Author: Anna Carey.
Published: October 4th 2011.
Sort: Part one of ‘Eve’
Source: Won in a giveaway.
THIS IS A REREAD.
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.
I read this book somewhere in 2011, but I decided to re-read it before continuing in Once. The first time I rated it on Goodreads with 3 stars and I enjoyed it again. There are some inconsistencies in this book, but that didn’t bothered me so much.
The background story is:
The world is destroyed after a deadly virus. One man stepped up to rebuild the world. He started with The City of Sands and his title is ‘King of the New America.’ Every girl is promised a future in this city, but this is a lie.
The story starts with a happy event on Eve’s school. She is rewarded with the “Medal of Achievement” because of her good behaviour. She is everything they want: smart, healthy and she will do everything they tell her without any question. In a few days she will be transferred to the building across the lake where she can learn her trade. When one of the girls called Arden escapes, Eve learns the truth and she decides to follow Arden. On their way to a safe place (Califia) they meet one of their enemies: a boy. Caleb brings them to his hiding place, filled with other boys, so Arden can recover. Eve is frightened, but she starts to understand that her teachers might have lied about men too.
The first thing: if the blurb didn’t told me Eve’s age (18), I think I would have estimated her age at 16. She felt a bit too mature and for such a smart girl, she made some very dumb decisions. When the King’s men are after you, why the hell would you tell your location over the radio? That’s just plain stupid. The second thing: I still don’t get why these girls are supposed to hate boys. It makes no sense. They are isolated from the world and they never meet a boy, why would you make them scared? The third and last thing: The King is after Eve, but what makes her so special? It was never explained, but I hope that we get a good reason in Once.
But beside those three things, I really liked the story. I was horrified by the situation in the building across the lake. The world-building was okay. I still don’t know how the plague started and what was wrong with the vaccination, but I liked the dark setting. I thought Arden and Caleb were great characters. Arden is this tough, no nonsense girl and Caleb is sweet and caring. The developing feelings between Caleb and Eve were well-done. She is of course scared for him, but I loved how she slowly starts to open up for him and her feelings.
Conclusion: it’s definitely not the best book out there, but it entertained me and it has a quick writing-style. I can’t wait to read Once, because the ending is a bit of a cliff-hanger (not a bad one).