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Eve Hardcover – October 4, 2011
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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.
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To begin with, Eve didn't turn out to be a very compelling character. She's naïve, lacks common sense, and perpetually makes bad decisions. I didn't quite understand why it was that people kept sticking their necks out for her. Sure, she's on the run from a really bad situation, but when you consider her attitude and the number of dumb moves she makes... it doesn't quite add up. I actually preferred Arden, somewhat, and Caleb even more than that. Arden actually changed and grew as a character while Caleb acted as a means for deprogramming Eve. Eve may have begun to recognize the brainwashing she underwent during the 12 years she was at the school, but she still practically obsessed over what "Teacher said." That doesn't show me a character who is developing very well.
While the premise was a good one, the execution left something to be desired. I don't quite understand the point in educating the girls so thoroughly, only to do what they do to them after they "graduate." I suppose it could be a means to keep them occupied until they come of age, but still, why the lessons in art, music, literature, deportment, dancing, and the various other lessons administered to them. It's one of those things that, if you don't think too much about it, you may not ever notice. However, since I had some issues with this book, I did think about it just so I could pinpoint what bothered me the most.
This series has so much potential, but I just don't know how it is going to progress. Eve left me saying, "Meh," more than I said, "Wow," which is never something you want to happen when you pick up an anticipated book. I will say that I did give Once a try, so I think that there's still a chance for the series, but I, for one, am going to take a lot of convincing before I try book 3. Eve, though comprised of an intriguing premise, didn't succeed in making me suspend belief, nor did it deliver with a truly compelling main character. I will say one thing: I don't like having to write these reviews, but sometimes, it just has to be said. This is one of those times. Thus, Eve earns 2 hoots and a hootlet (the new half rating addition).
This review originally appeared on my blog, Starting the Next Chapter, on June 29, 2012.
I was slightly disappointed by the book from the beginning (no spoilers, I promise). It went in a strange direction and much of the book was taken up by tedium. I missed the romance between
Eve and Caleb-a romance, I know realize, was the primary force behind the trilogy. Without it, this book stagnates. I put all of that aside, though, until I finished the book. The end of the final book can make or break a series.
I was incredibly surprised by how fast the ending came. Eve was thrown in every which directions. In the last 5% of the book (Kindle doesn't do page numbers), Eve is in four different scenes and makes two huge discoveries. Barely any time was spent explaining how previous events had lead up to what Eve saw before her. All that could have been okay, if the final pages just had a clincher of some sort. I wish I could say that they had, but....no. The book just ended. I flipped to the next page, but all I saw were the acknowledgements. I flipped back to the ending. Then back to the acknowledgments. Then I realized that the book had ended.
I've been an avid reader ever since I was five. I've read books whose endings made me laugh, cry, and sit down and made me think for awhile. Rise did none of the above. It just made me upset that the story that I had followed for so long didn't have any more to give me. The ending soured everything for me. If you don't think you would mind the abrupt ending, then by all
means, purchase this book. However, if you're looking for a well-rounded dystopian trilogy, I would suggest the Matched or Hunger Games trilogies.
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I wanted to like it, but somehow, it didn't add up. Eve is about post-apoctaylptic America, after a plague has wiped out most of the...Read more