Save the Pearls

Save the Pearls : Part One -- Revealing Eden

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Eden Newman must mate before her 18th birthday in six months or she'll 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%? In a post-apocalyptic, totalitarian, underground world where class and beauty are defined by resistance to an overheated environment, Eden's coloring 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 maybe 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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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 147.32 x 218.44 x 35.56mm | 498.95g
  • Santa Monica, CA, United States
  • English
  • 0983650322
  • 9780983650324
  • 2,485,885

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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
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About Victoria Foyt

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.
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911 ratings
1.99 out of 5 stars
5 12% (107)
4 9% (85)
3 8% (74)
2 8% (76)
1 62% (569)

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Obvious racism and stereotypes aside, Revealing Eden is a poorly written book with weak dialogue, characters who lack any character growth and a haphazard and nonsensical plot. Skepticism over the books overt racist undertones is the only reason I picked up Revealing Eden, and morbid fascination is the only reason I managed to trudge through all three-hundred of its pages. As I said, my skepticism for claims of Foyt's blatant racism is the only reason I bothered to pick up Revealing Eden There's no way, I thought, that her writing could be as outrageous as reviewers and bloggers have claimed! Unfortunately for Foyt, reviewers were not only correct in pointing out Revealing Eden's racist undertones, but they were sometimes too kind in trying to justify Foyt's reasoning. As has been pointed out by many reviewers, the "derogatory" terms given to each race were laughable, in that unlike dirty coal, they were all precious stones - amber, tiger eye, pearl. And the fact that she chose to use the word "Cotton" to represent the lowest class, Albinos, is just a slap in the face to those people (and their descendants) who were forced into slavery, working the cotton fields. Worse still was Foyt's obvious lack of research, as she merely perpetuated current African-American stereotypes in two ways: 1) by transferring them onto her Caucasian protagonist. "White people were lazy good-for-nothings with weak genetics." Or 2) by using current African-American stereotypes when describing any character of color. "Voluptuous, with raisin-colored skin, everything about Ashina screamed ruling class." Continuing her theme of perpetuating current African-American stereotypes, Foyt made all of the Coals in Revealing Eden angry or violent. "She suspected that each and every Coal passerby wanted to hurt her [...]" "She smoothed a hand over her long black hair to reassure herself. Like her skin, the layers of dark coating - Midnight Luster - she'd worn since birth had turned it dry and crackly. A small price to pay for beauty and for protection. She had to cover her white skin or risk antagonizing the Coals." If the mere presence of a Pearl is provocation enough to incite a riot, why would Coals bother to surround themselves by Pearls at all? Being the dominant race, they have the power to dictate how the Pearls live - why not force them into the deepest depths of the Combs, where no one has to see them? Or, if Coals are as bad as Foyt would have us believe, why not force all of the Pearls out into the sun and let them fend for themselves? Because of their low rate of survival, they're forced out by the time they're eighteen if they're not mated anyways - what's a few years early? Or why not breed out weak genes? They've already bred out the Albino gene, why not work on doing the same with the Caucasian gene? What about advances in medicine? Eden talks about a machine that feeds her the right combination of drugs whenever she's ill - in this future Earth we've advanced far enough that we have self-diagnosing machines that can treat any variety of illnesses, but we're unable to create an advanced version of sunscreen? Or some kind of fabric that will prevent the sun's rays from penetrating to the skin beneath? Nothing about this future Earth made sense. Which only furthered my constant questioning of why anyone would bother with blackface - "Midnight Luster" - at all? From the sounds of things, the society in Revealing Eden lives underground where the sunlight is unable to damage their skin. What's the point in covering one's skin, if not for protection from the sun, when everyone around you is aware of your true ethnicity because of embedded computer chips? But as an example of Foyt's lack of forethought, the majority of Revealing Eden is actually spent in the middle of a jungle. Outside. In the sun. After falling in the river and having all of her luster washed clean, Eden is originally fearful of her skin's direct exposure to the sun. But as the plot progresses, those worries are heard less frequently and at one point, she even remarks at how nice it feels to be outside in the warmth of the sun. Other than the odd reference to someone having died from The Heat, it's not a valid concern of Eden's - it's actually something I forgot about, by the end, because it hadn't been mentioned in so long. Which further lessens my beliefs, as a reader, for the need of any kind of blackface...err sorry, Midnight Luster coating. Another major issue I had with Revealing Eden was it's lack of world-building. Eden is constantly complaining about the injustices she must face as a Pearl. But as far as I could tell, she had everything the Coals had - a well-respected job as a research assistant in a lab, regular meals and a small apartment she shared with her father. Other than the Coals outright dislike for her (which might just be because she's an awful person), I failed to see how Eden was being oppressed. And she never once acted like someone who was living under an oppressive thumb. She's defiant and demanding of those who are socially above her and constantly trying their patience, she's selfish and she has an air of entitlement, having