Her entire life, Eve has been conditioned to fear men. They're dangerous, lying manipulators who only want to use women for their own benefits. But everything she's ever known about them changes after she is saved by a boy name Caleb, who she gets to know as a person, and he shows her the extent of her brainwashing. I found their relationship to be beautifully fresh and innocent. With Eve's cute naivety, you'll quickly come to adore this couple as much as I did. Along for the ride is Arden, a rebel from her school who's also chosen to run away. She and Eve form the most unexpected friendship, being there for each other and really caring about the other's welfare! So sweet!
The government is corrupt. Children are working and people are reaping the benefits in Sand City without even thinking about where their luxurious houses and possessions are coming from. Even darker things lurk beneath the surface and the absolute unjustness will shock you. After being rescued, terrible circumstances befall our heroine and all hope seems to be washed down the drain. Your heart will pound in fear and suspense, never knowing when the end of the line will come. This novel really did make me cry, caused by unexpected deaths, heartfelt moments between characters and sad sacrifices alike. Eve dragged me along on the back of a pickup truck, taking me on a bumpy ride to the extremes. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll scream and shout - get ready!
I was shocked by the ending. I really was. I couldn't believe my eyes nor stop the tears from bursting out. The ultimate sacrifice is made and you'll think back to the beginning, seeing things in a new light and being severely affected by the revelation that's made. Get the popcorn to eat, the strong hand to crush and the box of tissues to cry in. I'm desperate for the sequel. It needs to come soon!