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Revealing Eden: Save the Pearls Pt. 1 [Hardcover]

Victoria Foyt
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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sand Dollar Press Inc (US) (13 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983650322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983650324
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 14.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,475,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eden Newman must mate before her 18th birthday in six months or she will be left outside to die in a burning world. But who will pick up her mate-option when she's cursed with white skin and a tragically low mate-rate of 15 per cent? In a post-apocalyptic, totalitarian, underground world where class and beauty are defined by resistance to an overheated environment, Eden's colouring brands her as a member of the lowest class, a weak and ugly Pearl. If only she can mate with a dark-skinned Coal from the ruling class, she'll be safe. Just may be one Coal sees the Real Eden and will be her salvation her co-worker Jamal has begun secretly dating her. But when Eden unwittingly compromises her father's secret biological experiment, she finds herself in the eye of a storm and thrown into the last area of rainforest, a strange and dangerous land. Eden must fight to save her father, who may be humanity's last hope, while standing up to a powerful beast-man she believes is her enemy, despite her overwhelming attraction. Eden must change to survive but only if she can redefine her ideas of beauty and of love, along with a little help from her adopted aunt" Emily Dickinson."

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother 27 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
If you want to read a decent book that subverts race issues, go read Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses series, which actually treats race relations with the insight and sensitivity it deserves. This is horrendously racist, and seems to be an attempt to depict white people as the 'true victims' of a racist society while labeling PoC as beastly, and also uses blackface as a plot device. Seriously disgusting.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't read 27 July 2012
By Samh
Format:Kindle Edition
Frankly, the premise is over romantizised and completely trivialises actual issues. I'm getting so sick of all these new young adult novels where the only thing the female protagonist cares about is finding a man. The "materate" scenario was just horrible. Why can't I read about a girl who's got better things to do than get laid? And don't even get me started on the "reverse racism". I can't even begin to describe how ridiculous this garbage is.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrifically racist 27 July 2012
By Madd
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is merely an excuse for white people who complain about how terrified they are of black people. Oh, how awful to be treated as less than human, to be constantly told you are unattractive because of your race - oh wait, that's everyday life for black people. And the way in which her concept is executed is laughable - the poor, ostracised masses are named after precious gems (oh, and did no-one tell Foyt pearls come in black?) while the powerful, greedy, "beastly" (yes, this is from the book) black rulers are called "coals". And blackface is a plot device.

The racism here isn't even subtle. Talking about racial oppression is just fine - as long as it supports the poor white people.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Racist crap 27 July 2012
The product of a privileged white lady who has internalised all sorts of racism and misogyny, pseudo-liberal crap and thinks being colour-blind means everyone is the same - no, it means you turn a blind eye to the problems of society. Despite saying black people are in power, this author refers to PoC as 'coal' and 'beastly', hardly your positive connotations. Racist as hell.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst book I have ever read 1 Aug 2012
By Clara23
Format:Kindle Edition
The title is not an exaggeration.
I'm still angry that I wasted my time on this awful book after reading the stomach-churning first chapter. This isn't going to be the most coherent review because all I want to do is swear and rant but Amazon guidelines won't allow me to. So here goes:

Misogynistic boring rubbish with poor world building which also happens to be incredibly racist. I'm not easy to offend but wow, I was shaking with rage by the end of the first chapter and only continued because I didn't want the author's 'fans' (scary thought) to accuse me of criticising without reading the entire book. The science didn't make sense and I almost stopped reading after a line where Eden compares losing what is essentially an even more high tech version of the internet to being raped. This book should never have been published. And I read the book getting more and more aghast that the author could find the time to google Latin names for animals but couldn't find out that jaguar in Spanish is not 'un tigre' or that Spanish is not the appropriate language for the people she is portraying.

And as for the romance? Here's an excerpt.

`I'm watching every move you make Eden.'

Romantic, huh?

I can't get over the fact that *spoiler* the author turns the main male black character into a literal beast (look up the Mandingo stereotype) and then has the perfect excuse to refer to him as 'beastly' and 'savage' throughout the rest of the book. I'd applaud her for her subtlety if it wasn't as subtle as being hit over the head with a brick.

Did I mention there is bestiality in the book too? I can't take a romance seriously when one half of the couple is deeply racist and whiny and the other half of the couple is not only moody and domineering but...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Raen
Format:Kindle Edition
There are quite a few things wrong with this novel, which I think completely justify a one-star rating (it would be no stars if such a thing was possible). In order to keep this as concise as possible, I will list the problems.

-The cover. A white girl in black-face. Does this even really need to be discussed? Why do people not see the problem with this?
-The title.
-The awful syntax and grammar.
-Pearls (white people). Coals (black people). Taking into account the fact that coal is ACTUALLY a slur used to insult POC.

"Before she knew it, she blurted out an incendiary racial slur. "Get your hands off me, you damn Coal!""

-Black people portrayed as savage and horrible, with no saving graces in their characters whatsoever. Black male described as a 'beast' and actually literally turns into one. I don't think I need to elaborate on how this is disgusting. Similes and metaphors relating to animals used at least twice in connection to black males.

-Uninteresting, slightly non-existent plot.
-Completely flat unlikable characters (Particularly Eden who is a whiny brat with a superior attitude despite being 'inferior')

While the author might not necessarily be a racist, she has certainly succeeded in creating a racist book which is insulting and problematic. And this isn't even taking into account the promotional videos (which come with their own set of problems).

It is clear that no self-respecting publishing house would have touched this novel with a barge-pole, so it makes complete sense that it is self-published.

This book should come with a trigger warning for racism.

*If people are interested in books with a similar theme executed in an infinitely superior manner, Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses series is perfection. It handles race in a sensitive manner, without relying on ridiculous tropes.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Or, blackface will save you from UV rays
Don't worry, black people of the world! When the planet is flooded by lethal UV radiation that kills almost all animal and plant life, your SPF 1,000,000 melanin will keep you... Read more
Published 6 months ago by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone? I liked it
I was actually surprised by how political this books was. It's very race centred with the "coals" being the ruling race and looking down on the lowest-of-the-low "pearls". Read more
Published 14 months ago by Thoughts Of A Scot Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars good, but not great
On the surface this book is a good read, it is gripping, interesting and has many plot twists. However, when you look at all the important details; this book falls down. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Natasha Crossley
1.0 out of 5 stars Seriously?
I've read the free sample as I was curious to see if it really is as bad as it was being made out to be. Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2012 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Just...No.
I have to admit, I only read the sample of the ebook as I'd heard a bit about it on Twitter and I wanted to find out what the fuss was about. Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2012 by Michelle Sarf
1.0 out of 5 stars Disgustingly racist
What the title says, I am still disturbed that such a book exists in this day and age. Not to mention the blatant blackface on the cover is disturbing in so many ways.
Published on 1 Aug 2012 by eccentric bookworm
1.0 out of 5 stars You can't be serious about peddling this to YA readers?!
Horribly racist. I'd give it no star if I could. I'm an avid YA reader, but this book is not something I'd happily endorse. Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2012 by Amazon Customer
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