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Children of Eden: A Novel (2016)

– tekijä: Joey Graceffa

Sarjat: Children of Eden (1)

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"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. Indeed, her kaleidoscopic eyes may very well give her away to the ruthless Center government. 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" --… (lisätietoja)
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 6) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
First, I read this because my niece asked me to. She wanted to get my feeling about the book. Okay. Luckily, she wasn't ecstatic about the book, herself. And I'll admit that I'm not a big fan of a lot of things that are standard, in YA writing. So take my comments as you will.

Second, the only (minor) spoiler is hidden in a "spoiler" link. And it only spoils something from the first bit of the book.

Graceffa has potential. I say that because I didn't just give up on the book, even though it was continually annoying. There's a... likability to his writing style. I can't quite identify what it is, but it wasn't enough to make me want to follow his career.

In a nutshell, this story is about Rowan, a teen girl and second child, in a post-apocalyptic society that terminates second children. She "shouldn't exist". She is illegal, kept hidden. Of course, the society is secretly dystopian and she somehow ends up in the middle of the whole rebellion thing.

Wait... did I say "middle"? No, she's on the coattails/head of it all. As in, she does stupid things which thrust her into the limelight, storywise, then just gets dragged through most of it... or runs through (she really likes to run) most of it. And she really doesn't understand what's going on, pretty much ever.

Some issues I had:

Characters have no set personality/skillset.They're just whatever the story needs them to be, at that moment. Rowan has spent her entire life with only her father, mother, and brother, yet she has major social skills... when the story needs her to. And she has an amazing ability to parse social cues, without any experience in social settings. Like noticing slight pauses and precisely identifying what they mean.

Rowan's understanding of things seems impossible without a greater knowledge of prefail (contemporary) Earth than she has.

She gets injured, at one point. A sprain bad enough to cause noticeable swelling around the ankle. And it hurts and slows her down, as it should. Except when the story needs her to start running again and the sprain isn't mentioned, until later. Suddenly it's such a bad sprain that she has to hold back a scream. Then it's no big deal, again. In all such instances, it was only mentioned when the author needed to slow her down or rig up some tension/suspense.

Manufactured Suspense:

The Backpack. Just before Rowan goes on the run, for her life, her mother packs her backpack, so Rowan has no idea what's been packed. And her mother tells her that she's packed a secret, too. Mom dies. Anyway... Rowan runs, hides, has this experience and that, has a nap or two... basically, she spends a lot of downtime and otherwise kicks around without looking into the backpack. She thinks about it.(suspense) The author mentions it.(oooh, suspense) And the reader is left to wonder what important thing is in the backpack. I won't tell you, but it makes no frigging sense. That it exists makes sense, but that her mother gave it as a surprise doesn't. And this whole rigamarole is used to manufacture suspense when there isn't any, mainly because the story has no real goal.

EcoPan and Eyeballs. The EcoPan (an all-seeing AI computer system that runs everything) has data based on implanted retinas that all citizens have. Yet there's a whole bunch of nonsense suspense built around a pass card that shouldn't exist. When your eyeballs contain everything from your physical description to your banking details, you don't need no stinking pass cards.

It probably comes as no surprise that my final comment is that the world, itself, makes no sense. It's just various bit and pieces, stuck together and given Frankenstein life. Yick.

Sorry, Joey.You need a serious mentor or editor. Maybe a bunch of Alpha Readers. And, hopefully, the humility to take their advice. I gave it 2 stars, instead of 1, because there's something likeable about it. Like a fugly kid sister, or something. ( )
  James_Patrick_Joyce | Oct 24, 2020 |
Maya liked the idea of only being allowed to have one child and having hidden children. Some of us thought this sounded a lot like Margaret Peterson Haddix' Shadow Children series.
  FinneytownSecondary | Feb 23, 2019 |
Set in a future world, where the one-child policy is strictly enforced, Rowan is the "2nd" child. Her very existence must be kept secret. Of course, she is uncovered and, on the lam, encounters a secret society of other outcast "seconds." Interior dialog is well rendered. Everything else, including the plot, setting, and the characters seem cliched, to this reader. Nothing objectionable, just meh. ( )
  mjspear | Feb 12, 2018 |
Joey Graceffa is one of my favorite youtubers so when I found out he was writing a book I had to read it. It was a real page turner. I read it in one sitting. ( )
  skylar_loudermilk | Feb 7, 2018 |
The Earth and its ecosystems have been destroyed by humans. The humans that have survived now live in Eden, an oasis designed by Aaron Al-Baz, regarded as the savior of humankind. Everything in Eden is efficient, reused, recycled and highly regulated, even its citizens. At birth, everyone receives eye implants that track you as a citizen of Eden. However, with population control strictly enforced as one child per couple, Rowan, a younger twin, the second child, is hidden away inside her house. With no eye implants, she is unable to go out of her house for 16 years. Now, just as Rowan’s mother has found a way to integrate her into Eden, Rowan escapes the confines of her home and finds friends, adventure, a hidden world and a lot of danger.
I am always intrigued by books with an environmental collapse since it is a very real possibility in our future. In this version, the Earth was slowly destroyed by humans, just as we are doing now. The hero in the story is shrouded in mystery, but Eden is working well and keeping people alive, unless you are a second child. I felt for Rowan’s plight and the unfairness of it all. There are some good parallels in here for strict population control measures that have taken place in the real world. I was very disappointed when Rowan almost loses it when she makes a stupid decision; however, this is when the action began to pick up. I enjoyed seeing Eden through her eyes and exploring the world that she had so far only heard about. Just when it seems that Rowan might be able to come out of hiding, everything seems to go wrong. Excitement, mystery and a daring thrill ride follow Rowan to the end where I was left on a ridiculous cliff hanger. A young adult dystopian that is different enough from others to stand out and deliver.

This book was received for free in return for an honest review. ( )
  Mishker | Oct 13, 2016 |
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"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. Indeed, her kaleidoscopic eyes may very well give her away to the ruthless Center government. 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" --

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