Thursday, October 6, 2011

Eve Review


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.

I wouldn't describe this book as a light easy fun read, it has many darker issues that make the book very thought provoking. Due to the post-apocalyptic nature of the book, with many deaths and the rebuilding of society being taken over by one person a lot of repression is bound to happen. The book deals with the issues of twisting the truth to make someone believe what they want one to, not providing the unbiased information and letting the individual develop their own opinions. Lies, lies and more lies is what Eve's life at the school based on. Life outside the protective school walls can be deadly, dealing with the rebels, the solitary, the gangs, the wild animals and finding food to survive, not good odds if one was never taught any survival skills (which she wasn't). The book also deal with betrayal and death.
Eve: At first I wasn't really digging her character type. She was too naive and a bit weak, but I also came to realize that is how she was raised so it really isn't completely her fault. As the book progresses and she is forced to die or survive she really does buck up and her true personality starts so shine through. 
Caleb: I like him, I like his many characteristics he presents. He is kind, brave, helpful, caring, cute and subtlety charming.
Budding Romance
Considering Eve was raised to abhor and fear men and that loving a man only brings disaster and heartbreak. Their holding hand, blushes, tentative touches and their first kiss are so sweet and very innocent.

The reason why Eve ran from the school (which I won't reveal to you) really hit me in the gut. I only just recently learned about this as part of woman's history and it has completely terrified me to no end. Especially considering that the book makes a full circle in history is very scary. Woman were very repressed (for a long time), we gained our voice and freedom and than for this book we lost it again. Now people are back to the dark ages in many aspects and especially with this subject.

Wanting More
The book ends on a sad note, but hopeful at the same time. I am wanting more of this series. I want Eve to learn and tell us more about her world she now lives in. I can't wait to be on the next journey and conflicts she still has to overcome.

Even though this is a darker book and dealing with darker issues I still think it is completely worth the read. It really does make you reflect on society both the past and the present to affect our future. Great for any age really.

Eve Trilogy
Book 2
Book 3

Middle Grade Books
Sloane Sisters
Sloane Sisters
Survival of the Fieriest

Anna Carey will be part of the Dark Days Tour this Fall. To find out the locations she will be at visit my post with the tour dates Pitch Dark: Dark Days Fall '11 Tour

Would you have the courage to run away?



BookLuvr Mindy said...

Oooo!!! I've been really considering this book as a soon-to-be-read! He!He! Stopping by to say hi on one of my new fave blogs! ;)

BookLuvr Mindy said...

Oh...and Eve being naive? Isn't EVERY chick in books these days naive? It drives me insane!

Kristina said...

@Mindy It is worth pushing up the pile. Well worth the read. I have too been noticing many YA females are very naive and it has been driving me nuts, but that is why I love switching back and forth between adult and YA especially UF they have some awesome kick-ass woman.

Thanks for stopping by :D