Review: EVE by Anna Carey

Eve (Eve, #1) 
Anna Carey
336 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: Octobe 4th, 2011
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LIKED

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 is one of those books you secretly want to read, but end up debating with yourself after reading all those mixed reviews. But let me tell you: Eve was a pretty satisfying read.

    Anna Carey’s latest is action-packed, and full of suspense. Runaway fugitives usually have that effect. Though the main storyline was predictable, what happened along the way wasn’t even close.

    The story revolves around Eve, smart, well-behaved, and worth something to the king. She was orphaned at a very young age, due to the plague that wiped out most of the American population, including her mother. She is a very flawed character, making mistakes that cost so many lives. Maybe its due to the fact that she never left the School, she never had any idea of what life was like without the trust of her schoolmates and teachers. It was frustrating at times, but understandable in many.

    Though the story lacked in its lasting emotions – the little nagging presence you sometimes feel long after you finish a novel – I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was most definitely flipping the pages in anticipation, eager to see what would happen next. I’ve read a few reviews that noted down the lack of world-building, and though I agree we don’t learn much about the ‘New America’, I have a sense we’ll learn a lot more in the installments to come – after all, this is the first in a trilogy.

    So would I recommend this? Yes, I would. Anna Carey knows how to add suspense and action to every page.

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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    October 4, 2011

    Oh I've been hearing such different opinions on this one it makes me really curious about it. I'll still read it for myself though. Some do like it. Great review! :)

    Xpresso Reads

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    October 4, 2011

    I always like reading a book that's gotten mixed reviews, it's fun for me to then figure out where on the love it/hate it spectrum I fall:) Glad to know you found it satisfying Hafsah!

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    Lauren M

    October 4, 2011

    Yeah, I agree that Eve doesn't really leave the reader with a lasting emotion. It was really exciting and suspenseful, but overall it was kind of unmemorable, for me. Thanks for the review, Hafsah! :)

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    Mary @ BookSwarm

    October 4, 2011

    I'm looking forward to seeing where the author takes us with the next installment. With a rather bittersweet ending and not much info about the world, she has a lot of room to play with the plot.

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    Mimi Valentine

    October 4, 2011

    I'm SO glad that you liked this one! I've been wanting to read it for a while (especially since I'm a huge dystopian junkie right now) but I've been hearing lots of mixed reviews. Now, after reading your review, I'm just going to give it a shot! :)

    Awesome review, H!

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    October 4, 2011

    It's funny how mixed the reviews are on this one. I really liked it and gave it 4 stars but I also see what people didn't like. It just didn't bother me for some reason. I definitely anxious for more though! Glad you liked it!

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    October 4, 2011

    I didn't enjoy this one as much as i wanted to! But it is undeniable that Anna knows how to add suspense to her stories!

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    ashelynn hetland

    October 4, 2011

    I loved this book! Thought it was brilliant (just like the cover!) Great review. I was really hesitant on reading it because of all the mixed reviews.

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    Mel (He Followed Me Home)

    October 5, 2011

    YAY for loving this one! Action packed and filled with suspense sounds fun.

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    October 5, 2011

    I really enjoyed this one. I got annoyed at Eve just like you, but I could see why she acted the way she did being so sheltered all her life. Great review, Hafsah!

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    October 5, 2011

    I have been struggling with all of the mixed reviews! Thank you for clearing up a few things about the book in your review. I'm not sure I will read it but it has made me reconsider the things I have read in reviews so far.

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    Melissa (i swim for oceans)

    October 5, 2011

    I'm always glad to read another opinion on a book! While EVE didn't work that well for me, your review was thoughtful, and I could understand your take on it. Fab review, Hafsah :) You're a brilliant and articulate young lady!

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    A Canadian Girl

    October 5, 2011

    I've seen mixed reviews for this one so I guess like you I'll have to read it to find out for myself whether I like it or not. I'll put it off for now because even though it does sound suspenseful, these days I want a book that I'll remember. Stuff from textbooks is filling up my brain so if the story lacks impact, chances are I'll forget about it the minute I'm done reading.

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    YA Book Queen

    October 5, 2011

    I didn't enjoy this one as much as you, but I definitely enjoyed the suspense and action :)

    Great review, Hafsah!

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    Maji Bookshelf

    October 23, 2011

    So many mixed reviews! i honestly don't know what to do, but you know, your review is a positive one, and i truly love the cover, im going to give it a try! Sometimes you want to read the book and finish it and thats it, you dont want any withdrawal syndrome so thats good :P

    – juhina

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    October 29, 2011

    I am really thrilled to hear that you enjoyed this book, I've only heard many good things about it and I'm totally excited and psyched to read it. :)

    Suz @ A Soul Unsung

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    Nicole@The More the Merrier

    November 14, 2011

    I haven't read too many reviews about Eve but it sounds like the start of a great trilogy. I'm eager to get my hands on this book.

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    Amanda Welling

    November 17, 2011

    I loved it, despite the fact that it had mixed reviews!!

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    Alyssa (Redhead Heroines)

    December 4, 2011

    I enjoyed reading Eve as well! However, I think that Eve's character flaws were more of a hinderance to my enjoyment… I just couldn't get over some of her decisions or the way she changed incredibly fast throughout the story. I may still pick up the sequel, though! :)

    – Alyssa of Redhead Heroines

    Book Review of “Eve” by Anna Carey

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    January 14, 2012

    Awesome review! I haven't always been a fan of books with people being controlled by higher ups, but I don't think I've stumbled across a book like Eve so I'm going to give it a try :)

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    January 21, 2012

    Great review. I ended up really enjoying this novel and I am excited for book 2!

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    January 23, 2012

    Great review! I just got this in the mail today and I've also heard so many mixed opinions on it! U gave me the basic outline of the book, which is great! Thanks for the review!

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    December 27, 2012

    I enjoyed this one but had a few complaints. Luckily book 2 didn't disappoint me :)