Title: Eve (Eve #1)
Author: Anna Carey
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Blurb: 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.
Favorite Quote: “…love was death’s only adversary, the only thing powerful enough to combat its clawing, desperate grasp.”
My Review: So why did I pick up Eve? Well first off, the cover caught my attention. I’m not one to judge a book by its cover but I would be lying if I said that oftentimes the thing that makes me curious enough to read a book’s blurb is its cover (if not it is the title). So I saw this awesome cover and when I read the blurb I was like, “Sure… It sounds interesting…” Especially since I tend to favor dystopians. So I started reading and Carey was quick to capture this readers attention.
A world where for nefarious reasons, girls are taught to fear men. It honestly reminded me a bit of Delirium with the fact that it’s a book of discovery. Where the protagonist is sorting through what she’s been taught all her life and what her heart tells her is true. It is beautiful and her feelings are so pure that even the scenes where they slightly hold hands are swoon worthy. With this being said, I loved Eve’s innocence. For example there is this hilarious scene where Caleb, her knight in shining armor, is singing a song: “‘My balls are sweating, my balls are sweating, noooo, noooo, noooo!'” To which the ever innocent Eve responds, “Why is that funny? What are ‘balls’? Like the ball of your foot?” So throughout the book you get a few good laughs and they are mostly at Eve’s expense.
I also really enjoyed the pace of the book as well as the character development.
- Eve starts off as the poster child for obedience. She was someone that trusted and blindly did what she was told. And although she she doesn’t become the epitome of rebellion she starts to question what she’s been taught. She cautiously begins to test these things and see for herself what is true. She is strong and truly a great all around person.
- Arden, I believe is the character that undergoes the most change. She starts off as Eve’s biggest enemy. Yet after some unexpected events the reader sees that there is more to her character. She turns out to be a great person who was just very rough around the edges.
- Caleb, his character doesn’t necessarily see any development. In his case he was a mystery that was slowly revealed to the reader.
One thing that took away from this book, for me, was Eve. She was a great character and I definitely enjoyed her development. Yet there were many scenes where I found her to be just plain stupid. If there is one thing that gets under my skin and I just can’t stand is weak characters. Eve is ultimately a strong character yet she had her moments in which she was weak and impulsive and I absolutely loathed that.
Eve’s blurb is a great one that provides a very apt summary for the novel. With that being said, as the novel progresses it follows the lines of what has already been outlined. It is great but expected. Well at least that was the case, until a nicely unexpected plot twist and betrayal play their role and leave the reader in virtual suspense as we have no clue what will happen next. I loved the laughs this book gave me, the subtle action and the mounting romance. Eve is a beautiful tale about innocence, friendship and love.