Eve (Eve #1)
By Anna Carey
Published: October 4, 2011
Paperback, 352 pages
After a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth's population, the world is a terrifying 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 bright future in 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 Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Caleb slowly wins her trust . . . and her heart. But when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life. -- Goodreads
Eve is the start of an action-packed dystopian series that will keep the reader holding their breath until the end. With surprising plot twists and a pleasant romance, Eve does a great job in spellbinding the reader from the very beginning to the final page.
The book begins with Eve in her controlling school. She lives her life like a valedictorian would in her school. At the top of her class, great things are expected of Eve and Eve knows this. That is, until the day, Eve soon learns that there is something wrong with her school. She is told that the school and society are built on lies, so she runs away to escape the future her teachers are planning for her. Along the way, she joins up with others, Arden, the school snob, and Caleb, the mysterious boy. The journey Eve, Arden and Caleb goes on an adventure fraught with peril and excitement that will shake the reader to their very bones.
Words cannot describe my thoughts as I rushed through Eve. From one moment to the next, I was holding the very edge of my seat as danger crossed Eve and her friends. Anna Carey writes Eve with unpredictability, so one can not guess as to what will come next to torment the trio. It's a tale that one can easily be immersed in.
The romance between Eve and Caleb is one that starts out as distrust and blooms into one that I rooted and cheered for. Caleb is such a devoted guy who clearly cares for Eve. Meanwhile, Eve was the one who tended to cause the problems, but she did them all for the sake of her love for Caleb. Separately, the feelings Eve and Caleb have mirrored Romeo and Juliet's moaning. Together, their love is a powerful force in Eve.
There are many things that Eve executes wonderfully, such as presenting the evils of the dystopian society, keeping the reader engaged and having a sweet romance. Still, at times I found Eve flat and over-the-top with characters. Eve, the protagonist, is one of those heroines who you want to bop on the head to tell her to shut up or to be less naive. Her actions and thoughts are reckless and cause the death of many others. She does everything without thinking, to the point that it would probably be better for everyone to have her shot dead. Despite being an extremely flawed character, I cheered and supported Eve the whole way through.
If you are a fan of dystopian, you will surely enjoy reading Eve, which follows the rules of dystopians faithfully. There are flaws within Eve, but they will not destroy the reading experience you will have with Eve. It's nothing spectacular or unique, but Eve is definitely a read worth trying.
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