by Anna Carey
Publication Date: October 4th, 2011
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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. (Goodreads)
The main character in the story is Eve. Eve is a very sheltered, naïve child. Her whole life she has been carefully hidden away from the world behind the School walls. Because of her naivety, she made some really questionable decisions throughout the book that lead to quite a bit of trouble. I found Eve to be a very realistic character. She is definitely what I expected her character to be like, considering the way she had been raised. She was borderline helpless in the beginning, but she did start to grow throughout the book. Once she meets Caleb, we really start to see her become a different character. I’m hoping in the next book, we will see her grow even more.
Caleb is such a wonderful character, I love that he has so many different sides. I also enjoyed the relationship between him and Eve; although I do at times wish that some situations would have been a bit different for them.
The one character that I really loved in the book would be Arden. Arden was also at the school with Eve, and managed to escape. However, she is the complete opposite of Eve. She was able to take care of herself, and I have to admit, she was a pretty kick butt character as well. I enjoyed seeing her softer side come out to play as well.
The world building in the book was really interesting. Having most of the world gone because of a deadly virus is definitely realistic and something I could see happening in real life. I thought the author did a great job of describing what the world could be like after a virus. I also thought that the book was well paced. The ending was definitely a cliffhanger, and to be honest, it made me a bit sad.
Overall, I thought this was a very interesting read. I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series. I can’t wait to see what journey the author will take us on next.