Wednesday, December 19, 2012

EVE by Anna Carey - A dystopian novel I actually like!

EVE (EVE #1) 
by Anna Carey
Published October 4, 2011 by Harper Teen
3.5 Stars

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'd give it 3.5 stars... I thought the writing was very well done and there was a great deal of emotional pull to the characters. I should say that again because it was a dystopian novel and those are so run of the mill anymore. (WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW)

I missed the input on the plague.. why did it hit some people and not everybody? Why more women than men? Did it die out or are there still infected people? And I was confused that Eve was the smartest girl in her class but didn't even think to ask questions or confirm the truth. There seemed to be spots missing in the story that I wished could have been developed further. 

EVE felt very similar to WITHER, another dystopian novel where girls are birthing slaves, but I felt that this one had more emotional pull than WITHER. EVE also felt more grounded and less surreal. I like some head spinning, but I don't want to hurl (like I did with WITHER... but that's another story).

All that said, EVE was powerful and moving. Carey wrote with great passion and it showed throughout the novel. I admit to a couple jaw drops and sniffles toward the end. 

My hope is that we get a lot more backstory about the culture, the plague, the President and the people in the next installment. You know I'm a HEA girl so I am down on my knees for that to happen. EVE is definitely a novel you want to get your hands on to read. I would not recommend it for girls under 17 due to its intensity and content.