Eve by Anna Carey
ARC, 318 pgs.
Published October 4th, 2011 by HarperTeen
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Amazon Vine
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.
I'd read some negative reviews for this book after I'd gotten it and went into it a little worried about whether I would like it or not. I really shouldn't have worried because I ended up liking this book a lot! And while I really enjoyed it, I can see why (and what) the others didn't like. It's just a matter of whether you let it bother you. Fortunately it just didn't bother me much at all.
I really liked that this book is in the near future. It's easy to imagine and clear for me to picture. I also like that we got to see quite a bit of the world and how things are and they weren't just stuck in one place the whole time and we're left wondering how the outside world is.
I liked Eve okay, though in the beginning she was very naive. That was to be expected because of what she was taught all her years growing up so it wasn't a negative, it just made her a bit unlike-able. But she grows up quickly and before I knew it I really liked her. She made mistakes still but she remembered to keep an open mind and to remember that all that they were taught at school wasn't always true, as she learned from her experience in the outside world since she escaped.
The romance was sweet and I really liked Caleb. While complications arose that had me irritated it did add to the story. I would maybe prefer just a bit less conflict between them and a more smooth going. But I was okay with how things went. Except one thing at the end which is what probably knocked it down to 4 stars for me.
This is an extremely fast paced book. I read it in two hours time and never once wanted to put it down. They were never in once place long and there were never long drawn out descriptions of anything. I thought it worked perfectly and led to me enjoying the book even more.
I definitely recommend this book to fans of YA dystopian novels, especially if you're looking for something fast paced and full of adventure (though it's some stressful adventure).
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Disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.