Series: After Eden, #1
Released: November 5th, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Rating: 1.5 stars
Word Rating: Why do I never learn from my mistakes?
Reviewed by: Mel
The day Eden met Ryan changed her world forever. Actually, not just her world. Ryan has time traveled from the future to save the world. In a few weeks, Eden’s best friend Connor will discover a new planet—one where human life is possible. The discovery will make him famous. It will also ruin the world as we know it. When Ryan asks Eden for help, she must choose between saving the world and saving her best friend’s greatest achievement. And a crush on Ryan complicates things more than she could have imagined. Because Connor is due to make the discovery after the girl he loves breaks his heart. That girl is Eden.
Grounded in a realistic teen world with fascinating sci-fi elements, After Eden is a heart-pounding love triangle that’s perfect for dystopian fans looking for something new to devour.
After Eden is your typical YA sci-fi novel. Basically, there's a really hot and gorgeous guy (Ryan) who appears out of nowhere. All the girls at school are fawning over him. All the guys are jealous of him. And when Eden meets him, she feels an attraction to him immediately. He's not just a pretty face (Ryan insists himself he's a gorgeous face, not just pretty), he's also awfully smart and has a fantastic grasp on astronomy. However, he seems to know nothing else: he doesn't know what pizza is, he doesn't know who Hitler was. No one suspects a thing--apart from Eden.
What I liked about this book:
- How about nothing. Yeah.
What I disliked about this book:
- Eden. So I'll give her credit for discovering that Ryan wasn't a person from Earth but from the future--all by herself. But apart from that, she's pretty dead stupid. My main example? When she discovers Ryan's secret, Eden starts asking bucket loads of questions. Ryan tells her that he can't tell because he'd be in a lot of trouble if he did; however Eden persists and claims that he doesn't trust her and crap like that when he still refuses. Like c'mon girl. It's none of your bloody business, he said it's dangerous to let anyone know about the future but you think you're an exception? Not to ruin your ego but...YOU AREN'T SOME SPECIAL RAINBOW UNICORN THAT CAN SPEAK ELEPHANT SO NOOOO.
- Connor. I love girl/boy friendships. They're like romance, but contain much less drama and cheesiness. I was waiting for those awesome scenes with Connor and Eden however they acted like they weren't best friends at all. Eden or Connor might say something about how long they've known each other to someone, but I never saw their friendship, if that makes any sense. Additionally, I hated Connor in general. He got jealous in an instant about Ryan and acts like a douchebag half the time. Ugh.
- Ryan. Well hellloo there Gary Stu. I don't understand how he's smart. If he didn't want to be discovered (that he was a dude from outer space), then why ask people what pizza is? It only turns heads and makes people wonder what's up with your brain (or lack of one.) Because of that one clue, and other small ones that followed (due to his stupidity), Eden found out his secret.
- The conveniences. This paragraph contains mild spoilers. At the end of the novel, Eden nearly dies. But she doesn't because Ryan saved her. Can someone please explain how the hell does Ryan just suddenly appear out of nowhere (once again). Honestly, that scene felt so fake and I was banging my head of the wall. NOTHING LIKE THAT HAPPENS IN REAL LIFE.
- Insta-Iove. Must I go into that any further? Because I don't think I need to.
Moral of the story: learn from your mistakes. It makes life much better (and less painful) (and means you can read good books instead of shockingly horrible ones).