Revealing Eden (Save the Pearls, #1)
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Revealing Eden (Save the Pearls #1)

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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 b...more
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Sand Dollar Press Inc (first published October 6th 2011)
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Steph Sinclair

"I believe that anyone who reads the novel will understand its strong stance against racism."
-Victoria Fyot (Judging A Book By Its Cover Gives Birth To Racism)

Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you failed. Badly. To say Revealing Eden is offensive is such a massive understatement. I couldn't even stomach more that a few pages at a time. It was like taking a spork to your eye, but then it breaks leaving you with only the handle to carry out your dark deed. Even with the obvious racism...more
Kira
Actually, I changed my mind. Read most of it [yes, I did read more, just to avoid having anyone say to me, "you didn't even read the whole thing!" I read enough. It upset me so much I cried. Happy now?] and this thing is the fucking limit. What the hell? You're really going to try to make blackface okay? You're going to call your contact link "save the pearls"? As in, save the white people? From what, exactly? This book is just so overtly racist, it amazes me. Really, it does. I can't believe an...more
John Egbert
Edit 8/4/2012:

"Conceivably, if the book had not reached the African-American community of readers, if such a category still exists, perhaps there might be some backlash."
-Victoria Foyt

She did not just go there.

she did not just go there

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-some guy on Victoria Foyt (no not really) (but still)

When I get depressed, I don't want to be around other people. I usually sit in an empty room. Sometimes I'll use art therapy and draw something glittery and happy to make me feel better. Other people? They like...more
Amanda
Jul 27, 2012 Amanda rated it 1 of 5 stars Recommends it for: NO ONE
This is a racist piece of shit excuse for a book. I'm sorry, but I can't take a book that "turns the tables on racism" by--once again--victimizing poor, young, fragile caucasian girls and vilifying POC seriously. There is no excuse for blatant racism. The cover of this book uses blackface. One of the core concepts of this book is using blackface.

Pretty blond-haired blue-eyed white girls using blackface is NOT turning the tables on racism. Stop pretending like it is, and stop adding fuel to the f...more
Fatima
There is so much blatant racism within the first twelve pages alone that I can't even begin to describe it without fuming. People who enjoyed this bull are most likely "pearls" (the in-universe "slur" for white people--yes, being called a pearl is a slur) themselves, and couldn't even begin to look past their noses and imagine what it feels like to be discriminated against based on their race--to be an actual person of color, and experience being condescendingly referred to as "them," which the...more
Tenth
I only read the first chapter of this book, and I barely even made it that far, because this book is so painfully racist.

Supposedly by making white people an oppressed group and black people the dominant group this book 'turns the tables on racism' with the intent of showing readers that racism is bad. But in practise it seems to just be an excuse to frame black people and dangerous and threatening and white people as poor little victims, reenforcing racist stereotypes. Even the title of the ser...more
Isa Lavinia
Jul 27, 2012 Isa Lavinia rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: racists, people who are blind to their privilege
Originally posted at Paperback Wonderland.

This book was one of the most racist things I have ever read.
The bare bones of the plot: a world where black people are the oppressing majority and white people are the oppressed minority. Obviously, the concept isn't new. It was done - and well done, at that - by Malorie Blackman in her Noughts and Crosses series. If you're interested in the premise, but you dislike blatant racist propaganda, give that one a try.

You could assume this reversal would serv...more
Rose
Initial reaction:Before I start this review, I want to clarify a few things. First, I've read the whole of this novel. I'm not judging it on the cover (though I think in the measure of this review, I'd like to talk about that separately), and I'm not judging it on just the premise alone - I read the entire book. Technically I read this book twice if I count the hour long read that I zipped through to see what would happen with it (this was in a copy loaned to me at first, but then when NetGalley...more
Marisa
This is a terrible idea for a book. As a woman of color, I find it extremely offensive to see a woman in blackface on the promotion, a comparison to Beauty and the Beast, where a black man is considered 'beastly', and the names of the two races themselves - 'pearl' for white and 'coal' for black - what is this author trying to convey here? I'm sure anyone with a brain can guess. As a young adult, my intelligence is insulted - how could this be considered good literature when it blatantly trivial...more
gab
racist. racist. racist. This person puts everything into perspective much more eloquently so I leave her open letter to the author here:

Dear Victoria Foyt,
I had never thought I’d have to write a letter like this. I’d thought that perhaps people knew some things were off limits, and that such things were off limits because they still cause hurt to very real and very subjugated people, but I was wrong.

