November 16, 2012

Review: Eve by Anna Carey

Eve (Eve, #1)
Goodreads Summary:
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

Release Date: October 4, 2011
Pages: 336
Series? #1
Publisher: Harper Teen

Other books in the series:
Once (Eve, #2)Rise (Eve, #3)

Eve is a super quick dystopian read that you should pick up whenever you want something light but aren't in the mood for contemporary of that obviously light kind. Whenever you want a good story to keep you entertained but not one that you need to do three hours of research for until you even understand the plot. I think everyone but hardcore dystopian fans will enjoy this book.

I wasn't really in the mood for Eve. I'd heard so many people saying it was just average and you wouldn't really miss out if you didn't read it so in my head there was a big fat BLAH.

I think it was the boarding school that got me in the end. I can't help it. I',m  a sucker for boarding schools. And even though Eve is about to finish school at the beginning of this book, I always need something to get me through the first few pages and the boarding school effect definitely did that for me. After those few pages I didn't need anything to keep reading. There was a lot happening in the beginning and I kept turning the pages like crazy. I think the mix of an easy, flowing writing style and the bunch of action that takes place in Eve make the story so addicting.
I mean there was definitely something missing. Like background information. Or civilisation. Honestly, we pretty much spend the whole book wandering around in the middle of nowhere which usually bores me to death.
I recently heard someone saying Eve changed her mind too quickly and I will agree with that. It was like one moment she lived in that world of hers where she believed everything the teachers said and the next she ran away from them convinced they were evil. Kind of unrealistic.
Apart from that, though, I just liked the novel. The romance is cute - no one can argue with that. For a second there was a semi love triangle which was the most annoying and unnecessary thing I've read about in a while but thank God it didn't last long and I could forget about it pretty fast.
The ending of Eve was only weird in retrospect. It's the kind of cliffhanger that doesn't keep you on the edge of your seat (and annoyed) but simply an outlook on how the next book will continue.
In some ways Eve was like a sequel - the plot seemed to build up to something that didn't happen in the first book, there was no grand finale but the many action-packed scenes that made my heart beat faster and ended quite emotionally sometimes made up for that.

All in all, you should not expect an epic dystopian novel with Eve, you should be ready to read a book that is really entertaining if you close one or two eyes at some points.

2/3 Smarties


  1. Yay! I'm glad you liked Eve. The main reason I want to read this one is because of all the great things being said about it. I like how you say that it't more entertaining and less dystopian. I'm reading this one soon! Great review! :D

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

    1. Oh, thanks for your comment! I hope you'll enjoy Eve as much as I did - please tell me if you enjoyed it once you're done :)

  2. Great review! I loved this one and the sequel was even better :)

    1. Thank you! And it's good to know the sequel is going to be even better - I'm really curious about it and although I haven't picked it up just yet, it's definitely on my radar!


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