Eve by Anna Carey was published by Harper Collins (US) on 4th October and the book is 318 pages long. I received a copy of this for review!
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.
What I thought
Dystopian YA books are a really big thing at the minute so I was really happy to get the beautiful US hardback of Eve for review as well as some other amazing books from the US.
Starting off in a girl's boarding school, I was a bit worried about where the plot was going to go. I definitely did not want to read another whole book set in a school! Once the whole reasoning of the school became apparent, I loved this aspect of Eve. If the world did ever turn out this way, as it does in this book, I could totally see this kind of thing happening and this made Eve quite scary. Anything that could actually happen freaks the hell out of me and that was exactly the case here.
Once Eve leaves the school though, things started to go downhill... and fast. Along with Arden, another girl from school, Eve is put into some crappy situations which she doesn't help at all! In matters of being free or being caught, Eve's reactions were extremely delayed even though Arden shouts at her to do something. Eve was pretty stupid at times and considering she's supposed to be the brightest girl in her year, I just didn't understand what she was doing.
Even though I had problem with Eve herself, the world building in this book was amazing. Anna Carey has really thought of ever single little detail in regards to how the world ended up like this, the cause of the problems and what could be done to fix them. The different aspects and areas of the world are described so vividly that I could really imagine myself there which is not necessarily a good thing. Some of the places that Eve finds herself in are quite disgusting and I would rather not be able to picture myself there.
The pacing of Eve was great!! Time is taken to explain the situation and then expands on this. The background information as extremely useful and I'm glad time was spend on this. Eve has times where a lot of things happen in a short space of time which makes it exciting but there are also some slower periods where you are able to catch your breath. There is a big build up towards the end and leaved on a pretty big cliffhanger which I loved.
I didn't completely love Eve but it was definitely a promising start to a new series and I can't wait to see what is in store next for Eve!