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Review: Rise

Rise

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RISE by Anna Carey was released in the U.S. on April 2, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 320 pages.

RISE is the third and final book in author Anna Carey’s Eve trilogy.

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How far will you go when you have nothing left to lose?

When she lost her soul mate, Caleb, Eve felt like her world had ended. Trapped in the palace, forced to play the part of the happy, patriotic princess of The New America—and the blushing bride of her father’s top adviser—Eve’s whole life is a lie. The only thing that keeps her going is Caleb’s memory, and the revolution he started.

Now, Eve is taking over where Caleb left off. With the help of Moss, an undercover subversive in the King’s court, she plots to take down The New America, beginning with the capital, the City of Sand. Will Eve be able to bring about a new, free world when she’s called upon to perform the ultimate act of rebellion—killing her father?

In Rise, Eve must choose who to leave behind, who to save, and who to fight as Anna Carey’s epic tale of romance and sacrifice in the chilling dystopia of The New America comes to a stunning conclusion.

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RISE is the dramatic conclusion to Anna Carey’s Eve Trilogy. With tensions mounting, a rebellion on the rise and an assassination plot in the works, this last book in the series is chock full of action and suspense, heartbreaking loss and bittersweet endings.

Even as Eve tries to cope with all that she has lost, she must decide which side she’ll stand with – the rebels or the monarchy – and just how much she is willing to do, how much she is willing to risk and how much more she is willing to lose for her choice.

And when the threat from both sides becomes too great, Eve must leave the City of Sand to not only protect herself but those who are relying upon her for their survival. But life outside the City is not without its dangers. And when someone’s distrust puts everyone at risk, Eve will have to become the leader they need her to be, whether she’s ready for the responsibility or not.

Because failure to do so would not only put her life on the line, but the lives of everyone who helped her gain her freedom.

Author Anna Carey’s epic series comes to an exciting end in RISE. She takes readers on one last adventure with her character Eve, a journey that is treacherous and one that not everyone will survive. She gives them a darker, even more heartless world in this book, where cruelty and violence aren’t always met with justice. And she offers up an ending that will leave many readers desperate for more.

Her character Eve is not without flaws, but she is a character who has grown since readers first met her. She has been shaped by not only her environment, a harsh landscape decimated by plague, but by her experiences, many of which have involved loss.

Her plight is sympathetic, her choices aren’t easy, and in RISE they border on impossible. Each with consequences that will affect more than just her. And many of those consequences dire. Which makes her a character readers will root for and will hope finds happiness by the story’s end.

As the series builds to its climactic conclusion in which the rebels and the monarchy are set on an explosive collision course, readers will get one last look at the world beyond the City’s borders. They’ll be introduced to new characters and be forced to say goodbye to characters they’ve known for the entire series. And once again they’ll get to witness it all through Eve’s eyes.

With its harsh dystopian setting, its exciting and danger-filled storyline, its interesting cast of characters and an ending that can only be called shocking, RISE is a must read conclusion to this epic series.

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On a personal note…

I devoured RISE in one very quick sitting. I don’t know that I read a book faster in a long, long time. At just over three hundred pages, this was a lightning-fast read. Though it wasn’t so much the length of the story that made it so, but that I had this question in my mind that spurred me to read faster than I normally might have.

And it was a question I chased the answer to for the entire book. Of course, so as to remain spoiler free I won’t reveal whether I got my answer. And I most definitely won’t reveal my question.

But it was one of the things that made RISE an exciting finish to the series. Though it wasn’t the only thing. Everything was building up to the events that took place at the end, which made this read a nail-biter. And while there may not have been quite as many surprises as the previous books in the series, there were definitely a number of shocking moments. Moments that made me sad, moments that made me angry and, at times, moments that made me feel both.

What I loved most about this series-ending book was the picture it painted about human beings. Even in this plague ravaged future, people were still exactly as they’ve always been. Some greedy, cruel, violent, self-absorbed. Some generous, loyal, kind-hearted and sympathetic. Some were leaders. Some were followers. Some could be counted on. Others could only be counted on to betray.

Eve was put in an incredibly difficult position in RISE. And while I won’t say what that is, I felt so worried and anxious for her and how the decision she’d have to make, and the actions she’d have to take, would affect her.

Eve was a character I couldn’t always relate to, even in this final book in the series. I didn’t always understand or agree with the choices she made. I found her to be at times cold and unsympathetic, at others self-centered. And I often found her decisions to be rash.

But she also had her strengths. And given the situations she’d been through in life, some of her actions were understandable. I just didn’t always connect to her in the way I did with some of the other characters like Arden, Clara, Charles or Caleb, who were much less complex.

And what also made it difficult for me to make a connection with her in RISE was the author’s use of Eve’s past memories of events, actions and conversations that weren’t actually mentioned in the previous books. While there were gaps in her timeline when these things could have happened, every time Eve referred to them in RISE I kept finding myself pulled out of the story wondering when that particular thing might actually have happened.

While it didn’t take away from my love for this story, it did cause a disconnect.

But what drove me crazy, what I loved least about this final book in the series, was the ending. Not the way the story wrapped up, because I loved the way things came together. Just the very end. However, unlike my frustration with Eve at the end of the first book in the series, she had no part in why I screamed when I reached the end of this book.

As I don’t reveal spoilers I won’t go into just why I nearly died when I read that ending. But I still can’t believe it ended the way it did.

Aside from that last bit at the end, though, RISE did wrap up the series nicely and tied up most of the loose ends. And while I still found myself wanting to know about what might happen next, after everything that transpired, and I wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to the characters or the world, had there been another hundred pages to this story I’m still not sure I’d have been ready to let go.

I loved being able to go on another journey with Eve in this final book, and to see more of the world and meet a few new characters. While I wish a few of the other characters had a larger role in this last book, I was happy with the fact that they weren’t excluded altogether.

As with each of the three books, this last book was incredibly engaging and suspenseful. Eve’s journey was danger-filled and treacherous and not without heartbreak and loss. And, yes, once again, there was betrayal.

I only wish that there was just a little bit more there at the end. Something that would make that ending feel less sudden. Perhaps an epilogue. Or a teaser for a spin-off or novella in this world that would allow me to continue the story and remain in Eve’s world just a little bit longer.

Regardless, I definitely have to re-read this series when I’m not racing through to find answers to my questions. Especially, RISE, which had some larger issues about humanity that it touched upon that I want to think about when I’m not focused on how it all would end.

While RISE may not have been my favorite book in the trilogy – ONCE still holds that title – I found it to be gripping and suspenseful and at times heart-wrenching. I found the plot exciting and thought-provoking, Eve’s plight to be both riveting and heartbreaking and the outcome to be bittersweet.

Favorite passage…

Every single passage I marked as a favorite is hugely spoiler-y. Even the one I so desperately wanted to choose couldn’t be revealed without hinting at something that happened.

But the passage I did end up choosing wasn’t too revealing as long as I left off just who the “he” was. So I did just that. And because there is no attribution, it can be interpreted in all sorts of different ways.

He came toward me, his arms over my shoulders, until I was pressed tightly against his chest. I breathed in, my body slowly relaxing, settling in beside him. He rested his hand on the back of my head so gently. I had to blink back tears. “I’ve never been happier.”

This review is based on a print copy of the book received from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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