03 April 2013

Review: Eve by Anna Carey

Eve (Eve #1) by Anna Carey

Published: 4 December 2011 by HarperTeen

Pages: 318 (paperback)

Genre/s: YA, Dystopian

Synopsis

Where do you go when nowhere is safe?

After a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth's population, the world is a terrifying 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 bright future in 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 Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Caleb slowly wins her trust . . . and her heart. But when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.


My Thoughts

I'm going to be brutally honest - I didn't have big expectations going into Eve. The synopsis doesn't tell you exactly what the terrible secret is that Eve discovers, but I had a sneaking suspicion that although it would be shocking, it wouldn't exactly be unexpected.

Having lower expectations is not always a bad thing, and I believe those lowered expectations helped me enjoy Eve much more than if it had been a book that I'd been eagerly awaiting - I'm going to call this a 'comfort dystopian' - it's fun (as dystopians go), easy-to-read and moves along at a fair pace.

Eve is incredibly naive, and at first that bugged me - I mean, really, you live in an all-girls-school and you think that when you graduate you're going to live a normal life? There was a virus that killed most of the human population, maybe you're being slightly unrealistic? But after a while, I ignored my irritations and just enjoyed the story. None of the characters are completely fleshed out, and there's a big dose of insta-love between Eve and Caleb, but none of the characters are completely irritating.

Ms. Carey has some interesting ideas for a dystopia, along with some disturbing ideas on how the world would repopulate itself after such a devastating virus, a megalomaniac ruler and how quickly humans can degenerate into some pretty shady characters. The world-building is a little lacking in history and explanation and Eve makes a pretty quick turn in her view of the world, but it forms a solid base.

I don't really know what else to say about Eve - it didn't blow me away, but it certainly didn't make me want to headbutt anyone either - I think my description of a comfort dystopian is quite appropriate for how I felt about the book, but it could be brilliant for a reader who isn't completely comfortable with the grittiness of some dystopian worlds.

15 comments:

  1. Ah, I have been wondering about this series for so long. You and I have very similar tastes so I'm definitely trusting your judgements on this one. Will still probably read the series but I will definitely lower my expectations. Great review!

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    1. I think it's one of those books that if go in with no expectations you can really enjoy it, but if you're looking for a hard-core dystopian it's probably not going to blow you away.

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  2. I felt pretty much the same way on this one, it was okay but nothing to run out into the streets about. I'll probably check out the rest of the series though.

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    1. I'm going to read the second book at least - it was a nice, easy read.

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  3. I seem to feel the same way about books as you do, so I think I'll just skip this one and take it off my TBR list. I have too many others to read. Great review! And I loved the it didn't make you want to headbutt anyone comment. Too funny!

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    1. It's not a bad book at all, it's just didn't blow me away, but I'm interested to see where the series goes next.

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  4. I enjoyed this series, mainly because of Caleb. I LOVE CALEB. :)

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    1. I'm hoping he appears more in the next book too ;)

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  5. I tried reading this one last year and couldn't get past page 50 but I think I'm ready to give it another a try :)
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

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    1. I really didn't think I'd like this one as much as I did - it's not as gritty as some dystopians but there's definitely some interesting ideas.

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    2. That's exactly what I was missing the gritty style that most dystopians have wasn't really in this one and it was a bit too...proper? Or maybe that's just me.

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  6. i agree with eve's naivity . byt i love caleb
    gr8 review

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  7. Hmmmmmmmm. I really can't decide if I want to read this series or not. It looks interesting...but...I keep hearing meh things.

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  8. Glad you managed to enjoy it, Kat. I really didn't. I felt that both Eve and the boy were too TSTL, and it irritated me to no end! ;)

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  9. I had the same feeling. I liked it but didn't love it.

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