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Product Details

  • Series: Eve
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st Printing edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062048546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062048547
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-In Once, Carey continues the story of Eve, a teenager living in a postapocalyptic world. In Eve, she escaped becoming a forced child-bearer only to discover that she had been specially marked by the King of New America and could not get away so easily. Here, she is being sheltered in an enclave for escaped women, another look at the series' theme of separation and distrust between the genders. When she is drawn out of her safe haven to search for her lost true love, Caleb, all does not go as planned. A twist quickly changes Eve's situation, but unfortunately fails to make her story any more probable. Likewise, detailed explanations of the formation of New America don't illuminate the story so much as reveal the poor foundation on which it is constructed. Interesting side characters are regularly shunted aside in favor of the bland protagonist and her cardboard love interest, and attempts to explore larger ideas fizzle before they develop. Purchase only where the first book was popular.-Eliza Langhans, Hatfield Public Library, MAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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“A gripping, unforgettable adventure—and a fresh look at what it means to love.” (Lauren Kate, New York Times bestselling author of FALLEN on EVE.)

“A thoughtful, heart–wrenching, and romantic book that I inhaled in one sitting.” (Cynthia Hand, New York Times bestselling author of Hallowed)

“Carey…keeps pages flipping throughout most of the story…[and] the sudden, menacing ending ought to propel readers to the next book in the series.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Eve again narrates, savvier and stronger, with plentiful backstory and former characters appearing. [ONCE] remains an exciting page–turner for female readers.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

“Eve’s first–person, intimately detailed narrative—which incorporates suspense, romance, and fantasy elements—make this dystopian fiction an absorbing, well–paced read.” (Booklist)

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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Welling on July 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
First Impressions: Eve was one of the first books I read and reviewed on our blog. At the time, I loved it. I would have considered it a teen romance kind of novel, but I still liked it. The premise of the story was interesting. The love interests where slightly over the top, but not obnoxious. And the story had real potential.

I couldn't wait for the sequel to come out. Eve left off with such a fun pseudo cliffhanger. What was this women's colony? What happened to Caleb? Where did the other chick go? What about this hunt for Eve? What about the child factory?

Plenty of questions went unanswered.

Characters & Plot: This is where Once picks up. A few months after Eve enters Califia, she runs off again, for her/their safety. She also wants/needs to find Caleb. And the book takes off from there. I don't want to discuss too much of the specifics of the storyline because I hate giving surprises away.

Caleb is reintroduced in this novel. We see him making a return, of course, as Eve's love interest. We also see Eve's friends making a bit of a return too. Not much has changed here. Once is full of new characters though.

We meet another interesting character with direct impacts to Eve. I really haven't decided if I love or hate him yet. We also get to meet the king. He is the typical story villain, although a bit more likable. And there are so many other characters introduced too. It would take forever to get through them all.

But these characters make for a twisting story. Once follows a different mood and atmosphere than Eve. Eve was all about discovering truth and survival. Eve is very gullible and naïve in the first book. She is still gullible in Once, but not so naïve.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chels on July 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book surprised me from page one. Eve finally made it to Califia, a land where girls and women are safe from forced pregnancy and slavery. Betrayal by the women she trusts and news of the boy who saved her, however, send her and her close friend away from Califia and back into the wild. Eve cannot get Caleb out of her mind; when she last saw him, he was injured and being hunted. This chance for a reunion is what she has been waiting for, but the events that follow do not go according to plan.

Eve frustrates me at times, probably because I can relate to her too well. I always agree with her choices, and then I am mad at myself and her if they do not turn out well. Eve is likable and many teen girls will relate to her as well. She is a bold character, but sometimes she is randomly timid and that aspect of her personality comes out at the wrong time. This book takes a closer look at Eve's past and what is uncovered is sure to surprise the reader. Caleb's character is both exciting and many readers will clearly see just why Eve seems to love him so much. His reappearace was a bit predictable, but the how and when will leave the reader smiling, but worried. Carey's writing style fits the teen/young adult audience. I give this book four out of five stars. I look forward to the next book in the series.

*review copy provided, but does not affect my opinion in any way*
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Sowa on July 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The last line of book one (Eve) almost killed me and I gladly jumped back into New America, eager to find out what happened to Eve and Caleb. Well, in case you are wondering, a lot happens. In a market that's awash with dystopian plots, the Eve series stands out for many reasons. I think the most compelling for me is Eve's slow but sure development from someone who believed without questioning into someone who was disillusioned and is now discovering the risks and rewards of having a choice and being free. Freedom is a common theme in this genre, of course, but the writing tends to weave a very compelling argument for the other side, at times, which makes you want to believe that perhaps the villains have a point. For me, it created a real sense of moral conflict, which you can see in Eve's character, as well. In the end, it is her memories of school and her love for Caleb that drives her decisions. Her ultimate discovery is that if she wants freedom for others, she might have to give up her own to obtain it.

I have forgotten how emotional this series is. Eve comes across some surprising revelations about her mother and father which triggers memories of her time with her mother before the plague took her life. As Eve finds out more of her history, the memories become almost painful to read. As I said in my review of Eve, much of the emotion of this book is in its proximity to the world that we live in now. This is not a dystopian that is hundreds of years in the future. This world exists in a time where abandoned Ikea stores are still standing, full of furniture and left to rot. It is familiar, believable and very eerie. The plot twists, action and nail-biting moments inside the city made this book a very quick read because I could not put it down. If you loved Eve, you will be equally invested in Once. If you haven't started this series, you are missing out. It's going to be a very long wait for book three!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer K. Havenner on March 4, 2013
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As a big fan of dystopias and young adult lit, the premise of this soon-to-be trilogy appealed to me. Anna Carey has created an intriguing setting. A world, destroyed by illness, struggling to rebuild and going to radical lengths to ensure there will be a future generation of children to repopulate the country. The writing is above par for young adult literature. Carey manages to write a romance without a hint of scandal, making it an age-appropriate book for younger readers while keeping everyone else intrigued.

That’s the good part.

The Eve series reeks of lazy world building. The premise in book one is so flimsy that it creates an unstable ground for the rest of the series. In a world where you desperately needed compliant, fertile girls to be breeders. Why in the world would you provide them with the finest education? Teach them to paint? Expose them to fine literature? Just so they can be shuttled across the river and breed? A more realistic breeding stock would have been a bunch of illiterate girls who had been fed propaganda about the noble nature of repopulating the country. A bunch of illiterate girls who couldn’t even read a road sign if they ever escaped, much less a map or a coded message. But no. In the Eve books, the breeding stock is made up of the finest, best-educated girls in the country, for apparently no other reason than Carey wanted to have an interesting, well-read protagonist.

That’s book one.

Book two brings its own issues. Carey has created a world where Eve was orphaned in the plague at age five and is now eighteen. Thirteen years have passed and the United States has abandoned all premise of democracy and crowned a king.
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