already turned down to mate requests because they were fellow Pearls. Add in that the history of the rise of the Coals is never fully fleshed out, I was completely unable to empathize with her situation. Once in the jungle, Eden becomes impossible to follow as a character. She's constantly berating Bramford for being beast-like, and yet she spends her time fantasizing about how his animalistic tendencies ignite a fire in her belly. "She dared to test the boundaries of their body language and flexed her thighs around his neck. Unbelievably his gait slowed. A feverish thrill shot through Eden. She could guide Bramford with a mere squeeze. Did she dare push him further? She couldn't resist the wild urge to flick her hips against his shoulders. At once he picked up speed. She almost squealed - his raw animal power was at her command. Eden pressed her body against the back of Bramford's powerful head, rocking to the rhythm of his quick pace. A gush of pleasure swept through her." (I'm not even going to comment on how much time she spends riding on his shoulders). She drives herself crazy, trying to figure out Bramford's secrets, but when opportunities arise for her to actually discover parts of the truth, she chooses to remain ignorant in fear of inciting Bramford's wrath. So most of her time is actually spent wallowing in self-pity or stomping around after Bramford demanding things of him. Towards the end of Revealing Eden, she proclaims to have undergone a transformation, where she realizes truths about herself and the "Real Eden." Except, she doesn't change. She's still self-absorbed and vain, worrying about whether Bramford would find her attractive if she were to also adapt, and when her father refuses to help her, she tries to destroy his experiment so she won't have to live without Bramford. There's so much more I could say, so many other things I could comment on that had my blood boiling or my head shaking. But I've already spent more time on Revealing Eden than I ever intended to. If I had 0 stars, Revealing Eden would be the first to join its ranks.show more
by Pretty Little Reader
I don't do pure negative reviews very often - usually there's some sort of saving grace in a book, a storyline I like, a character I admired, something I can pull from the book, but I can't do it here. Let's look at the list of things that got to me: 1. Reverse racism. Foyt tried an experiment and, in my opinion, failed. Something that is a basic cornerstone of good writing is show, don't tell. Don't include a word and then reference it as being a "racist" term, in those exact words! There's no need to turn history around to prove a point either. White-face bands? Reverse slavery/abuse? The whole idea just rubbed me the wrong way - especially since the idea for her earth was actually a good one, and so much could have been done with it that was fresh and new. 2. Beastiality. Have we gotten to the point that we're angel/demon/vampire/werewolf/witch/mermaid/fairy -'d out? Do we really need to turn to ******** creatures to get that hot, romance-y, steam fix? I cannot tell you how much times "tail" was mentioned that seemed to get Eden all hot and bothered, and oh my goodness, it gave me the heebie-jeebies. 3. Plot. I couldn't really find one. I mean, I could find a spoiled brat of a girl, but .. was the plot her intention to actually get away? or was it that she protests too much? or was it that.. you know, I don't know. If you read this book, and like it, please tell me what the plot was? 75% in, I was talking about this book to a friend, and she asked what the plot was and it blew me away that I couldn't articulate it. I love dystopia books, I love science fiction, I love a good story with racial tension in it, it gets my mind working (Go read Tankborn by Karen Sandler). But, other than a spark of what could have been, I just didn't find much of anything to like in this story. Edited to add: People are taking this book to Tumblr and Twitter and protesting heavily against it. I am completely on board with that protest - I ranted about this book to people I came into contact with and felt disgusted and dirty while trying to figure out what all the good reviews were about. I highly recommend you visit the following links for some great articles on what is wrong with this book (and much more succinctly put than my small review): Nothing Like Being Punched in the Face by White Privilege by Shannon Barber Mark Reads Revealing Eden Preview White, and In The Minority (Victoria Foyt's defensive blog post on GoodReads) - read Message 18 in the comments by Amy.show more
by Lydia Presley
What I should mention first about this read is that the description of the settings was absolutely lovely. Different parts of the book are in different settings and it was a brilliant contrast between one and the other - complete opposites that got me really feeling like I was there. I must admit I found it hard to like the protagonist, Eden, at first. She really got on my nerves but I found she grew on me the more she developed throughout the story. As events unfolded she made better decisions so I ended up really liking her towards the end. Let's talk about Bramford for a minute though. Wow. He's made of hot stuff let me tell you! I really loved his character and how underestimated he was for literally three quarters of the book. I didn't fully understand his intentions until right towards the end of the book and I think that's the way it was meant to be. He was a brilliant character - full of depth and passion. What let me down though was that the book only seemed to start to get going towards the end. The last quarter was where it started to get really exciting and things were brought to light. I think what kept me reading was little tidbits of interesting clues here and there to make me wonder what was going on. It was worthwhile towards the end though because when everything came together it all made perfect sense even though I was no way near close to guessing what was going to happen! Overall this is a very quick and easy read full of great characters - some of them more charming than others - and a lot of action. I do recommend it and I'm certainly looking forward to the next book in the series!show more
by Maryam H
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