Tuesday, October 22, 2013

REVIEW: EVE (Eve, #1) by Anna Carey

Title: Eve
Series: Eve, #1
Author: Anna Carey
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: October 4, 2011
Genres: YA, Dystopian
Reviewed by: Books4Tomorrow
Source: Purchased
My rating: 3/5


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.


Three or so chapters into Eve, it occurred to me that I must’ve gone through a phase where I was accumulating dystopian novels like mad. That probably happened before I realized they’re all starting to sound the same. If you’ve read, you’ve read them all. If I’d bothered to read the jacket cover for Eve, I would’ve realized it is yet another dystopian novel and probably would not have given it the time of day. Like many others, it doesn’t offer anything new in the way of world building, but it did give me enough to merit a three-star rating, and kept me engaged until the final page.

Of course, the lovely cover and positive reviews are what enticed me into reading Eve, and I managed to finish it one day. I can at least say I liked the main characters, and I was thrilled that the story wasn’t dominated by the romance between Eve and Caleb. I couldn’t really form an emotional connection with the rest of the characters, but I did shed a tear or two when the two old people – the ones who wanted to help Eve, Lark, and Arden – were murdered because of Eve’s thoughtless actions. Although the world building in Eve doesn’t offer a setting different from the ones I’ve already visited in other dystopian novels, it is evident the author put a lot of effort and imagination into creating a believable backdrop that would capture the reader’s imagination.

Eve is a terrific dystopian novel and I can already tell this series holds a lot of promise, but because I didn’t find it a particularly exciting read, I don’t think I’ll be continuing the rest of this series. I recommend it to readers new to this genre and those who enjoyed books such as Legend by Marie Lu, and Matched by Ally Condie.


Eve by Anna Carey has 2 211 reviews on Goodreads. Read it here.



Anna Carey has been a gift wrapper, face painter, nanny, horrific cocktail waitress, sofa saleswoman and children's book editor. She graduated from New York University and has an MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she can be found writing, reading, and doodling on the giant chalkboard in her kitchen.

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