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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Review: Eve

Title: Eve
Author: Anna Carey
Series: Eve #1
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: October 1st 2011
Source: Publishers for review

The year is 2032, sixteen years after a deadly virus—and the vaccine intended to protect against it—wiped out most of the earth’s population. The night before eighteen-year-old Eve’s graduation from her all-girls 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. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.

I hold a lot of love in my heart for this book. It's everything I expected and more! It's the night before Eve's high school graduation, the day before she will deliver her valedictorian speech and finally cross the bridge to the building in which she will learn her trade, before finally being able to live and work in the wonderful Sand City. Or so she thought. After Eve's shocking discovery about what's in store for her and the other girls at her school, she is forced to flee. Escaping into the wild, Eve must make her way to Camp Califia if she's ever to survive. What will she find on the way? Friends? Enemies? Love? A great novel by Anna Carey!

Her entire life, Eve has been conditioned to fear men. They're dangerous, lying manipulators who only want to use women for their own benefits. But everything she's ever known about them changes after she is saved by a boy name Caleb, who she gets to know as a person, and he shows her the extent of her brainwashing. I found their relationship to be beautifully fresh and innocent. With Eve's cute naivety, you'll quickly come to adore this couple as much as I did. Along for the ride is Arden, a rebel from her school who's also chosen to run away. She and Eve form the most unexpected friendship, being there for each other and really caring about the other's welfare! So sweet!

The government is corrupt. Children are working and people are reaping the benefits in Sand City without even thinking about where their luxurious houses and possessions are coming from. Even darker things lurk beneath the surface and the absolute unjustness will shock you. After being rescued, terrible circumstances befall our heroine and all hope seems to be washed down the drain. Your heart will pound in fear and suspense, never knowing when the end of the line will come. This novel really did make me cry, caused by unexpected deaths, heartfelt moments between characters and sad sacrifices alike. Eve dragged me along on the back of a pickup truck, taking me on a bumpy ride to the extremes. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll scream and shout - get ready!

I was shocked by the ending. I really was. I couldn't believe my eyes nor stop the tears from bursting out. The ultimate sacrifice is made and you'll think back to the beginning, seeing things in a new light and being severely affected by the revelation that's made. Get the popcorn to eat, the strong hand to crush and the box of tissues to cry in. I'm desperate for the sequel. It needs to come soon!

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