Eve by ANNA CAREY
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 (goodreads).
Review based on ARC copy
Eve is such an interesting novel! Carey writes the story from the point of view of Eve; she's top in her class in New America and is obviously every teacher's favorite because of her obedience. That is until a fellow classmate warns her that everything she has been taught is a lie. She finally learns for herself the the King of New America nor his subjects are to be trusted and escapes the only home she's ever known for a world she was told to fear.
Innocent Eve is so much fun to have as a narrator. There were points in the novel where I wanted to strangle her for being so naive, and other times where I was touched by her innocence. It's really easy to put yourself in her shoes: a young girl tentatively finding out that the people she thought she could trust were manipulating her. I absolutely loved her as a character. Sure she made some unwise decisions but there was a reason for that. There was a reason for everything she did: she is written as a newborn child trying to find her way in a strange, new world.
Speaking of Carey's world, I loved it. Everything was so descriptive and all of the secondary characters were so charming. Each had a voice, it was easy to form a connection with each character. Some you hated, some you pitied, and some you wanted to learn more about. It's obvious that Carey took her time to write this because there were no corners that seemed cut.
The love story between Eve and Caleb was adorable and innocent. I fell in love with Caleb's dedication to Eve as well as how frustrating it their relationship was. Their love was exactly what I would expect between two teens who had never known the opposite sex. Innocent, scared, and confused at times.
I would also like to say that the ending ended on a much slower note than it started; it seemed too peaceful of an ending for such a hectic journey. I would have loved a more action packed ending.
I recommend this novel for anyone who loves a good dystopian novel. Can't wait until the sequel!