There is a place in modern day America with no electricity, no plumbing, and no modern conveniences. In this place, there is no room for dreams, no space for self-expression, and no tolerance for ambition.
In this place, there is a boy with the body of a god and the heart of a warrior. He is strong and faithful and serves his family honorably. But he dares to dream of more.
In this place, there is a girl with the face of an angel and a heart full of courage. To her family, she is the vision of obedient perfection. But she dares to want that which she has been told can never be hers.
Becoming Calder is the story of good versus evil, fear versus bravery, and the truth that the light of love has always found its way into even the darkest of places . . . From the beginning of time, to the end of the world.
Let me start by saying that I didn’t love or hate this book. Simply put, it’s just meh and what’s baffling is that everyone has given this book 5 or 6 stars. *eye-roll* Really?? This book isn’t worthy of that rating all. Like not in the least bit. No. Just no. I know that reviews are subjective and I totally get that but still. *shrugs*
It held my interest because it starts in the present and goes to the past which sets the reader up for potential disaster. Kinda predictable but whatever. The reason I gave this story a chance is because the religious cult is the driving force of the plot.
Calder and Eden begin to question the inconsistencies of the daily happenings at Acadia which I loved but they also begin to doubt Hector, the creepy cult leader. As for the dialogue between Calder and Eden, it was so over the top sweet that it felt forced and out-of-place with their life. And that was a huge miss for me.
“As long as we’re both under the same moon, we’ll always find a way to each other.”
But wait, there’s more…
“He sifts through all the pebbles until he finds the smoothest one he can, and presents it to her as a token of his love.”
I’m all about a forbidden love but whatever happened to less is more? What would have worked better was true secrecy. Hector mysteriously goes away from the commune and these two get to get to spend almost every night together. How convenient. There was nothing forbidden about it.
The last 25% of the book became quite interesting but it didn’t change my opinion of the overall book. It’s not amazing and it’s not beautifully written, it’s just okay. Since it ended on a cliffhanger, I’m inclined to read Finding Eden but I’m not in a hurry.