I really loved Eve, the first book in this trilogy, so I was obviously excited for this one. The beginning is somewhat slow, but the minute that Eve is taken into the City of Sand, it picks up, and suddenly you’re turning pages right and left.

At the beginning of the book, Eve is kidnapped and taken from Califia to the City of Sand where she is told the truth about her past and her future is changed forever. So when Caleb comes back into the picture, their situation is both better and worse – and possibly life-threatening. Eve has to decide if she wants to risk her life to be with Caleb, or save them all.

When Caleb comes back into the picture, I was almost disappointed. In a lot of ways, I think Eve is stronger without him. Also, the way he was brought back into the book – by them seeing each other in a crowd – it just didn’t seem realistic. The rest of the book is Eve battling with her hopes for her relationship with Caleb and her obligations in the City of Sand, which reminded me of a lot of other books I’ve read. (Wants to leave city to be with boyfriend, can’t due to obligations to city.)

One thing I really did like – Eve stayed very true to who she was out in the wild. She had the same beliefs, had the same tenacious personality, and stood for the same things. Now though, she could do something about it! I’m really looking forward to seeing how she grows in the third and final installment of this trilogy – hopefully she’ll reach her potential!

This series is great, but it’s not the best. There are definitely some better ones out there, but I still suggest it to dystopian fans! I liked Eve a lot more than Once, but I’m really excited for the finale!

— Willa

About the Book:
Title: Once
Author: Anna Carey
Release Date: 07/2012