Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 336 pages.
EVE is the first book in author Anna Carey’s trilogy of the same name. The second book in the series, ONCE, was released on July 3, 2012 and the third and final book in the series, RISE, was released on April 2, 2013.
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.
Set in a harsh future that’s been decimated by plague, in a world rebuilt upon lies and ruled over by a tyrant, Anna Carey’s EVE is a fast-paced and gripping story filled with shocking surprises, heartbreak, betrayal and nail-biting suspense.
When Eve discovers that everything she once knew is a lie and that the future she had envisioned is one that is nothing more than a dream, she is forced to flee and search for the one place in The New America where she will be safe – Califia.
With nothing more than a few meager supplies and no idea how to survive in the savage world outside of School, Eve’s journey is anything but easy and her chance at reaching safety is slim. But with her only other option being one that is far worse than death, there is no turning back.
Hunted and alone, Eve will have to rely upon Arden, someone she’d always believed was her enemy, and put her trust in Caleb, someone she’d been warned should never be trusted, to have any hope of survival.
But when she’s betrayed, by someone she never would have suspected was capable of deceit, she finds herself in even greater danger than she might have faced on her own. And she must decide just how far she’s willing to go and how much she’s willing to risk losing in order to stay alive.
In this first book in the trilogy, readers will be introduced to the disturbing world of The New America, where its youth are kept in the dark about what the future holds for them, and to its unlikely heroine, Eve.
Eve may not be the most heroic of heroines or one who makes the most intelligent of decisions, but given her cloistered existence, her actions feel real to her character’s development.
And while much of the horrifying yet fascinating world the author created is not touched upon in EVE, as it is only the first installment in this series, readers will likely get to explore more of the world when Eve’s journey continues in the sequel.
Anna Carey has written an incredibly exciting story, set in a chilling future, with a variety of characters, both good and evil, that add to this story’s appeal. The author has created a landscape that is heartless, a leader who is barbaric and a society whose rules only appear to benefit those at the top.
And with a perilous journey, a love story that seems destined to be more bitter than sweet and a dramatic ending with an unexpected twist, EVE delivers on its promise to entertain.
Reviewer gives this book…
On a Personal Note…
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up my copy of EVE. I’d read the description. I knew it had a dystopian setting. I knew there’d be a journey. I knew there would be a love story. But I didn’t know what would set this story apart from others with a similar theme.
And then I opened the book and read the letter from Eve’s mother and immediately felt those tears form. This story grabbed me from the start and I forgot all about wondering about its differences and just went along for the adventure.
Eve wasn’t a character I could immediately relate to or connect with, but her situation was a sympathetic one and so I wanted to know more about who she was and what she was going to have to face. Her story interested me.
But it was the author’s writing that kept me connected at the start. The story unfolded just so easily and took me away to that future and Eve’s world became mine.
And once the secrets were revealed about what horrors awaited Eve and her classmates, I couldn’t help but be riveted. Talk about chilling. I ached for those poor unsuspecting girls. I was heartbroken that Eve had to head out on her journey alone.
And I was sad on Eve’s behalf that she had to make such difficult choices throughout her search for Califia. Choices that would have consequences. Choices that did result in loss. Choices that did result in heartbreak. Choices that were going to be difficult to live with.
While it took me some time to warm up to Eve, the same could not be said for Caleb. I adored him from the moment I met him and I loved every single thing about him. He was absolutely perfect without being too perfect. He was funny and kind and clever and quite the hero.
And I so wish I could talk more about what he did, why he made me sigh and why he made me grin. But it might just spoil one or two moments that would be best discovered during the read. Especially that one moment which showed just how naive Eve was about boys.
Arden was another character I loved. While she was a bit abrasive at first and was someone who wouldn’t exactly come across as easy to warm up to, I liked her instantly. Her personality was the perfect counterpoint to Eve’s and she made this story that much more entertaining. And by the story’s end she became someone I was rooting for.
EVE was a surprisingly quick read and I reached the end so fast that I was so glad I had the sequel, ONCE, to dive into. Especially after that ending, which left me more than a little surprised and incredibly frustrated.
As I can’t say very much about the ending without spoilers, I will just say that while I anticipated what would happen – my “I’ve got a bad feeling” radar was on high alert – I did not expect it to happen quite so abruptly and in the way that it did.
Which is why I was so happy to have the next installment to jump into and to be able to continue the story without pause. And which made all the difference in the world for how I experienced this book.
As shocked as I was by those last couple of pages of EVE, this story was one that I absolutely loved. And as horrific of a world that is The New America, it was just so easy to get caught up in the story, get transported to that world, fall in love with its characters and follow along anxiously as they struggled to survive.
I actually had quite a few passages and quotes I loved. A couple were a bit too sarcastic, a couple were a bit too revealing, and my most favorite passage was way too long – yes, it was the letter from Eve’s mother.
But this short passage is one that just makes me sigh, is all sorts of sticky, and is a passage I absolutely adore.
No, I thought then, and now, watching as Caleb glanced up at me and smiled that kind, brilliant smile. Happiness is a moment.