Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Book Review: Eve by Anna Carey

Title:  Eve
Author:  Anna Carey
Series:  Eve #1
Genre:  YA dystopian
Pages:  336

Rating:  A+

Synopsis from goodreads.com:  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.

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So much love!  I absolutely loved Eve.  I've been seeing it all over other people's blogs and decided to check it out, and I'm so glad I did.  It was fast-paced, exciting, and romantic.  I couldn't put it down.

The characters and storyline are fantastic.  I was a little concerned at first because Eve starts out kind of bossy, but fortunately she grows out of that and lost some of her annoying traits.  I ended up really liking her as a heroine and main character by the end of the book.  Her naive outlook on life and the world led to some amusing conversations and situations too.  Her friend Arden also starts out as an annoying character, for entirely different reasons, but ends up being a really cool secondary character.

The romance is beautiful.  Caleb is the perfect match for Eve.  He's just amazing in general.  His strength of character, his quiet helpfulness, and his selflessness make him such an incredible love interest.  I love him and Eve together.  And Eve's thoughts as she reconciles her feelings for Caleb with what she was taught in school (they're taught to fear men and emotional attachments to them) are both hilarious and endearing.

Carey's dystopian America and plot are gritty and believable.  One of the coolest aspects of the book is when the characters interact with something that's an ordinary part of our lives now but to them is something new and exciting or completely unheard of.  The references to books, movies, and locations help the realism of the story.  I really enjoyed the interesting twists in the book as well.  There were some things that I definitely didn't expect to happen.  And that ending is gut-wrenching.  I just wanted to cry.  I think that's one of the things most of these dystopian authors have been doing really well.  They've been writing some of the most heartbreaking, stomach-twisting endings lately.

Eve is a great start to a series with a fast-paced story, a sweet romance, and a great cliffhanger ending.  As soon as I finished it, I ordered the next book, Once.  And the third and final book of the trilogy, Rise, just came out last Tuesday, so I'm psyched to see what's ahead for Eve, Caleb, and New America.  A+

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