Disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review.
Eve by Anna Carey
From the back of the book:
The night before Eve’s graduation from her all girl’s 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. When soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must chose between her true love and her life.
I enjoyed this book. It was a quick engaging read and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. However, if you don’t like dystopian young adult novels you should look elsewhere for something to read. As is typical with dystopian novels, in Eve, a disaster (a plague) has fallen on the population. America was ill prepared (we don’t know about the rest of the world), allowing the evil and cruel to take over and save everyone by rebuilding the population.
Eve is billed as “The Hunger Games meets The Handmaid’s Tale.” While a good story, Eve just doesn’t reach the level of those outstanding titles. The potential is there and perhaps the story will reach those heights in the remaining books.
What I liked about the book: It’s an intriguing story. It is indeed very reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale (much more so than it is of The Hunger Games.) In some ways it’s more dark and menacing than Atwood’s story. At least the Handmaidens are treated slightly better than the “sows” in Eve. For the most part Eve is a well developed and like-able character. She makes some foolish choices with serious consequences and at times she seems very naive – but that fits in with the storyline that Carey has created. Despite years of “brainwashing” at School, Eve has a quick mind and soon learns that while some of what she was taught in School had some basis in truth, she can’t believe all she was taught. I like that there is a forbidden love story, one that is important to the story without being gushy and overpowering. Caleb is also a like-able character. Quiet and somewhat brooding, but engaging as well.
What I didn’t like about the book: This is why I gave the book 4 stars instead of 5. Providing the girls with an excellent education, one including the fine arts only to lock them up in a baby making factory didn’t make sense. While I felt that Eve’s character was fairly well developed, I thought the development of the world she lives in (the backstory if you will) was rather lacking. It was hard to get an idea of what was going on outside the school. Maybe Carey should take a look at Atwood’s and Collins’ stories for some inspiration on world building.
Over all this was an enjoyable read. I will definitely read the next installment and I will be recommending Eve to my patrons that enjoy dystopian novels.