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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
In the second 'Save the Pearls' book, Victoria Foyt takes the reader through "Adapting Eden". In order to become Ronson Bramford's mate, Eden Newman must adapt into a hybrid human. By doing so, she and others hold high hopes that she and Bramford can facilitate the new growth of the human race following a near Armageddon. Eden has little fear of the adaptation and yet, when she is suddenly transported to an ancient Aztec tribe hiding in the wilderness, nothing is as it seems; in particular, Eden begins to have doubts about Bramford's intentions. When a human sacrifice is made in her name, Eden must reconsider everything she has held as true and right in order to make the adaptation. When Eden finally realizes she is squarely in the center of a peace versus war dilemma, she is hard-pressed to know whether to follow her human instincts or to trust the jaguar man she has married. When a blast from the past enters the scene, all rules are put aside and an entirely new scene emerges.
In order to appreciate the subtle nature of the various underlying themes, the reader must truly grow in awareness of the options available to the various factions in the book. There are many ethical dilemmas and several growth-related choices to be made. In this respect, it is an excellent book for young adults to ponder. Except for an unfortunate choice of words for the races, this book is a fascinating study of various potentials and options available to an imperiled human species.