Monday, November 28, 2011

REVIEW: Eve by Anna Carey

Title: Eve by Anna Carey
Pages: 336
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: November 20th, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Source: Lucy at 5 Minutes Peace (for review)

Summary (Goodreads):

The year is 2032, sixteen years after a deadly virus—and the vaccine intended to protect against it—wiped out most of the earth’s population. The night before eighteen-year-old Eve’s graduation from her all-girls school she discovers what really happens to new graduates, and the horrifying fate that awaits her.

Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust...and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.

If you know me, you'll know that I love any kind of dystopia, so I jumped at the chance to review this when the lovely Lucy was offering dystopian books for review! There's just something so exciting and creepy about the genre, and EVE was just another amazing-sounding book to add to my wishlist!

The novel is set in a dystopian future where most of the population was wiped out in a plague. New America is now ruled by the King, and it's a very dangerous place for anybody who doesn't live inside the City of Sand. But luck for Eve and the other girls, they are tucked into safety inside the School, where they are educated to make something of themselves. Their time is spent being taught about how men and boys are all evil. Eve has worked so hard, hoping for a great future, but her dreams are crushed when she sees her nemesis, Arden, trying to escape from the School the night before Graduation. That's when she learns that it's all a lie to cover up a terrible, terrible fate that occurs at graduation.

Eve's world has come crashing down and now she's all alone, outside the safety of the School's walls, having to fend for herself when she doesn't even have the slightest clue about survival.

I really connected with both Eve and Caleb, and at times, Arden. I was rooting for them to reach Califia the whole time, and I really enjoyed following them on their journey. All the characters were realistic and well-thought-out, I especially loved the boys from the dugout. The world-building was exceptional, in my opinion. The author's portrayal of a world devastated by plague was intriguing and (very) creepily realistic.

One problem I had regarding Eve though, was that I thought she had turned into this courageous heroine far too quickly from when we first met her, when she was just a naive schoolgirl. I think this was the only thing that made the novel not reach its full potential* for most of the people who've read it, because it played quite a big role in the story. But I did learn (and love) the fact that Eve was a survivor throughout the course of the book.

The ending was great. It wasn't at all what I was expecting, or even what I wanted to happen, but it was fabulous nonetheless!

I came away with mixed feelings about this one. You know the saying "Life is like a rollercoaster"? Well that's exactly what EVE felt like - a rollercoaster of emotions. EVE by Anne Carey is a great debut and addition to the ever-growing list of dystopian books out there right now! I'm really looking forward to reading the sequel, Once, due for release the summer of 2012.

*I can't believe I said that out loud. IT JUST SLIPPED OUT!


1 comment:

  1. Now, now, no spoilers so we are not revealing what they are being groomed for, but that is all about to change when the most promised of her school EVE finds herself challenging everything she believes in one night as she sees a fellow student Arden slip away and escape.


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