Eve (Eve Trilogy Series #1)

Eve (Eve Trilogy Series #1)

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062048509
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Series: Eve Trilogy Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 815,421
Product dimensions: 5.78(w) x 8.54(h) x 1.14(d)
Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

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

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Eve 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 298 reviews.
taralh4 More than 1 year ago
I was really excited to get an advance reader of this. I am a little in love with dystopians right now, and this is a really cool concept. The world is intriguing and mostly believable, packed with danger and well-built suspense. The writing flows well and there are no slow points in the plot to amount to anything. She makes constant reference to other books throughout, which gave the story an intellectual feel. At the same time, the book seems to encourage kids to question what they learn in school, and that is a noble pursuit. The author has some profound things to say about death and its effects on young people. But that is pretty much where the good parts of this book end. The secondary characters are incredibly shallow. The only one with any development is Leif, and even with a back story he's essentially flat anyway. I was disappointed with the love interest, Caleb, as well. He's basically the same as most YA heroes - rugged, handsome, self-sacrificing, and instantly head over heels for the heroine. But he lacked any depth to speak of. The heroine herself is relatively well-done. She doesn't have the innate strength of Rhine from Wither or the raw determination of Tris from Divergent. The closest parallel I can draw for the heroine would be to Delirium. But Lena has a resourcefulness that makes up for her ignorance in most cases; Eve does not. In fact the comparisons to Twilight were pretty dead on. She's pretty pathetic at the beginning, whiny and unable to fend for herself, relying on others for pretty much everything - protection, food, directions, etc. She does grow throughout the story though, and by the end I liked her more. The reasons for the government to be after Eve were thin at best. There is one scene where they are on horseback and a bear chases them for what, in the book, feels like miles because Eve messed with its baby. That was completely unbelievable. But my major beef with this book, and it's a big one for me, is the blatant, rampant sexism. Caleb is the only "good man," as she calls him (except for one 75-year-old man she meets in the woods). Every other male character is a rapist, murderer, or both. She was taught at School to fear men, and you would think this would be disproven along with all the other lies her teachers told her about the world. But no, this is quite true, apparently. Every man she meets is more awful than the last. Even those that seem for a few minutes to be alright, turn out to try to rape her, or sell her, or cut her throat. I have a profound problem with this because of the impression it gives young women. All men do not want to rape you. They don't all look at you with "hungry eyes." There is more than one "good man" in the world. All these things said, I will probably read the sequel, if for no other reason than because the world really intrigues me and I'm interested to see where the author goes with it.
Brunette_Chick More than 1 year ago
Eve starts with a letter... A heartbreaking letter from mother to daughter. "I know I will die soon. The plague is taking everyone who was given the vaccine." *tears* Years later, Eve is about the graduate- as valedictorian at the top of her class. To her, there is no higher honor. Soon she will walk across the bridge to the 'finishing school' where she will begin the equivalent of college in this post apocalyptic world... Or so she has been told her whole life. Lately things have been different at school, the teachers making them take their vitamins, eat more and more... and they've been obsessively tracking each girl's monthly cycle. *RED FLAG* When Eve catches Arden (the school trouble-maker/snob) trying to LEAVE school property- which is totally NOT allowed, she threatens to tell on her if she does anything to ruin graduation day. Then Arden tells Eve what awaits her on the other side of the bridge... They are to be bred, like animals to repopulate the Earth. Oh. My. God. With the help of an unlikely accomplice, Eve escapes the school. Then finds herself scared,unable to properly fend for herself and ALONE. Until, by chance she runs into Arden... and then she meets... *swoon* Caleb. While she's obviously very leery of him in the beginning, after Arden falls ill and Caleb offers to take them back to his camp, she has no other option but to put her trust in a MAN! Oh, how sweet it is... You know those love stories that leave a lump in your throat? Eve and Caleb's romance is one of those! "Did he know that he'd worked his way into my dreams, where I missed him, even in sleep?" ~Eve She's wrongly accused, sold out, offered as 'payment', taken hostage and SHOT at! You MUST read this book!!!! Honestly, at first I was OUTRAGED by this ending!!! I gave it 4 stilettos and thought I was being generous! Because I DEVOURED this book... LOVED EVERY SINGLE SOLITARY SECOND... until the end- which KILLED ME. This is until I realized that this is part of a trilogy! DUH... Brunette was having a horrible case of misunderstanding! I have no problem with cliff hangers... leaves me begging for the next book, which is kinda the point, correct? But, I thought this was a stand alone book and I was SO mad. Now, I'm not- so all is well in the world again after I read this on Anna Carey's website: Yes-Eve is a trilogy. I've always known the first book was the beginning of a larger story. Sometimes I can't imagine containing it to even three books. ~ from Anna Carey's Q&A section HUGE sigh of relief... because this book is AMAZING!! Fast-paced, totally romantic- in a tragic kind of way... HORRIFYING because I can think of no worse fate than the one Eve was almost forced into.
