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Children of Eden

A Novel
Written by: Joey Graceffa
Narrated by: Sarah Grayson
Series: Eden (Graceffa), Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Twenty-five-year-old Joey Graceffa has captured the hearts of more than 8.3 million teens and young adults through his playful, sweet, and inspirational YouTube presence. Already a best-selling author with his memoir, In Real Life, Joey now presents his first novel, Children of Eden.

Rowan is a Second Child in a world where population control measures make her an outlaw marked for death. She can never go to school, make friends, or get the eye implants that will mark her as a true member of Eden. Her kaleidoscope eyes will give her away to the ruthless Center government.

Outside of Eden, Earth is poisoned and dead. All animals and most plants have been destroyed by a man-made catastrophe. Long ago the brilliant scientist Aaron al Baz saved a pocket of civilization by designing the EcoPanopticon, a massive computer program that hijacked all global technology and put it to use preserving the last vestiges of mankind. Humans will wait for thousands of years in Eden until the EcoPan heals the world.

As an illegal Second Child, Rowan has been hidden away in her family's compound for 16 years. Now, restless and desperate to see the world, she recklessly escapes for what she swears will be only one night of adventure. Though she finds an exotic world and even a friend, the night leads to tragedy. Soon Rowan becomes a renegade on the run - unleashing a chain of events that could change the world of Eden forever.

©2016 Joey Graceffa (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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I enjoy dystopia stories, because they let me escape from the real world. This one did not hit the mark for me. I know it is a young adult story so sometimes the stories aren’t as “deep” but I have found we have some great young adult authors around, so I like to give them a shot. This one seemed like it was written for a 14 year old. I found the main character, Rowan, to be overly dramatic about pointless things quit a few times throughout the story. Her inner dialect was boring and again dramatic/pointless, Let’s get on with the story! Although, maybe 14 year old girls would relate to Rowan better. I did like the way she set up the community set up/distinction of “social/economic classes”. I also liked how the community had a very heavy reliance on technology that provided an additional obstacle for Rowan and her friends. I didn’t like the ending... and over all I don’t think I would recommend it to my adult friends but maybe younger family.

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Children of Eden

I love Joey G. His YouTube channel and now his book! Cannot wait to read elites of eden!! Love you Joey!! #FirstReviewer

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Such a good book! Couldnt stop listening!!

It was amazing! Couldnt stop listening to this!! One of my favourites so far!! I've watched Joey forever on YouTube and NEVER thought his books would be so amazing!! Only regret is I didnt look into this series earlier!!

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  • Tori
  • 2017-11-26

I wasn’t expecting this

The story is written by a youtuber who is interesting to watch. I finally decided to listen to his story. I was incredibly surprised at how amazing it was. The narrator really made me feel excited to hear the next word.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2017-09-25

Had potential, but missed the mark

I really wanted to like this book...it had all the potential to be a really awesome dystopian novel. It has a really interesting plot, but isn't delivered well and doesn't quite hit the mark. The first half of the book dragged on and was hard to stick with. Although there were plenty of opportunities at the beginning to develop the characters this did not happen, therefore the characters and their relationships were rushed and unbelievable. It wasn't for me, personally, and I don't have much interest in reading the sequel.

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  • Cierra
  • 2017-02-08

Beware an awful ending

The storyline was dystopian and interesting enough but There were definitely some cringe worthy moments, an unnecessary love triangle and a lot of repeat language, but I was enjoying it. Up until that awful ending. What a complete let down. But on the flip side the voice actor was great.

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  • Kimberly Barrentine
  • 2016-10-16

Great book

I would recommend this book to nearly everyone reader I truly enjoyed it, and it's getting harder for me to find a good book anymore.

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  • 2016-11-29

amazing

I'm going to be honest I hate reading and usually stop in the middle of books but I couldn't stop listening to this book it's totally worth the read (or listen)

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  • Lydia
  • 2016-10-20

Great

This is an overall great listen/read/experience. I would recommend this book for almost anyone. I hope this wasn't the end and I'm patiently waiting for the next book. Really great work !

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  • angela
  • 2016-10-20

amazing

one of the best books i have listen to the detail was amazing along with the time period it was in i need more there has to be a movie or a second book or something!!!!!!

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  • lora
  • 2016-10-18

Love this book,but confused about the ending.

I really love the story line of the book, but I am kind of confused about the ending of the book. I also have a lot of questions that were not answered. like was Ash fine. what happened to Lark,and how did she get out,? Did Lachlan get back to the Underground? did they really poison her? was the whole forest and deer a Vision problem, or is the center lying about it all? what happens to Rowan?

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  • ina
  • 2016-10-20

OMG

i need more 😁😁 loved it! cant wait for the next one ! xoxo 😁

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  • Lulu
  • 2016-10-18

Lulu

You have to make a second book and a movie it can't end here! :3

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