Release: October 4, 2011
Others in the Series: Once and Rise
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.Eve is an exhilarating adventure, full of everything I could ever ask for in a dystopian story. The plot was full of constant forward motion, and so much transpired over the course of the novel that at the end I felt breathless, desperate to know what happens next. I loved the way Carey lulls the reader into a false sense of security, making it seem like Eve has finally found a safe place to rest, and then throws some new kind of evil at 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.
The story line isn't the only thing this book has going for it; the characters were also remarkably well done. I felt such a deep connection to Eve that I almost felt that I could be her, that I would be her if I was in her situation. The perfect blend of intelligent and naïve, I loved her character development as she became more of the former than the latter throughout the book. I adored Caleb because, although acted as Eve's rescuer, he isn't your stereotypical knight in shining armor. He and Eve work together to overcome their situation, sharing painful memories from the past and helping each other survive to see the future.
The reason both the plot and the characters work so well is this: Carey doesn't just tell you the story, she shows you. The vision of the old, abandoned, plague-ridden neighborhoods were vivid in my mind and I felt the characters' emotions as if they were my own. Eve is one of the most absorbing books I have read in a while.
Eve is a fantastic book, even for contemporary readers like me. It is different from other dystopian novels in that it isn't just about overthrowing the government, because the government isn't the only thing that is in power. The virus has power. It destroyed people's lives, left them so terrified that they submitted themselves to a king, and rendered them so hopeless that they didn't really have any other choice. This book isn't too political; it's about survival, friendship, love, grief and everything in between. Because of this, I would recommend it to anyone and everyone in search of a great story about adventure, love, and discovering that everything you once believed is a lie.