Review 118. Anna Carey – Eve.

Eve (The Eve Trilogy, #1)Title: Eve.
Author: Anna Carey.
Pages: 318.
Published: October 4th 2011.
Publisher: HarperCollins.
Sort: Part one of ‘Eve’
Source: Won in a giveaway.
THIS IS A REREAD.
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.
Rating
3 stars
I read this book somewhere in 2011, but I decided to re-read it before continuing in Once. The first time I rated it on Goodreads with 3 stars and I enjoyed it again. There are some inconsistencies in this book, but that didn’t bothered me so much.

The background story is:
The world is destroyed after a deadly virus. One man stepped up to rebuild the world. He started with The City of Sands and his title is ‘King of the New America.’ Every girl is promised a future in this city, but this is a lie.


The story starts with a happy event on Eve’s school. She is rewarded with the “Medal of Achievement” because of her good behaviour. She is everything they want: smart, healthy and she will do everything they tell her without any question. In a few days she will be transferred to the building across the lake where she can learn her trade. When one of the girls called Arden escapes, Eve learns the truth and she decides to follow Arden. On their way to a safe place (Califia) they meet one of their enemies: a boy. Caleb brings them to his hiding place, filled with other boys, so Arden can recover. Eve is frightened, but she starts to understand that her teachers might have lied about men too.

The first thing: if the blurb didn’t told me Eve’s age (18), I think I would have estimated her age at 16. She felt a bit too mature and for such a smart girl, she made some very dumb decisions. When the King’s men are after you, why the hell would you tell your location over the radio? That’s just plain stupid. The second thing: I still don’t get why these girls are supposed to hate boys. It makes no sense. They are isolated from the world and they never meet a boy, why would you make them scared? The third and last thing: The King is after Eve, but what makes her so special? It was never explained, but I hope that we get a good reason in Once.

But beside those three things, I really liked the story. I was horrified by the situation in the building across the lake. The world-building was okay. I still don’t know how the plague started and what was wrong with the vaccination, but I liked the dark setting. I thought Arden and Caleb were great characters. Arden is this tough, no nonsense girl and Caleb is sweet and caring. The developing feelings between Caleb and Eve were well-done. She is of course scared for him, but I loved how she slowly starts to open up for him and her feelings.

Conclusion: it’s definitely not the best book out there, but it entertained me and it has a quick writing-style. I can’t wait to read Once, because the ending is a bit of a cliff-hanger (not a bad one).
Mel4

19 comments

  1. I've heard a lot about this book but have not read it myself. Enjoyed your review, you are good at writing reviews :)

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    1. Thank you! That is good to hear, I do my best :)

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  2. I enjoyed EVE and have yet to read Once. I know book 3 (the finale) is due out soon. I honestly should re read Eve before reading Once. I had a few of the same beefs you did. I never understood why they tried to scare the girls into hating men so much & Eve herself made me mad a few times. She was able to easily forget those she left behind and those who sacrificed for her. I didnt want pages of "emo" like behavior from her, but her supposed BFF was forgotten about after a few chapters.
    I'd be on a serious mission to rescue my bff/sister. Eve met some dude and la-di-da'd it around. Ok, maybe I am being a tad harsh on Eve, I would still like to know what did become of the bestie she left behind..Maybe Once or Rise (when it comes out) will explain?

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    1. Yes, exactly! She made it seem so easy; 'Arden is gone, oh nooooo, I want her back!' Five minutes later, 'I'm so happy I escaped :D' I really hope that we see Arden in Once, because I think I liked her more than Eve :p

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  3. I was surprised by how easily Eve went with Caleb after years of being told how evil boys are and I thought she fell way too fast. Overall this was not a very compelling read for me and I have not picked up the second book and probably won't. There are just too many other stories I want to check out.

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  4. oh wow you have said the word OK tons of times for this book and that really doesn't make me want to read it. thanks for your honest review though, I like dystopian novels, but ones that actually impress me.

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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  5. You got your 100th review in Congrats!
    I just got this ebook so this review is getting me a little worried. I don't understand why would they hate boys either. They've never met one... well. Honestly boys can do some terrifying things to girls. You could make a case about them... but I think you would still be curious. They ARE the opposite sex and that's how you reproduce unless they think they came from the sky.
    Awesome review! New follower (:

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  6. I have been wanting to read this for a while, but I have been worried just in case his was just another dystopia!

    However your review does make it sound okay! :) I hate it when they leave bits out! :')

    Great review and happy reading! :) xxx

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  7. Eve took me by surprise! I didn't expect to like it as much as I did, but I do agree that more could have been explained in the first book!

    Great review, I hope you get to read Once soon. It's still on my list!
    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

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  8. I haven't read Eve yet, but I've been seeing it around a lot lately. Lots of reviews, some awesome and some not so great. I'm definitely eager to check it out. Thanks for the review! :)

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  9. I could not get into this book. :s I read it as an arc before it came out and I honestly cannot remember a thing about it except that I didn't like it! Haha. Probably will not continue on with the series. Thanks for reviewing!

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  10. Great review sweetie :D Glad you enjoyed this book again. <3 I gave it five stars.. hih :D I do understand why you didn't like some things, though. But I'm glad you liked most of it :) And sigh. Caleb is just awesome. <3 But oh.. Once. It is amazing, and we will learn more of the King, but god. The cliffhanger is EVIL! Like crazy evil. Hope you'll love it, though :D

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  11. Cliffhangers? I kind of despise cliffhangers.

    (Oh well, I'll work on that optimism. Kidding.)

    I saw this at the bookstore the other day and seriously contemplated buying it, but there have been so many disappointing dystopians lately! I'm glad the world building is okay--okay is good enough for YA dystopia; I draw the line at non-existent--but the premise is fascinating and I like the idea of such a dark, mysterious setting. Maybe I'll read it!

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  12. Thanks for this review! I didn't know if I had to buy this one or not. Haha, even though your review is really good I don't think I will read it. It doesn't sound like something I would 100% enjoy. I would enjoy it.. but it sounds a bit simple and I don't think you get enough explanation. World building is super important to me! Sure, sometimes characters don't know everything. (Like how the plague started) but most of the time they do tell you their version of what they think happened. Haha I guess I just like books a little more solid and bigger.

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  13. Oh I felt very similarly about this. I didn't think it was the best book out there either, but I still had fun with it. Great review, Mel!

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  14. I'm glad this at least entertained you, but after your review I won't put it on top of my TBR list. It looks quite interesting, but the flaws you mentioned don't really make me want to pick it up asap. :)

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  15. Mel, did you change your blog design? I like it!

    I still haven't read Eve and with all the mixed reviews, I think this is one book I'll pass on as I'm not a fan of protagonists that make dumb mistakes. I hope you enjoy Once a lot more!

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  16. I have an ARC of this one and the second one but I've been holding off reading them because Im waiting for the third books release to read them all at once. I've heard good things about this series though, great review ;)

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  17. Considering I share a name with the main heroine, I've wondered whether or not I should read this book for a few months now. I don't want to end up hating my own name if the heroine is not worth it, you know...
    Great review, though! I think I will give the book a try.

    Eve @ The Readers Show

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