Oct 18, 2011

{Review} of Eve by Anna Carey

Eve (Eve, #1)Eve by Anna Carey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

GENRE: YA Dystopian
THEME: Futuristic
RECEIVED: Purchased
BLOG: Anna Careys' Site

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.

Dystopian novels seem to be the major craze this year, with Eve by Ana Carey the story was more focused on the characters than the actual reason why the world had fallen apart. Eve is a YA novel that is defiantly high in the emotion aspect and I felt this was more on the realistic than many that I’ve read.

Eve is a top student, orphaned at a young age from a plague that took out most of the population; those who survived were kept in the city or at schools. Eve has been taught her whole life about how wonderful their king is and that one day she could make a difference in his city. Also how terrible boys were and that all they would do is harm girls. But on the day before her graduation another student tells her that everything has been a lie and she’s going to escape. Eve finds out the truth and leaves the school that same night. Together along with a boy named Caleb that they meet in the woods they try to make it to a haven. But along the way are soldiers, gangs, and the wild that threatens them at every turn.

Eve was such a great character and so real, she is extremely literate but wasn’t taught the basics of survival in the outside world.  I can’t imagine what it would be like to be in her and the other girl’s position. I really enjoyed her interaction with all the characters introduced, her friend Arden and of course the love interest Caleb. Also I thought it was pretty awesome that Eve’s birthday was the same day as mine, just a fun fact.

Ana Carey created a scary world without the disease or zombies, but the aftermath and how the world fell apart and controlled by a man who tells only lies. Many people can’t be trusted and even the safest places are dangerous. The characters are always on the run and I felt I was holding my breathe through the whole book. It’s beautifully written with such emotion and youth that I felt for these characters and they went through so much hardship. Overall I really enjoyed this novel and can’t wait to see what happens next. Then ending was a bit of a killer, I was saddened a bit and really wished that it didn’t happen but I felt it was a proper ending.

This is a young adult novel about survival, friendship and love. Fans of the Chemical Garden series by Lauren DeStefano will love Eve.

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  1. This definitely sounds like a fantastic book. I'll have to check it out when I have the time. Thanks for your review!

  2. A realistic book? That's one I've been longing to read. There isn't much of that around in the Paranormal genre. But then again it is "Paranormal". Thanks for the review! I'm definitely getting this.