Revealing Eden: Save the Pearls Pt. 1 Hardcover – 13 Feb 2012
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Being at the bottom of the barrel is hard to fight up from. "Revealing Eden" is set in a far flung post apocalyptic future where darker skin proved to be a boon, and people of the lighter skin dwindled in number and found themselves on the bottom of the social ladder. Seventeen year old Eden is doomed to be outcast from her society if she does not find a mate before her eighteenth birthday, but the currents are hard to fight against. The kindness of a stranger may give her a chance to fight back yet, even as the world crushes down around her. "Revealing Eden" has plenty to consider on the issues of race and romance, very much recommended reading from acclaimed writer of novel and screenplay Victoria Foyt.
- Midwest Book Review
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." "Pearls" have a special section on public transport and they work mainly as lowly servants to the "coals," it's all like a reverse of the real racism that used to happen and, unfortunately, is still going about. In this post apocalyptic world, the sun's radiation is too high for people to go outside in the daylight hours. The lighter your skin, the more danger you're in. This means that "pearls" are low in number while "coals" are rising up. You must mate by your 18th birthday or you're cut off from all resources and "pearls" also have to cover up their white skin so they don't offend the "coals," and also so they don't get killed. Eden has a job in a research lab purely because of her dad's genius, a pearl would never have such a high job otherwise. She unwittingly brings about the downfall of her dad's experiment and she and her father must escape along with her father's newest test subject. Eden's views change drastically while stuck in the jungle with Bramford, her former boss and father's current test subject. I think Eden is a relatable lead, although therei
About the Author
Victoria Foyt is well known for her work as a screenwriter, actress, producer of critically acclaimed independent films, including DAjA vu and Last Summer in the Hamptons. She has appeared on major television and radio outlets, at film festivals around the world, and in many magazines, including Vogue, O at Home, and Town and Country. Her debut novel, The Virtual Life of Lexie Diamond (HarperCollins), a young adult (YA) supernatural mystery, received critical acclaim, including a five-star review from TeensReadToo.com. She established Sand Dollar Press in 2011 to promote YA novels through film-quality, online campaigns. Save the Pearls Part One: Revealing Eden is her first release, tied to an interactive site: SaveThePearls.com, and a newsfeed.
Top Customer Reviews
The racism here isn't even subtle. Talking about racial oppression is just fine - as long as it supports the poor white people.
-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 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.
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.'
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...Read more ›
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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 morePublished on 23 Feb. 2014 by EA Solinas
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 morePublished on 9 Jun. 2013 by Julie-Anne
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 morePublished on 24 Dec. 2012 by Natasha Crossley
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 morePublished on 22 Aug. 2012 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on 22 Aug. 2012 by Michelle Sarf
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