Anna Carey is the author of Eve, which is now available wherever books are sold. The sequel, Once, hits shelves July 3rd, 2012. She grew up on Long Island, the daughter of a special education teacher and an astronomer. Anna studied Literature and Creative Writing at NYU, and took part in her fair share of snowball fights in Washington Square Park. After college, she worked as an editor in children’s publishing before getting a Masters in Fiction from Brooklyn College.
Where do you go when nowhere is safe?
Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school’s real purpose—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 Arden, her former rival from school, and 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.
Eve is a post apocalyptic story that promises to engage readers but I wasn’t impressed by it at all. The plot was extremely predictable and contained vague references to THE PLAGUE, without ever mentioning what it was or how it was able to kill 98% of the population. There are bodies in cars – where people died while trying to get out of cities. This wouldn’t happen if disease killed them, it sounds more like poisonous gas or a nuclear detonation. Moreover, it is never clear whether other countries were affected by it, or whether American citizens are being subjected to their own person hell.
I can’t decide whether to like Eve or not. On one hand she has been lied to her whole life and suddenly everything has changed and she’s fleeing for her life, but on the other hand, she desperately clings to the lies she’s been told and acts as if she knows what’s best, even though she’s in a completely alien environment. She behaves irrationally and her stupidity astounds me at times. But I also felt sorry for her and think she cares deeply for those around her. The insta-love with Caleb was frustrating and I feel he lacked substance – he wasn’t written as a man, but as fairy tale version of a hero that women want men to be. It made him unrealistic and two-dimensional when he had some potential.
While Eve is a good story, and if you’re interested in it I think it’s worth a read, there are plenty of superior post-apocalyptic stories available and it wouldn’t be high on my list of recommendations. I’ll probably read Once when it’s available, if only to see what happens to Eve.
About the book:
- Date published: 10 April 2012
- Publisher: HarperCollins
- Format: Paperback, 336 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780062114181 ISBN 10: 0062114182
- Categories: Young Adult, Science Fiction
- Goodreads / The Book Depository