Series: Eve #1
Published by HarperCollins
Pub Date: October 4th 2011
Format: ARC | Source: Borrowed
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
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Where do you go when nowhere is safe?
Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the world is a perilous 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 future as the teachers and artists of 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 Arden, her former rival from school, and 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.
In this epic new series, Anna Carey imagines a future that is both beautiful and terrifying. Readers will revel in Eve’s timeless story of forbidden love and extraordinary adventure.
I had heard mixed things about Eve. It seems people are all over the place about this book, but I really liked it. Its unique setting really surprised me and the characters really touched me. Eve was raised to believe so many falsehoods that she came off as naively cute and funny, but not dumb, which can sometimes happen. She is smart, but is also completely overwhelmed with the feelings she has for Caleb that she sometimes overreacts and makes matters worse. Caleb truly is a knight in shining armor. He takes care with Eve and doesn’t push her boundaries. And he has such a huge heart! It was difficult not to let him in.
I thought the place where Caleb lived was unexpected. I thought all the boys were great, especially the little ones. There’s a moment where they completely shred my heart though. I was seriously in tears. Lief, the “leader” of the group, was such a disappointment. When we first meet him I know he comes off as scary, but I thought I saw potential for a great turn out, then he went off and completely made an a-hole move. Totally lost respect for him.
The parts where Eve is being hunted down are completely nail-biting! It always feels like they’re so close, like this time she won’t get away…I was on the edge of my seat a lot while reading this.
I do wish the ending would’ve been different. I know there’s more books to come, but did it really have to end like that?! It completely broke my heart! And now I must have the next book in this series, because the outcome has to be good. It must! So, if you’re on the fence about this one, jump off and go read it!