Series: Eve #1
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: EpicReads Newbie Program, in exchange for an honest review
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.
Summary from Goodreads.
I have a confession to make: Before reading Eve, I was in a bit of a dystopian slump. Previously, it had been a genre I loved, but every summary I read on Goodreads seemed the same. And then I saw Eve and was intrigued. Now I can say that I am so grateful to have been chosen as a Newbie for this book, as it definitely made me fall in love with dystopians again!
There are some books that have you hooked from the first chapter. Others take longer, forty or fifty pages, until you’re fully immersed in the story. With Eve, I was hooked by page 3.
This book has plenty of action, with scenes that will have you clutching the sides of the book in suspense. Will Eve get caught? Will she survive? Is there even more to this world that we have yet to discover? And when there isn’t a ton of action, well, there’s plenty of romance to keep Eve busy.
One complaint I saw when I was reading others’ reviews of Eve was that there were certain parts of the book that didn’t add up. There was one big question I had throughout the novel concerning the hunt for Eve, but I later discovered that it is answered in Once, so never fear!
The post-apocalyptic world in Eve is set in a time fairly close to the present day. Because of this, it has an eerie feel, like that of an old abandoned building. The mountains and deserts add an element of ruggedness, but it’s the Schools and the Work Camps that make this new future so terrifying. Carey doesn’t shy from depicting the Graduates’ fate and it’s gruesome, to say the least. The reader learns all about the City of Sand, its glamour and riches, but Eve soon discovers that its success comes from the enslavement of children and teens. An empire built by slaves is not a new concept, but Carey makes it feel fresh.
Eve’s world has been shattered and right away, she has to make tough choices. Her whole life, she’s been coddled and now she’s being pushed out into the Wild. Eve has no survival skills and, to put it bluntly, she’s incredibly naïve. She makes massive mistakes, is fearful, and is far from perfect. And yet, I completely loved her.
Why? Well, despite her flaws, Eve is incredibly strong, not to mention persistent. She never gives up, is fiercely loyal to those she cares about, and is compassionate and smart. Most importantly, she allows herself to learn. Over the course of the book, Eve grows, betters herself, and learns to see the world in a different light. Plus, she doesn’t spend nearly half the book trying to defend her old way of life, like so many other dystopians. Eve has her struggles and her doubts, but she doesn’t hesitate to act.
And the person who helps her grow? That would be Caleb. Get ready to swoon, people, because he is such a sweetheart. Their relationship is perfectly paced, with a bunch of scenes that left me feeling all warm and fuzzy.
For the most part, I loved all the boys in the dugout, especially Benny and Silas. It felt, at times, like Eve was living among the Lost Boys from Peter Pan, one of my favorite childhood books. It also had a bit of a Maze Runner feel, as all of the boys work together as brothers to survive.
Other Cool Stuff
I realize this is turning into the longest review ever, but bear with me. So what cool stuff am I talking about? Well, there are codes. References to great literature. (Great Gatsby, anyone?) But what I really loved were the Biblical allusions, because I get all nerdy over stuff like that.
Eve’s namesake is obvious, and I love the parallels that existed throughout the story. (Finding out the truth about the Graduates= fruit of knowledge, School= Eden, etc.) Once in a while I would take some time to look up another character’s name just to see how they relate to the story. It added a layer to Eve that I really, really liked.
Eve is great if you’re trying to fall back in love with dystopians. It’s awesome if you still really love dystopians. Honestly, you’d probably like it even if you don’t like dystopians.
A Quote from the Book: "Sometimes it seems like all the things I need to know, I don’t. And all the things I do know are completely wrong."
Have you ever gone through a genre slump?