Mrs. Foyt, I’d like you to know that I’m only nineteen, a young Black person budding in a world w...more
Kerry
-Blackface is not edgy or progressive.
-Naming a race of people "Coal" is not a compliment.
-Telling us that "Pearl" is a slur does not make it so.
-Claiming that the world's hierarchy is dependent on skin tone does not mean that you can separate people based on race while ignoring their actual skin color.
-Calling your heroine's love interest a "beast" does not imply his supposed beauty and high status.
-Questioning the existence of an African-American community of readers will make me side-eye yo...more
Mel (who is deeply in love with herself)
I saved my review yesterday without even finishing it. Here's the full thing.



Sometimes, people are convinced that they have the lower hand in life. They think the world's against them, that they are at the bottom of society's rungs. And sometimes, that is simply not the case. Victoria Hoyt has envisioned a world in which black people (or Coals) are at the top of society's social hierarchy because of their dark skin colour. White people (or "Pearls") are at the bottom of the hierarchy because of...more
Stevie
People, this book is terrible. But first, let me tell you something about growing up black in the United States. There are not enough positive FICTIONAL people of color for you to look up to. If there's a person of color in a novel, the odds are that they won't be a person of color in the movie. Hell, people will complain if they are because they "just didn't see that character that way". In other words, to them, white is the racial default and they have poor reading comprehension skills. If you...more
Jessie
" In a post-apocalyptic world, everyone must live underground to protect themselves from the extreme heat on Earth. People with white skin, called Pearls, are the most susceptible to die from The Heat, and most have already perished. ... In the story, because Caucasians have less melanin in their skin to protect them from the sun’s burning rays, they are branded as inferior Pearls. Dark-skinned people, or Coals, have more resistance to the Heat, and therefore, now rule society ... their stunning...more
Pepper
Jul 28, 2012 Pepper marked it as not-for-me-never-will-be
Yeah, no.

I'm reading more reviews about what's in the book, and just -- why? Why would you do this? Why would you write this? Why?

And I mean this quite honestly, just what made you think for a second, that this is okay?

God, I'm so depressed right now.
♡ Half Blood  Prince ♡
i actually read this a long long time ago, and it invoked me to such anger, i can't believe i haven't put up a review for it.

well, since it was a very long time ago, i've forgotten much of what happened in the book. one thing that did happen [and quite consistently throughout the book] that i will never forget, though, was racism.

so.

1) Pearls. Ambers. Tigers-eyes. And then, Coals. That is blatant racism right there, smacking you in the face. Do you want me to believe that the term "Pearl" is sup...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Revealing Eden has the benefit of containing one of the most original premises I've come across for a melding of both post-apocalytpic and dystopic fiction into a young-adult novel. It's such a shame that such a great premise was not delivered upon. Eden is a difficult protagonist - one it's hard to root for, empathize with or even read for an extended amount of time. I was hooked by the idea of reading a novel about a racially constructed dystopia - that's the only reason I was drawn to this, h...more
Nepeta Leijon
EDIT #2

"Conceivably, if the book had not reached the African-American community of readers, if such a category still exists, perhaps there might be some backlash."- Victoria Foyt

And here is my response to this:

"The problem with Victoria Foyt is that she is ignorant. Is she really implying that African Americans do not read? How ignorant can someone be? Well, Victoria Foyt has obviously proved me wrong. There are still people as shallow and racist as her.
Not all African Americans are idiots, you
...more
fяσzєη, kupo~
This is ridiculous! How is it "turning the tables" on racism? If anything it's just reinforcing it, by making the black people bad and scary while the white people are cowering and weak.

How the hell was this even published? Or maybe racists are the target audience for this book? Is that why? Cause that's really the only excuse I can think of.

Save the Pearls? And you would use BLACKFACE on the cover? Seriously?

