Eve (Eve Trilogy Series #1)

Eve (Eve Trilogy Series #1)

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by Anna Carey
     
 

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Where do you go when nowhere is safe?

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

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Where do you go when nowhere is safe?

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.

In this epic new series, Anna Carey imagines a future that is both beautiful and terrifying. Readers will revel in Eve’s timeless story of forbidden love and extraordinary adventure.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Dubious gender politics and questionable character choices hinder this dystopian romance from Carey (the Sloane Sisters series). A generation after a plague wiped out 98% of humanity, orphaned girls like Eve are raised in secluded schools, conditioned to fear the outside, distrust men, and look forward to a comfortable life in the City of Sand. When Eve discovers what’s actually intended for her, she flees the school. Teaming up with another refugee classmate, Eve meets Caleb, a teenage boy who alternately attracts and repels her. Together and separately, the three struggle through numerous dangers in the postapocalyptic landscape, while Eve and Caleb fall for one another. First in a trilogy, the book squanders most of its potential on a premise involving repopulation through forced breeding, a “Wendy and the Lost Boys” scenario, and the protagonist’s naïveté and ill-considered actions. With rare exceptions, men are portrayed either as brutes to be feared or feral children in need of a mother figure. Similarly, women who aren’t complicit in maintaining the status quo are all but reduced to broodmares or objects of lust. Ages 12–up. (Oct.)
VOYA - Lisa Hazlett
In 2015, a swift plague killed 98 percent of America's adults, creating an orphan society with a malevolent king and his heavily-armed soldiers mercilessly retaining order. Boys and girls were housed within separate compounds, their education based upon misogyny and misandry, respectively. Now a senior, Eve sneaks past boundaries and discovers the nightmarish reality of former classmates, chained and pregnant, their only role repopulating society.A teacher surreptitiously provides directions to the distant Camp Califia for sanctuary, and Eve, along with friends, begins a treacherous journey, worsened by the king's reward for Eve's return to birth his heir. Caleb, surviving with other runaway boys, saves Eve early during her escape, and continues providing romance and protection. Eve's impetuousness, however, causes unspeakable tragedy during travel, with an unexpected, and seemingly insurmountable, obstacle encountered once finally reaching the Camp. Resembling Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale (McClelland and Stewart, 1985/VOYA December 1986), this fast-paced novel is the first in a planned series for younger females. Names and excerpts from popular culture are significant, but some of the latter's older references may be unfamiliar. While surrounded by danger, there is little suspense as rescue continually arrives before peril, and Eve and Caleb's bonding occurs rather quickly, considering their gender indoctrinations. Aside from its nail-biter ending, this novel resembles many; its sequels will determine eventual quality and popularity. Reviewer: Lisa Hazlett
Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
Devastation brings the world to its knees, and now a new way of life rears its ugly head. The young women find themselves in schools that shelter them from the outside world and convince them that males are evil, vain humans that prey on their innocence. Everything from literature to their daily subjects takes them down this same path. The heroine, Eve, appears to be living the idyllic life where she will graduate from high school at the top of her class and have a bright future...until her world shatters when she watches another girl escape and learns about what really happens after graduation. Now, she must make an immediate decision that changes her entire life by seeking refuge in a faraway place. This path leads her into more danger once she realizes that she has been chosen for a bigger destiny. Even though the story seems to go in a typical circle, the storyline has big holes punched into it that makes it hard to follow in places which cause an abrupt and unexpected ending because of the lack of clues in the plot. I do appreciate the new twist on an overdone concept and the added layers to the characters so that they are not as predictable, but eh book is not a "winner." Reviewer: Julia Beiker
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Eve is orphaned by a devastating plague that killed 98 percent of the population. Twelve years later she is set to graduate from an all-girls orphanage, where the students have been promised bright futures in the careers of their choice. However, the day before graduation Eve discovers that they are actually going to be bound to beds, impregnated against their will, and forced endlessly to bear children in order to repopulate the country. This discovery is horrific indeed, or at least it would be if it made any sense. The plot and characters are undermined by huge logical holes in the dystopian world-building. The girls are taught to hate men through reinterpretations of classic literature, but why bother educating them at all when they are going to spend their lives as prisoners? When Eve (unsurprisingly) escapes, more discrepancies emerge. "The New America" is now ruled by a king who has a large army and runs the schools for orphan girls as well as work camps for orphan boys. But if depleted population is the problem, why are the orphan boys being mistreated and killed? Why separate the genders at all? When Eve and her former frenemy from the orphanage end up in a camp of feral boys and meet the muscular yet gentle Caleb, a predictable romance ensues. Carey's clever writing and imaginative storytelling have potential but ultimately cannot save this flawed novel.—Eliza Langhans, Hatfield Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews

Category romance meets YA dystopia in this poorly executed trilogy opener specializing in juvenile romance and adult violence.

Twelve years after a plague kills off 98 percent of the population, the United States is a monarchy. Girls are educated in boarding schools, reading literary novels and learning to paint and play the piano. Graduates, they're told, move on to learn a trade or profession. When the eponymous heroine discovers that the only trade they're headed for is broodmare (imprisoned in Spartan dorms, forcibly and repeatedly impregnated, bearing children in a royal repopulation scheme), she flees west, seeking the safe community of Califia. Finding assorted allies and villains along the way, Eve falls for manly, protective Caleb. (Gender roles are deeply regressive—next to Eve, Bella Swan is a radical feminist.) Conceptually childish, the plot never achieves credibility, in part because the style veers between awful and unintentionally funny. Unanswered questions abound: Why provide future broodmares with an elaborate great-books education? How can jeeps and trucks drive for days across deserts and up mountains without refueling or recharging? Isn't 12 years a short window for even the most efficient and dedicated evildoers to turn the U.S. into a full-blown dystopia?

Count this calculated effort to surf the wave of popular dystopian romance a wipeout.(Dystopian romance. 12 & up)

Lauren Kate
“A gripping, unforgettable adventure—and a fresh look at what it means to love.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062048509
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/04/2011
Series:
Eve Trilogy Series, #1
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
186,654
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 8.54(h) x 1.14(d)
Lexile:
760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Anna Carey graduated from New York University and has an MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College. She lives in Los Angeles.

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