Author: Anna Carey
Published: October 4th 2011 by HarperTeen
Source: ARC courtesy of publisher for review
Summary: "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."
Thoughts: Eve is one of those books you're either going to love or hate (as are most dystopian novels nowadays). Luckily, it my case, I really enjoyed it. It's not just a pretty cover, but also one of those unforgettable reads that will have you thinking about it for days after it ends. It's what I call a triple threat: addicting, fast paced and action packed.
Imagine The Handmaid's Tale mixed in with bits and pieces of The Hunger Games. That's really the best way I can find to describe this book. I'm not saying Eve's as good as The Hunger Games (is there anything out there that really is?), but it does have some of my favorite aspects about it. Running in the woods, the hunt for survival, fear of getting caught, and unforeseen love. I love the concept of what teenage girls are used for after they leave the Academy. Don't worry, no spoilers, but if you've read The Handmaid's Tale, you'll have an idea. It just makes the book all that much more real and horrifying. I mean, this book is set in 2032, 21 years from today. All these things are possible, though I hope that's not the case.
One thing that did shock me was the fact that this book had a King. America was built on the foundation of a democracy, not a monarchy. I know that times change, but I can't imagine, even 21 years from now, even if the whole world is plagued with diseases, that we would have a King. This made the book a little unrealistic to me. Though I know fear does strange things to people, it also bothered me that the adults in the book weren't more sympathetic. Only one person felt guilty about how they were treating the surviving teens and children, both boys and girls? Maybe we'll see some sympathizers in the sequel? I sure hope so.
Oh, and lets talk about the romance. I absolutely loved the connect between Caleb and Eve. He was sweet from the start and just so amazing. I loved how their relationship grew from fear of the unknown to something more. Even after he found out who Eve is and why troops are hunting her, he never once betrayed her trust. Caleb was always there for her, and really, isn't that what you want out of the love interest? His dreadlocks did scare me at first, but I grew to love them.
Overall, Eve takes you on a journey into a new world where nothing is as it seems. Of course, since it's dystopia, expect to see a cliffhanger at the end. The story will have you falling in love and breaking your heart, all at the same time. For fans of Wither and The Hunger Games, I would recommend checking out Eve. Like I said, it might not be for everyone, but I thought it was fabulous and cannot wait for the sequel.