FuzzyCoffeeBooks More than 1 year ago
What I Liked: 1) Arden. She was strong and confident, and wasn't afraid of going after what she wanted. She's was very resourceful, the kind of person I'd want along with me if I was on a journey like this, out in the unknown. 2) The concept of the story definitely appealed to me. Mysteries about the future, and what's become of the world, and what would happen if...those always intrigue me. 3) Eve and Arden have been raised to fear men. That in itself was interesting, but then when they decide to trust Caleb and the rest of the guys in his adopted family. I liked that evolution, especially on Eve's part. 4) How all of the characters, not just Eve and Caleb, are learning how to love, and what love is, in a place where love has become obsolete. What I Didn't Like: 1) Things were happening very fast. About the time you had settled into the storyline, we had to bounce around again. I don't think I ever felt as invested in the book because of that. The changes weren't smooth, so I felt like I was ripped out of the story when we changed. 2) I didn't like the ending at all. It made me very sad. 3) I wanted to know more about Eve. She was just kind of...blah for most of the book. Finally she got a personality towards the end, and I liked that, but in the next book I'll be looking for a more well-rounded character in her. Overall thoughts: Interesting concept, a few relatable characters, and some really well-written action scenes come together for this dystopian book. I am interested to see where this series will go, and if my heart can be won over after the ending that just really broke it. Anna Carey's Eve is worth a read, but be prepared for a somewhat unhappy ending.
WildHeartBikerChick More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book! I couldn't put it down! I laughed at some points & cried at some points. I also felt my heart filled with love & then break into a million pieces. Anna sure has a magical way with words. I would love to see a sequel . . .
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
I love, love, love this book! When you read it, you will understand why all the loves. Eve is a beautiful story. It's about firsts, forever, sacrifice, unconditional love, and Eve growing from a naive girl who has believed lies of what she's been taught, into a young women, who discovers her own truth for herself. And about true friendship. You'll definitely need tissues when you read this one. Eve is eighteen, and has lived a secluded life from the outside world. But she's a strong and courageous girl, and she's smart, even if she has been taught one way her whole life. She has enough courage to find the truth for herself, when the one person she hates tells her it's all a lie. I really liked Eve. She's not a shallow girl. Anna Carey wrote Eve's character perfectly. Caleb is also prefect. I love this gorgeous, sensitive, protective, kind-of-cocky, fun guy. Caleb and Eve are made for each other. Where Eve is naive, Caleb is worldly, and there are a lot of laughs and tears with these two. The love between them is so tender and intimate, also strong and bold. This is one trilogy I wish I found out about after Anna Carey had written all three books so I could a just read all at one time. That's how much I didn't want this book to end. The cliffhanger with Eve and Caleb had me in tears. I so love, love, love The Eve Trilogy, and I highly recommend it as a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.....every second of it. It brought me to tears, laughs, and anger at some parts. The character Caleb, in this book, is such a nice guy. I honestly wish i had a guy like him in real life.....oh well, a girl can dream right??
