Published: December 1st 2011 by HarperCollins/ Harper Teen
Genre: Dystopian/ Y.A
Date Finished: 29th Decemeber 2011
Rating/Recommendation: 5 stars *****
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 had been battling with myself whether to pick up Eve since it came out in my local stores.
Apart from falling instantly in love with the cover, the plot sounded promising, although similar to a novel I had recently picked up. Not to mention the cost of paperbacks in Australia is robbery. It wasn’t until I watched a review by Richard Denney that I decided that I had to read it.
Eve is a bomb rights from the get go. One of those novels that you hear the warnings and once you’ve started reading it there is no turning back. It is fast paced, raw and while I was reading it I felt like I was watching a movie. It was so easy to read I was turning pages faster than my eyes could travel.
For the longest time the fact that Eve was a Valedictorian seemed to encapsulate her personality, and that was all she was. Smart, naïve and beautiful but then as the truth came full circle and her place in New America was revealed, it finally made sense why there was such emphasis on it and let me tell you I never saw that coming and I loved it.
Eve is one of those characters you both want to slap and hug both at the same time, and I loved her journey, but I really honestly enjoyed all the characters, especially the dugout boys and Caleb who is so sweet, and a savior in a time when men are violent and brute [what has changed?] There was one scene in particular with really showed the true colors of many characters and it almost had me in tears for each character grew getting to know Arden and Eve and I loved getting to know everyone of them, even the King; who fascinated me to know end.
There were times when reading this book that I felt my heart beating so fast and my skin crawling. There is honestly no better feeling than reading a book that craws under your skin and into your heart and mind and makes you question humanity and the choices we chose to make, as well as the ones that are dangerously made for us.
I am not one to read a lot of Dystopian, although I do have a lot on my shelves, but I really loved the barren landscape. There is something dirty, and raw even in the aftermath of death that makes me so much more grateful for the resources that we have, and I am not talking about technology. A lot of humans have lost the resources and strength for survival, and I really enjoyed reading about Eve’s journey from being a brainwashed prisoner without choices, to really experiencing life in all its darkness and light.
The last chapters were a little strange for me. In a world created on control with little resources I found it some parts hard to digest and they didn’t make a great deal of rational sense to me; Especially Caleb’s mode of transport. However it was all explained in the end, and it tore my heart apart truly.
I would recommend this book to lovers of Dystopian who like a small amount of romance that doesn’t dominate the whole plot. I will without a doubt be reading the next book in the trilogy - Once -when it comes out. It’s expected due date is July 3rd 2012 [ Yay near my birthday]