Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Review: Eve by Anna Carey

(Eve #1)
by Anna Carey
Publication Date: October 4th, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 318
ISBN: 9780062048509

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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)
Eve is a young adult dystopian novel. I have only read a few dystopian novels at this point, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I did find the book to be quite an interesting read.

The main character in the story is Eve. Eve is a very sheltered, na├»ve 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.

Happy Reading!


  1. Reading this right now. Loving it! <3

  2. Such mixed reviews over this one. I wonder whether dystopian fiction might have hit a wall. Too many around.

  3. I have this one of my wish list. I enjoy dystopian books, i'll have to check this one out. Great review!

  4. I am glad you liked it. I had a really hard time liking Eve, but loved Arden!

  5. I've heard so much about Eve lately and I'm so glad you liked it! I'm a HUGE dystopian lover so you can bet I have this one on my TBR list! And your review just made me bump it up a little higher! :)

    Awesome review, Christy!

  6. It sounds like an interesting story. Glad you enjoy it and am looking forward to reading it myself.

  7. I love a good dystopian book so I'm really looking forward to this one. I enjoy it when characters show some growth too, so that's another big plus! Can't wait to meet Caleb:)

  8. I consider EVE to be more post-apocalyptic than dystopian. Publishers have been lumping all of them under this label lately.

    Alright, yours is the second review of EVE that I have read in which the reviewer doesn't absolutely hate Eve! It's interesting reading everyone's opinions! :)

    The Musings of ALMYBNENR

  9. This one is coming up on my to be read list so it's nice to see a good review for it.

  10. It sounds like an interesting story. Glad you enjoy it and am looking forward to reading it myself.

  11. Arden was my favorite character and she really helped Eve grow out of her helplessness. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens with the girls, Haven, Caleb, and the King!

  12. This book is serious mixed-review city! Everything I read tends toward another direction. Guess I'll have to read it for myself!

  13. I really liked Arden, too!! I hope she pops up in the next book. I gradually liked Eve, the character, but it did take me awhile.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  14. I'm very glad to be reading some positive reviews on this, because I've seen plenty of 'iffy' ones! I definitely love the sound of it, dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels just have a way of wooing me over. And I read that the TVD producers are trying to make this into a tv show, so I can't wait to see how they'll compare if it goes through!

    Awesome review, excited to read it :)

  15. Nice review! I'm kind of burned out by dystopian and post-apocalyptic novels, but I think I might give this one a try. The cover is one of my faves for 2011. I saw the comment above by Brodie. I didn't know it was in development for a TV show. Now I must read it!


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