Author: Anna Carey
Publisher: HarperCollins Teen (Oct 2011)
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.
Being brutally honest, this is easily one of the worst YA dystopians I have read. Anyone with a brain will find Eve's character strangely knowledgeable about the big, wide world she is suddenly thrown into after a life of protection and brainwashing. The romance is tacky at best and, while the book is fast-paced, I found myself muttering, "Oh, come on! Really?" during various scenes where things just seemed to be a little too convenient.
I suppose it might not be fair to judge Eve too harshly, as it will surely find an audience in the younger teenage bracket.
On a bit of a tangent though, this is not the first time I have read a really poorly constructed novel pumped out by HarperTeen. They have had some stellar reads too, but it makes me wonder if they know the changeability of the YA market and literally accept just about any manuscripts that fit the current flavour. It is very possible I will rant about the "trendiness" in YA these days in further posts, so please forgive me if that happens.
I give Eve four out of ten as the writing wasn't too horrible, in spite of weak characters and other flaws. I did actually finish it, which says something.
If you did enjoy Eve, or are looking for other YA dystopia to sink your teeth into, I can highly reccomend the novels listed below. Expect reviews of them to be up here soon!
The Hunger Games