Internet phenomenon and YouTube personality Joey Graceffa has been telling stories in his videos for several years. He is the author of a memoir “In Real Life,” and now a teen novel, “Children of Eden” (Keywords Press).
The story is set in the future after the eco fail, the breakdown of the big computer that controls global technology. Humanity has destroyed the atmosphere and used up all of the natural resources. In an effort to keep humanity alive the government decides to create a “paradise” called Eden. To preserve the scarce natural resources, there is a one-child rule established. Having a second child is punishable by death to the child. The main character, Rowan, is a twin. However, her brother, Ash, was born first — making her the second child. Her parents and Ash hide her in their house and never let her outside.
As the story develops, curiosity gets the best of Rowan. She escapes her house on what she promises is a one-night adventure. Rowan interacts with her surroundings, even making a friend. However, Rowan’s night turns to tragedy and a chain of events is unleashed that will forever change Eden.
I’d definitely recommend this book. I think the plot is full of thrills and adventure, and is easy to follow. This book teaches kids and teens to take risks, but that every action has a consequence.