Book Review – Eve by Anna Carey

Posted October 4, 2011 by Melissa in Book Review | 6 Comments


Title:  Eve           
Author:  Anna Carey
Reading level: Young Adult          
Genre:  Dystopian, Post-apocalypic          
Size: Hard Cover, 336 pages
Release Date:  October 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins          
Stand Alone or Series: The Eve Trilogy #1 
Source:  NetGalley

First Line:  “By the time the sun set over the fifty-foot perimeter wall, the School lawn was covered with twelfth-year students.”

Summary (from GoodReads):

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.


Quotes from the Book:

Happiness is the anticipation of future happiness, she’d explained…No, I thought…Happiness is a moment.

In School and out of School, I had believed that love was a liability-something that could be wielded against you.  I began to weep, finally knowing the truth: love was death’s only adversary, the only thing powerful enough to combat it’s clawing, desperate grasp.

“I will try,” was all he said. “I’ll always try.”

My Thoughts:

This book left me feeling very conflicted. I really enjoyed the world that Anna Carey built and I loved most of her characters.  The plot was fast paced and introduced enough new characters to keep me flipping the pages in anticipation of what was to come. I loved the concept of Eve, graduating school (that rite of passage into adulthood) and then discovering that the world as she knew it was a lie. Suddenly this book smart yet incredibly naive young girl is running loose in the wilds of a post apocalyptic America and struggling to survive.

However, at some point about half way through the book…I came to the realization that I really didn’t care much for Eve.  Her constant naivete and foolish decisions became annoying and soon seemed worse than naive but rather self centered.  She made reckless decisions, one after another, and when others suffered for her mistakes…or even lost their lives…she seemed to feel that an apology and acknowledgement of her mistakes would be all it took to “fix” things and move on.

Despite not loving the main character, I did find this book to be quite entertaining..I really enjoyed many of the secondary characters and was caught completely by surprise by the end.  I may not rush out to buy the sequel the day it is released…but I suspect that I will eventually need to know how the story continues.

My Rating:

This book was entertaining

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6 responses to “Book Review – Eve by Anna Carey

  1. I completely agree with you! Eve did not impress me and she completely lost me on the Trail. I couldn’t believe her! But I did like Carey’s writing and the world she built so I’m with you…I may be reading the next one, but I won’t be dying to get it in my hands right away.

    The Musings of ALMYBNENR

  2. @ Kristan – It’s still a good read…but definitely temper your expectations regarding Eve’s character!

    @ Amber – I couldn’t believe her either!!

  3. I’ve been intrigued by the idea of this one, but I’ve read several reviews that mentioned similar problems that you had with the main character. Since characterization is the thing that usually makes or breaks a book for me, I think I’m going to hold off on this one for awhile. I might eventually pick it up at the library, but for now, I’m going to wait. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  4. EVE is the beginning of a turbulent new trilogy from author Anna Carey. Carey has created this amazing post-plague world where civilization is overrun in Califonia by a King and children , what are left, are rounded up and penned in in schools for their future education.

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