Eden Newman must mate before her eighteenth 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 postapocalyptic, 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 coworker Jamal has begun secretly dating her. 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. Eden must change to survive but only if she can redefine her ideas of beauty and of love.
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Save the Pearls