Monday, October 17, 2011

Review: Eve by Anna Carey

“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.”

Eve is a new novel that came out at the beginning of this month.  What it was that caught my attention about this book is that before it was even out they had already started writing out the screenplay for an option as a new TV show. I just kept wondering why they would go about doing this without even knowing if it would be a hit with readers or not.  So naturally, I had to check it out.

Eve is in the top of her class.  She will soon be graduating and going on to learn her trade so that she can move to the City of Sand and work for the king, preferably as a painter.  But she soon finds that the future that she has worked so hard for is nonexistent.  Instead they’re using the graduates to repopulate the New America, which the majority of its population was wiped out by a plague.  Her only hope is the escape the school.  But outside of the school walls are wild animals, gangs, and worst of all men.  Men are only after one thing and they will manipulate or just flat out take it.

There were many parts in this book where I couldn’t put the book down, but also many points when It felt like it drew on forever. There were some questions I had with how the society worked.. such as, why would you give these women such high educations if all they are becoming are breeding machines? They’re taught that there is so much more to life but underneath the glamor, there appears to be a dark future ahead. Overall,  Eve is the first novel in a new, interesting trilogy about a dystopian society filled with action, love, friendship, and death.

My rating for this book:
Anna Carey grew up in New York and studied Creative Writing at NYU.  She eventually got her Master’s Degree in Fiction from Brooklyn College.   She is the author of the Sloane series and Eve trilogy.  To learn more about Anna Carey and her work visit

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