Published by Bloomsbury USA Children's on November 7, 2013
Genres: Science Fiction
The day Eden met Ryan changed her world forever. Actually, not just her world. Ryan has time traveled from the future to save the world. In a few weeks, Eden’s best friend Connor will discover a new planet—one where human life is possible. The discovery will make him famous. It will also ruin the world as we know it. When Ryan asks Eden for help, she must choose between saving the world and saving her best friend’s greatest achievement. And a crush on Ryan complicates things more than she could have imagined. Because Connor is due to make the discovery after the girl he loves breaks his heart. That girl is Eden.
Grounded in a realistic teen world with fascinating sci-fi elements, After Eden is a heart-pounding love triangle that’s perfect for dystopian fans looking for something new to devour.
OK, now that I got that off my chest, I did enjoy After Eden. Ryan has traveled back in time to prevent a catastrophe. He must pose as a high school student while disguising his true purpose. Eden and Ryan are both nice, polite, and completely unexceptional. (Well, excluding Ryan’s whole time travel thing.) It’s no surprise that they quickly become attracted to each other, and their relationship is sweet, if not a tad boring. Eden must also handle her relationship with her best friend, Connor, who seems to want to transition their relationship beyond friendship. Connor is one of the big missteps in this story. I’m not sure what Eden finds appealing enough in him to label him as a best friend. His main characteristic is his jealousy of Ryan, and Eden must continually swat him away like a pesky fly. Maybe he’s a great guy, and he had a personality transplant the moment Ryan hit the scene, but this is not made clear. As with the Hitler reference, I’m puzzled why the author portrayed him in this manner.
Problems aside, this is an easy, light read with pleasant characters, except for the Big Bad who every reader will identify long before Eden and Ryan do. The ending was a bit sappy and highly predictable, but still sweet and satisfying.
Note – I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Review posted at Goodreads.