Review: “Eve (Eve #1)” by Anna Carey
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.
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
It took a while for me to really get into “Eve”, mainly because I couldn’t stand Eve (I know, I know). Granted she’s been fed lies while at school, believing she has a future upon graduation, I just couldn’t connect with her. She believes that men are dangerous and only want to do harm to women. So when she finds herself out in the wild, and in the company of a strange boy, Eve automatically assumes he wants to hurt her. She’s rather dependent on others, although this is to be expected given how sheltered the girls were at the school, but at the same time after seeing what happens to the graduates and being sent into the wild on her own, you’d expect her to develop more of a survival instinct.
For me, I enjoyed the secondary characters, especially Caleb, a lot more than Eve. When Eve is around Caleb, she lightens up a bit, which is nice. It’s because of him that she begins to wonder whether what she’d been taught about the wild was 100% true. After all, they told the girls that all men were dangerous, and Caleb has no interest in harming her. When Caleb brings Eve and Arden to his camp, Eve learns that the boys attended their own special school. Unlike the girls, the boys spent their time working, as opposed to attending class. Eve, deciding the younger boys should at least know how to write their own names, begins teaching them how to read (using some old books she finds in her room).
During her visit to Caleb’s room later that night, you can sense that Eve’s feelings towards Caleb have changed, as have Caleb’s towards Eve. There’s more of an openness between the two of them, which isn’t really seen beforehand.
Skipping ahead to the ending: seriously? I just felt as though it was rushed. Will I read the next book? Probably. I am interested to see where this series goes. And yes, I do think it’s worth checking out.
“Eve” is being developed as a TV series. Would you watch it?
Here is the book trailer: