Thursday, May 30, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: RISE (Eve, #3) by Anna Carey

RISE (EVE, #3) 
by Anna Carey

PUBLISHED: April 2, 2013 by HarperCollins
GENRES: YA • Dystopian • Post Apocalyptic • Survival • Science Fiction • Mild Romance • Suspense • Fantasy

 Technically 3.4 rounded to 3

How far will you go when you have nothing left to lose? When she lost her soul mate, Caleb, Eve felt like her world had ended. Trapped in the palace, forced to play the part of the happy, patriotic princess of The New America—and the blushing bride of her father's top adviser—Eve's whole life is a lie. The only thing that keeps her going is Caleb's memory, and the revolution he started. 

Now, Eve is taking over where Caleb left off. With the help of Moss, an undercover subversive in the King's court, she plots to take down The New America, beginning with the capital, the City of Sand. Will Eve be able to bring about a new, free world when she's called upon to perform the ultimate act of rebellion—killing her father? 

In Rise, Eve must choose who to leave behind, who to save, and who to fight as Anna Carey's epic tale of romance and sacrifice in the chilling dystopia of The New America comes to a stunning conclusion.
May I just say that it saddened me to have to rate this a three? I absolutely adored EVE and enjoyed ONCE, but RISE left me unfulfilled. The first book had so much impact. It was so focused on their relationships. The second was started to loose focus but still had meteor sized moments that shocked me. This third and final installment featured distant relationships and a slow progression to the conclusion.

Eve had started out being so relatable to me. By midway through the second novel, I felt that she was a complete airhead incapable of independent thought. The answer to all her problems with one blow was RIGHT THERE... and she didn't even think of it until this last book. Oh, excuse me.. she didn't even think of it, someone told her to do it. 
She could have saved herself so much heartbreak if she had just strategized and thought of solutions other than the "let's run away together" generic reasoning.

I was quite surprised that so many characters were basically dropped in the last book. Not killed, but they had little dialogue. I felt that the microscopic focus on Eve with her inner monologues while describing her tramping through the wilderness was not engaging. In fact, we spent quite a lot of time listening to her moping and feeling helpless. 

Previous characters were reintroduced briefly and I wished those scenes could have had more air time. As they were, they ended up not helping the plot. They were more tangents than plot support. The end result was an imbalanced feeling to the book. Carey had some tragic scenes that were glossed over quickly. That high speed pace made what should have been monumental events inconsequential. What was supposed to be the great surprise was in fact no surprise to me. It was almost a let down. I kept expecting there to be twists or turns to the plot.

Charles was held in the background except for a couple scenes. I really liked this guy and it seemed like the author had a grudge against him in some way. He received neither grace nor breaks from being ragged on by Eve. How could she not see he clearly cared deeply for her and worked tirelessly to help when he realized what was truly going on? But alas, no brownie points from the princess. She was mean to him even though he put his life on the line for her. Sniff, sniff. Come to MAMA Charles! Hugs....

The rebellion was less defined in the novel as well. There were no clear leaders, direction or reasoning in my mind. Important events seemed rushed, while dull and insignificant details (like how far she had walked) were given a lot of time.

Let's talk about the ending. There were no real conclusions made. All the loose ends were still waving wildly in the air like a dog's fur when he's hanging out the car window. There were so many reactions and events that needed to happen for readers to feel real closure. There was no epilogue included either. My only hope is that a fourth novel gets signed in for publication so we can get some answers. Otherwise I just may loose my mind.

Anna, if you are reading this... please don't smack me in the head! I love your work and this series overall is incredibly dynamic! My points here are constructive criticism, my voicing concerns over the book.

I still loved most of the characters. It didn't take me long to finish the book because I just HAD to know how everything turned out. 

Overall, the entire series in enjoyable and is a great discussion for civics / social studies / government classes. The overall story arc is very unique and for the most part incredibly engaging.


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