Ugh, I feel sick.
Tara
Tacky, racially naive, and needs an editor. Its existence made more sense when I thought it was self-published.

edit: It is self-published!
Inah
This is such a racist piece of cr*p. Dear white people, don't make racism about you! It's getting embarrassing.
G
A weakly-written white person's revenge-anxiety fantasy with a ridiculous premise, Revealing Eden reveals Victoria Foyt as a person no one should ever want to know. The assumption many white Americans have is that black people are just positively itching to oppress white people, and this book explores that, rather than the idea that maybe POC are better than that. Whatever you do, don't tell Foyt that whites have been the global minority since we began keeping track of the numbers; there's no te...more
Amber
Jul 27, 2012 Amber rated it 1 of 5 stars Recommends it for: no one, racists, people who enjoy reading dystopia no matter how offensive
This is how I imagine the idea for this story was born.

One stormy evening, Victoria Foyt was browsing her Tumblr blog, uploading pictures of herself and her best friend from last night's party. An hour later, much to her horror, Victoria's image had been reposted by a social justice blogger, calling her out for racism. Racism! She thought angrily, well I never! After sending a few angry anonymous threats to the Tumblr user, Victoria got off anon and said that she could use racist slurs as a jok...more
Katie(babs)
Jul 30, 2012 Katie(babs) added it
Shelves: dnf-award
I really tried to keep an open mind while I read this because of all the reviews and controversy surrounding this book, but I had to DNF by page 30 before I lost my marbles.

The reverse discrimination set in a Dystopian future was too intense and uncomfortable for me to read because it started right away and doesn't let up.

Also making the heroine have "black face" and explain why her people, the Pearls aka the whites were considered less than second class citizens by the Coals aka the blacks just...more
Tara
NO. WHY? Make it stop. Please.

Am I taking crazy pills? What is this? -> http://www.savethepearls.com/ Blackface? Really? Does no one else on here get that this is completely ridiculous? GAH *headdesk*

All of you who are giving this book good ratings... I don't trust you. Seriously side-eyeing.
Amanda
This book and the author are incredibly and overtly racist and sexist, whether she is conscious of it or not. I'm saddened that this amount of ignorance still exists in the world today. How could the author possibly defend what she has written? How on earth was this allowed to be published in this day and age? Why, in the name of all things holy, did she think promoting the book while using Black Face was an acceptable marketing plan? She calls the evil black overlords "Coals", the now-extinct a...more
Nikki
I heard a lot about this book, and I couldn't quite believe that anyone would actually take this premise and run with it. So I downloaded a three chapter preview. To be fair to the book, I didn't find it in itself terribly written: predictable, and nothing that stands out from the crowd, but there is some world-building there and despite my horror at the premise, I could have read more without wanting to stab my eyes out.

I didn't want to, however, because the whole idea is so breathtakingly offe...more
Nerdie
Aug 14, 2012 Nerdie rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: dnf
Ugg...who allowed this SHIT to be published? And I'm not even sorry either, this book is blatantly racist and offensive on SO MANY levels. And BLACKFACE!?? Really!??
Chibineko
I think I know what you're wondering. Is this book as racist as people are making it out to be? In a word, yes. Yes it is. But do I think that Foyt set out to make her book this offensive? No. No, after having finished the book I think I can say that this is more an example of why authors should do their research and listen to their audience when covering real life problems (such as racism) that you yourself have never experienced. Despite Foyt's claims that she's been called a bad word during c...more
Lisa
Just when you thought it couldn't get much worse when desperately single women who tired of the bondage slave they imprisoned for 20 years began publishing their Fifty shades of Grey fanfiction, this shit is published. It seems as time passes that the quality and integrity of literature, like aging scrotums and breasts, is going doooooooown towards the grouuuund.

-Review after having read part one-

Well first of all the synopsis is ridiculous. It just jumps from one ridiculous plot point to anoth...more
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Victoria Foyt's debut novel, The Virtual Life of Lexie Diamond, a young adult fantasy
mystery thriller (HarperCollins) was Recommended by The Center for Children's Books, and received a five-star, must read rating from Teens Read Too: “Foyt has created a compelling character and an electrifying story that will hold readers until the last page.”

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