Monday, November 21, 2011

Eve by Anna Carey

Eve (The Eve Trilogy, #1)
Young Adult: 318 Pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: October 4th, 2011
Series: Eve Trilogy #1
Source: ARC from Publisher
Learn More: EVE
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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.

“You can love anyone. Love is just caring about someone very deeply. Feeling like that person matters to you, like your whole world would be sadder without them in it.” -Eve

I have just recently begun reading the Dystopian novels, and it is a genre I have enjoyed exploring so far! When I first heard about Eve, I could not wait to get my hands on it.

The book starts off 15 years after the plague has already wiped out millions of people. We are introduced to Eve and her safe little cocoon of a "boarding school". It is graduation night and when Eve thinks she is about to set off, learn her trade and live her life to the fullest, she is sadly mistaken. She learns very early on the true horrors that await her, and she does the most terrifying thing known to her. She leaves.

One thing the author didn't do was sugarcoat anything. Her writing was raw and honest. She wrote the realistic life that would await you if a plague would take hold and rock the earth. There was blood and gore. The were moments of complete madness and then there were others that were beautifully vulnerable.

Anna Carey painted such a vivid picture with her haunting settings and bold characters that I couldn't help but devour the novel. I was hooked! And Can I talk about Caleb for a second? He was so swoon worthy! He was written as a wild character. Messy hair, dirty clothes, riding horses. But he was fully equipped with a hilarious sense of humour and a sensitive side to match.

Eve was a total win for me! The heart pounding storyline made for a thrilling read. And the wait for Book #2 is going to be a tough one!
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