A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Although Elites of Eden itself has little connection to scientific realities, it might serve as a springboard for discussions about propaganda and mind control.
People should not be discriminated against because of their gender, class, income, or birth order. Loyalty to friends and family prevails in difficult times.
Positive Role Models
Despite her near-hysterical narration, Yarrow proves to be a highly principled teen, ready to sacrifice herself for her brother and the other "second children." She struggles valiantly against the brainwashing that affects her behavior.
Violence & Scariness
Not as violent as many books in this genre, Elites of Eden does contain some disturbing scenes. "Second children" are rounded up, beaten, and imprisoned. Yarrow endures involuntary eye surgery.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Yarrow loves both Lachlan and Lark, but there's little time for anything more than some flirting and a few chaste embraces.
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"Bikking" serves as an all-purpose expletive. "Hell" is used a few times.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Party scenes depict under-age drinking and the use of "synthmesc."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Elites of Eden is the second volume in a dystopian sci-fi series by YouTube sensation Joey Graceffa. Set in a future where only a handful of human survivors exist within a closed community, the novel addresses such issues as bullying, surveillance, and propaganda. Sexual content is minimal (a few chaste embraces), swearing is limited to a few uses of "hell," and teens at a party indulge in drugs and alcohol in one minor scene.
Is It Any Good?
The clichés of YA dystopian fiction are well known by now, but this middle volume of a breathless sci-fi trilogy employs most of them. In Elites of Eden, no thought goes unexpressed by Yarrow/Rowan as she attempts to understand how she has been brainwashed by her elders. The plot makes crazy leaps in logic, and most of the characters are defined in a single dimension. But younger teens may enjoy the hyped-up storytelling, where almost anything can happen at any time, as the children of Eden choose their own destinies.
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