Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Review: Eve by Anna Carey (Eve #1)

Eve by Anna Carey (Eve #1)
Pages: 318
Release Date:  October 4th, 2011
Date Read:  2011, December 18th-19th
Received:  Own
Rating:  4/5 stars
Recommended to:  15+

The school protects.  It keeps safe.  The girls inside - they are no match for the terrors of men that lay beyond the walls.  The girls are given fine educations and grow up well cared for.
Ever, Valedictorian of the year, almost a graduate, discovers the terrifying truth.  If all she knows is a life, then she must escape.  Anything is better than what her future at the School holds.
Can she survive the outside?

I've wanted to read Eve for quite a long time.  The cover, the synopsis - everything fascinated me.  Now that I've read it, I'm bummed that the book didn't turn out to be a favorite, but I really did enjoy reading it.  Anna Carey's writing is clear and precise, without the unneeded fluff, and also really enjoyable.  I found the story thought-provoking and I definitely want more.

I've heard a lot of, "Eve is so stupid!  I can't believe she did all that and never learned!"  I've even heard a few "I HATE EVE" statements.  If that was your opinion, that's fine.  But I highly disagree.  Not only did I think Eve was a strong character who I totally felt a connection with, but she is not stupid.  She's naive - there's a difference.  She's been locked up in a school and lied to her whole life.  She's been protected and sheltered in extreme ways, so she doesn't know much about the way the outside world works.  Her mistakes all helped her learn and grow.

And her decision at the end - I can't hate her for that.  Yeah, maybe a good number of us would have chosen differently, but I felt it wasn't terrible beyond belief and will definitely have a good affect on the story. So, in the end, I loved Eve and look forward to more time with her in Once.

Caleb - he was great.  I really enjoyed who he was and the change he wrought in Eve.  Their romance started in friendship and blossomed very sweetly - and realistically.  He made me grin often throughout the book.

The other characters all had their own independent impacts on the story, which was nice and refreshing.  I hope to see some of them again in Once!

This book is intense.  It takes place after a Plague - after mayhem and chaos and death - and the world outside is scary.  The world inside is scary, too, but shhhh!!!  No one knows!

I got chills more than one time.  How terrifying it would be to live in a world like that!  However, as much as I enjoyed this aspect of Eve, it reminded me a lot of Enclave by Ann Agguire.  Did anyone else see this as well?  Maybe not in character, but in setting and some aspects of the story, they were strangely alike.

In any case, I liked what Carey did with a story in the wilds - now I can't wait to see what she has in store for the city...and for the plot!  That whole twist with the King, and at the end with her decision and how it affected Caleb, and the School?!

Bright.  For some reason, I cannot get that word from my head in relation to Eve.  The characters shine, the story catches attention, and the writing is clear.  I really enjoyed myself - looking forward to more!

For the Parents -
I would recommend to 15+.  Very intense (sometimes dark) themes, and intense scenes of survival.  There's also an attempted rape, and lots of talk about men being monsters who merely use women.  A few kisses, not described much, very innocent romance.


  1. glad you enjoyed it
    one of my fav 's of 2011
    i can't wait for once
    tnx 4 reviewing 

  2. Great review! I didn't enjoy EVE as much as you did, but I still want to give its sequel a chance:)

  3. Glad to hear you want to keep reading the trilogy...I hope it ends well!

  4. Glad you loved the book!  Thanks for the comment!

  5. I've heard a lot of mixed reviews for this one but I think I'll give it a go as I love dystopians. Thanks for the review. :)

  6. Eve was a good book and I really enjoyed it. I also read Once , but I am a little bit disappointed . I still hope that Rise will end well.
    By the way , I liked your review.

  7. I have not read this book but I did ordered it this week because it looks so good I just had to get it :)