Review: Eve by Anna Carey

Eve by Anna Carey
Series: The Eve Trilogy (# 1)
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Publisher:  Harper
Pages: 318
Source:  publicist

Where do you go when nowhere is safe?

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.

 

Review:  What? What? No, no, and no!

The dystopian genre is definitely trending and this book belongs on the top of your reading pile if that’s what you like to read. From the very first page, the action started and did not stop until the last one. When I first read about Eve, her friends, and their school, red flags went up. They are pampered and well-educated, but take vitamins on a daily basis to stay healthy (the plague has wiped out most of the population) in a way that seemed unusual…for good reason. In order to continue as a species, the King of the New America has decided young well-educated girls should be the “breeders” and schools have been set up around the country to meet the demand of repopulating the country.

When one of Eve’s acquaintances brings to her attention that things aren’t right, she gets suspicious. Her suspicions take her away from her friends and, right then and there, I was mad at her. I stayed mad at Eve for most of the book!

Why, you ask? Mostly because I thought her actions were selfish – but were they really? Any young girl taught in such a secluded environment would have difficulty surviving on her own and relating to other situations and environments. What is most interesting about the dystopian genre is that it brings up the question – would YOU have done any differently or do you think you would have but wouldn’t REALLY?

Without too many spoilers, Eve leaves her school, falls in with a group of boys living on their own, unknowingly betrays people who try to help her, loses her only friends on the outside, and falls in love.

Lost, grief, betrayal, uncertainty, love, hope, heartbreak…I can’t wait for book two, Once, which releases on July 3!!!