sunshinejenn03 More than 1 year ago
I requested Eve by Anna Carey because I'm addicted to Dystopian right now. It's gritty and realistic and as a fan of series like Delirium, The Hunger Games and Divergent, I was eager to get my hands on this hot little ARC. Eve has a good recipe for success: it's post-apocalypse(ish), taking place after a great plague has wiped a lot of man-kind from the planet. It showcases a supposedly Utopian government and believable world-building. The premise of the "after" (post-plague) is quite believable as well: orphaned children are taken to segregated schools, taught to read, write, and learn the arts before supposedly being sent off to the new City of Sand the King has built in the desert. I don't want to say much more than that, because what really happens is a key plot point. But in the end I was a little disappointed. As much as I liked the main character, I also didn't like her. She was whiny and predictable...and weak. I think in a Dystopian world, your main character needs to be strong. Now, maybe she's weak in this first novel of the series so the author can grow her in the sequels, but who knows? Right now, the genre is saturated, so without this key element, I have mixed emotions about it. I was also confused at some of Eve's actions; they seemed out of character for her and that made it a little unbelievable. Why would Eve believe this fellow schoolmate she despises when that schoolmate tells her what the school is really for and then breaks out? Why on earth would Eve, the consummate good girl and model student, follow her? {{{SPOILER ALERT!}}}I also didn't like how she arrives at this camp and falls into the role of a teacher to a bunch of orphan boys. It felt too convenient. And the boys didn't act like any young boys I know. I didn't expect these kids to be savages, but it was not how I would imagine a bunch of rebel boys to act. I was also expecting a love triangle, because I think a relationship could have been developed between Eve and another central character and...well we don't get that at all. We get violence instead and it's left rather open-ended. It's hard for me to describe exactly what actually happens, so unfortunately, I'll have to leave it at that. {{{/SPOILER ALERT}}} The ending was also a bit unsatisfactory, but I'll probably read the next just to find out what happens. There were a lot of strong characters (just not the characters I think need to be strong), and the story is conceptually awesome. This is not The Hunger Games or Divergent, and I think part of my problem with Eve is that I went into it expecting something just as stupendous. But in the end, this is a good read, especially if you are a fan of novels such as Possession or Matched.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had a great concept and i loved it from page 1...i liked the character development of arden and eve but felt like we shoulf know more about caleb. I loved the chemistry between eve and caleb but the last 50 pages and the ending were really sad :( i wish the author would have given more to the book and made a longer plot. The storyline was mainly just a cat and mouse game with some character development and romance. If not for the ending and shortness, it would have been perfect!!!
My_Eclectic_Bookshelf More than 1 year ago
This book left me feeling very conflicted. I really enjoyed the world that Anna Carey built and I loved most of her characters. The plot was fast paced and introduced enough new characters to keep me flipping the pages in anticipation of what was to come. I loved the concept of Eve, graduating school (that rite of passage into adulthood) and then discovering that the world as she knew it was a lie. Suddenly this book smart yet incredibly naive young girl is running loose in the wilds of a post apocalyptic America and struggling to survive. However, at some point about half way through the book...I came to the realization that I really didn't care much for Eve. Her constant naivete and foolish decisions became annoying and soon seemed worse than naive but rather self centered. She made reckless decisions, one after another, and when others suffered for her mistakes...or even lost their lives...she seemed to feel that an apology and acknowledgement of her mistakes would be all it took to "fix" things and move on. Despite not loving the main character, I did find this book to be quite entertaining..I really enjoyed many of the secondary characters and was caught completely by surprise by the end. I may not rush out to buy the sequel the day it is released...but I suspect that I will eventually need to know how the story continues.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anna carey has done it again! Another great story! I for one enjoyed this book, but i think it could have been a little bit longer. It had a good story line, but, a little choppy at some parts. Overall, good book! Enough to get me to read the second one coming up. Cant wait to see how carey continues the story! Keep reading!!!!
