was amazing. Five Stars.
In a post-apocalyptic world, everyone must live underground to protect themselves from the extreme heat on Earth. People with white skin, called Pearls, are the most susceptible to die from The Heat, and most have already perished. Eden, a Pearl herself, has managed to survive with her father, an intelligent scientist. They now live underground surrounded by a population of dark-skinned people called Coals. Eden's light skin forces her to be in the lowest class, being looked down upon by the powerful Coals. There's only one way for her to earn respect from them, and that's by mating before she turns eighteen. With just half a year left, Eden must find a man that will accept her as a Pearl, or be left stranded on the surface of Earth alone to die. Meanwhile, Eden's father has been working on a secret biological experiment that could save the existing Pearls. But when the experiment is put into the wrong hands, Eden must flee with her father and boss, Bramford, above ground and into a whole new world.
There were so many great and wonderful things about this book, it's hard to find a place to start! First of all, the entire story itself was brilliantly thought out and creative. It was really interesting reading about a super high-tech setting underground, where the people dwelled. Sure, it was very farfetched, but that's what made it fun. Also, even though the setting itself wasn't realistic, the people that made up the community living there sure were. Right away, I liked Eden's character. She was independent, open-minded, brave, and rebellious. I admired how she marched to the beat of her own drum, and refused to just deal with the rules given to her. She was also flawed, which made her character seem that much more real! She whined and complained some, ached to fit in and belong among the Coals, and like any girl does, yearned to be loved by a mate.
Another unique thing about this book was how the concept of racism was turned around. It was interesting seeing how people with white skin were in the lowest class and treated like scum, while those with very dark skin were superior and ruled over everyone. Something I would have liked to know that was never mentioned in the book was how the surface of the Earth grew so overheated that it began killing off people. The Heat, which was the deadly disease that white-skinned people got, was described as like an extreme sunburn that after a few days lead to sickness and then eventually death. I would have liked to know the background behind all that.
The only thing that felt a little awkward sometimes in the story was the relationship between Eden and Bramford. Sometimes it felt forced or unnatural, and the romance wasn't completely believable. There were a lot of unexpected things that happened in the book that I never saw coming. I liked how it was unpredictable and full of action. This was a great book to the start of a new unique series.
Cover Thoughts: I really love this cover art! It captures the whole essence of the book, and I absolutely love how the girl's face is half light and half dark.
Want to review or comment on this
Click here to login!
Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!