Dividing Eden

Dividing Eden

by Joelle Charbonneau


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From the author of the New York Times bestselling The Testing trilogy comes a sweeping new fantasy series, perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Sarah J. Maas.

Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.

But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.

With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062453853
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/15/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 187,572
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Joelle Charbonneau has performed in opera and musical-theater productions across Chicagoland. She is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Testing trilogy and the bestselling Dividing Eden series, as well as two adult mystery series and several other books for young adult readers. Her YA books have appeared on the Indie Next List, YALSA’s Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, and state reading lists across the country. Joelle lives in the Chicago area with her husband and son. www.joellecharbonneau.com

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Dividing Eden 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure where I thought this story was going to go, but it really through me for a loop! I'm shocked. I am excited to see what Carys will learn about herself and her past in the next book. Looking forward to it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being a twin myself, (me the girl and my brother the boy), it was very interesting to see which one of the twins cared more and which one could care less. I really thought one of them (won't say to spoil) was just so ungrateful even after all the other twin had done for them; it had me screaming at parts. That said, the book was just so hard to put down! I loved every inch. I liked how the book was not focused on the romance, which is a nice, refreshing change in book for me. Now, the only complaint I have for this book, since I didn't give it a full 5-stars, would be because the romance with one of the twins (remember, not trying to spoil anything, calm down) just went from 0 to 100 real fast. And I have a feeling, by how the book ended, that, sadly, there's going to be a pointless love triangle, that in my eyes, there's only one person the twin belongs with. The author didn't even have to add the romance, but at least it doesn't over-power too much, which I will gladly take! Overall, this was a wonderful experience and I HIGHLY recommend this book. I really really enjoyed it. :)
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
Conceptually, I was so interested in this novel - two twins who are being told they have to now fight for the throne. And not in the way of Three Dark Crowns, where the triplets were brought up separately: this has twins who were each other's confidants and close as can be (without veering into Lannister territory) now on opposite sides to win a throne. I sort of imagined what Astrid and Athos Dane (of A Darker Shade of Magic would face if told only one of them could rule. But this book disappointed me, maybe because I was expecting too much, sure, but also because it does not deliver on what it promises in the blurb itself. The world of Dividing Eden has a medieval feel to it, but it is also a world with a bit of like Victorian era technology. Basically, there is electricity (run by wind power) and wind magic, and a Seer who can see into the future as well as control the wind (wild, I know, to give a Seer more than one power). I liked the melding of this, and the system of virtues and the twisted way in which they (the royals and the nobles) interpret it for their own purposes. Into this world, where any sort of sickness is seen as an offense on the virtues, Andreus is born with a sickness (it is not revealed what kind of sickness but it sounds like anxiety and panic attacks) and Carys develops an opium addiction in her teens. However, they aren't the heirs so they can stand to go under the radar, with Carys usually deflecting the attention from him by pretending to act out and even taking on the consequences for it (she got whipped, ya'll!), but she also hates the court and all that it represents. The trials that the two have to face take some time getting go, with nearly half the book being devoted to developing it, and then bringing about the events that would lead to them competing against each other. Now, ideally, you would think one could forfeit out of love (they aren't allowed to), or throw the contest (like Carys does) and maybe somewhere along the way, as they get in too deep, they actually become enemies. Like in the summary, it says - "But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family". But no, that is not the way this goes - Andreus, who has been coddled by his twin and his mother for all of his playboy prince life, now suddenly decides he does want the throne and will do everything he can to get it. He even TURNS on his sister (the one who has saved his life numerous times and even taken lashings for him) in a MATTER OF DAYS, just because a certain pretty Seeress was stroking his ego, among other things (*wink*). The intrigue, the mystery, the betrayal I was expecting? Yeah, that was mostly gone by the time Andreus goes full on F*boi, and basically gets manipulated by his new girlfriend and the Council of Elders (who have already proven that they were trying to get them out of succession) and you can't help but wonder how Carys - smart, wise and loyal Carys - could even be related to a person like him. There is some romance, but I would hardly call Andreus betraying his sister over a pretty face a romance. As for Carys, she has two contenders, but like the smart person she is, the survival of her brother and her is her main priority. She comes across as cold in the start, but is more like that is hiding a strength and the underlying empathy that she has. Meanwhile, Andreus who, at first glance, appears kind and book-smart, gets corrupted by the illusion of power. I liked the role reversal (of sorts)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dividing Eden is such a thrilling book. I found myself racing through it, while simultaneously dreading the end. This should definitely be the next book you read!
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau is an intense fantasy adventure. Carys and Andreus are royal twin siblings hiding a secret from the kingdom. When the power outage overwhelms Garden City, chaos follows. Andreus helps fix the outage problem right before their brother Micah and their father, the king, are brought home from the warfront by the King's guards. Both Micah and the king have been killed and the only witnesses to their deaths are soon killed also. The secret the twins are hiding is the sickness Andreus suffers from; it causes him weakness and is supposedly the curse that the seer prophesied after the birth of the twins. The Elders have set up a tournament for Andreus and Carys to compete against each other for the throne, since both the king and his heir are dead. The winner will be the new ruler of their kingdom. They compete unwillingly and try to make the tournament go in favor of Andreus. The danger builds and the suspicion grows stronger as Andreus and Carys struggle to learn who they can trust. It saddened me how quickly Andreus believed that his worth was above everyone else's. I love the ingenious, clever way the story is told with the alternating points of view of Carys and Andreus and how they overlap at times. This way of telling the story makes the reader's emotions take a roller coaster ride. I would love to see a map in the sequel and I give this book 5 stars for the adventure and intrigue!
sheltisebastian More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved it