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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!
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.
Eve by Anna Carey was on my wishlist for months before I finally got the opportunity to read it. But, sadly for me this book didn't live up to my expectations. It turned out to be just another 'ok' read with nothing new to offer in what is becoming a saturated YA theme - dystiopia.
My main problem with this book was that I just didn't believe a lot of the situations or how the characters behaved. At times they seemed to believe one thing and then do something completely different. I did have to go back and re-read a section just to make sure that I hadn't missed something. To stay spoiler free I won't go into much more detail other than to tell you all that I was very disappointed.
Overall the world building was only merely ok, the characters were good-ish, but a lot of times Eve just didn't react how you think that she should. She seemed to contradict herself and her upbringing quite often and I never really got a good sense of who she was. Which of course after a while I found got more and more annoying. Unfortunately for me there were more things that I didn't like about this book than I did.
I think that Eve is readable if you are determined to finish it but in my opinion it is far from great. I am afraid that as far as Eve is concerned this is the first and last book in the trilogy that I will be reading, there are just far better examples of dystopian YA waiting for my attention.
From what I have read in Eve, Anna Carey is a good writer and I haven't been put off picking up something else by her in the future. But for me with EVE she hasn't created a must read series.
Read this if you are in the mood for a pretty standard YA dystopia novel, otherwise there are some far greater more original novels out there.
In my opinion this is not one that I would recommend. However, this book has received some really positive reviews from other readers.
Genre - YA, Dystopian
Published by HarperCollins (November 2011)
Paperback 200 pages (£6.99)
I received a copy of 'Eve' by Anna Carey in exchange for an honest review.
Eve by Anna Carey was published by Harper Collins (US) on 4th October and the book is 318 pages long. I received a copy of this for review!
Where do you go when nowhere is safe?
Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth's population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school's real purpose--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 Arden, her former rival from school, and 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.
What I thought
Dystopian YA books are a really big thing at the minute so I was really happy to get the beautiful US hardback of Eve for review as well as some other amazing books from the US.
Starting off in a girl's boarding school, I was a bit worried about where the plot was going to go. I definitely did not want to read another whole book set in a school! Once the whole reasoning of the school became apparent, I loved this aspect of Eve. If the world did ever turn out this way, as it does in this book, I could totally see this kind of thing happening and this made Eve quite scary. Anything that could actually happen freaks the hell out of me and that was exactly the case here.
Once Eve leaves the school though, things started to go downhill... and fast. Along with Arden, another girl from school, Eve is put into some crappy situations which she doesn't help at all! In matters of being free or being caught, Eve's reactions were extremely delayed even though Arden shouts at her to do something. Eve was pretty stupid at times and considering she's supposed to be the brightest girl in her year, I just didn't understand what she was doing.
Even though I had problem with Eve herself, the world building in this book was amazing. Anna Carey has really thought of ever single little detail in regards to how the world ended up like this, the cause of the problems and what could be done to fix them. The different aspects and areas of the world are described so vividly that I could really imagine myself there which is not necessarily a good thing. Some of the places that Eve finds herself in are quite disgusting and I would rather not be able to picture myself there.
The pacing of Eve was great!! Time is taken to explain the situation and then expands on this. The background information as extremely useful and I'm glad time was spend on this. Eve has times where a lot of things happen in a short space of time which makes it exciting but there are also some slower periods where you are able to catch your breath. There is a big build up towards the end and leaved on a pretty big cliffhanger which I loved.
I didn't completely love Eve but it was definitely a promising start to a new series and I can't wait to see what is in store next for Eve!