SAVE THE PEARLS PART ONE
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 brands her as a member of the lowest class, a weak and ugly Pearl. If only she can mate with a dark-skinned Coal from the ruling class, she'll be safe. Just maybe one Coal sees the Real Eden and will be her salvation her co-worker Jamal has begun secretly dating her. But when Eden unwittingly compromises her father's secret biological experiment, she finds herself in the eye of a storm and thrown into the last area of rainforest, a strange and dangerous land. Eden must fight to save her father, who may be humanity's last hope, while standing up to a powerful beast-man she believes is her enemy, despite her overwhelming attraction. Eden must change to survive but only if she can redefine her ideas of beauty and of love, along with a little help from her "adopted aunt" Emily Dickinson
I love post-apocalyptic novels, especially ones with a unique twist.A racist world where the "Pearls" (light skinned people) are the bottom of the pile, the minority. The darker skinned 'coals' are the benchmark for beauty, the individuals with prestige and honor. They even have their own post apocalyptic KKK, called the FFP.
An interesting story full of societal issues that plague us today.
The author weaved very realistic descriptions throughout the novel. The first few chapters were slow, but the groundwork for the rest of the book, the rest of the series, was being set.
I think this is an ok book, not great but not bad.