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.
Eve is one of those books that got a ton of hype back when it was first released. I admit that I was very curious back then what all that hype was about but until now I didn’t actually read the book. Sadly, I think I set my hopes too high and I found Eve seriously lacking in parts. It’s a pretty solid start to the trilogy but definitely nothing fantastic.
Eve herself was one of my biggest issues. She was made out to be this super smart girl who loved school and looked forward to learning her Trade. However, as soon as someone uttered a single word about school maybe not being so perfect, she doubted everything she knew. It literally took her one chapter to change her mind about everything she ever knew. And then she proceeded to do the same thing over and over again throughout the book. She didn’t seem to have any beliefs of her own. She just followed along with what everyone else said and she was easily swayed from even those beliefs. I just couldn’t get behind her as a heroine. She was very weak to me.
Now I’m sure you are all wondering about the love interest, Caleb. Caleb was better for me as a character than Eve was, that’s for sure, but he was still nothing spectacular. He was a much more cynical person. He had seen a lot of bad things and he wasn’t nearly as naïve as Eve. Still, he managed to be a good person with a good heart. He was a very sweet guy who honestly just wanted to help Eve in any way that he could. He never once turned his back on her and he was just an all-around good person. He, along with Benny and Silas, were my favorite characters in the book. (I couldn’t help but love Benny and Silas. They were the cutest little boys ever!)
The world was a mix of the generic dystopian world and a pretty unique one. The City of Sand is ruled by a king who is cruel, misleading, and basically a total ass. There is a lot of potential with both The City of Sand as well as the king himself but you don’t get to see either of those things in this book. I’m really hoping for a change of scenery in the next book because otherwise things will get a little boring. There just wasn’t enough unique stuff about this dystopian world for me to be hooked. However I have not given up hope because there is some serious potential here.
As for the plot, it was a little predictable. It was definitely action-packed and there were quite a few moments where I was on the edge of my seat and that is honestly what kept me reading. While I didn’t care a whole lot for Eve, I wanted to know what was going to happen to her and whether or not she and Caleb would get a happy ending. I have to hand it to Anna Carey. She managed to write a book that will keep readers up late into the night because there is honestly no good stopping point in this book. And while the ending wasn’t a total cliffhanger, I was left with quite a few questions and I am very eager to dig into the next book.
Overall, Eve definitely has its flaws but it’s an all-around good book. Fans of the dystopian genre will enjoy it and it will leave readers eager for the sequel!
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