Review: Eve (Eve #1) by Anna Carey

September 5, 2011 Book Review 9 ★★★

Review: Eve (Eve #1) by Anna CareyEve written by Anna Carey
Series: Eve #1
Published by Harper Teen on 10/24/2011
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Pages: 336
Source: ARC, NetGalley

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.


I requested Eve by Anna Carey because I’m addicted to Dystopian right now. It’s gritty and realistic and as a fan of series like Delirium, The Hunger Games and Divergent, I was eager to get my hands on this hot little ARC.
Eve has a good recipe for success: it’s post-apocalypse(ish), taking place after a great plague has wiped a lot of man-kind from the planet. It showcases a supposedly Utopian government and believable world-building. The premise of the “after” (post-plague) is quite believable as well: orphaned children are taken to segregated schools, taught to read, write, and learn the arts before supposedly being sent off to the new City of Sand the King has built in the desert. I don’t want to say much more than that, because what really happens is a key plot point.
But in the end I was a little disappointed. As much as I liked the main character, I also didn’t like her. She was whiny and predictable…and weak. I think in a Dystopian world, your main character needs to be strong. Now, maybe she’s weak in this first novel of the series so the author can grow her in the sequels, but who knows? Right now, the genre is saturated, so without this key element, I have mixed emotions about it. I was also confused at some of Eve’s actions; they seemed out of character for her and that made it a little unbelievable. Why would Eve believe this fellow schoolmate she despises when that schoolmate tells her what the school is really for and then breaks out? Why on earth would Eve, the consummate good girl and model student, follow her?
{{{SPOILER ALERT!}}} I also didn’t like how she arrives at this camp and falls into the role of a teacher to a bunch of orphan boys. It felt too convenient. And the boys didn’t act like any young boys I know. I didn’t expect these kids to be savages, but it was not how I would imagine a bunch of rebel boys to act. I was also expecting a love triangle, because I think a relationship could have been developed between Eve and another central character and…well we don’t get that at all. We get violence instead and it’s left rather open-ended. It’s hard for me to describe exactly what actually happens without giving away the whole story, so unfortunately, I’ll have to leave it at that. {{{/SPOILER ALERT}}} The ending was also a bit unsatisfactory, but I’ll probably read the next just to find out what happens.
There were a lot of strong characters (just not the characters I think needed to be strong), and the story is conceptually awesome. This is not The Hunger Games or Divergent, and I think part of my problem with Eve is that I went into it expecting something just as stupendous. But in the end, this is a good read, especially if you are a fan of novels such as Possession or Matched.



Favorite Quote

“When I was in my 6th year, I was furious at Ruby for telling Pip I’d been “bragging” about my grades. Instead of saying how I’d felt, I let the wound fester and grow, feeding on the silence between us. I learned then a crucial truth: that a relationship between two people can be judged by the list of things unspoken between them.


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9 Responses to “Review: Eve (Eve #1) by Anna Carey”

  1. Rebecca

    That sucks it wasn’t as good as you hoped! It’s always disappointing when it happens and it does seem very good. I admit I’m still quite curious about it… If you do read book two, I hope you enjoy it more! :)

  2. Jennifer (Fictitious Musings)

    Dystopian stories have become a fast fav of mine too. So naturally I was extremely curious about Eve. Sorry it wasn’t as good as you hoped it would be. It’s really stinks when you want the story/characters to be better than they are. I’ll still give it a read though.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  3. Jennifer @ The Bawdy Book Blog

    It’s definitely worth the read, I just think it has tough competition. It’s entirely possible I would never have picked up on the “character flaws” if I hadn’t read the others first. Let me know what you think!

  4. BJ @ Dark Side of the Covers

    I’ll have to see if my library has Eve…I’m enjoying dystopia right now, too, but it seems like the rush for everyone to publish one is starting to weaken the awesome factor a bit, sort of like what happened with vamps, weres, and so on.

    On a side note – LOVE the cover! It makes me want to know where she’s running, and what’s chasing her…

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