terilhack More than 1 year ago
With the rampant dystopian novels to choose from, EVE takes us for a turn into a future riddled with few survivors struggling to get the next generation from "schooled" youth. EVE is the beginning of a turbulent new trilogy from author Anna Carey. Carey has created this amazing post-plague world where civilization is overrun in Califonia by a King and children , what are left, are rounded up and penned in in schools for their future education. Now, now, no spoilers so we are not revealing what they are being groomed for, but that is all about to change when the most promised of her school EVE finds herself challenging everything she believes in one night as she sees a fellow student Arden slip away and escape. If you were only told one version of the world and you really believed it to be true, would you be able, be strong enough to leave it and escape before your future is taken away from you? What would you give up to have the choice of your future. Eve was a breathtaking novel, the main character Eve and her struggles in her world, as well as the unraveling of her reality into this new realization of how the world works outside of her walls, as well as what was happening in it, was amazing to read. There was this depth and character to the people in the story that real gripped me as a reader and I felt rapidly like falling for both Eve and Caleb in their struggle for survival, freedom, hope, danger, sacrifice and their love. Seeing as how this will be a trilogy I am totally taken away with Carey's fabulous story building and her beautifully written character relationships. the story really had a great sense of flow, and I could not put it down. I ate up the pages and was totally in awe by the end. I cannot wait to see what comes up next. The ending with tear at you, so there will be excitement in the air for the second releases surely. The series and the expectation for book two is now overwhelming. Carey' sbook will capture you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down. One of my few favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This could have been a great series, but I felt no real connection with the characters. It was like the author assumed you would know why relationships in the book had evolved, yet...I don't know...it left me feeling like I was talking to a teenaged girl who kisses a boy and then that's it, they are in love forever. Or a middleschool note saying, will you be my best friend? Yes or no. The relationships in this book could use a lot more depth.
Algonquins More than 1 year ago
This book was utterly boring. I read a lot of dystopian types of novels, especially from the young adult section. That being said there are many that I have enjoyed and many more that I have not. This was one of them. High Points -The cover is absolutely beautiful. It was one of the reasons I picked the book up to begin with. -The concept of the story was quite interesting. I liked the idea of girls being brought up to fear boys in isolated sects. It was a different spin on things. Low Points -The character building was extremely poor. All of the characters were generic and 2-D. I didn't really care about any of them, what happened to them, and by the end of the novel you don't know any more about them than you do when you started reading. -The whole world that the author is attempting to create is really flat. I didn't feel like there was a lot of detail put into it and it didn't immerse me into the story. -The speed of the book was slow. I like books with rather fast paced action. I understand needing time to develop a plot, characters, and also establish a unique world. But this book didn't do any of that to begin with as I already stated and in addition to that was just plain slow. Overall I would skip this book. The young adult dystopian genre is so saturated with books you can definitely find something better to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and could not stop reading it... this was one of my favorite series and i quickly fell in love with the characters... definitly worth reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't say it was a bad book. It had my attention and kept me reading till the last page. To me the story didn't have as much flow as it needed to be a page turner. Somewhat choppy but good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much i read it in a day! Carey has you flipping the pages non stop!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good until the end. I'm all for a happy ending. I guess thats just the person I am, so the ending was a disappointment for me:( Im a realist, I know life isnt always going to end up happy and perfect but when it comes to books I just cant help myself. I want it to end with me feeling good and hopeful, however this book just left me sad and I dont like being sad lol
BornBookish on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
FINALLY! I¿ve been dying to read this book for months, and thanks to school vacation I finally had the time to do so =D This book is an action-packed dystopian that will keep you reading late into the night.Unlike quite a few books where they start off slow and take time to draw you in, this book dives right into the excitement within the first few pages. I felt like it hit a rut in the middle and started slowing down considerably but then it came back with a bang for an exciting last quarter. Anna Carey creates a detailed world that I could see clearly in my mind as I read.I liked all of the main characters in this story: Eve, Arden, Caleb, Benny & Silas. Surprisingly, I found Arden to be my favorite character. At the beginning of the story she¿s made out to be the mean girl who thinks she¿s better than everyone else but that was really just a façade she put up to hide her true feelings of loneliness. Overall I did like Eve but there were times when her way of thinking and naivety really got on my nerves. I know this was all due to the way that she was brought up and what she was taught in school, but it still bugged me.The one thing that really bothered my about this book was the hunting violence. There was more detail than necessary whenever an animal was killed. It wasn¿t needed and could definitely have been toned down a little. You always knew when it was coming however, so it was easy to just skip down a paragraph or two and ignore it. The ending was not what I had hoped for, but I¿m excited to see how things are going to play out in the next installment.
