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Eve Paperback – July 3, 2012
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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)
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Where do you go when nowhere is safe?
After a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth's population, the world is a terrifying 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 bright future in 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 Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Caleb slowly wins her trust . . . and her heart. But when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.
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Eve, I must say, was an interesting read. Such a fascinating concept and idea and good execution. While it did take me a while to finish, I managed to stay entertained from cover to cover. The world, or New America, was an intricate creation. Such vision and descriptions, I don't know if I would even have the strive to try to survive such a wild world. (probably not) This is something that COULD happen. There are many viruses that are mutating each and every day. Getting less susceptible to antibiotics and vaccines, and adapting to the world. So the theory that a virus, plague, or other pandemic could wipe off many of the population like a stain on the kitchen counter is entirely plausible.
The main character, Eve, is not one I particularly favored at the beginning. I somewhat warmed to her in the middle, but felt a little cold come the end, but am still hopeful for what she will bring in the sequel, ONCE. There were also a few character I felt that didn't need names. I found it difficult trying to memorize all of these names and placing them that I felt, "One of the boys" might have fared better in some instances.
I must admit that this novel was not what I thought it was going to be from watching the book trailer. It was something almost entirely different, but this is not a bad thing. While in some ways it was divergent from what I thought it was originally, in other ways it was a pleasant surprise. I am a big romance-junkie so when things with Caleb started, you can BET I was all up in that. I am someone who likes my romance hot and steamy, and while there indeed was something there between the two, it was just shy of warm for me. I would have liked more romantic tension, more scenes that would have me begging for more. But soon warmth will have to give way to heat, and I am left in anticipation for what may come in ONCE!
There is action, drama, suspense, and other elements incorporated into this first book, which leaves off in a good place for continuation. Overall, Anna Carey has crafted what will be an interesting series, and I am left impatiently waiting for the sequel, which releases July 3rd, 2012.
Completed: June 14, 2013
Publishing Info: October 4th 2011 by HarperCollins
Source: Audiobook digitally borrowed from the library
POV: First Person (Eve)
I’ll admit it. I originally made it 80% through this audio book and THEN gave up, marking it DNF. That just didn’t sit well with me, though. I had come so far! I really didn’t want to give up… So I finished honestly for the sake of finishing the book. I wasn’t enjoying it but I made it that far…. Might as well!
Firstly. I did not like Eve. Even before the narrator of the audiobook bothered me more. I found Eve to be weak-minded, wishy-washy, and an overall victim. She made a few bold decisions but mostly out of necessity than bravery. She was very naïve, didn’t think for herself, and seemed to latch onto whatever people told her. How did she go from being raised her WHOLE LIFE to not trust men/that they’re evil and then she “falls in love” soooo easily, depending entirely on Caleb and barely flinching when they join forces. I felt like she always played the victim, even when she had the opportunity to stop and think.
Secondly. The narrator was actually very good at telling the story, using different voices, putting in emotion, etc. But it felt like everything that she was doing with Eve’s character only enhanced the things I was hating about her. I just couldn’t take the whines, the exasperation, the shrillness… I was done.
Lastly. I wasn’t a fan of this dystopian world. I guess it was supposed to be 2030-something? Which I either missed or just plain didn’t know, but I felt SO pulled out of the story will all of the present-day (for us) or even past references (“I Love Rock and Roll”, the movie Ghost, several classic literature references). I felt like the world ended in the 80s, not the future. Those things just really pulled me out of the story and sort of… cheesed it up a bit for my personal tastes. I guess it depends on how those things of the past connect to the dystopian’s present. In this case, it just wasn’t working for me.
There were just too many things I didn’t care for about the book — Not HORRIBLE things to really turn me off, but if I don’t get along with the main character, it’s pretty much over from there. I wasn’t a fan of the way the story was done… Again, not horrible, but meh. It just wasn’t the book for me. Plus, I find as I read more and more dystopians, I get more and more picky. It’s just going to happen.