Eve (The Eve Trilogy #1)

EveBy Anna Carey

Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: Oct 4, 2011
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Source: Netgalley

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.

Goodreads Summary

The dystopian genre has exploded over the last year or so, which gives us readers an abundance of material to choose from. Publishers are consistently giving us exciting end-of-the-world type books to devour read that make us want more and more. On the heels of completely epic novels/series like The Hunger Games, Divergent, Enclave and Delirium, Eve had some pretty big footsteps to follow in.

After having watched her mother die from the deadly virus that has visicously killed most of the world’s population, newly orphaned Eve was sent to an all-girls boarding school to live. The following years were spent learning decorum and a new, warped version of history and literature where men are evil. Eve and her classmates have finally made it to graduation day, where they will cross the river to the big building in the distance and train to be productive members of society. Eve stumbles upon a fellow classmate – her nemesis, really – attempting to escape and is faced with the truth about her boarding school life and what her future will really entail. Following her classmates example, Eve escapes as well and heads off into a world she knows nothing about and is not equipped to survive in.

There were a few things off about Eve. First, Eve herself was a bit odd. She may have been top of her class at school, but she is inept outside of it. She jumps from one scrape into another throughout the whole book and always relies on someone else to save her. While she may have shown strength initially in escaping the school, it didn’t stick through the rest of the story. If other characters hadn’t shown up at exactly the right time, I’m positive that Eve wouldn’t have lived to see another book. I’m not saying that every heroine has to be a kick-arse, fighting chick that can take on anyone. I did, however, need to see a little independence and some ability to take care of herself in Eve. I found her to be kind of a wimp, truthfully.

I also wasn’t very clear about why the boarding school tried to brain wash the girls against the male gender. It felt awkward and out of place, especially considering it had no real bearing on what happened in the rest of the book. Maybe it will make sense in future books, but I was left scratching my head and saying “huh?” to myself in this one.

My Summary: Eve had the makings to be a really great read. It isn’t quite there. Almost, but with the other amazing books written in this genre, it needs just a bit more. Eve (the character) needs to be a bit more. The ending was sort of cliffhangeringish (I totally just made that up), and even with the odd bits I still want to know what happens next. I will definitely be reading the next book, and I sincerely hope it only goes up from here.

My Rating: C+

Cait

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Comments

  1. It was my understanding that girls were turned against boys to take out the complication of relationships, but you are right that it wasn't like they had a chance for marriage under the circumstance. Feel free to add your review in linky at the end of my review. This is my way of offering my readers more than one review for a book that they are interested in and the opportunity to discover other cool blogs.

  2. I couldn't agree more. It was hard to like Eve as she just seemed so careless and thoughtless. And what was the point of school if they were all destined for the fate Eve escaped?♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

  3. Five Alarm – When I was reading the book the only thing I could think of was that man hating was supposed to make us more horrified about the school? I don't know. I don't get it. lolMelissa – She was just a strange heroine, wasn't she? I almost liked her. I don't get the school either. It's not like anyone checks up on them, so the school could have treated them like slaves and no one would ever have known. It's all just very bizarre.

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