bhwrn1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eve is a girl. Being a girl in her society means she ahs been educated to graduate and be trained in a trade so that she can help out in society, The City of Sand. There are no boys or men in the schools, b/c they are distracting and only want one thing. Right before graduation Eve learns the truth, she is not to be trained in a trade, and neither are any of the others who will graduate. They will be brought to a facility and impregnated so they can bear children who will repopulate their post-plague society. When Eve learns this information, she flees. This is the story of how she makes her way to a place called Califia, a safe haven for orphans (as her mother died of the plague when she was a child)who have escaped the schools or labor camps (as that is where the boys are held).This story was just ok for me. I read it fast enough but it really didn't move along enough for me. There was some action, but not much. Many parts were predictable: her meeting up with others so she didn't have to make the trek alone, her falling for a boy (even though she has been taught all her life how evil they are), her making it to her destination only to lose said boy (set up for the second book of the series, I suppose). I did not love the main character, she actually kind of annoyed me. She was very quick to trust all the men who were suddenly brought into her life, despite 12 years of being told that they were basically evil. This is what bothered me most about the story. There also was not much world building, we didn't see anything of what the City of Sand is like (despite multiple references to it).I suppose I will read the next one, to see what happens. I would give this dystopian book a 2.5 out of 5.
YABookieMonster on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good God, I seriously am loving all of these dystopian novels that have been coming out within the past year or so. Dystopia is definitely and without question my favourite genre at the moment, so of course I was so excited when I received an ARC of Eve for review in the mail!First off, although Eve definitely takes place in a dystopian setting, I felt like it was more a story of survival than anything else. When Eve escapes from her school and her horrible fate, she also gives up civilized life as she knows it and if forced to make her way and survive in the wilderness, for lack of a better word. As if having to survive in the forest where she has to pretty much fend for herself isn't enough, Eve also has to evade capture by the people who want to find her and bring her back.One of the things that I liked about Eve was that she was a really smart girl. Although, at the beginning, she didn't really know what to do to keep herself alive, she was smart enough to realize that she had to escape once she found out what was going to happen to her if she stayed at her school. She was smart enough to realize all of the things that people had been telling her for her whole life weren't true. And she was smart enough to learn what she had to do to survive.Eve's friend Arden was a really important character in the book. If Eve hadn't had Arden to help her out, I really don't think she would have made it. Without Arden, Eve never would have found out about what her school, what society, had in store for her in the first place. To be honest, I really didn't like Arden when I stated reading, but as the book went on, she definitely grew on me!Last but not least is Caleb, our lovely love interest. All in all, I really liked him. Much like Arden, he played a major role in Eve's survival. He brought both Eve and Arden to the place where he lived with a group of other boys and allowed them to stay there where they would be provided with food, water and shelter. One thing that bugged me a little bit about Caleb was the fact that, in my opinion, he over reacted a bit during a certain situation in the book. Not only did I feel like he over reacted, but I also felt like he had the wrong reaction, that he was angry with the wrong person.As a whole, I really liked Eve! I'm really looking forward to reading the sequel, especially after the way that this book left off! I've also heard that Eve is in the works to become a television series from the producers of The Vampire Diaries which would be amazing! I would definitely recommend reading Eve if you're looking for a good read!
gypsysmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eve is an orphan. Her mother and many other adults died in a plague sixteen years before the start of the book. Eve has been raised at a girls' school. Now, at the age of 18, she is about to graduate and she believes she will go to learn a trade. However, another girl at the school, Arden, has found out that all the graduates go to a place where they are impregnated and forced to give birth so the population can be rebuilt. Eve's fate is to be different, however, as she is to become the wife of the Emperor. Arden sneaks out of the school compound after she tells Eve this. Eve doesn't believe Arden so that night she goes to check for herself and finds out it is true. She is determined to leave and a teacher helps her. But Eve is not prepared for life on the outside and she is close to starvation. Fortunately she finds Arden and convinces her to team up. Then she meets a boy, Caleb, who saves her from an angry bear. The school had always emphasized how untrustworthy men were but Eve starts falling for Caleb. But this isn't a happily ever after love story at least not yet. This is only book one of a series and the rest are yet to be published. I think it has promise and I'll keep my eyes open for the next.
