Friday, October 19, 2012

Review: Eve (Eve #1)

Author: Anna Carey
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: October 11, 2011
Page Count: 318
Chapter Count: 35
Named Chapters: No
Format: Hardback
Source: Library
Tag Line: None

Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth's population, the world is a perilous 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 future as the teachers and artists of 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 Arden, her former rival from school, and 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.

Opening Sentence: By the time the sun set over the fifty-foot perimeter wall, the School lawn was covered with twelfth-year students.


Eve by Anna Carey was a really good and enjoyable book for me to read. I was drawn in from the very first page and wasn't let off the ride until the very ending. However, I will be honest and say while I know a lot of people liked the ending, and I will admit that it did set the reader up for the next book, the ending still took the book down a complete star for me. 

Eve is a young girl, who has been raised her entire life to believe that she will graduate school, learn a trade and then be taken to the City of Sand to live and prosper. After a deadly virus wipes out nearly the entire populace on the planet only a few have survived. The girls are raised separate from the males and even raised to not trust them for any reasons. It is a different taken on life because one can only wonder how the planet will survive if the sexes mistrust one another.

However, the day before Eve is set to graduate, she learns a shocking truth about what is truly planned for her and she makes a quick escape before that fate can reach her. However, the wilds outside of the convent gates that she was raised in are a very dangerous place. Made even deadlier to her, when troops come looking for her and she finds out that the King (the one who pulls all the strings now a days) wants her for himself. A deadly game of cat and mouse has been unintentionally set up and Eve is determined to be the victor. Along her way to Califia (a save haven from people running from the King), Eve meets up with Arden, a former classmate as well as Caleb, the first guy she can ever remember meeting. But some how these three form an unlikely alliance and they try to make their way to Califia. But of course not before trouble finds them.

Eve is a world not much unlike our own. Ms. Carey really gives up a hard look into human nature and what it really means to be human. What is honor really? What is love? How far would you go for someone who means the world to you? Would you risk your life when it came down to it? Or would you cower and hide in a corner?

There is danger around every page in this book and while is is not always present, it can always be felt. This is a story of a young girl, coming of age and learning who she can really trust. She is learning what it truly means to love someone and what she would give up for that person. What it truly means to live. How do you come to terms with yourself when you know someone else is suffering? How do you live with the wrong and the right you have done in life? I loved every second of this book and if it wouldn't of been for the ending, this would have been a strong five star book for me. 

I can't wait to be able to get a copy of Once the second book in the series and see where Ms. Carey takes us next on Eve and Caleb's (and hopefully Arden's) journey. To see how far these two are willing to go for love?

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