Reading level: Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian, Post-apocalypic
Size: Hard Cover, 336 pages
Release Date: October 2011
Stand Alone or Series: The Eve Trilogy #1
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.
“I will try,” was all he said. “I’ll always try.”
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.
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