Release Date: Octobe 4th, 2011
Source: ARC from Publisher
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.