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. Indeed, her kaleidoscopic eyes may very well 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 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 sixteen years. Now 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.

The first novel from YouTube superstar Joey Graceffa, Children of Eden is a thrilling and completely absorbing new book from one of social media’s brightest young storytellers.”


This book did not let me down.

If you guys have been following either my blog or my YouTube channel for the past few months, you would know that I met this author back last October. This book has been on my TBR list ever since and I’m so glad that I finally picked it up. (If you want to hear my thoughts on my meet and greet experience, you can check out my video on YouTube here.)

Considering this was the first dystopian book of the year, I think I started out with a bang.

I really liked Rowan as our main character. I think reading from her perspective as she explained kind of what it was like living in secret. I can’t imagine what living like that must have been. Not being able to go out in public or make any friends. It must have been horrible. But overall, her character really developed of the course of the book and I’m really excited to see how she develops more over the course of the series.

As far as the romance aspects of this book, there was a love triangle. I’m normally not a fan of love triangles but I think this one was done well. I’m definitely routing for a relationship between Rowan and Lark because I have never seen a LGBTQIA+ romance in any dystopian novel that I have read and I think that its something I want to see more of in this particular genre.

I also think this book had a great element of representation. Obviously, like I mentioned earlier, we have two main characters that are part of the LQBTQIA+ community. We also have the character of Lark who happens to have a epilepsy which is something that is very close to my heart because I have that same condition.

There were only a couple of things that I really didn’t care for in this book. First, I wanted some more world building. I want to know more about Eden and how it came to be. The other thing was that I found the plot kind of predictable at times.

Overall this was a very enjoyable read. I can’t wait to see what the author does with this story in the rest of the series. I’m definitely excited to pick up the next book when it comes out this October!