Paper_Dreams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eve came onto the blogosphere scene with a splash. The time around its release was filled with buzz, so I was curious about this from the beginning. Most of the reviews I read for this were favorable, but it took me some time to actually get my hands on a copy. I found this to be an enjoyable read, but not something that completely blew me away. Eve annoyed me at the start of the book. She was so naive and irritating. Arden, however, I admired and really sympathized with. Once the two of them teamed up, I began to find the book better than I had begun to expect. The relationship between the two girls was likely the best element of the book. Caleb was also a fairly good character, but I think he lacked depth as a character outside of his relationship with Eve. The group of boys and their interactions with Eve had a lot of similarities to Wendy and the Lost Boys, which I loved. I hated Lief¿s character development, it felt like he was needlessly turned into a villain. The story and setting were interesting, but also rather depressing at times. I found Eve¿s importance to be rather unbelievable, and I do not understand why she was chosen. Eve¿s choices throughout the book were also very hard for me to accept. I did not like the way she always seemed to be running away. She leaves her friends and basically causes the deaths of three people. Perhaps she didn¿t have a choice, but I still find it hard to accept. Overall, I think that there were elements of this that were enjoyable and the writing does have potential. However, I am not sure that I will be continuing the series. I have not read either, but the plot of this seems similar to Wither by Lauren DeStefano or Bumped by Megan McCafferty. There have been a lot of people who fell in love with this book, but I am not one of them.
yearningtoread on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eve by Anna Carey (Eve #1)Pages: 318Release Date: October 4th, 2011Date Read: 2011, December 18th-19thReceived: OwnRating: 4/5 starsRecommended to: 15+SUMMARY -The school protects. It keeps safe. The girls inside - they are no match for the terrors of men that lay beyond the walls. The girls are given fine educations and grow up well cared for.Ever, Valedictorian of the year, almost a graduate, discovers the terrifying truth. If all she knows is a life, then she must escape. Anything is better than what her future at the School holds.Can she survive the outside?MY THOUGHTS -I've wanted to read Eve for quite a long time. The cover, the synopsis - everything fascinated me. Now that I've read it, I'm bummed that the book didn't turn out to be a favorite, but I really did enjoy reading it. Anna Carey's writing is clear and precise, without the unneeded fluff, and also really enjoyable. I found the story thought-provoking and I definitely want more.CHARACTER NOTES -I've heard a lot of, "Eve is so stupid! I can't believe she did all that and never learned!" I've even heard a few "I HATE EVE" statements. If that was your opinion, that's fine. But I highly disagree. Not only did I think Eve was a strong character who I totally felt a connection with, but she is not stupid. She's naive - there's a difference. She's been locked up in a school and lied to her whole life. She's been protected and sheltered in extreme ways, so she doesn't know much about the way the outside world works. Her mistakes all helped her learn and grow.And her decision at the end - I can't hate her for that. Yeah, maybe a good number of us would have chosen differently, but I felt it wasn't terrible beyond belief and will definitely have a good affect on the story. So, in the end, I loved Eve and look forward to more time with her in Once.Caleb - he was great. I really enjoyed who he was and the change he wrought in Eve. Their romance started in friendship and blossomed very sweetly - and realistically. He made me grin often throughout the book.The other characters all had their own independent impacts on the story, which was nice and refreshing. I hope to see some of them again in Once!STORY NOTES -This book is intense. It takes place after a Plague - after mayhem and chaos and death - and the world outside is scary. The world inside is scary, too, but shhhh!!! No one knows!I got chills more than one time. How terrifying it would be to live in a world like that! However, as much as I enjoyed this aspect of Eve, it reminded me a lot of Enclave by Ann Agguire. Did anyone else see this as well? Maybe not in character, but in setting and some aspects of the story, they were strangely alike.In any case, I liked what Carey did with a story in the wilds - now I can't wait to see what she has in store for the city...and for the plot! That whole twist with the King, and at the end with her decision and how it affected Caleb, and the School?!SUMMING IT UP -Bright. For some reason, I cannot get that word from my head in relation to Eve. The characters shine, the story catches attention, and the writing is clear. I really enjoyed myself - looking forward to more!For the Parents -I would recommend to 15+. Very intense (sometimes dark) themes, and intense scenes of survival. There's also an attempted rape, and lots of talk about men being monsters who merely use women. A few kisses, not described much, very innocent romance.
Loyet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't really know what it was about this book, but I just could not get into it. Perhaps it was the incredibly weak main character. Or that I just could not identify with any of the character's emotions or motivations.