Chasing Stars (After Eden #2)

Chasing Stars (After Eden, #2)

How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Luna’s Little Library

Previously reviewed by the same author:
After Eden

Synopsis:

The boy Eden loves just saved her life. Now she must save his. To do so she must make a huge sacrifice. Eden can never see her friends or family again, as she travels a hundred years into the future. But the dangerous risk Ryan took to rescue Eden has been uncovered, and now Ryan faces an exile …which will leave Eden separated from him – the one person she can’t live without – and stuck in the future. She must fight to save both of them.

Thoughts:

I read After Eden quite some time now and for some reason never got around to Chasing Stars. It’s always a worry when it’s been a while since you’ve read the first book in the series. Some sequels jump straight into the action with no recap about what had happened prior to the book. I didn’t feel like Chasing Stars did that. I immediately knew what had gone on and was ready to follow Eden and Ryan once more. Chasing Stars is a decent sequel. It’s not a book that I found overly memorable, but I really did enjoy reading it.

In After Eden, Eden and Eyan first meet when Ryan is trying to stop Eden’s friend from discovering a planet. Ryan is from the future. Eden is killed by a cleaner (someone that ‘cleans’ up mistakes) as a result of Ryan failing the mission. Chasing Stars centres around Ryan wanting to make it up to Eden, so he uses time travel once more to go back in time and stop her death. Ryan is breaking all sorts of time travel rules, therefore Eden and Ryan find themselves in more trouble with cleaners and court cases. Eden and Ryan just want to be together, but it’s not as easy as they’d hope it to be. Eden finds herself leaving her friends and family in order to be with Ryan.

Chasing Stars was really intriguing, but for some reason I didn’t find it as compelling as After Eden. It took a while to build up the tension and then it didn’t captivate me. I still liked the characters and was intrigued enough to see how it ended, but I wasn’t as invested as I was in the first instalment.

This is a duology and I think it ended well. There are some unanswered questions, but not really in a frustrating way. I’m pleased with how it ended and I’m happy I read it!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

A solid ending to the After Eden duology!

After Eden

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How did I get it?:
A Christmas present from my sister, Beth.

Synopsis:

When mysterious new boy Ryan Westland shows up at her school Eden Anfield is intrigued. On the face of it, he’s a typical American teenager. So how come he doesn’t recognise pizza and hasn’t heard of Hitler? What puzzles Eden most, however, is the interest he’s taking in her.

As Eden falls in love with Ryan, she stumbles across a book in Ryan’s bedroom – a biography of her best friend – written fifty years in the future. Unravelling Ryan’s secret, she discovers he has one unbelievably important purpose … and she might just have destroyed his only chance of success.

Thoughts:

I’ve had this book since Christmas, but have only just got around to reading it. It’s an intriguing story, which is only 288 pages long, so it doesn’t take long to tear through it. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but what I got from After Eden was a sweet, short, well-written book with a sci-fi element.

After Eden follows Eden and her friends. Ryan is the gorgeous new boy at school that all the girls are swooning over. Eden notices that Ryan is not like the rest of her peers. He doesn’t recognise pizza and hasn’t heard of Hitler. She begins to think Ryan is part of a cult, but when she starts questioning Ryan, she’s determined to get to the bottom of his secret. After visiting his house, she accidentally picks up one of his textbooks. It’s a biography of her best friend, Connor. The trouble is it was written fifty years in the future. How did Ryan get this book? Why is Ryan interested in Connor? What are Ryan’s intentions with Eden?

I enjoyed After Eden. I’m not always a fan of time travel books, but this one is done particularly well by British writer, Helen Douglas. It was intriguing to find out why Ryan was involved with Eden and her friends.
Eden and Ryan have a fantastic, lovable relationship. Hooray for the author not using insta-love. There’s an attraction from the start, but their romance is a slow build. I loved the parts of the book where Eden and Ryan were together.

I’m really pleased to read there is a sequel (Chasing Stars) to this book. Some rather interesting developments happened towards the end, and I worried we’d be left hanging. I think After Eden is well worth reading!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars.